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Make the young financially smart

By Emsie Martin In today’s financial turmoil one often hears people say that their children are struggling  to handle money. Sometimes it’s parents’ own fault because they are too eager to help. Carla Oberholzer, a debt advisor at DebtSafe, says: “If there was one specific request that I would have...

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Make the young financially smart

By Emsie Martin In today’s financial turmoil one often hears people say that their children are struggling  to handle money. Sometimes it’s parents’ own fault because they are too eager to help. Carla Oberholzer, a debt advisor at DebtSafe, says: “If there was one specific request that I would have made when I was younger, it would have been: ‘Help us raise a money-smart youth in South Africa’. The concept of money is a fundamental skill that any adult, parent, guardian, family member or teacher can help our young people acquire. Not only does this offer the youth and their ... Lees meer.

Children are also prone to depression

By Emsie Martin It is almost impossible nowadays to think that only certain people can fall victim to depression and that only adults can get it. This is not true, however, because children can also lapse into depression. According to Dr ST Potgieter, a psychologist from Bellville, it is important to understand that children’s depression is not the same as the normal sadness or miserableness experienced by children. Like adults, children also experience various emotions. There are, therefore, times when a child will feel more depressed – this is normal. Normally it is only when this miserableness and sadness continue ... Lees meer.

Children and mental health

By Nico Strydom Approximately one out of every seven children has a treatable mental-health condition, but most will carry the burden into adulthood because of South Africa’s chronic shortage of specialists and facilities to support their unique needs. This according to Dr Alicia Porter, a psychiatrist and a council member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP). Children and adolescents have not been spared the mental-health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with symptoms of anxiety and depression estimated at having doubled among under-18s worldwide. “Mental-health workers expect the disruption of school and family routines, the fear of being infected ... Lees meer.

Help, my child is afraid of the dark

By Emsie Martin Many children are scared of the dark – especially toddlers, pre-school children and sometimes even school-going children. Sometimes parents react by think it’s just naughtiness, but for many children it’s a normal phase that will pass. At this age children have a great imagination and sometimes struggle to distinguish between fantasy and reality. They will therefore think the monster they saw on TV or about which someone told them, might be hiding under their bed or in their closet. It’s very important that parents don’t dismiss this fear their child is experiencing as something insignificant. Parents should ... Lees meer.

3 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Health this Winter

By Anja van den Berg Colder months can be harsher on little bodies. Your children not only need more hugs and cuddles but also more attention to their skincare, nutrition, and activity levels. Make the most of the winter months by keeping them healthy, happy, and thriving! Let's look at some top tips to ensure they flourish: Bath time Cold weather and low humidity can tap sensitive, young skin of moisture. Protect your child's delicate skin by choosing warm baths over hot showers and adding moisturising elements to the water. Ensure that the products you choose are free from unnatural ... Lees meer.

When the silent treatment bedevils a relationship

By Melodie Veldhuizen The silent treatment is the refusal of one person to communicate with another verbally, or to even acknowledge the other person’s presence. This is a behavioural pattern that occurs in different kinds of relationships, for example between parents and their children, adult children and their parents, between friends and even colleagues, as well as marital or other romantic relationships. Healthy reasons for the silent treatment The silent treatment is not necessarily a negative way of acting. When emotions run high during conflict or a difference of opinion between two parties, it is advisable for one or both ... Lees meer.

Setting goals and achieving them as a family

By Marli Naidoo Setting goals and the compilation of an accompanying action plan is a valuable skill that we can develop from a young age. A great family tradition can be created when a family sets out their personal and mutual goals on paper on a yearly basis. The key to your children’s cooperation lies in it being fun. Collect some coloured pencils, a pair of scissors and glue, and get the family together. Decide what you want to achieve during the year. The younger children can draw pictures to depict what they would like to do. Do you want ... Lees meer.

Domestic violence: How to get help

By Nico Strydom The number of domestic violence incidents in South Africa increased during the Covid-19 lockdown. This is aggravated by the fact that so many women who are victims of abuse and who choose to talk about it are blamed and humiliated and made to feel that there is nothing remarkable about their experience. “You must have done something to make him treat you like this. Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public. You have to make it work. All of us have problems, yours are nothing special.” These are words that are heard so often by women who ... Lees meer.

