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Recipe: Filled cornets

By Lea Brink Young and old enjoy these cornets. I have tried buying them, but they never taste as good as those straight from your own oven. You will need: Filling: 3 egg-yolks 2 finely chopped Crunchies 3 tablespoons flour ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 220ml milk Icing:...

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When parents disagree on how to rear children

By Marli Naidoo While most parents agree that they only want the best for their children, it is quite possible that their definition of “the best” differs, which could then lead to arguments about parenting. Parents commonly have diverse parenting skills and make decisions according to how they themselves were reared. It is quite normal to differ. However, differences that aren’t handled correctly can drive a wedge between parents, which can influence the happiness of the entire family. The focus can easily be shifted to teach your child how to behave and solve his problems after friction between the parents ... Lees meer.

Cultivate compassionate children

By Melodie Veldhuizen Children are self-centred by nature. Self-interest and having their needs met are usually more important to them than caring for others. It is the responsibility of parents to teach children to be pleasant towards friends and adults and how to care about others. You can do this by teaching them the following compassionate behaviour from an early age through instruction and by example: Teach them to handle others gently and speak to them kindly. Teach them to always help others, even when they don’t feel like doing it. This habit can start at home by expecting them ... Lees meer.

Turn your child into a bookworm

By Emsie Martin Not everyone loves to read and yet it is a very, very important part of our lives. It has been proven time and again that children who do not like reading, struggle in school and at university. But where to begin? Begin early, as with every book you read from to your baby you are preparing your child’s brain, ears and eyes for later reading skills. Make story-time special and they will enjoy the benefits thereof for the rest of their lives. A child will only read if he loves reading, and to cultivate this love parents ... Lees meer.

Help your child handle fear

By Wilma BedfordAt the start of a new school year with a fast-changing social climate at school and increasing academic pressure, it is only normal that your child will become fearful and worried.Fear manifests in many forms. Your child may refuse to participate in sport or class projects or games for fear of criticism or failure; your child may hold onto you or a ritual or a superstition or even openly express fear of a certain thing or incident. To an adult the child’s fears may sound trivial, but it is a cry for help that dare not be ignored.Let ... Lees meer.

The Process Every Potential Adoptive Parent In South Africa Needs To Know

By Anja van den Berg Many couples yearn for a baby of their own but are challenged by circumstances or reproductive issues. Luckily, adoption can open many doors for people who want to share their loving homes with a little one.The adoption road might not be easy, but it is a worthwhile one. Here is what prospective adoptive parents in South Africa need to know:You will need a social workerAdoptions can only be processed by an accredited adoption social worker and all prospective adoptive parents must be screened before they can adopt. According to Robyn Wolfson Vorster, an adoption advocate, ... Lees meer.

Conflict can be good for your marriage

By Essie BesterAll of us were created as unique individuals with our own personalities. This means that each of us is going to look at the world differently and that we are going to behave differently. Conflict is therefore unavoidable, especially where two people are sharing a house, a bathroom, finances and a life. Experts, however, feel that conflict can be good for your marriage ─ as long as you learn to fight fairly.Why do married couples have to make an effort to solve problems?The most reliable indicator of how happy a marriage is, is not how often a couple ... Lees meer.

Technology and infidelity

By Nico Strydom The digital era has not only made it easier for people to cheat on their partners, but has also resulted in some people in relationships now being more suspicious of their partners and also being able to catch them red-handed. The progress in technology means every move you make can be traced. Cell phones follow you everywhere and you leave a digital track that can be followed by anyone who has access to your cell phone. However, this also means that people are now able to create a safe, secret world by downloading programmes on their phones ... Lees meer.

Save your marriage by mastering money management skills

Anja van den Berg For richer or for poorer.  This is what most of us promise our spouse when we pledge ourselves in marriage. Unfortunately, many couples today can’t seem to survive either richer or poorer due to poor money management skills. It’s no secret that fighting about money puts a huge strain on a relationship, says Jennifer Ryan Woods, personal finance expert, writing for Forbes. “Money issues are so troublesome that people who say they're experiencing stress in their relationship cite finances as the number one reason,” Woods explains. According to South African attorney Hugh Raichlin, conflict over finances ... Lees meer.

His Kids, Her Kids. How To Make A Blended Family And Second Marriage Work

By Anja van den Berg You and your partner have decided to make a life together and form a new, blended family that includes children from one or both of your previous relationships.  Congratulations! What lies ahead can be a rewarding as well as a challenging experience. It can take a long time for a blended family to begin to feel comfortable and function well together. While you as parents are likely to approach remarriage and a new blended family with great joy and expectation, your kids or your new spouse’s kids may not be nearly as excited. They will ... Lees meer.

Working Parents, Here’s How To Set Your Relationship Up For Success

By Anja van den Berg The demands of both work and parenting are rising. According to the World Bank, women now constitute 40% to 50% of the workforce in many countries around the world, meaning work outside the home is impacting men and women more equally. The Pew Research Centre has found that dads now see parenting as being just as central to their identities as moms do, and households with kids are now 66% dual-income, versus 49% in 1970. It is no surprise, given these time commitments, that 50% to 60% of parents find work-life balance difficult. Research pair ... Lees meer.

