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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...

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The five core challenges that working parents need to overcome

By Anja van den Berg Balancing a career while parenting isn’t easy. Combining these two huge responsibilities is complex, chronic and, sometimes, an all-consuming struggle. However, says Daisy Wademan Dowling, as with any challenge, the more you break it down the less daunting it becomes. Dowling is the founder and CEO of Workparent, a consulting firm that provides practical solutions and training to working parents and to the organisations that employ them. With a clear view of the challenges you’re facing and with specific strategies for managing them, you’ll be better able to succeed at work ─ and be the ... Lees meer.

Your child’s pre-school development milestones

By Dr. Eugene Brink Reaching your children’s numerous development milestones before they go to school is one of the most important collective objectives of your life  as well as theirs. After all, these are the formative years and much depends on them being up to date with what they’re supposed to be doing. According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skills such as naming colours, showing affection and hopping on one foot are called developmental milestones. “Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, ... Lees meer.

How to handle your toddler’s separation anxiety

By Melodie Veldhuizen Any mother will be upset when her toddler starts to cry or even becomes terrified when she turns her back. It is worse when you leave your child with a day-carer, play group or nursery school where she has to stay for a few hours because you have to go to work. Or if you and your spouse planned a great night out and she yells blue murder when the babysitter arrives and she realises you are on your way, without her. Separation anxiety in children is normal. But if you handle it correctly from the outset, ... Lees meer.

Childhood depression: How to diagnose and treat it

By Dr Eugene Brink As children develop, they endure all kinds of growing pains. Moods and feelings of sadness are therefore nothing strange in children of various ages. However, if these negative and sad moods are persistent and endure for long periods it is time to intervene because your child may be suffering from childhood depression. “Childhood depression is different from the everyday ‘blues’ that most kids get as they develop. The fact that a child feels sad, lonely, or irritable does not mean he or she has childhood depression,” writes Dr Dan Brennan, medical expert and contributor at WebMD. ... Lees meer.

Babies’ skin conditions

By Marli Naidoo Babies’ skins are sensitive and can easily develop a rash. Mostly you need not be concerned about it and it will eventually clear up by itself, with the help of a mild ointment. Baby acne is possibly caused by the exposure to hormones in the uterus. This rash does not require any treatment. However, it could take months for it to clear up. Erythema toxicum is known as newborn rash, and consists of slightly raised red blotches with yellow or white spots in the centre. In this case treatment is also not necessary. Mongolians spots occur in ... 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.

Sideline the digital world for a while and regain family time

By Wilma Bedford Digital detox is the buzzword among yuppies and the in-thing is to go to expensive breakaway camps to break with smartphone and media addiction to reunite with family and friends. The unfortunate truth is that from a young age our children are attracted to digital online diversion, video games, smartphones and Netflix and then become socially indifferent towards and detached from the family. Detox cell-phone and digitally addicted family members by means of card and board games and puzzles and repair disintegrated family time; it may sound old-fashioned, but do not underestimate the social and educational value ... Lees meer.

Research Shows That Relationships Suffer When Kids Come Along

By Anja van den Berg For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. Comparing couples with and without children, researchers found that the rate of the decline in relationship satisfaction is nearly twice as steep for couples who have children than for childless couples. If a pregnancy is unplanned, the parents experience even more significant negative impacts on their relationship. This decrease in marital satisfaction likely leads to a change in general happiness, says Professor Matthew Johnson, Director of the Marriage ... Lees meer.

Why you shouldn’t try to keep up with the Joneses

By Melodie Veldhuizen Everyone knows the saying: “Keeping up with the Joneses’". Let’s just call them ‘our neighbours’. They aren’t such bad people and don’t even know how they are influencing your life, but in your opinion on a professional, personal, academic, family or social level and the display of wealth they are better than you and your family. You long to be like them – just as educated or rich, or to move in elite social circles. There are many reasons why you should rather not try to keep up with them. Some of the negative consequences are: You ... Lees meer.

Who pays when you go out?

By Marli Naidoo In the good old days it was very simple. Traditionally the man always paid, no matter who ate what, who chose the restaurant or who arranged the outing. With time, however, this tradition was replaced by personal preference and flexibility. This flexibility can cause a lot of tension when a couple, on their first evening out, have totally different ideas about who is supposed to pay the account. Fortunately there are guidelines that can help to ease the pressure. On the first outing the man must be prepared to pay. Should the lady offer to pay half, ... 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.


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.

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.

