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Parenting is not for “sissies” and we shouldn’t be shy to ask for help. We have a growing list of companies offering regular parenting workshops. Here’s a list of parenting workshops coming up. Click here to find the list of companies that organise them.

On October 11th t that’s Wednesday here’s a free support group for moms organized by the Family Centre in Bedfordview. They meet once or twice a month. The next meeting is Oct 11th. Its called Mom’s Circle of Support , Bella Vida in Bryanston organizes something similar, so check them out on Jozikids to find out more.

Next Thursday October 13th, there’s a talk called  Bridging the Digital Divide Its about helping parents who do not understand the internet and all the new technologies kids are into understand how to embrace and deal with these.  The speaker and organizer here is Nikki Bush of the Bright Ideas Outfit based in Douglasdale , Sandton.

Finally we have 2 more parenting courses taking place on October 19th.

The first one is run by  Practical Parenting called the Power of Play teaching parents and child minders about age appropriate  stimulation and play for children.  The venue is the Field and Study Centre in Parkmore and takes place on Oct 19th.

Raising Readers is a 2 hour course, designed to help parents to nurture reading at home, equip parents with techniques to develop their children’s reading skills and empower parents with information about reading. Organised by Cherise’s Little Music Studio in Sundowner on Oct 19.

SHOWS & EXPOS THIS WEEK

2 great  family events for you today , an outdoor picnic and a toy expo.

11th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic –on Sunday 9th from 1-4pm at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort. Picnic in the Garden and enjoy entertainment for the whole family by the Marimba Band, the Endangered Animal Character show, children’s magic show, train rides, face painting, sand art and also attend a Teddy Bear Workshop. Remember to bring along a ‘spare’ teddy bear to leave behind for donation to The Teddy Bear Clinic for abused children, our principal beneficiary,

There’s  fabulous toy expo at the Sci-bono Discovery Centre in Newtown this weekend. Its called the  Gizmos & Gadgets remote control & techno toy expo, There’ll be model plane, train and automobile demonstrations, interactive science shows, obstacle challenges, and family workshops. Remote controlled planes demonstrations are scheduled to take place in the Newtown Park and model car raceshappening in  Miriam Makeba Street. Cost is only R10 for kids and R20 for adults.

Also next Sunday

Midrand used to be abundant with the mighty bullfrogs, but their numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate. Pyxi Conservation Day at Lory Park Zoo  is to create awareness about this wonderful animal. There will be loads of fun activities for kids to enter, like the hopping on one leg race, leap froging and lilly pad dance competition, so come dressed in green on October 16th

Remember you can find more ideas of what to do with your family in the Gauteng region on www.Jozikids.co.za on your computer or your cell phone

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