Family

One man fights for all fathers
A father’s battle to get the issue of paternity leave on the agenda in Parliament may be heading to the Constitutional Court, depending on the presidency’s response. On
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People with no kids don’t know…
Friday laughs: Comedian Michael McIntyre on what "people with no kids don't know". Image - Screengrab of the video
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‘I gave my children booze – and now I fear for their future’
Tammy-Ann Julies* remembers “feeding” her eldest son alcohol for the first time about two years ago. It was a late Friday afternoon and the then eight-year-old Owen* and
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No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes
April 22, 2015
A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and ...read more
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Science can do it, but is it right for a 65-year-old mum of 13 to have quads?
April 16, 2015
Annegret Raunigk, a German woman, is at the age of 65 to give birth to quadruplets. The news has elicited oratorios of comment: a chorus of disapproval, followed ...read more
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65-year-old German woman expecting quadruplets defends pregnancy
April 15, 2015
A 65-year-old German woman who is due to give birth to quadruplets has defended her decision and says she is looking forward to the challenges ahead. Annegret Raunigk, ...read more
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‘Our children learn better at home’
April 9, 2015
The tiled lounge in the Midrand apartment has three brown suede couches with metal legs arranged against the white walls. A small, low table draped in a red ...read more
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Dealing with an angry child
April 9, 2015
Most of us grew up in an era of repression. Negative feelings were to be controlled, ignored or removed. It’s no wonder that we are the generation of ...read more
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Why do we still have to justify the choice to be child-free?
April 9, 2015
They’re emotionally and physically exhausting, they’re hugely expensive and they are the biggest curtailment of your personal freedom after prison: objectively, it makes next to no sense to ...read more
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‘Another broken home’
April 8, 2015
I bristled again the other day at a phrase I think we need to expunge from our vocabularies. I was talking to an elderly relative about a mutual ...read more
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Parents! Focus less on worrying about Minecraft and more on understanding it
April 2, 2015
There are going to be a lot of people getting rather cross about an article written by BBC journalist Jolyon Jenkins about Minecraft, children and parenting. Titled Should ...read more
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Mother mentors a boost for health
March 25, 2015
The paediatrics unit of the Soshanguve community health centre north of Pretoria is bustling. The benches in the waiting area and outside the consultation rooms are filled with ...read more
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The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life – major study
March 19, 2015
Breastfed babies are more likely to turn into well-educated and higher-earning adults, according to a major long-term study. Researchers in Brazil have followed nearly 6,000 babies from birth ...read more
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Teenage mothers are not ‘terrorists’ who need to be punished
March 18, 2015
President Jacob Zuma suggests that teenaged mothers should be separated from their children and sent “far away” – to Robben Island or any island – in order to ...read more
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Pregnant firefighters lose pay
March 18, 2015
Female firefighters working for the City of Cape Town say they are punished if they fall pregnant – they lose up to a quarter of their salaries because ...read more