How to look out for dangerous toys

By Nico Strydom On the surface toys offer a wonderful way to keep children busy and can even be educational, but there are also toys that could be dangerous. Kirstie Haslam of DSC Attorneys, an attorney’s firm that specialises in personal injuries, says dangerous toys are available online and in shops and can harbour hidden dangers that expose children to injuries and even death. “It is therefore crucial to be vigilant when buying toys.” The American non-governmental organisation World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) recently issued its annual list of dangerous toys. According to Haslam, the report lays emphasis on ... Lees meer.

NSRI’s safety tips for the holidays

By Emsie Martin It is that time of the year again and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) urges the public to adopt a water safety mind-set around coastal and inland waters. For a safe experience at the beach, choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty and swim between their flags. If you do that, you don’t need to worry about rip currents, or suddenly getting out of your depth. Putting an arm in the air and waving for help will get a rapid response from the lifeguards on duty. Unfortunately, people regularly swim where there are no lifeguards on duty. ... Lees meer.

Summer holidays – what could go wrong?

By Emsie Martin We all know holidays have their share of injuries, which is why every mom should be prepared for scrapes, cuts, sunburn and bites or stings, bruises and tears. Fortunately, parents have that special instinct to handle their kids’ accidents or small mishaps. From a purple lump the size of an egg on your child’s forehead to a bleeding wound become part of a parent’s life and no longer upset us greatly. With disinfectant, brightly coloured sticking plasters and lots of hugs and kisses, a mom knows she can handle many small mishaps. The secret is to be ... 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: Ice-cream sandwich ginger cookies

Lea Brink Something completely different for the Christmas season. You will need: 110g butter 110g castor sugar 110g golden syrup 225g self-raising flour 2 teaspoons ginger powder 1 teaspoon sugared orange peel, chopped 1 litre vanilla ice-cream Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease an oven pan with butter or Spray and Cook and line with baking paper. Heat the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Add the castor sugar and golden syrup. Remove from the heat as soon as the castor sugar has been worked through thoroughly. Set aside to cool. Add the self-raising flour, sugared orange peel and ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Christmas chocolate ice-cream Pavlova

Lea Brink The hot Christmas weather makes this Pavlova one of the biggest hits of the year. You will need: 3 egg-whites 1 cup castor sugar 1 teaspoon cornflour 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1 container chocolate ice-cream 250ml fresh cream 250g salted almonds 320g milk chocolate squares 200g fresh strawberries 200g blueberries 100g pomegranate seeds ½ cups fresh mint leaves Chocolate sauce (purchased) Preheat the oven to 140ºC. Line a baking plate with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Beat the egg-whites until stiff, add the castor sugar spoon by spoon. Beat well. Fold in the cornflour ... Lees meer.


Load shedding: How to protect your house

By Nico Strydom Load shedding can be announced and implemented at any time and it is therefore essential to make sure that you are prepared at all times to protect your and your family’s safety. “Many people are under the wrong impression that their alarm systems are deactivated when the power supply is interrupted. However, if you have a stable and correctly programmed alarm system with a battery, the premises will still be protected during a power failure,” says Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communications manager at Fidelity ADT. The system will, however, not function correctly if there is a ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Black pepper corns beef fillet

Lea Brink On the hot Christmas day serve a cold beef fillet. You will need: 1 beef fillet (size of your choice) ¼ cup coarsely ground pepper corns 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon oregano 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil Spread the olive oil over the beef fillet’s top and bottom, place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Mix the pepper corns, coriander, cumin, oregano, ginger, chilli powder, paprika, salt, pepper, thyme and brown sugar in a ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Luxurious cous-cous salad with walnuts

Lea Brink Whether your Christmas dinner is early or late in the afternoon, this salad will last perfectly the whole day. You will need: 2½ cups cous-cous ½ cup halved red cherry tomatoes ½ cup halved yellow cherry tomatoes 1 avocado pear, sliced ½ chopped chilli pepper ½ cup tinned peach slices, thinly sliced 3 cups wild rocket leaves ½ cup mint leaves, chopped 100g chopped walnuts Balsamic reduction salad sauce Place the cous-cous in a bowl with boiling water and cover with clingwrap. When the cous-cous has doubled in size, it is ready for serving. Arrange the cous-cous on ... 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: Ice-cream sandwich ginger cookies

Lea Brink Something completely different for the Christmas season. You will need: 110g butter 110g castor sugar 110g golden syrup 225g self-raising flour 2 teaspoons ginger powder 1 teaspoon sugared orange peel, chopped 1 litre vanilla ice-cream Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease an oven pan with butter or Spray and Cook and line with baking paper. Heat the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Add the castor sugar and golden syrup. Remove from the heat as soon as the castor sugar has been worked through thoroughly. Set aside to cool. Add the self-raising flour, sugared orange peel and ... Lees meer.


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