Normalise mental health in your family

 By Marli Naidoo The stigma surrounding mental health has subsided considerably over the past decade. This decline is not happening fast enough, however. Most people struggling with mental problems have already run into misconceptions regarding psychology; that they should only be positive and their problems will go away; that it is only a phase; and that they can control it if they only try hard enough. This stigmatisation makes people feel ashamed about their problems so that they are not exactly willing to get help. It is essential for parents to start teaching their children about mental health from a ... Lees meer.

Is alcohol your master?

By Emsie Martin Have you ever thought that you would admit that alcohol had the better of you? Perhaps not, but most people prefer to ignore or hide the problem. When you, or somebody you love, is entangled in the web of alcohol dependence  rehabilitation could seem impossible. Every day you decide to stop, but it just never happens. There is hope, however, with the right decisions, treatment and support. There is help, even by talking to a labour relations specialist, office practitioner or health practitioner, but the road to recovery is a long one. If you are worried 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.

Keep a sharp lookout for fake advertisements

By Emsie Martin My daughter was recently taken for a ride. It is so easy nowadays to buy or sell stuff, but first make sure how “genuine” the transaction is. Cell phones, electronic devices, furniture, cars, pets, holidays, etc., are regularly offered online at very tempting prices and sometimes there are really some very good buys. Criminals regularly use fake advertisements to let unsuspecting bargain chasers pay anything from a few hundred to tens of thousands of rand for a pig in a poke. Virseker warns South Africans to be on the lookout at all times. “There are few things ... Lees meer.

Do you know how to change a tyre?

By Emsie Martin You recently started working and could also buy a car, but do you know how to change a tyre? And for women it is an even bigger problem because they are perhaps not strong enough to get a wheel out from under the vehicle, get a spare out of the boot or to loosen the nuts. Changing a tyre sounds like something everybody should be able to do, but many men and women still rely on good Samaritans or road emergency services for help – often with disastrous consequences. It is absolutely essential, possibly of vital importance, ... Lees meer.

Web Trackers

By Wilma Bedford How many times have you searched for something on your computer or simply looked at your social media such as Facebook and found a plethora of ads as well? You remember that earlier in the week you were looking for spare parts for your car but now you are receiving ads for cars and car dealers from all over. You clicked on a specific diet ad out of curiosity and now you are being inundated with similar ads. How does this happen? You are being tracked by digital trackers. How do trackers work? When you visit a ... Lees meer.

Avoid falling for social media scams

By Melodie Veldhuizen A social media scam is a criminal activity where social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram as well as emails are abused by cyber criminals with the aim of tricking you out of your money and/or steal your identity (for example email addresses, passwords, birth dates, identity numbers or bank details). Social media is the ideal platform for scammers because it has more than three billion (often trusting) users worldwide. It’s popular and readily accessible, which is why it’s easy for criminals to reach victims in large numbers. On social media scammers can hide their ... Lees meer.

First aid for the whole family

By Marli Naidoo First aid is one of those things one simply has to learn even if you hope that you will never have to use it. Unfortunately it is also one of those things that we as parents are inclined to discuss with each other but not with our children. The reason is that we do not want to frighten our children. However, it is important to talk about this as a family so that everyone can be prepared. What will your child do if something happens to his nanny and cannot take care of him at that moment? ... Lees meer.

Drive safely this Easter

By Wilma Bedford Long weekends usually result in a carnage on our roads, and it is essential that you not only take the usual precautions, but also are aware of other dangers on our roads. More than ever before, it is essential that your vehicle is well maintained, that you have good driving skills and that you and your passengers are vigilant. 1)  Hold a family meeting. This is a golden opportunity to raise road safety awareness in your children. Get the younger children to name and even write down what needs to be done in advance to ensure a ... Lees meer.

Conflict after the family holiday? This is how to handle it

By Nico Strydom Holidays are supposed to be a time of peacefulness and relaxation but with families and in-laws who often go on holiday together, conflict could arise. The conflict can arise during the holiday with everybody rather just keeping quiet in order to try and keep the peace, and then after the holiday you realise that not everybody was on the same page. Due to conflict family holidays can easily deteriorate into a period of stress and tension. There are several things that could lead to conflict during a family holiday. Perhaps all of you are staying together under ... Lees meer.

