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Prevent violence against women and children


By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3,...

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Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

At wits’ end with your whining child?

By Melodie Veldhuizen Does your toddler’s whining sometimes drive you crazy? The irritating speaking with a whiny voice makes you so angry that eventually you give in and let her have her way. You think she is probably manipulating you, but is this truly the case? And how does one handle it in a positive way? Why do toddlers whine? Whining is fairly common in children from a young age. Sometimes they do it to get their way or to attract attention. However, often it is because they don’t possess the vocabulary or don’t know how to say they aren’t ... Lees meer.

The effect if the Covid-19 lockdown on the relationship between grandparents and grand-children

By Melodie Veldhuizen Prior to Covid -19 and the accompanying restrictions, many grandchildren and grandparents saw each other at least once per week, or even daily. However, in one fell swoop even those who live just a stone’s throw away from each other are in the same boat as cyber grandparents and grandchildren and the only communication with each other is via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and WhatsApp. In difficult times a person’s emotions are just as vulnerable, if not more, as the body. Granddads, grandmas and grandchildren suffer and long for each other’s physical presence. Why is personal contact between ... Lees meer.

Advice by a veteran in home schooling to Covid-19 home-schooling families

By Marli Naidoo Covid-19 and the lockdown have cast everybody adrift in their own little boat on stormy seas and every parent (willingly or not) has emerged as a home schooler. In spite of the wonderful time of togetherness for families, instructing your own children academically is not always an easy task. Fortunately there are parents who have been schooling their children at home for years who have plenty advice. Do not try to create a duplicate school at your home. Many parents work from home fulltime or are still working away from home and there are simply not enough ... Lees meer.

Helping kids deal with disappointment

By Dr Eugene Brink Not unlike adults, kids will face all manner of disappointments in their young lives. Losing races, being snubbed by friends and not being included in sport teams leave many children crestfallen and despondent. Although some of it will inevitably hurt them, there are mechanisms at your disposal as a parent to help them cope. And like most adversity, it can also be used for good to aid their development. “With proper support and frequent discussions about coping with disappointment and overcoming obstacles, young children can learn how to handle life’s disappointments, big and small,” says Katie ... Lees meer.


Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

How to defuse Covid stress in households

By Nico Strydom A worldwide pandemic of a new, unknown virus can cause severe stress and anxiety, which can also be aggravated by regulations introduced in an effort to combat the virus. According to Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communication manager of the security company Fidelity ADT, they are definitely seeing an increase in stress in households if you look at the comments on WhatsApp and social-media community groups where people are asking for help when they hear screaming or fighting in houses in their street. “There are also angry and threatening messages against neighbours and those who do not ... Lees meer.

Be aware of the small habits that could destroy your marriage

By Melodie Veldhuizen You still love each other, but your marriage no longer is the safe place it used to be. Perhaps one or more small habits are busy destroying your once happy marriage. An incident here or there can still be overlooked, but a regular repetition of the same must cause the hazard lights to start flickering.  Do you recognise some of them? You use work as an excuse to avoid your partner, by staying at the office for long hours or even bringing work home. Finances: Only one party manages your financial affairs, or you are dishonest about ... Lees meer.

Restore respect in your marriage

By Marli Naidoo The loss of respect for each other can break down a marriage fast. The good news is that this lost respect can be restored and you take each other into consideration again. When you respect each other you accept that you differ and that you think differently about things, you respect personal boundaries, have a mutual understanding about what is acceptable in your relationship, and there is balance and fairness. If there is a circle of balanced give and take, it is a sign of a respectful relationship. Choose the restoration of respect. This is a conscious ... Lees meer.

Discover your partner’s love language

By Melodie Veldhuizen You don’t doubt your love for one another, yet you often feel unloved and therefore discontented. This is because people experience love in different ways and why your loved one doesn’t experience the way in which you show you care, as love. In his book, Five languages of love, Gary Chapman, an expert in the field of relationships and marriage, distinguishes the following love languages: constructive words, quality time, gifts, servitude and physical touch. Constructive words: This means compliments for specific things you find attractive and sincere words of thanks for specific things your partner does which ... Lees meer.