Should I have my dog’s hair shorn or not?

By Emsie Martin Summer has arrived, not only for us but also for our pets. Most of us think now is a good time to strip your dog of its abundance of hair, just as you strip your clothes and change into swimwear or shorts. But is it really a good idea to have your wooly bundle’s hair shorn off? Health issues associated with heat are noticeable among brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs, especially those with long hair. In the South African heat it would really help them to have their hair shorn. Benefits of shaving your dog in summer: • It ... Lees meer.

Caring for your pet during a heat wave

By Emsie Martin Most of us have already experienced the extremely hot days of this summer season and you might be thinking it’s a good time to strip you dog of his thick ruff, just as we strip of layers of clothes and walk around in swimsuits and shorts. Your pet is also hot, but first ask your vet if it is the right thing to do. Following are some tips from the SPCA on how to protect your pet against the heat this summer: If possible, keep your pets indoors when it gets too hot. If that is not ... Lees meer.

Prepare your pet for the new baby

By Nico Strydom The arrival of a new baby can turn a household on its head and it could also affect the house pets. Once the new baby has come home, it is accompanied by an overwhelming array of new sounds and smells, and this could upset a dog, especially if it is not used to children. A baby also results in drastic changes to the daily routine, which means that your dog’s schedule could possibly also change. A new baby could also result in a dog getting less attention than before for a while. All this can result in ... Lees meer.

Learn to understand your dog

By Nico Strydom Dogs use their bodies and expressions to communicate their feelings. By learning your dog’s body language you will know when it feels sad, happy, threatened or bad-tempered. Dogs use their whole body to show how they feel in a particular situation. They will bark, whine or growl and use facial expressions and their ears, lips, noses, tails and bodies, and it is therefore important to know what the different expressions and habits mean. It is, however, important to take everything together as well as the situation in which the dog finds itself into consideration, otherwise you may ... Lees meer.

Yes, your dog can also grieve

By Melodie Veldhuizen Some animal-behaviour scientists doubt whether dogs can really feel grief when a human parent dies. Experts claim that dogs function on the same intellectual and emotional level as children of four to five years old. They do not understand the finality of death and therefore they expect the deceased person to come back. And yet, from the behaviour of dogs it is clear that they experience loss when a human parent dies. The intensity with which dogs experience loss and the extent to which they grieve, depend a lot on how close the relationship between the deceased person ... Lees meer.

Restrain that road-rage monster

By Wilma Bedford Statistics for 2018 reveal that 18 000 people die on South African roads annually, of which numerous are related to road rage. 150 thousand people are seriously injured and 8 500 are paralysed in accidents, and this costs the state R300 million a year, without even taking into account the personal and emotional loss. From these figures it is clear that there are no winners in a road-rage incident, but only consequences and losers. Road rage is when a vehicle is driven in such a way that other people, vehicles or property are injured or damaged, deliberately bumping against ... Lees meer.

How to stay professional on social media

By Nico StrydomSocial-media platforms have become part of people’s personal world, and also of their professional life.Social media enables you to keep contact with family, friends and clients on a professional and personal level and to establish a brand for yourself. First, it is important to know why you are using social media. To create an online presence you must know what the advantages and disadvantages are.From a professional point of view social media can help you build a network of knowledge, to stay informed of trends in your professional world and to market yourself as a thought leader in ... Lees meer.

Adults can also be afraid of the dark

By Marli NaidooNyctophobia is an extreme fear of the dark that can cause intense symptoms of anxiety and depression. Fear becomes a phobia when it is excessive or irrational, or when it affects your everyday life.This fear usually starts while you are still a child and is regarded as normal. It comes from uncertainty about what the dark holds that the child cannot see. This fear of the dark is usually only temporary and should disappear with time. There are, however, people who still have to put up with it as adults. In some cases this fear later becomes a ... Lees meer.

Checklist For An Emergency Plan When Your Child Is Raped

By Anja van den Berg The recent incident of a seven-year-old girl who was raped in a Dros restaurant restroom in Pretoria has left many South Africans fearing for their children’s safety. The sad reality is this is just one of many incidents – over 40% of all rapes in South Africa are committed against children. In 41% of the more than 120,000 total rape cases reported in the last three financial years, children were the victims, Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed in Parliament recently. The frightening part is that these statistics have been increasing over the years. Acknowledging ... Lees meer.

Be on the lookout for these holiday dangers

By Dr Eugene Brink Holidays should be about fun and some much-needed rest and relaxation, right? Yes, it should, but reality doesn’t always turn out the way you hoped it would. The truth of the matter is that tragedy may well strike while you are busy vacationing. Unwind you must because that is what holidays are for, but one should also be mindful of the hazards that may await you and your family. In South Africa, these are varied: Being robbed Criminals are always on the prowl and even more so during the holidays when people are letting their guard ... Lees meer.