Holidays then and now: What can you remember?

By Dr Eugene Brink Change is the only constant in life and this principle applies even when it comes to holidays. What makes holidays so enjoyable, though, is that so many of the same elements have somehow remained the same. That is why we go on holiday: to enjoy what has always been fun, such as the sea, the bush and braaiing. It is nonetheless interesting to know what holidays were like decades ago and how it compares to modern day holidays. Obviously, people’s individual experiences will differ, but everyone experiences, but has nostalgia – whether as a child or ... Lees meer.

Staying safe in a shopping centre

By Nico Strydom Shopping centres are at their busiest during the festive season with consumers streaming to the shops to shop for Christmas. Over the past few years, however, it would seem that shopping centres are at their most vulnerable during the festive season due to increased crime activity such as robberies at stores and transit robberies. Charnel Hattingh, marketing and communication head for Fidelity Services Group, says there are various reasons why criminals target shopping centres. “There are a lot of people together in one area, which makes it easy for them to disappear in the crowds as soon ... Lees meer.

Pet-sitting: Options and advice for the coming holidays

By Dr Eugene Brink One of the biggest concerns of many pet lovers and owners is what to do with their beloved animals when they go on holiday and cannot take their pets along. Journalist Kedibone Modise says, “If you can’t travel with your pet(s), a prime option is to ask a friend or family member to pet-sit at your home while you are away. Pets, especially dogs and cats, would be more comfortable if you leave them with a familiar person in a familiar environment.” Entrusting your pet with someone who you know cares about them just as much ... Lees meer.

Domestic workers and gardeners: How to make sure who you are employing

By Nico Strydom Appointing a person to work in your home or on your property is not a decision to be taken lightly. According to Charnel Hattingh, head of marketing and communication at Fidelity ADT, it is of great concern that so many home-owners allow strangers into their homes or on to their property without knowing anything about them. “Most households need help – whether it be an au pair, nanny, domestic help, care-giver or gardener. Often, being desperate to appoint someone overshadows the necessity to do background checks on these people,” says Hattingh. “The end result can be disastrous ... Lees meer.

What is a home or property inspector?

By Melodie Veldhuizen In the past prospective buyers and lessees of a property had to be satisfied with what they saw when they wanted to buy or rent a house. They had to rely on the honesty of the seller and the estate agent and had to accept in good faith that there were no hidden defects before they signed the contract, just to discover to their dismay when they moved into the residence that the roof was leaking or that there was a plague of termites that was damaging the woodwork. The good news is that you can now ... Lees meer.

Give your internet strength a boost

By Marli Naidoo The internet has become faster than it’s ever been. When the phone-in internet brought the worldwide web to our screens huffing and puffing, we thought that things were happening fast. Now, however, we are used to “instant”, and internet providers make wonderful promises of lightning speed connections, which they can actually provide us with. But when the internet reacts at a slower pace than promised by your contract, there are a few solutions that you can try yourself, before contacting your service provider. Switch off your router or modem and then on again. Usually this is everyone’s ... Lees meer.

Home and children: How to start the year in an organised way

By Nico Strydom Before you have properly rubbed your eyes, the new year has started with a bang and you and your family have relapsed into your old habits and the stress and tension are building up. The start of a new year, however, is also an opportunity for a fresh start, establishing new routines and trying to get rid of stuff that cause unnecessary stress and tension. Being well organised could help to make your household and other parts of your life function like a well-oiled machine. There are many ways of making sure that everything is running smoothly ... Lees meer.

Tips to derubble these five problem areas in your home

By Nico Strydom Before you know it, you have a house full of items that only take up space, attract dust and make everything look untidy. Perhaps you are a hoarder who cannot stand throwing anything away or easily attach sentimental value to stuff. Or it could be that your home has become progressively fuller because nothing is disposed of and is simply thrust into a cupboard or drawer. Not only do unused items in a home take up limited space, but also make it difficult to tidy up, to find things you are looking for, and it can also ... Lees meer.

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