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Recipe: Health rusks with pecan nuts and red bush berries


By Lea Brink Rusks you should have in your pantry the whole year round. You will need: 2 kg self-raising flour 1 kg Nutty Wheat 1 kg bran 500g chopped pecan nuts 300g dried red bush berries 1 kg margarine ½ cup oil 7 teaspoons baking powder 7 teaspoons salt...

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Why is my child always hungry?

By Marli Naidoo Some children literally ask the whole day, “Mom, what can I eat?”. It feels as if the food is disappearing into a bottomless pit or that it never existed. It could be that your toddler is really hungry, or he eats due to other causes. There are two basic types of hunger: emotional and physical. Emotional hunger is when we eat to process what we feel, and physical hunger has to do with the body’s need for energy and nutrients. It is important for our children to be aware of these two types of hunger. Ask him ... Lees meer.

Raise an entrepreneur

By Essie Bester As parents, our most important work is to ensure our children grow up to one day be honest, loyal and courageous individuals. In today’s world this is easier said than done. Times are changing The world has changed drastically since we were children. Our society is now better connected, but controversial and more confusing than ever before. For previous generations the path to the future was more straightforward. You just had to work hard at school, obtain a university degree or other post-school qualification. This was your guarantee to getting a good job with a company that ... Lees meer.

Four tactics for working parents to make regular family meals a reality

By Anja van den Berg Getting the whole family around the dinner table at the same time is one of the most challenging parts of working parenthood.  Yet, it’s a ritual that stretches much further than merely filling up your kids’ tummies. According to The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit organisation operating out of Harvard University, kids who eat with their families roughly five days a week exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, obesity, and depression. They also have higher grade-point averages, better vocabularies, and more self-esteem. Although you’d probably like nothing better than sitting down to a ... Lees meer.

Walking barefoot is good for children

By Melodie Veldhuizen Barefoot children symbolise freedom, innocence, comfort … whether they are the tiny feet of a baby, or the bare feet of a toddler who has played outside all day. Yet cute baby and children’s shoes on the shop shelves always attract our attention. Before you once again restrict growing children’s feet in cute shoes, look at the advantages for children of walking barefoot. Your feet are the ‘foundation’ of your body and have to grow and develop from babyhood, as they have to carry your body for the rest of your life. Walking barefoot ensures that children’s ... Lees meer.

Cravings for unusual substances during pregnancy

By Nico Strydom The craving some pregnant women have to eat unusual, non-essential or even harmful substances is no myth – it even has a medical term. The term is pica, but why some women have the urge to eat strange or unusual items is not clear. The medical term is derived from the Latin name for the magpie (Pica Pica), a bird that will eat almost anything. It is assumed that pica is related to an iron deficiency or bad eating habits. There is no specific test to determine if a pregnant woman has pica but a doctor can ... Lees meer.


Four tactics for working parents to make regular family meals a reality

By Anja van den Berg Getting the whole family around the dinner table at the same time is one of the most challenging parts of working parenthood.  Yet, it’s a ritual that stretches much further than merely filling up your kids’ tummies. According to The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit organisation operating out of Harvard University, kids who eat with their families roughly five days a week exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, obesity, and depression. They also have higher grade-point averages, better vocabularies, and more self-esteem. Although you’d probably like nothing better than sitting down to a ... Lees meer.

You’ve decided to get divorced ─ so what now?

By Emsie Martin Nobody gets married with the intention to divorce. The hard reality, however, is that 40% of marriages end in the divorce court before the 10th anniversary. Statistics SAs latest figures show that 25 326 divorces were granted in South Africa in 2016. When your marriage has broken down irretrievably or if there is any other reason that made you decide to dissolve your marriage through divorce, it would be advisable to obtain a legal opinion on the matter. There are a whole number of issues that will have to be addressed: custody of the children access to such ... Lees meer.

Cheap or free: Date nights need not break the bank

By Marli Naidoo One of the excuses that have been worked to death, is that there simply isn’t money for a night out (without the kids, mind you) with your loved one. You will have to quickly change your mind about these excuses when you realise that all you need for having a wonderful time with your partner, is creativity and a good imagination. A cheap or free “date night” could even be more exciting than an expensive dinner at a swanky restaurant. You do not have to go out to spend time together. After dropping the children at Grandma’s ... Lees meer.

Fight fair with your loved ones

By Wilma Bedford Identify exactly what you are angry about and decide why you are angry; in this way you can choose how you are going to express your anger. Was property physically damaged, was your integrity doubted, were you offended, were rules broken that you jointly agreed upon, was a confidence broken? Is it about principles or personalities? Are you partly to blame for the unhappiness? Put yourself in the shoes of your loved ones and try to understand the matter from their perspective. The relationship must still be a priority, especially if it is family members, because you ... Lees meer.

Do you feel lonely in your relationship?

By Wilma Bedford Loneliness does not only hit singles; a person can also experience loneliness within a relationship or marriage. Where it occurs within a relationship, it can be dangerous should the source of the loneliness not be addressed timeously. The feeling of loneliness occurs when one or both parties feel that the mutual bond they once had has faded, the glow has dimmed and the dynamics within the relationship have changed. They feel lonely because they no longer have time for one another due to family and work commitments and unresolved disputes that have accumulated, and because communication with ... Lees meer.


