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DRUM Supermom

DRUM Supermom

DRUM Supermom

Parenthood is a serious, demanding business and because every child is different each new phase is unchartered territory. DRUM Supermom helps parents navigate the uncertainty with practical advice. This new magazine covers various topics such as discipline, dealing with bullying, ways to help them do well at school, how to handle sleep problems and more. It also includes great recipes for healthy meals and tasty lunchboxes as well as fun educational activities and experiments for kids to do at home.

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
R 29,95

in this issue

1 min
from the team

MOTHERHOOD! It’s the most beautiful, and baffling, experience in the world, isn’t it? Children are a gift, they’re little miracles entrusted to us, and most of the time, bringing them up is wonderful, rewarding and a source of great happiness. But as we all know, it’s not the easiest job in the world. And as the saying, goes,“It takes a village to raise a child”. So welcome to the DRUM Supermom village! We’d love to be part of your community as you experience the highs and lows of parenting your children. For that reason, we’ve selected stories to inform and inspire you, and to give you ideas, tips and tried-and-tested remedies to make your parenting journey more interesting and rewarding – and most of all, help your children reach their potential…

8 min
gugu will always inspire us

SHE LOOKS up, smiles ruefully and says: “With my loss, I haves learnt that family is everything. I know that no one knows what tomorrow holds.” And few know this better than Letshego Zulu as she tries to come to terms with the untimely death on Mount Kilimanjaro last July of her racing-driver husband, Gugu Zulu. She now grapples with the challenges of suddenly being a single mother to their beloved baby girl, Lelethu. Mom and daughter have endured their first family Christmas without him, but with characteristic optimism and a huge measure of courage, 32-year-old Letshego says the two of them now share an extra- special bond: they both lost the man they loved. And Letshego is determined to honour Gugu’s memory by not only being the best mother she can…

6 min
building a bond

IT MIGHT come as a shock to realise how quickly your children grow up. It might seem like only yesterday when you rocked your baby to sleep or celebrated special birthdays at their favourite restaurant. It’s a sad reality, but the separation starts slowly. Your eight-year-old refuses your kiss when you drop her off at school, or your 10-year-old son begs you not to embarrass him by saying “I love you” in front of his friends. Then, before you know it, you have sullen teenagers on your hands. They spend hours texting their friends but have nothing to say to you – and in a flash, they’re off to university or work in another town and you don’t see them for ages. FIGHTTO STAY CLOSE It can be a fight to get emotionally close…

5 min
how to raise honest kids

ALL PARENTS have had times where they worry about their child’s honesty – whether it’s an imaginative fib (“I just jumped two metres high!”) or a troubling lie (“it was Thulile who made the mess, not me!”). Call them untruths, falsehoods or exaggerations – we do feel unsettled when we catch our kids lying, even if they’re still too young to understand the difference between reality and a fib. But the truth is that all kids lie – and it’s a habit that can spin out of control so it’s necessary to curb it from an early age. WHY CHILDREN LIE Small children don’t always know the difference between fantasy and reality, or they might not realise that lying is unacceptable. But older children, who understand right from wrong, usually lie for the same reasons…

3 min
learning to care

HERE’S AN interesting fact: children who are socially active don’t only grow up to be more compassionate and caring adults – they also tend to do better at school, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and become successful, creative adults. So if kids can learn to be generous and kind, the pay-off is huge – for the people who’s life they make a little better, as well as for themselves. Here’s how to get them started from a young age. RAISING AN EMPATHETIC CHILD ▪ Caring for others starts at home. Take your child’s emotions seriously. If your son cries, don’t tell him not to be a crybaby – rather say: “I can see you’re upset. What has happened?” Treating children with compassion turns them into compassionate people. ▪ Talk to your children about how…

2 min
better world

1 SAYTHANK YOU ▪ Bake cookies and take them to your nearest police or fire station. The people on duty would appreciate the thought and your child can meet a few of his heroes and see the fire engines close up. MORE IDEAS ▪ Encourage kids to draw pictures of firemen or policemen in action to put up on the wall. ▪ They could write a prayer or poem for them on a pretty piece of paper and frame it. ▪ Give them a fire engine/police van or fireman or policeman built with Lego or ordinary blocks. ▪ Let kids glue old fireman or policeman toys on a piece of painted cardboard to make an artwork they can give away. 2 LEARNING TO GIVE ▪ Kids under 10 are too young to be volunteers but there are many…