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Recipe: Gooseberry and blueberry Greek yoghurt tart

Lea Brink Enjoy this tart during the last days of summer. You will need: 1½ cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons butter ¾ cup gooseberries ¾ cup blueberries 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup Greek yoghurt 1...

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Why rhymes are good for infants and toddlers

By Melodie Veldhuizen Most infants and toddlers enjoy rhymes – initially, even before language skills are established, by listening to Mom’s or Teacher’s voice reciting them, and later, by reciting them together and even later reciting them by themselves. It’s fun, especially when accompanied by appropriate gestures, movements and facial expressions. Rhymes certainly have great value for infants and toddlers of all ages and it’s never too early to expose your little one to them. Why are rhymes of such value for infants and toddlers? They contain sophisticated resources that help infants and toddlers to develop an understanding of tone ... Lees meer.

How to handle your strong-willed child

By Melodie Veldhuizen You may already have read the article, Characteristics of a strong-willed child. You have for a long time known or suspected that your child is strong-willed, but don’t have any idea how to handle her. You are at your wit’s end and feel that you are failing as parents. It feels as if no-one likes your little darling and sometimes you as parents even find it difficult to love her. However, if you as parents stand together and handle her in the right way, it can become a win-win situation for everyone. Unfortunately, there are no set ... Lees meer.

Chess and children: The answer to a world filled with distraction?

By Dr Eugene Brink In 2011 the ex-Soviet state of Armenia made chess education mandatory for students. Hence, children are taught chess two hours per week for two years. “But the chess culture spreads far beyond the classroom, with weekly chess magazines and television programmes aimed at children,” writes John Thornhill in Financial Times. Other countries – such as the US, Mexico, Norway and Brazil – are also rolling out extensive chess education programmes. The reason for this is simple: Chess is abundantly beneficial to kids’ cognitive development and skills set. For instance, when Spanish parliamentarians pondered and then passed ... Lees meer.

Characteristics of a strong-willed child

By Melodie Veldhuizen Does your child’s behaviour sometimes drive you up the wall? It feels as if he/she is out to challenge your authority on purpose. You experience his/her as petulant and naughty, while in actual fact he/she is merely strong-willed. These children are often also referred to as spirited, who will not let coaxing and flattery convince them to do something against their will or let go of specific behaviour. A strong will in children could be genetic, or an acquired habit. Test your child’s behaviour with the aid of the following characteristics to determine if he/she is           actually ... Lees meer.

SA teenagers: A guide to the required official documents

By Essie Bester Normally you can apply for official South African documents from the age of sixteen. These are documents that you will need during your matric examinations, when you apply for a driver’s licence and when you want to open a bank account. Here is what you need to take along when you apply for your important official documents: Identity document (ID) Two ID-size photos (For an ID smartcard you do not have to supply any photos.) Birth certificate A certified copy of one of your parent’s or legal guardian’s ID If your parents are deceased, the Department of ... 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.

Spoil your loved one daily

By Marli Naidoo With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we want to make an extra effort to spoil our loved ones. However, we needn’t wait for 14 February to make him/her feel special. Every day offers new opportunities to surprise your darling with small treats that cost very little or nothing. Remember that every person is different. This does not mean that your hubby will like the same treats you do, so make sure that you take his personality, love language and taste into consideration when you decide what you are going to do. Read to him from a ... Lees meer.

Get along with your in-laws during these holidays

By Marli Naidoo Some people get along splendidly with their in-laws, but this is not always the case. For others it sometimes requires a lot of effort to even just be in the same room as their in-laws, However, in these situations it is possible to survive Christmas with your in-laws and even be able to enjoy some moments by applying the following tips: Be willing to be flexible without being controlled by others. This is the season to be thankful and generous, and it will benefit everyone to adopt an attitude of humility. Christmas is not a good time ... 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.

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.

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.

Driving safely when it rains, visibility is poor

By Nico Strydom Rain and poor visibility create the perfect recipe for traffic chaos. Due to the summer rains and load-shedding that once again keeps popping up, the Automobile Association (AA) warns motorists anew to be alert on the road at all times. “Heavy rain influences visibility and can also cause traffic lights to be out of order. The problem is exacerbated by load-shedding and power failures that result in traffic lights being out of order,” says the AA. Soaking rain can further also cause pot-holes to appear overnight. “Small holes become big pot-holes and motorists only see them when ... 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: Pineapple and apple marinated ham

Lea Brink Smoked ham for a cold-meat Christmas dinner. You will need: 500g smoked ham 240g finely crushed canned pineapple pieces ½ cup barbeque sauce (purchased sauce of your choice) 4 Granny Smith apples, finely sliced ¼ cup full-grain mustard 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ cup honey 1 tablespoon chopped sage A smoked ham is already cooked. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the ham in a narrow oven dish. Cut half centimetre slices approximately 80% through. Place the apple slices and pineapple pieces in each slice of the ham. Mix the mustard, honey, paprika and barbeque sauce. Spread the sauce ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Gooseberry and blueberry Greek yoghurt tart

Lea Brink Enjoy this tart during the last days of summer. You will need: 1½ cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons butter ¾ cup gooseberries ¾ cup blueberries 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup Greek yoghurt 1 teaspoon castor sugar 40g white chocolate Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a spring-bottom cake tin with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs, butter, castor sugar and sugar with an electric ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Meatballs in a muffin pan

Lea Brink These meatballs are unique! A hit with the kids. You will need: 500g lean mincemeat 1 cup grated vegetable marrows ½ finely chopped red onion 1 egg ½ cup breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup tomato sauce 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme ½ teaspoon finely chopped rosemary 1 teaspoon parsley ½ cup sour cream Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Spray a muffin pan with Spray and Cook. Mix all the ingredients. Divide the mixture into 12 pieces. Roll 12 balls of equal size and place each ball in a hollow of the muffin pan. Bake for ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Coconut shrimps

Lea Brink Tropical flavours. You will need: 15 shrimps 1 cup cake flour 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon chilli powder Salt and pepper to taste 3 eggs 1 cup coconut 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley Sunflower oil for frying Peel the shrimps and remove the black vein; leave the end of the shrimp’s tail. Mix the paprika, chilli powder, parsley, salt and pepper with the three eggs. Beat the egg mixture well. Mix the coconut and breadcrumbs in a separate mixing bowl. Add the cake flour to a third bowl. Dip each shrimp in the cake flour ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Onion and mozzarella cheese rings

Lea Brink Very popular with the guys while watching a rugby match. You will need: 2 large white onions 8 mozzarella cheese strips 2 cups cake flour 5 eggs 2 cups breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon chilli powder Sunflower oil in which to fry the onion rings. Cut the onion into rings 1½ cm thick. Approximately four large slices can be cut from each onion. Separate the onion slices.  Place one mozzarella strip on top of an onion slice and then a smaller onion slice on top of the mozzarella strip. Repeat the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Energy-filled, low-fat protein bites

Lea Brink A snack to enjoy any time. You will need: 2 cups oats 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 500ml finely crushed dates 3 tablespoons whey protein 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cumin ½ cup coarsely chopped raw almonds ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts 2 teaspoons raw monkey-nuts 1 cup organic coconut flakes 2 teaspoons vanilla extract A pinch of salt ¼ cup honey 180g chopped dark chocolate Mix the oats and finely crushed dates thoroughly. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cumin, whey protein, almonds, walnuts, monkey-nuts, coconut flakes, salt and honey to the dates and mix well. Shape four bars ... Lees meer.

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