Must I entertain my child right through the holidays?

By Marli NaidooSchool holidays, a time for children to enjoy playing and spending time at home! Unfortunately some parents and children don’t see it this way. Parents feel that their children must not become bored and that it is the parents’ job to make sure that their children’s days are filled with activities and excursions. We are scared that our children will tell us they are bored.It is, however, not good for our children to be entertained all the time. It is noticeable that it is precisely the busiest children who complain that they are bored. They are used to ... Lees meer.

The ultimate holiday checklist for your home

By Dr Eugene Brink You’re so tired the only things you can think of are cocktails and idyllic beaches. The last thing you want to think of is expending more effort and time in and on your house. However, if you are going away, it is crucial that you tick some things off your last to-do list for 2018. The advantage most people have is that they now have more time to do it than during the busier parts of the year. But before you dive in and just start doing stuff, take note of some of these useful tips ... Lees meer.

Christmas Time … Again!

That time of year is once again approaching when some people agonize over buying the right gift for a special person or members of the family, how much to spend on it and then if the receivers will find it useful and welcome. What message does your present transmit about yourself, particularly if it is for an in-law? You yourself dread receiving a gift which you don’t want and then having to fake gracious gratitude. Others will agonise over not being able to give at all because their budgets will not stretch to allow purchasing small, let alone elaborate, gifts. ... Lees meer.

Recycle and re-use: Ideas for a green Christmas

By Marli Naidoo A white Christmas with swirling snowflakes may seem attractive, but for me there is nothing better than a green Christmas in sunny South Africa. To make it even greener, we will focus on recycling and re-using as one of our new family traditions. There are many ways in which the amount of plastic that lands on the rubbish heap after Christmas can be decreased.       The easiest way to give a green gift, is by moving away from items that need to be wrapped. For a busy mother who can’t get around to everything, you can arrange ... Lees meer.

Be on the lookout for these holiday dangers

By Dr Eugene Brink Holidays should be about fun and some much-needed rest and relaxation, right? Yes, it should, but reality doesn’t always turn out the way you hoped it would. The truth of the matter is that tragedy may well strike while you are busy vacationing. Unwind you must because that is what holidays are for, but one should also be mindful of the hazards that may await you and your family. In South Africa, these are varied: Being robbed Criminals are always on the prowl and even more so during the holidays when people are letting their guard ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Filled cornets

By Lea Brink Young and old enjoy these cornets. I have tried buying them, but they never taste as good as those straight from your own oven. You will need: Filling: 3 egg-yolks 2 finely chopped Crunchies 3 tablespoons flour ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 220ml milk Icing: 100g dark chocolate 1 finely chopped Crunchie Cornets: 100g white chocolate 400g puff pastry 2 tablespoons castor sugar 1 beaten egg   Add the egg-yolks, sugar, vanilla essence and flour to a saucepan. Heat the milk in a separate saucepan until simmering. Add it to the egg-yolk mixture. Beat well ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Strawberry and blueberry sweetbread

By Lea Brink These breads freeze well and are always great to fall back on if someone calls unexpectedly for a chat. You will need: 2¼ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice ½ cup buttermilk ½ cup oil ½ cup strawberry juice 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1½ cups blueberries ½ cup condensed milk Glossy frosting: 1 cup icing sugar 3 teaspoons water 1 teaspoon lemon juice Heat the oven to 180°C. Line a bread baking tin with baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Carrot and beetroot cake

By Lea Brink Beetroot in a carrot cake always makes it deliciously moist. One of my favourite sweet tooth pleasures. You will need: 1 cup almond flour 1 cup chopped walnuts 170g grated carrots 150g grated fresh beetroot 100g butter 100ml coconut milk 3 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup coconut Pinch of salt Cream cheese frosting: 220g cream cheese ½ cup butter 2 cups icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line one 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Mix the almond flour, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Healthy seed bread

By Lea Brink This bread contains many health elements. It has only positive features. You will need: 100g pumpkin seeds 100g sunflower seeds 1 cup oats 100g almonds 100g cashew nuts 100g sesame seeds 2 tablespoons chia seeds 4 eggs 6 tablespoons coconut oil 1 teaspoon salt Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a bread pan with baking paper. Mix the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oats, almonds, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, chia seeds in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and coconut oil to the seed mixture and mix well. All the seeds and nuts have to be covered in ... Lees meer.

How to promote good neighbourliness

By Melodie Veldhuizen Whether people have lived in the neighbourhood for a long time, or neighbours have just moved in on the street or in a complex, good neighbourliness benefits everyone. A good relationship with the neighbours creates safer and friendlier communities. It also ensures an environment where everybody feels comfortable and at home. Following are a few hints on how to promote good neighbourliness. Go and welcome new-comers and show interest. Feel free to take along some refreshments – when people are unloading and unpacking there is little time to prepare food. Many people protect their privacy and will ... Lees meer.

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