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Healthy self-image for your teenager


By Marli Naidoo Adolescence can be an uncertain and strange time for teenagers, and 50% of adolescents will experience a strong decline in self-image and self-assurance. Your teenager will however not tell you that he does not feel self-assured. You have to be on the lookout for signs. A teenager...

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Healthy self-image for your teenager

By Marli Naidoo Adolescence can be an uncertain and strange time for teenagers, and 50% of adolescents will experience a strong decline in self-image and self-assurance. Your teenager will however not tell you that he does not feel self-assured. You have to be on the lookout for signs. A teenager with a low self-image will usually walk with his eyes cast down, not look people in the eye when they speak to him, possibly not be sociable, talk about himself negatively, or apologise too often because he feels everything is his fault. The opposite behaviour can also testify to a ... Lees meer.

Kidnapping: The stats and tips parents should heed

By Dr Eugene Brink Although South Africa has experienced a recent spate of child kidnapping bids, this evil phenomenon is nothing new. On the West Rand, a man leaped over a balustrade and attempted to grab a child before being prevented from doing so by onlookers and he was later arrested. A 15-year-old girl was nearly snatched in Durban. These and other recent examples show the increasing brazenness and desperation of the kidnappers. Previously, crafty techniques would be employed in malls and other crowded areas to kidnap children, but this has now morphed into more bold attempts in quiet suburbs. ... Lees meer.

Bullies

By Wilma Bedford How do you handle a bully? Know your bully. A bully sees someone else as inferior, as a weakling, as vulnerable and a soft target, and therefore easy to intimidate, whether it be through direct violence or psychological bullying, and misuses power allocated to him psychologically and physically to intimidate. A bully’s personality is a combination of the Dark Tetrad: the Machiavelli who calculatingly and coolly manipulates others for his own gain; the psychopath who has no empathy with others and takes risks at the expense of others; the sadist who gains pleasure from physical pain and ... Lees meer.

What do I do with my selfish teenager?

By Marli Naidoo A teenager can be inclined to be totally absorbed with his own life and thoughts, and have little time for the problems and needs of others. Although this is a normal phase of development, loving intervention and instruction in empathy are necessary. If teenagers aren’t equipped to act selflessly, they will develop into self-serving and unpleasant adults. The last section of the brain to reach maturity is the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with impulse control and decision-making. Teenagers therefore use the section of the brain that takes other people’s feelings and thoughts into account to a ... Lees meer.

Your child’s choice

By Emsie Martin What do  you as a parent do if your child’s choice of friends or even a life partner does not meet your approval? How do you handle this difficult situation? Sometimes the reasons why you don’t like your child’s friend are valid and these could include the following: A lack of moral values. The person does not respect your child. A lack of stability. A tendency to act irresponsibly. A model appearance and this is not as important as a good character. Lacking a sense of humour, as humour can carry one through the darkest of times. ... Lees meer.


3 Steps to protect your relationship from your partner’s work stress

By Anja van den Berg The Coronavirus pandemic is causing a peak in workers’ stress levels, with an astonishing number of people describing this time as the most stressful time of their careers. Although some of that stress is due to health and existential concerns, much of it is associated with work, says Jennifer Petriglieri, an associate professor of organisational behaviour and the author of Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work. Additionally, the pressure of juggling work, parenting and household responsibilities adds up to a heavy burden of stress that can easily affect our ... Lees meer.

Domestic violence – how can you help?

By Wilma Bedford The Covid-19 lockdown has placed domestic violence and abuse against women in the spotlight; one out of every six women experiences violence. Violence is any abusive conduct that curbs the rights of any citizen to be free and that causes harm with regard to the health and wellbeing of others. Although the focus is on women and children, the elderly and siblings are also regular defenceless victims, but men as victims are a disregarded group. They receive scant support because they are reticent to seek help due to the possible weakling stigma that will cling to them, ... 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.


The relationship between pets and people

By Emsie Martin Many of us cannot always understand why there are people who don’t like animals, but the bond between man and animals enjoys attention worldwide due to the mutual benefits it contains for both parties. Animals are being increasingly utilised as substitutes for social interaction in homes for the elderly, nursery schools and hospitals. Pets and companion animals can therefore serve as objects for unloading tension on the one hand, and as a link to nature on the other. Pets have an important influence on how people feel about themselves and about life. The emotional, social and physical ... 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.