5 Human Foods That Will Harm Your Dog

By Anja van den Berg You might think that sharing your treats with your pets show them how much you love them. After all, who can resist those puppy-dog eyes begging for a morsel? But hold off on spoiling them with human indulgence. Some foods that you enjoy are just out-and-out bad for your dog and can cause health problems. Even if your dog has eaten these foods in the past with no problems, they could be causing serious issues you might not realise. Here are the five worst foodstuffs you should never feed dogs, no matter how adorably they ... Lees meer.

Choosing the right pet for your child

By Dr Eugene Brink You’re thinking about treating your child by getting them a pet they can adore and spend time with. The spin-off is that they are taught some responsibility by caring for a living being. While this all sounds wonderful, it is advisable that you first assess what animal is best for them. Also, it is a long-term commitment and the care of such an animal will eventually in all likelihood fall unto you. First of all. . . There are several handy guidelines to keep in mind when taking such a big decision. The American Association of ... Lees meer.

Get the right pet sitter

By Emsie Martin It’s bad for an animal lover to plan a holiday while you know your beloved pet cannot go along. And then, when the holiday arrives, they look at you with those big, sad eyes as if they know that you are going to leave them alone. Start looking for a pet sitter for your next holiday right away so that your pet can stay in the comfort of its own house and you can have peace of mind while on holiday. There are various options Traditional options include a kennel or a house sitter. It is extremely ... 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.


Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

Travel in the midst of Covid-19 and thereafter

By Nico Strydom Numerous countries have enabled their citizens to once again travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts agree that the travel experience will for now and long afterwards be very different. South Africans started travelling again for work on 1 June. At this stage travel for relaxation or pleasure remains forbidden. International travel is also not allowed, with South Africa’s borders  remaining closed. However, Oz Desai, CEO of Corporate Traveller, warns that the travel experience will for now appear quite different. “Travellers should be aware that the rules and regulations for travel can and will ... Lees meer.

Online security for the whole family

By Melodie Veldhuizen It is not only families’ physical security that is put at risk by dangers such as car hijacks, robbery and burglaries. Because most modern families use technology for playing, recreation and work, everybody’s online security must also be guarded. We share a few security measures. Install reliable antivirus software to protect your computers against viruses, spyware and malware. Secure your wi-fi network so that cyber criminals cannot use your bandwidth or infect your computers with malware or launch malware attacks from your system. Use a strong password for your router, enable cordless encryption to avoid strangers from ... Lees meer.

Protect your loved ones and your possessions

By Melodie Veldhuizen Many of us have been victims of crime ourselves, or know someone who has. It is a given and unfortunately something to which we cannot turn a blind eye or deaf ear. Everyone is exposed to it daily, which is why it is essential to do everything possible to protect ourselves, our loved ones as well as our possessions, at home and on the road. Safety at home Lock all doors and windows when no-one will be at home, and also when you are at home. Invest in a security system and test it frequently to ensure ... Lees meer.

What is child abuse?

By Marli Naidoo We will not give our children stones when they ask for bread. Unfortunately there are parents who do exactly that. Child abuse occurs in all communities and children do not always hate the abuser. In most cases the abuser is somebody known to the child or his family. Child abuse is any interaction or absence of interaction that results in non-accidental damage to the child’s physical condition or development. This includes not only physical damage but also emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Sexual abuse Sexual abuse takes place when somebody forces or solicits a ... Lees meer.


Travel in the midst of Covid-19 and thereafter

By Nico Strydom Numerous countries have enabled their citizens to once again travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts agree that the travel experience will for now and long afterwards be very different. South Africans started travelling again for work on 1 June. At this stage travel for relaxation or pleasure remains forbidden. International travel is also not allowed, with South Africa’s borders  remaining closed. However, Oz Desai, CEO of Corporate Traveller, warns that the travel experience will for now appear quite different. “Travellers should be aware that the rules and regulations for travel can and will ... Lees meer.

Road safety lessons on the long road to the coast

By Wilma Bedford Road accidents in South Africa are of the highest in the world: Worldwide there are 24.1 deaths per 100 000 road users, while in South Africa the figure is 31.9 per 100 000. In South Africa road deaths are caused by drunk driving, speed, distracted drivers, reckless driving, potholes and worn brakes and tyres. Collisions are the main cause of road deaths and the drivers are mainly 15-29 years old. There has been talk about including road safety in the school curriculum, therefore the long road to your holiday at the coast is a golden opportunity to ... Lees meer.

