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Be a good mother rather than trying to be a perfect one


By Melodie Veldhuizen Every mother strives toward being the perfect mom for her kids. But the second you hold that crying bundle in your arms, you realise that it will require hard work to fulfil this dream. As time passes and the challenges of motherhood increase all the more, you...

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Be a good mother rather than trying to be a perfect one

By Melodie Veldhuizen Every mother strives toward being the perfect mom for her kids. But the second you hold that crying bundle in your arms, you realise that it will require hard work to fulfil this dream. As time passes and the challenges of motherhood increase all the more, you also realise that you will never reach this self-imposed aim of being the perfect mother. Perfect means to be so in all aspects, with no room for growth or development. You strive toward perfectionism can convey the message to your children that anything less than perfect indicates failure. Instead, try ... Lees meer.

Break the silence about domestic violence

By Emsie Martin It is once more time for 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, an annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to make people more aware of the impact of violence against women and children. But does it really make a difference? Women sometimes feel ensnared and scared to report domestic violence. Help is available, talk to a social worker trained to provide assistance. The following is a short list of information that can make a difference. What is domestic violence? any physical abuse emotional, verbal and psychological abuse sexual abuse economic ... Lees meer.

Fathers are stepping up! Here’s how working dads can own their roles as parents

By Anja van den Berg The Covid-19 pandemic reignited a conversation that started decades ago: fathers are increasingly appreciating the value of participating in everyday work caring for, educating, and raising their children. Psychological research across families from all ethnic backgrounds suggests that fathers' affection and increased family involvement help to promote children's social and emotional development. How can fathers step up? Eve Rodsky, the author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), tells us how: Acknowledge clichéd (and outdated) gender roles While research shows that most fathers ... Lees meer.

Strengthen your child’s self-image

By Emsie Martin A healthy self-image is your child’s defence against the world and its people. Children who feel good about themselves struggle less to handle conflict and negative pressure. They are also less inclined to pretend or to try and satisfy other people to their own detriment. Self-image is the way your child thinks and feels about himself and about things that are important to him. It is formed by what a child feels about himself as well as by the actions of people close to him. Sometimes parents’ circumstances make it difficult to notice this. Do not hesitate ... Lees meer.

Important money lessons for children

By Nico Strydom With the festive season around the corner the temptation to spend money usually becomes greater and it is a good time to teach your children important money lessons. The website JustMoney recently asked a number of children what money means to them. Many of them realise the importance of money and the value of saving as a way to reach their dreams. The children were asked four questions, namely what is money, why is it important, what does it mean to save, and why is it important to save. According to Sarah Nicholson, commercial manager at JustMoney, ... Lees meer.


Break the silence about domestic violence

By Emsie Martin It is once more time for 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, an annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to make people more aware of the impact of violence against women and children. But does it really make a difference? Women sometimes feel ensnared and scared to report domestic violence. Help is available, talk to a social worker trained to provide assistance. The following is a short list of information that can make a difference. What is domestic violence? any physical abuse emotional, verbal and psychological abuse sexual abuse economic ... Lees meer.

You don’t need not be perfect to be a good wife

By Melodie Veldhuizen Do you feel inferior when you read about the good qualities of the capable wife whose praise is sung in Proverbs 31:10 to 29? Don’t feel alone – few women, if any, satisfy that description. Your friend may knit or crochet beautifully while another one prepares the tastiest meals for her family. And your mother gets up at first light while you want to pull the sheets over your head in the morning until the sun warms you in your bed. Women are unique, you are unique. Perhaps the time has come for you to stop being ... 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.


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.


Break the silence about domestic violence

By Emsie Martin It is once more time for 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, an annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to make people more aware of the impact of violence against women and children. But does it really make a difference? Women sometimes feel ensnared and scared to report domestic violence. Help is available, talk to a social worker trained to provide assistance. The following is a short list of information that can make a difference. What is domestic violence? any physical abuse emotional, verbal and psychological abuse sexual abuse economic ... 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.


Important money lessons for children

By Nico Strydom With the festive season around the corner the temptation to spend money usually becomes greater and it is a good time to teach your children important money lessons. The website JustMoney recently asked a number of children what money means to them. Many of them realise the importance of money and the value of saving as a way to reach their dreams. The children were asked four questions, namely what is money, why is it important, what does it mean to save, and why is it important to save. According to Sarah Nicholson, commercial manager at JustMoney, ... Lees meer.

Affordable Christmas amidst Covid-19 financial pressure

By Marli Naidoo Covid-19 and the lockdown have given most people’s wallets a beating, and many of us just feel like skipping Christmas this year. Of course, this isn’t possible. However, what is possible, is to plan and celebrate an affordable Christmas. Plan ahead and in the finest detail. Your bank balance doesn’t need any surprises at this point in time. How much will and can you spend on food and gifts now? With regard to gifts, it is important to buy with what you have, and not what you wish you had. Leave the credit card at home. It ... 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.


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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