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The history of apps and their place in our lives

“App”: noun, Computers, Informal. 1. an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices. Image courtesy of Pexels   We’ve all heard the catchphrase – ‘There’s an app for that’. Well, with the number of apps being developed on a daily basis, this might almost literally be...

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Raising girls to be powerful women

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney As we start Women’s Month 2015 let us not forget that all women start out as little girls. It’s up to us as parents, guardians and...

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Mother tongue learning – A bridge to multilingualism

Image Courtesy of Shutterstock “Educationally, a child cannot learn the facts and ideas of what is been communicated unless he has an understanding of the language of instruction.” – European Journal of Social Science, 2009 At Xander Apps we are passionate about the importance of mother tongue education, and...

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Tantrums and Tears

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.com/ There is nothing more embarrassing than being that family – the one with the red-faced toddler throwing the mother of all tantrums in a restaurant. Or at the checkout aisle of the supermarket, or the car park. Anywhere, really. Every parent dreads that moment when...

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Xander Xhosa Apps turn one on Mandela Day 2015

We can hardly believe that our Xander Xhosa apps are one year old on Mandela Day.  What started as one entrepreneurial idea has turned into a suite of 18 educational Apps for children in five African Languages. Sibella Knott-Craig’s vision was to create an opportunity for mother-tongue learning through...

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Role Models in the Media: Who do your children look up to?

“In today’s 24/7 media environment, in which kids may be spending more time with media than they are with their parents, choosing positive role models is more important than ever.” Commonsense Media Image courtesy of Public Domain Images We all know the child in preschool who is so fascinated...

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Basic Computer Skills for Kids

“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming The world is moving impossibly fast, and it can be intimidating to prepare and equip your children properly. But one thing we do know, is that computers and the internet are here to stay...

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Can children still just be children today?

I was privileged enough to grow up on a farm, where we literally had stones that we pushed around in lieu of toy cars, while making excited revving noises. Not for a minute did I feel that I was missing out, or that my life was anything less than...

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#XanderMoms winter recipes

We’ve previously asked our #XanderMoms how they use and manage technology in their lives. Now that the days are shorter and we are spending more time indoors, we thought we would ask them to share some of their favourite go-to recipes with us. We’re keen to know how they...

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Playing with your food

Remember the mashed potato train? Or the aeroplane spoon with the zooming noises? Moms have tried in a hundred different way to make food interesting, and to get kids to eat their veggies. Some moms take this to new heights, and there is a delightful trend of wild and wonderful...

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Cath Jenkin, digital mom and tech groundbreaker

“ I know and believe that we have a community here that’s like no other, and that we live in a country of possibility.” Cath Jenkin is a parenting columnist, copywriter and Managing Editor for DigiKids, one of our favourite South African parenting and tech sites. How does Cath...

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Sibella Knott-Craig: Xander’s Creator and the Mom who started it all

Our super #XanderMom for this week is Sibella Knott-Craig. To say that Sibella is a busy working mom would be an understatement. As CEO and co-founder of Tribage, she manages to look after three young children while building a truly African tech company and – of course, taking the...

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Why your Mom is awesome

  “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning We’re feeling a bit sentimental this week, what with Mother’s day coming up next month. But let’s forget about the cards and the chocolates, and examine what the love and attention  of a mother, father or caregiver can truly...

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Leslie Maliepaard: Energy conscious, organised and efficient #XanderMom

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”  Eleanor Roosevelt   Our very organised mom this week is Leslie Maliepaard, one of the driving forces behind the Renewable Energy solutions business Charge Energy. “My daughter is now 3 years old and at pre-primary school. It’s...

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Playing: Allowing children to grow and learn

  “Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori   The school holidays are just around the corner for most of us. The kids can’t wait to get away from the routine of school, but many parents dread filling the days and keeping their kids busy. What...

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Xander Apps team attends The Barn Khayelitsha launch

Let’s think of our problems as opportunities – Helen Zille The Bandwidth Barn has recently launched The Barn Khayelitsha as a community-based incubator which focuses on areas in which there is a market need and an opportunity for growth.  This building will provide much-needed business services and infrastructure  to...

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The place of technology in our lives: Finding a balance

In this century, the mass media have come to rival parents, school, and religion as the most influential institution in children’s lives. – Media and Values Magazine We all hear about the benefits of educational games and applications, but secretly we also worry about how much screen time is appropriate...

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