Crime: We need to take care of ourselves

By Dr Eugene Brink Although the overall levels of crime dropped in the 2019-’20 financial year as compared to the previous year, the devil is in the detail and crime remains unacceptably high. This tendency can be ascribed to the fact that fewer crimes were reported in communities and that fewer crimes were reported through police activity. Although these facts are not properly contextualised, it is fairly safe to assume that communities are losing confidence in the efficiency of the police and therefore do not take the trouble to report a host of crimes. Carjackings, for instance, increased considerably year-on-year. ... Lees meer.

Domestic violence – how can you help?

By Wilma Bedford The Covid-19 lockdown has placed domestic violence and abuse against women in the spotlight; one out of every six women experiences violence. Violence is any abusive conduct that curbs the rights of any citizen to be free and that causes harm with regard to the health and wellbeing of others. Although the focus is on women and children, the elderly and siblings are also regular defenceless victims, but men as victims are a disregarded group. They receive scant support because they are reticent to seek help due to the possible weakling stigma that will cling to them, ... 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.


Going on vacation? Here’s how to reduce your risk of contracting the coronavirus

By Anja van den Berg Now might not be the best time to travel. However, cabin fever is reaching its peak as South Africans have been cooped up for months. And, says Johanna Read, wanderlust and family obligations can be powerful lures. Read specialises in responsible tourism and has worked on issues ranging from pandemic influenza to refugee determination. If you just have to get out for a holiday trip, there are ways to decrease your risks while on vacation. Whether you’re setting off by plane or car, Read helps you understand how you can protect yourself: Transportation The safest ... 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.


Families move in together to save money: Make it work

By Marli Naidoo The Covid-19 lockdown as well as South Africa’s general financial situation has put many people under tremendous financial pressure. A solution that is becoming more popular is for families to share homes. Many families, for instance, move in with grandparents and in so doing relieve the pressure on everybody’s budgets. Living with family could, however, become unbearable if it is not done the right way. Long-term planning is essential. Decide beforehand when you want to go on your own again. Be realistic and allow all parties enough time to get on their feet. Make sure that you ... Lees meer.

Get and store water independent of your municipality

By Marli Naidoo A disturbingly large number of South Africans do not have access to clean drinking water. This does not only apply to people living under the breadline. More and more people use water purification systems in their houses our buy all their drinking water. Many towns and parts of cities are often without water and regular droughts over large parts of the country cause taps to run dry. The idea that households should be able to obtain, purify and store their own water independently is becoming more and more appealing and essential. There are various ways of doing ... Lees meer.

Gardening for the whole family

By Emsie Martin Regardless of whether you have a large erf or just a few pots on the balcony, start a family garden. It’s easy to garden together, resulting in many benefits, not only related to the family, but also all the fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers with which you will be rewarded. Even before you see any results in the garden, you will already notice the change in your family. It is together time during which family members can joke and chat and everyone experience the benefits attached thereto. Physical activity Gardening also is exercise that all of us ... Lees meer.

Your stoep garden

By Wilma Bedford With the recent lockdown and the prospect of more lockdowns in future we take a new look at the stoep and the stoep garden as an additional outside room of the house or we want to try and change the space into something similar with a minimum of trouble. If you don’t have a stoep or a lapa you can still with little effort change an unoccupied corner into a small sanctuary by strategically  placing a chair or two, an umbrella, a small table and a pot plant. Although your stoep garden may not necessarily add value ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Baked chicken with thyme

Lea Brink Aromatic and quick. You will need: 4 chicken breasts 250ml fresh cream 100g finely chopped thyme 400g yellow and red rosa tomatoes ½ finely chopped onion 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese 2 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cut the chicken breasts open lengthwise so that the breasts are flattened into two portions. Pack the chicken breasts in an oven pan next to each other so that there are eight flattened chicken breast portions. Pour generous amounts of the fresh cream over the breasts. Sprinkle the chopped thyme leaves ... Lees meer.


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