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Claire Marketos

Display name: Inspired Parenting
About Me:

I am a qualified teacher with an honours degree in Psychology. I taught for 10 years in both government and private schools in South Africa, and Switzerland. Spending seven years at The American International School of Johannesburg, during which time I also successfully owned and managed an Education Centre for underprivileged children.

I worked as a Life Line Counsellor and now consult to parents, as well as writing and speaking on parenting/educational topics. My articles have featured in several magazines, newspapers, school newsletters, and books

I have appeared on several radio shows, as well as Great Expectations on eTV. I am the founder and director of The Inspired Parenting Website which offers free advice and information to parents on all parenting/educational aspects, as well as being a proud mom of two gorgeous children.

I am absolutely passionate about children, and really understand them. I also understand how difficult it is being a parent.

At this time of the year when flowers colour our world and new life brings change, pause for a moment and consider how precious your children are.

A new law is being drafted in SA to stop parents smacking their children. This is extremely good news.

His wisdom and life lessons have left us with parenting gifts for a happier more peaceful family life. Here are 10 gifts we should all remember.

Over 1200 children go missing in South Africa every year often at the hands of adults they know, and 9

There is a festive vibe in the air as we relive the excitement of being the first African country to host the world cup in 2010, and most of us have chosen our favourite team to support for 2014.

Open most books and magazines for parents and you will find lists of things you can do to maintain order and control.

Your children are constantly at each other’s throats and all your attempts to discipline them have failed.

We only need to look at Michael Jackson to realise that denying children the freedom to discover who they are and find their passions as Amy Chua suggests, could lead to a tragedy

A gold star for Glenwood High in Durban for “Giving brainy boys a boost”. You are a beacon of hope in the otherwise bleak educational landscape for ‘gifted children’ in South Africa.

This special moment of bonding between you and your child also provides excellent opportunities to use stories to talk about morals and values.

The second year of a child's life or the "terrible two's" as they are so commonly called is a time of great change and discovery in a toddler's life.


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