My dog barks too much

By Marli Naidoo There are many reasons why some dogs bark excessively. Some dog-breeds bark more than others. Don’t choose a guard dog if you don’t want him to bark. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise are inclined to bark more. Too little stimulation can cause your dog to become bored. When dogs are left alone the entire day, they can start missing you, become bored and start barking endlessly. Dogs in general are excitable creatures. When you play with them, they can bark playfully. After all, this is their way of speaking. Dogs communicate through barking, moaning and crying. ... Lees meer.

Help, my pet has bad breath

By Melodie Veldhuizen Most cat and dog lovers have noted that their animal friends have bad breath. You can do something about it, if you know what the cause is. Some of the causes can be treated and even preventd, while others can only be treated at great cost. Pica. This is an eating disorder where animals, especially dogs, will eat anything they see that is not food, such as faeces, stones, ground, hair, paint and even cloth. This can cause serious health problems, such as intestinal sores, blockage of the intestines or irritation of the digestive tract. You may ... Lees meer.

Should I have my dog’s hair shorn or not?

By Emsie Martin Summer has arrived, not only for us but also for our pets. Most of us think now is a good time to strip your dog of its abundance of hair, just as you strip your clothes and change into swimwear or shorts. But is it really a good idea to have your wooly bundle’s hair shorn off? Health issues associated with heat are noticeable among brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs, especially those with long hair. In the South African heat it would really help them to have their hair shorn. Benefits of shaving your dog in summer: • It ... Lees meer.

Caring for your pet during a heat wave

By Emsie Martin Most of us have already experienced the extremely hot days of this summer season and you might be thinking it’s a good time to strip you dog of his thick ruff, just as we strip of layers of clothes and walk around in swimsuits and shorts. Your pet is also hot, but first ask your vet if it is the right thing to do. Following are some tips from the SPCA on how to protect your pet against the heat this summer: If possible, keep your pets indoors when it gets too hot. If that is not ... Lees meer.

Prepare your pet for the new baby

By Nico Strydom The arrival of a new baby can turn a household on its head and it could also affect the house pets. Once the new baby has come home, it is accompanied by an overwhelming array of new sounds and smells, and this could upset a dog, especially if it is not used to children. A baby also results in drastic changes to the daily routine, which means that your dog’s schedule could possibly also change. A new baby could also result in a dog getting less attention than before for a while. All this can result in ... Lees meer.


Procedure to be followed after a car accident

By Emsie Martin A car accident happens in a wink and usually you are in shock and cannot think straight. If nobody was seriously injured but the car suffered a lot of damage, it is good to know the procedure to be followed. If the engine is still idling, switch it off to make sure that a spark does not perhaps start a fire. Do not leave the scene, it is a punishable offence. Stand out of danger and keep calm. If you are in shock, call somebody to support you. Activate the hazard warning flashers or put out the ... Lees meer.

How to protect your family against burns

By Nico Strydom Burns are usually caused in and around the home and that is why it is essential to take the necessary precautions. To health care providers the winter months are known as the burn season as people who contract burns during this period usually increase significantly. This is of course due to the cold and people using appliances to try and stay warm. According to Russel Meiring, spokesperson of ER24, burns can be very serious for children as well as adults. “However, children are more inclined to contract serious burns as they cause an accident more easily and ... Lees meer.

Safety tips for women drivers

By Emsie Martin Women who drive alone need to take a few extra precautions, for instance: Should you notice a vehicle following you closely, turn into a different road than the one you would normally take. Remain aware of your surroundings. Should the other vehicle turn into the same road, take a few more twists and turns. If the other vehicle continues to stick with you, it would be safe to assume you are being followed and may be the target of foul play. Do not stop or allow the other driver to pull up beside you, or try to ... Lees meer.

A victim of theft: How to make peace with it and move on

By Marli Naidoo Regardless of the way in which your possessions were stolen, it is still a traumatic experience. It could be a so-called “friend” who stole valuable earrings from your wardrobe, a burglar who invaded your house, or an armed street robbery. Each of these events has emotional consequences, which, naturally, differ in seriousness. All people react differently to traumatic events. Your reaction may be influenced by various factors, including personality, coping ability, values, convictions and experiences. How does one handle the shock, anger, sadness and fear that can torture you after such incidents? Get support. It is no ... Lees meer.

Restrain that road-rage monster

By Wilma Bedford Statistics for 2018 reveal that 18 000 people die on South African roads annually, of which numerous are related to road rage. 150 thousand people are seriously injured and 8 500 are paralysed in accidents, and this costs the state R300 million a year, without even taking into account the personal and emotional loss. From these figures it is clear that there are no winners in a road-rage incident, but only consequences and losers. Road rage is when a vehicle is driven in such a way that other people, vehicles or property are injured or damaged, deliberately bumping against ... Lees meer.


Must I entertain my child right through the holidays?

