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Fillet of beef carpaccio with crisp French bread


By Lea BrinkThe tastiest and most romantic snack to share with a loved oneYou need:300 g fillet of beef2 cups rocket leaves1 lemon, cut in wedges100 g sliced mozzarellaCoarde salt and pepperOlice oilPesto:4 tablespoons olive oil½ cup basil1 tablespoon pine nuts2 cloves of garlicFresh French breadSpread olive oil over the...

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Blowing bubbles is more than just a game for children

By Melodie VeldhuizenBlowing bubbles with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is a wonderful way of keeping them busy while at the same time giving your child quality time. It’s fun, entertaining and relaxing, but also benefits the child’s development at many other levels.Lauren Mayer, a physiotherapist, teacher and also a mother, tells more about the benefits of this game that has been enjoyed by many children over many generations.It is cheap: Whether you make it yourself or buy it, it is one of the cheapest toys for children.It is versatile. Children can play with it indoors and outside. They can play with ... 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.

Start the new school year without stress

By Melodie VeldhuizenAfter a very short December holiday the new year with all its challenges has arrived. Many parents have not even had a decent break and they start the new year as they ended the old year: exhausted. Not everyone is excited about the new school and work year. But you can kick off the year stress-free and even ensure that it sets the pace for the rest of the school year. Enough sleep ensures that parents and children start the new day refreshed, happy and friendly. In this way you also ensure that no time will be wasted waking up ... Lees meer.

Daughters Of Working Mothers Enjoy Better Careers, Higher Pay And Equal Relationships

By Anja van den Berg Negative perceptions around women who combine paid work with parenthood have been comprehensively demolished in a major study by Harvard University, which shows that daughters of working mothers enjoy better careers, higher pay and more equal relationships than those raised by stay-at-home mothers.The data showed that men were just as likely to hold supervisory jobs whether or not their moms had worked outside the home. But women raised by working mothers were more likely to supervise others at work.Furthermore, the research results reveal that the children of working mothers have more liberal attitudes towards women ... Lees meer.

Moneywise before seven

By Melodie Veldhuizen Moneywise children know how to work with money, that money does not grow on trees and that an inexhaustible source of money does not exist anywhere. They know how to save, how to spend money and they know the value of money. Experts offer advice on how to cul-tivate moneywise children. • Save. Give him a piggy bank, or even a transparent glass bottle. Encourage him to save a portion, for example half of his pocket money, each month. Help him set a savings target that is feasible and not so far into the future that it ... Lees meer.


Technology and infidelity

By Nico Strydom The digital era has not only made it easier for people to cheat on their partners, but has also resulted in some people in relationships now being more suspicious of their partners and also being able to catch them red-handed. The progress in technology means every move you make can be traced. Cell phones follow you everywhere and you leave a digital track that can be followed by anyone who has access to your cell phone. However, this also means that people are now able to create a safe, secret world by downloading programmes on their phones ... Lees meer.

Save your marriage by mastering money management skills

Anja van den Berg For richer or for poorer.  This is what most of us promise our spouse when we pledge ourselves in marriage. Unfortunately, many couples today can’t seem to survive either richer or poorer due to poor money management skills. It’s no secret that fighting about money puts a huge strain on a relationship, says Jennifer Ryan Woods, personal finance expert, writing for Forbes. “Money issues are so troublesome that people who say they're experiencing stress in their relationship cite finances as the number one reason,” Woods explains. According to South African attorney Hugh Raichlin, conflict over finances ... Lees meer.

His Kids, Her Kids. How To Make A Blended Family And Second Marriage Work

By Anja van den Berg You and your partner have decided to make a life together and form a new, blended family that includes children from one or both of your previous relationships.  Congratulations! What lies ahead can be a rewarding as well as a challenging experience. It can take a long time for a blended family to begin to feel comfortable and function well together. While you as parents are likely to approach remarriage and a new blended family with great joy and expectation, your kids or your new spouse’s kids may not be nearly as excited. They will ... Lees meer.

Working Parents, Here’s How To Set Your Relationship Up For Success

By Anja van den Berg The demands of both work and parenting are rising. According to the World Bank, women now constitute 40% to 50% of the workforce in many countries around the world, meaning work outside the home is impacting men and women more equally. The Pew Research Centre has found that dads now see parenting as being just as central to their identities as moms do, and households with kids are now 66% dual-income, versus 49% in 1970. It is no surprise, given these time commitments, that 50% to 60% of parents find work-life balance difficult. Research pair ... Lees meer.

Who comes first: Husband or children?

By Marli Naidoo Perhaps you’re one of those moms who say that their children come before their husbands on the priority list because they did not ask to be here, cannot fend for themselves, and the husband is old enough to take care of himself. However, is this attitude the best for your children and your marriage? It has been found that conjugal bliss dims after the birth of children. This decline is 42% higher in our generation than in the previous one. This happiness and satisfaction decline even more with the birth of every subsequent child. This does not ... 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.

Learn to understand your dog

By Nico Strydom Dogs use their bodies and expressions to communicate their feelings. By learning your dog’s body language you will know when it feels sad, happy, threatened or bad-tempered. Dogs use their whole body to show how they feel in a particular situation. They will bark, whine or growl and use facial expressions and their ears, lips, noses, tails and bodies, and it is therefore important to know what the different expressions and habits mean. It is, however, important to take everything together as well as the situation in which the dog finds itself into consideration, otherwise you may ... Lees meer.

