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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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The Paperless Classroom is coming to a school near you

“The future depends on what you do today.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Apps and related hardware such a tablets and touch screen devices are part of the modern knowledge landscape. They can have a huge positive impact on education and early learning, especially in countries in Africa, where the education...

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Introduction to our SuperMoms

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” – Lisa Alther We were lucky enough to be able to interview some tech-savvy working moms, and get their input around time management, coping skills and the impact of technology in their lives. We will be...

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Help your kids cope with school related stress.

“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in”. Leonardo da Vinci. The new year can be a time of excitement for kids and families alike. New school, new friends, so many fresh opportunities. And yet, this enthusiasm can just as easily turn to...

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Multilingualism for young children. Yes or No.

‘To have another language is to possess a second soul’. Charlemagne In South Africa, language and the educational language of choice can be a touchy subject, and one that many parents approach with trepidation. There is  so much information out there that moms can feel intimidated. What is the...

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A reason to feel better about passing your ipad to your kids

Until now, little research has been done with younger children, specifically preschool and early-elementary children. Below are the findings of a report that concentrates on reaching children in informal learning environments learning through apps made available for use by children during their leisure or out-of-school time. “A mobile media revolution...

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