By Marli NaidooSchool holidays, a time for children to enjoy playing and spending time at home! Unfortunately some parents and children don’t see it this way. Parents feel that their children must not become bored and that it is the parents’ job to make sure that their children’s days are filled with activities and excursions. We are scared that our children will tell us they are bored.It is, however, not good for our children to be entertained all the time. It is noticeable that it is precisely the busiest children who complain that they are bored. They are used to ... Lees meer.

The ultimate holiday checklist for your home

By Dr Eugene Brink You’re so tired the only things you can think of are cocktails and idyllic beaches. The last thing you want to think of is expending more effort and time in and on your house. However, if you are going away, it is crucial that you tick some things off your last to-do list for 2018. The advantage most people have is that they now have more time to do it than during the busier parts of the year. But before you dive in and just start doing stuff, take note of some of these useful tips ... Lees meer.

Christmas Time … Again!

That time of year is once again approaching when some people agonize over buying the right gift for a special person or members of the family, how much to spend on it and then if the receivers will find it useful and welcome. What message does your present transmit about yourself, particularly if it is for an in-law? You yourself dread receiving a gift which you don’t want and then having to fake gracious gratitude. Others will agonise over not being able to give at all because their budgets will not stretch to allow purchasing small, let alone elaborate, gifts. ... Lees meer.

Recycle and re-use: Ideas for a green Christmas

By Marli Naidoo A white Christmas with swirling snowflakes may seem attractive, but for me there is nothing better than a green Christmas in sunny South Africa. To make it even greener, we will focus on recycling and re-using as one of our new family traditions. There are many ways in which the amount of plastic that lands on the rubbish heap after Christmas can be decreased.       The easiest way to give a green gift, is by moving away from items that need to be wrapped. For a busy mother who can’t get around to everything, you can arrange ... Lees meer.

Be on the lookout for these holiday dangers

By Dr Eugene Brink Holidays should be about fun and some much-needed rest and relaxation, right? Yes, it should, but reality doesn’t always turn out the way you hoped it would. The truth of the matter is that tragedy may well strike while you are busy vacationing. Unwind you must because that is what holidays are for, but one should also be mindful of the hazards that may await you and your family. In South Africa, these are varied: Being robbed Criminals are always on the prowl and even more so during the holidays when people are letting their guard ... Lees meer.


Recipe: Health rusks with pecan nuts and red bush berries

By Lea Brink Rusks you should have in your pantry the whole year round. You will need: 2 kg self-raising flour 1 kg Nutty Wheat 1 kg bran 500g chopped pecan nuts 300g dried red bush berries 1 kg margarine ½ cup oil 7 teaspoons baking powder 7 teaspoons salt 4 cups brown sugar 2 litre buttermilk Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the dry ingredients together. Melt the margarine and add the oil. Stir through thoroughly. Add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir well. Add the buttermilk. Add small amounts of water to the batter if too ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Moist chocolate cake with Milo ganache

By Lea Brink Perfect for a tea party. You will need: 3 cups flour 150g cocoa powder 3 teaspoons baking powder 18 eggs 3 cups castor sugar 6 teaspoons vanilla essence 1½ cups melted butter Filling: White chocolate ganache 80 ml fresh cream 80g chopped white chocolate Top layer: Milo ganache 250 ml fresh cream 300g finely chopped dark chocolate 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup Milo Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line three round (20x20cm) cake tins with baking paper and spray well with Spray and Cook. Sift the dry ingredients together and add a pinch of salt. Divide the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Salmon and avocado pear fritters

By Lea Brink Enjoy the salmon fritters on their own with a green salad or on a bread roll. You will need: 2 tins drained salmon 2 chopped cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons chopped dill 1½ cups bread crumbs 5 sprigs of spring onion, chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 eggs 2 tablespoons mustard Coarse salt and pepper 250 ml sour cream 1 medium size avocado pear, peeled ¼ cup olive oil Blend the avocado pear and olive oil in the food processor until smooth. Mix the salmon, cloves of garlic, dill, spring onions, lemon juice, eggs, mustard, salt and ... Lees meer.

More beautiful and healthy with products from your kitchen

By Essie Bester Long before the discovery of all the wonderful antiageing chemicals and top-class products that guarantee youth and health, people used much simpler and cost-efficient ingredients. You will find many of these ingredients in your kitchen. Turmeric This spice, which is mostly associated with aromatic Indian food, is nowadays also used as an ingredient in smoothies, tea, supplements and beauty products. It is a wonderful immune booster. However, it can do much more than fighting off winter germs because it contains a powerful bioactive compound called curcumine. It is thought that curcumine, because of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ... Lees meer.

Four tactics for working parents to make regular family meals a reality

By Anja van den Berg Getting the whole family around the dinner table at the same time is one of the most challenging parts of working parenthood.  Yet, it’s a ritual that stretches much further than merely filling up your kids’ tummies. According to The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit organisation operating out of Harvard University, kids who eat with their families roughly five days a week exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, obesity, and depression. They also have higher grade-point averages, better vocabularies, and more self-esteem. Although you’d probably like nothing better than sitting down to a ... Lees meer.


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