Yes, your dog can also grieve

By Melodie Veldhuizen Some animal-behaviour scientists doubt whether dogs can really feel grief when a human parent dies. Experts claim that dogs function on the same intellectual and emotional level as children of four to five years old. They do not understand the finality of death and therefore they expect the deceased person to come back. And yet, from the behaviour of dogs it is clear that they experience loss when a human parent dies. The intensity with which dogs experience loss and the extent to which they grieve, depend a lot on how close the relationship between the deceased person ... Lees meer.


Checklist For An Emergency Plan When Your Child Is Raped

By Anja van den Berg The recent incident of a seven-year-old girl who was raped in a Dros restaurant restroom in Pretoria has left many South Africans fearing for their children’s safety. The sad reality is this is just one of many incidents – over 40% of all rapes in South Africa are committed against children. In 41% of the more than 120,000 total rape cases reported in the last three financial years, children were the victims, Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed in Parliament recently. The frightening part is that these statistics have been increasing over the years. Acknowledging ... 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.

Teach your children safety in and around the house

By Melodie Veldhuizen For your own peace of mind and your children’s safety it is essential for you to make them aware of safety and how to handle emergency situations from a young age. The most important rules Emergency numbers, contact details and self-identification Children of all ages must know how to use a telephone and where to get help in an emergency. Let them memorise important numbers. If they can read, display emergency numbers close to the telephone where they can easily find them in an emergency. Load important and emergency numbers on the housephone and on everybody’s cell ... Lees meer.

What to do and not to do if you are raped

By Nico Strydom Rape victims are usually too shocked or afraid to act in the moments immediately after the event. However, there are a few steps you can take immediately to ensure your own safety and to help apprehending and prosecuting the rapist as quickly as possible. Make sure you are safe If you have been raped, you should try to get to a safe place as quickly as possible. Immediately tell somebody what has happened Contact somebody as soon as you have reached a safe place. You can contact a family member or friend or go to the nearest ... Lees meer.

Family murders: Who and why

By Dr. Eugene Brink Henri van Breda was recently found guilty and sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murder of his father, brother and mother at the De Zalze luxury estate in Stellenbosch in 2015. It was one of the most sensational trials and family murders in the history of South Africa and garnered intense media attention. It seemed completely senseless and unusual for someone from such an esteemed, stable and well-to-do family to murder them in such an abhorrent manner. This perhaps explains why the case drew the amount of attention and scrutiny it did. Their ... 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.


Fillet of beef carpaccio with crisp French bread

By Lea BrinkThe tastiest and most romantic snack to share with a loved oneYou need:300 g fillet of beef2 cups rocket leaves1 lemon, cut in wedges100 g sliced mozzarellaCoarde salt and pepperOlice oilPesto:4 tablespoons olive oil½ cup basil1 tablespoon pine nuts2 cloves of garlicFresh French breadSpread olive oil over the fillet of beef and cover and generously cover with salt and pepper.Fry the fillet in a hot pan to seal the sides, approximately 2 minutes on each side.Put the fillet aside to rest.Put the olive oil, basil, pine nuts and cloves of garlic together in a food processor. Add salt ... Lees meer.

Summer watermelon salad

By Lea BrinkOne of my favourite summer salads when it is so hot.You need:¼ watermelon, cubed250 g salted almonds100 g preserved onions80 g chopped mint80 g chopped basil150 g cut Danish fetaSugared balsamic reductionMix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir through carefully.Serve on a large serving plate. Spray a generous layer of the balsamic reduction over the salad.Serve immediately with a glass of pink champagne.

Plans to keep your house cleaner

 By Marli NaidooNobody has time to houseclean all day long. All of us therefore need a clever plan or two to help us keep our houses cleaner and neater effortlessly for a longer period of time. A small change can make a big difference.After having washed and dried your hands, quickly wipe the sink dry too. It will always look clean and neat without the need for a frequent scrub.Use liquid hand soap in a squirt bottle for your sink. Cakes of soap on a sink are very messy.Let your children wash their hands outside after playing outside.Empty your dishwasher ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Ginger biscuits cheesecake

By Lea BrinkDelicious cheesecake with all the aromas of ginger and Christmas.You will need:Crust:250g finely chopped Baker’s Nuttikrust biscuits½ teaspoon cinnamon125g unsalted melted butterFilling:600g cream cheese (at room temperature)60g castor sugar200ml double cream1½ teaspoons ginger powder1½ teaspoons cinnamon1 teaspoon nutmeg¼ teaspoon clovesTop layer:250 ml fresh cream½ teaspoon nutmeg1 teaspoon finely chopped sugared ginger2 tablespoons castor sugar4 finely crushed Nuttikrust biscuitsPreheat the oven to 180°C.Mix the Nuttikrust biscuits, butter and cinnamon until the mixture has the texture of coarse sea sand.Grease a standard pastry pan well with butter. Press the biscuit mixture on to the base of the pan. Bake for ... Lees meer.

Computer Gaming: Bane or Blessing?

By Wilma BedfordWith the proliferation of network computers, gaming consoles and handheld devices, computer gaming has become part of the mainstream culture.Inevitably, in many households conflict will arise due to children – and often spouses – spending time online gaming or on play stations, and finding an equitable middle ground becomes increasingly challenging.A common negative criticism of gaming is that it usurps creativity, such as playing with Lego building blocks, and distracts from reading, which is an essential life skill. Interaction with “real” lives like family and friends is neglected, which ultimately leads to a break-down of social cohesion, alienation ... Lees meer.


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