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Protect your child against cyber bullying


By Marli Naidoo Cyber bullying is the posting or sending of electronic messages aimed at harassing or threatening  people, or to spread gossip about them. This is done by means of digital platforms such as social networks, chat rooms, blogs, or instant and SMS messages. Most parents did not grow...

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Protect your child against cyber bullying

By Marli Naidoo Cyber bullying is the posting or sending of electronic messages aimed at harassing or threatening  people, or to spread gossip about them. This is done by means of digital platforms such as social networks, chat rooms, blogs, or instant and SMS messages. Most parents did not grow up in the digital world and that is why many of them are unaware that all children who use social networks are vulnerable to this type of bullying. Any child can be bullied for any reason whatsoever. However, children who stand out in some way or other or is seen ... Lees meer.

Teenagers and substance dependence

By Melodie Veldhuizen People sometimes talk about substance addiction among teenagers, but do you realise how big the problem really is? The good news is that there is help for teenagers. “No child plans to become an addict when he grows up … no parent plans to raise an addicted child … nobody is immune to addiction.” (Unknown) Extent of the problem 60% of teenagers who smoke cigarettes before the age of 15 years will probably become addicted to drugs. 60% of teenagers under the age of 18 regularly use alcohol (still the biggest drug in SA). 2% to 9% ... Lees meer.

Cyber bullying: What should schools and parents do?

By Nico Strydom The internet is part of our daily lives but this online world can also be a place where children are bullied. Children should at home already learn more about the dangers of technology and how to remain safe, but according to Carey van Vlaanderen, executive head of Eset South Africa, a manufacturer of antivirus software, teachers and schools also have a role to play. Apart from the numerous advantages, the technological revolution has exacerbated some problems, such as cyber bullying. “When a child is bullied at school, the bullying usually continues on social media networks, message apps ... Lees meer.

Pocket-money advice for parents

By Marli Naidoo When we realise that we are busy preparing our children for adulthood every day, we will begin to understand the importance of financial guidance and independence. As soon as a toddler can count, he can begin to manage his coins (with his parents’ guidance). Pocket money is definitely one of the best tools that you can use to teach your children the connection between work and money: they are paid for what they do. They learn that they have the power to spend their money but that once they have spent it, they cannot get it back. ... Lees meer.

Is your child struggling to make friends? How to help

By Melodie Veldhuizen The knowledge that your child doesn’t have friends, will upset any parent. Often this has to do with personality, but other factors can also be a cause. There are ways to help your child to socialise. Children have to know what friendship entails. Explain to her that friends are kind to one another, share, never leave each other in the lurch, are always there for one another, like spending time together and having fun together, and that you don’t need to have a host of friends to show how popular you are. One good friend is a ... Lees meer.


The keys to a successful marriage

By Marli Naidoo Fairy tales sketch a picture of everlasting happiness when the lucky couple at last makes it to the altar. Nothing is said about the hard work that comes after the marriage. We easily spend thousands of rand and endure sleepless nights to make this one day turn out perfect, but afterwards we don’t want to do the hard work that it takes to enjoy a lifetime of successful togetherness. Fortunately there are steps that one can take to improve our marriages, no matter how long ago we made our pledges. Communicate unambiguously and regularly. Be honest about ... Lees meer.

Questions to ask yourself and each other before you marry

By Marli Naidoo With hindsight, many couples in unhappy marriages realise that the warning signs had already been present before the wedding day in the shape of personality conflict or day to day irreconcilability. Should you be considering spending the rest of your lives together, it would be wise to consider and discuss some of the issues that can regularly drive a wedge into a marriage. Do not consider each other’s answers as reasons to end the relationship, but rather as a spotlight on areas you have to start working on. How do you handle stress as individuals and as ... Lees meer.