Travelling In 2020? Top 4 Wellness Tips For Frequent Flyers

By Anja van den Berg While travelling to new destinations is exciting, regular travel can take its toll on your body – especially if you fly frequently for business. If regular travel is on the cards for you in 2020, here are five tips on how to prioritise your wellness: Monitor your sitting. It goes without saying that when you are strapped into your seat on the plane, you have no choice but to remain seated for safety reasons. However, it's essential to be aware of the adverse effects of all that sitting during multiple voyages. An ever-expanding body of ... Lees meer.

Travelling during pregnancy

By Nico Strydom For many women travelling during pregnancy can be a concern as it requires extra planning and precautions. Pregnant women who intend travelling should talk to their doctor ahead of time so that they can be advised as to which inoculations are safe and what precautions they should take for their and their babies’ health. Pregnant women are generally advised to not travel too much or unnecessarily. If, however, there are no complications with regard to the pregnancy, travelling is on the whole safe, but it is advisable not to travel after a pregnancy of 35 weeks. The ... Lees meer.

Teach children to show gratitude for gifts

By Marli Naidoo It’s time to open gifts and the kids want to jump out of their skin with excitement, while the parents break out in a cold sweat. How will your child react to his gifts? Hopefully he doesn’t cry when he opens his uncle’s gift. When your three-year-old shows he isn’t happy with his gift, it is normal, and you can’t do much about it. When, however, it is your teenager who sits around with a long face after having torn of the gift wrap, you need urgent intervention. Teach your children from a young age about gratitude ... Lees meer.


Recipe: Chocolate marble banana bread

Lea Brink Everyone enjoys baking banana bread. This one will be your favourite by far. You will need: 4 medium size bananas ¾ cup sugar 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/3 cup milk 1½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 6 tablespoons boiled water Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a bread pan with butter and sprinkle some cake flour over the base to make sure the banana bread will not stick. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the bananas, sugar, oil, milk and vanilla essence to an electric ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Almond butter oatmeal cookies

Lea Brink A healthy snack for the youngsters. You can adapt the recipe if your child is allergic to peanuts. You will need: 2 cups uncooked oatmeal ½ cup almond butter or peanut butter ½ cup raw honey or golden syrup ½ cup coconut oil ¼ cup cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence Mix all the ingredients and stir well. Place one tablespoon of the batter on a baking plate. Repeat the process until you have approximately 15 cookies on the plate. Place in the freezer for one hour before enjoying. Pack the cookies in a plastic container and store ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Sweet potato bread

Lea Brink Fill your home with the divine aroma of freshly baked bread. You will need: 1½ cups boiled and mashed sweet potatoes 3 tablespoons water ½ cup oil 2 eggs ¼ cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1¾ cups cake flour 1¼ cups sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup chopped pecan nuts 1 teaspoon nutmeg Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a bread pan with Spray and Cook. Mix the sweet potatoes, eggs, oil, sour cream and vanilla ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Chocolate and almond Swiss roll

Lea Brink When everybody is working from home, it’s great to be able to treat them to a slice of this chocolate Swiss roll. You will need: ¾ cup cake flour 1/3 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 4 eggs, separated ¾ cup castor 5 tablespoons sour cream ¼ cup melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Filling: 250ml fresh cream 2 tablespoons castor sugar 1 tin “caramel treat” Top layer: 160 g milk chocolate 80g dark chocolate 120ml fresh cream 1 teaspoon coconut oil 2 cups almond slivers Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a baking plate ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Rainbow cake

Lea Brink Make this difficult time very special with your family. You will need: 2 cups self-raising flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup margarine 1 cup castor sugar Green food colouring Pink food colouring 4 eggs 12 white, hollow Easter eggs Filling: White chocolate ganache 80 ml fresh cream 80 g chopped white chocolate Frosting: Butter icing 6 egg-whites 1½ cups white sugar Pinch of salt 500g soft butter (at room temperature) 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 1 cup speckled eggs Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line two medium size cake pans with baking paper. Grease or spray the bottom ... Lees meer.


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