How to avoid communication problems in your relationship

By Nico Strydom We have all heard that a relationship is hard work and one of the biggest challenges is the problem of communication. This can lead to feeling of frustration, loneliness and total helplessness. You might feel that your partner does not understand you at all or that you cannot discuss anything without it leading to an argument. However, communication problems can in the most cases be overcome. If you don’t address the problems it could lead to misunderstanding and cause you and your partner to drift apart. If you feel that you cannot express yourself to your partner, ... Lees meer.

Tips for a perfect honeymoon

By Essie Bester Your first holiday as man and wife awaits you. It is the most precious holiday you may probably ever have – so make a concerted effort to make it special. After all, you will never get back those first euphoric weeks as newly-weds. Where to? Something to keep in mind is the fact that you and your partner might not necessarily agree on your holiday destination. This often is one of your first tests. You might prefer a laid-back holiday while he wants to tackle every adventure possible. Consider a midway. A peaceful beach resort, where activities ... Lees meer.

How couples can manage their money

By Dr. Eugene Brink Getting married is no small matter and neither are finances. Planning a life together with someone requires compromise, (often tough) decisions and in the end, comfort and satisfaction. Finances, or financial troubles and strife, in a marriage or even a serious relationship is one of the main reasons people end up in splitsville. Incompatible views on how money should be managed and especially how it is spent are oftentimes insurmountable. For many couples the management of money is a subjective and important matter – you’ll know what works for you. But for many couples the management ... 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.

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.


WhatsApp community groups – characteristics, rules and benefits

By Melodie Veldhuizen WhatsApp groups are part of our our everyday life. It is an easy way of reaching a lot of people within seconds. The main purpose of WhatsApp community groups is to be of service to the members of a smaller community, for instance a suburb or neighbourhood, or even a street, by, for example, trying to secure the safety of the residents, but also to inform them about matters of common interest. There are two types of community groups: SOS crime information groups The sole purpose of these groups is to try and secure the safety of ... Lees meer.

How to prepare your car for the new baby

By Nico Strydom The arrival of a new baby can be quite stressful and there is a myriad of things to consider and to prepare. To get from point A to point B can be a bit more challenging with a new baby to consider. However, this does not mean you have to buy a new car. There are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your baby is safe and comfortable. Buy a baby car chair The most important preventative measure is to ensure that your infant is safe in a car. To buy the right car chair ... Lees meer.

What to do if you lose your SA passport overseas

by Essie Bester Your trip overseas is a dream come true. Then the time comes to return home to your country and your family and you discover that your passport has disappeared into nowhere. It might have been stolen, or perhaps you lost it on the beach. What to do? Does this mean that you are left stranded in a foreign country? Just the mere thought is enough to fill you with fear. But don’t panic. This step-by-step guide will enable you to handle the situation calmly. Report it Report it immediately at the nearest police station. Then you have ... Lees meer.

Procedure to be followed after a car accident

By Emsie Martin A car accident happens in a wink and usually you are in shock and cannot think straight. If nobody was seriously injured but the car suffered a lot of damage, it is good to know the procedure to be followed. If the engine is still idling, switch it off to make sure that a spark does not perhaps start a fire. Do not leave the scene, it is a punishable offence. Stand out of danger and keep calm. If you are in shock, call somebody to support you. Activate the hazard warning flashers or put out the ... Lees meer.

How to protect your family against burns

By Nico Strydom Burns are usually caused in and around the home and that is why it is essential to take the necessary precautions. To health care providers the winter months are known as the burn season as people who contract burns during this period usually increase significantly. This is of course due to the cold and people using appliances to try and stay warm. According to Russel Meiring, spokesperson of ER24, burns can be very serious for children as well as adults. “However, children are more inclined to contract serious burns as they cause an accident more easily and ... 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.

Your overseas tour ─ a beginner’s guide to the required documentation

By Essie Bester If you are planning to travel abroad shortly, whether for work or pleasure, it is important to make sure that you have the necessary documents. What documents should you have? Passport A passport is essential if you are planning to travel internationally (it must be valid for at least another six months). If you do not have one, you should apply well ahead of time so that your application can be processed in time for the passport to be ready. Complete the necessary form at Home Affairs. You will need your ID and birth certificate (for children). ... Lees meer.

Tips for a perfect honeymoon

By Essie Bester Your first holiday as man and wife awaits you. It is the most precious holiday you may probably ever have – so make a concerted effort to make it special. After all, you will never get back those first euphoric weeks as newly-weds. Where to? Something to keep in mind is the fact that you and your partner might not necessarily agree on your holiday destination. This often is one of your first tests. You might prefer a laid-back holiday while he wants to tackle every adventure possible. Consider a midway. A peaceful beach resort, where activities ... Lees meer.

Tips for travelling overseas with children

By Nico Strydom Changes to the requirements for South African parents who wish to travel overseas with their children endeavour to make it easier for the parents to travel. The Department of Home Affairs has changed its system so that the information of children’s parents may be entered in the children’s passports. Previously parents had to present their children’s birth certificates in order for children to be able to travel overseas. Documents required when travelling with a child: A child who is accompanied by both parents and is a South African citizen, must have a valid passport as well as ... Lees meer.

Plan now for your end of the year break-away

By Nico Strydom The end of the year might still be a few months away, but time flies, so start planning for that end of the year break-away now. If you are only going to travel locally, it is essential to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to ensure that you arrive at and depart from your destination safely. “Cars need to be serviced well ahead of your trip. Also check caravans and trailers and see to it that all the tyres are in good condition and whether they should rather be replaced,” says the Automobile Association (AA). ... Lees meer.


Recipe: Lemon and asparagus pasta

By Lea Brink  Creamy spring pasta. You will need: 300g Fettuccini  pasta 200g fresh asparagus ¾ cup pine nuts 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic 5 bacon strips 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1 cup white wine 1 tablespoon parsley 2 finely chopped dried tomatoes Coarse black pepper Sauce: ½ cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon mustard ½ cup olive oil 1 finely chopped clove of garlic Boil the fettuccini pasta in boiling water for approximately ten minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside. Dice the bacon. Fry in olive oil together with the asparagus, pine nuts, dried tomatoes and three ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Irish coffee with orange amarula

By Lea Brink A very special beverage. Enough for four cups. You will need: 250 ml amarula 4 cups strong coffee 1 cup whiskey ½ cup marshmallows 80g milk chocolate 1 tablespoon grated orange peel Divide the coffee between four mugs. Add a quart of the whiskey to each mug. Divide the chocolate into four pieces and add to each mug. The chocolate will start melting in the hot coffee. Divide the amarula between the four mugs. Stir the whiskey coffee gently to blend. Place a marshmallow in each mug and finish off with the orange peel. The orange peel ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Ravioli with caramelised onion, ricotta cheese and pine nuts

By Lea Brink Unique and new tastes. You will need: 3 cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ¼ cup olive oil ½ cup water 2 finely chopped onions Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 cups cut ricotta cheese ½ cup chopped pine nuts Fry the onions in a pan with a bit of olive oil until done. Add the brown sugar, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin and pine nuts. Fry well. Drain all the oil from the onion mixture. Set aside. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl with a ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Bacon and fig bread

By Lea Brink Enjoy with tasty cream cheese. You will need: 2 beaten eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup flour 1 cup mealie meal 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon castor sugar ½ cup grated cheese 1 cup finely chopped dried figs 1 cup finely chopped bacon strips Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Grease a bread pan with butter or Spray and Cook. Combine the eggs and buttermilk in a mixing bowl and beat well. Set aside. Combine the flour, mealie meal, baking powder, salt and castor sugar in a second mixing bowl. Add the egg mixture ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Lemon and white chocolate muffins

By Lea Brink Sweet and sour at the same time. You will need: 2½ cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ cup castor sugar 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk 4 tablespoons sunflower oil ½ cup lemon peel 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 80g white chocolate, cut into small pieces Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Place 12 muffin paper cups in a muffin pan. Spray the pan with Spray and Cook. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix the sugar with the sifted flour. Mix the egg, buttermilk and oil in a separate mixing bowl. Add ... Lees meer.


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