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Recipe: Butternut soup with pecan nuts

By Lea Brink Autumn comfort food in front of the fireplace. You will need: 400g chopped pecan nuts 1 finely chopped onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves 1 cup coconut milk 2 peeled and chopped butternuts 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon coarse pepper 1 teaspoon paprika...

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Prepare your child for that first visit to the dentist

By Melodie Veldhuizen If you find a visit to the dentist to be a stressful event, just think how scary especially the first visit must be for a child.  However, this need not be the case. If you prepare your child thoroughly, the first visit to the dentist and all the ensuing appointments won’t be something that scares the living daylights out of your child. Experts give advice. Dentists recommend that you take your baby for a routine examination as soon as possible after the first tooth has made its appearance, or at least before she is one year old. ... Lees meer.

How to plan the perfect kid’s birthday party

By Emsie Martin Whether they are turning two or eight, celebrating your little one’s birthday is an exciting and special event. You can keep costs down by sticking to just cake and cool drinks, having it at home and keeping your guest list to a minimum. Either way, here are some helpful hints on how to plan the perfect kid’s birthday party: The besties Check to see if your child’s best friends can make the proposed party date and time. Birthdays are much more fun with the besties around. Get your kid involved Get your child involved in the party ... Lees meer.

How birth order impacts your child

By Dr Eugene Brink Where you end up in life, invariably depends on a mixture of luck, drive, hard work and the right circumstances. An individual could be born into a wealthy or gifted family, have an exceedingly high IQ or certain valuable skills – or fall victim to the opposite of this – by no choice of their own. And yet, children from the same family often vary widely in interests and abilities. Genetics cannot be solely blamed for this as all of them originate from the same gene pool. Although birth order couldn’t possibly be the sole determinant ... Lees meer.

Reasons for children’s poor academic progress

By Emsie Martin Parents become anxious and worried if their children don’t progress at the same pace as their peers and do not make the grade academically. Poor academic performance can also cause other problems, such as a tensed-up parent-child relationship. It also raises the anxiety levels in a child, could result in depression, and in some cases create a negative self-image. One could say that it affects a child physically, emotionally and socially, which could also negatively affect the child’s humanity. What are the reasons for a child’s not progressing satisfactorily at school? Dr ST Potgieter, a registered psychologist ... Lees meer.

Prepare your children for emigration

By Melodie Veldhuizen Are you, like many other South African families, planning on looking for greener pastures in another country in the near future? Do you know that in spite of all the benefits that this move holds for the whole family, such as better job opportunities, a safer environment and a better future, the children are not necessarily going to meekly accept it? To make sure that your children do not experience the emigration process as traumatic, it is essential to prepare them early and in a sympathetic way. Age, personality and your destination as well as how well ... Lees meer.

Fight fair with your loved ones

By Wilma Bedford Identify exactly what you are angry about and decide why you are angry; in this way you can choose how you are going to express your anger. Was property physically damaged, was your integrity doubted, were you offended, were rules broken that you jointly agreed upon, was a confidence broken? Is it about principles or personalities? Are you partly to blame for the unhappiness? Put yourself in the shoes of your loved ones and try to understand the matter from their perspective. The relationship must still be a priority, especially if it is family members, because you ... Lees meer.

Do you feel lonely in your relationship?

By Wilma Bedford Loneliness does not only hit singles; a person can also experience loneliness within a relationship or marriage. Where it occurs within a relationship, it can be dangerous should the source of the loneliness not be addressed timeously. The feeling of loneliness occurs when one or both parties feel that the mutual bond they once had has faded, the glow has dimmed and the dynamics within the relationship have changed. They feel lonely because they no longer have time for one another due to family and work commitments and unresolved disputes that have accumulated, and because communication with ... Lees meer.

Everyday communication with your partner

By Wilma Bedford A great deal of importance is attached to communication techniques to keep a relationship healthy and the focus is usually on conflict handling or on damage control. And after the big talk was had, how can communication on an everyday level strengthen the building blocks of a relationship? If communication is based on the knowledge that the basic human need is to be appreciated, to feel safe and loved and to experience growth, the battle is half won. Everybody wants to feel unique, appreciated and important and listening to your partner with undivided attention must surely be ... Lees meer.

Borrow a few ideas at work to ensure success at home

By Anja van den Berg When you’re a parent with a full-time job, much of the work of home is compressed into a few hours a day – and you need to move mountains in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy task. It takes planning and effort to make a household and family run smoothly, but it can be done using the same tactics you implement at work: planning and scheduling, thoughtful decision-making, and putting people first. Run your home life in the same way as at work to get everything done efficiently and effectively ... 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.

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.

Safety tips for women drivers

By Emsie Martin Women who drive alone need to take a few extra precautions, for instance: Should you notice a vehicle following you closely, turn into a different road than the one you would normally take. Remain aware of your surroundings. Should the other vehicle turn into the same road, take a few more twists and turns. If the other vehicle continues to stick with you, it would be safe to assume you are being followed and may be the target of foul play. Do not stop or allow the other driver to pull up beside you, or try to ... Lees meer.

A victim of theft: How to make peace with it and move on

By Marli Naidoo Regardless of the way in which your possessions were stolen, it is still a traumatic experience. It could be a so-called “friend” who stole valuable earrings from your wardrobe, a burglar who invaded your house, or an armed street robbery. Each of these events has emotional consequences, which, naturally, differ in seriousness. All people react differently to traumatic events. Your reaction may be influenced by various factors, including personality, coping ability, values, convictions and experiences. How does one handle the shock, anger, sadness and fear that can torture you after such incidents? Get support. It is no ... 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.

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: Butternut soup with pecan nuts

By Lea Brink Autumn comfort food in front of the fireplace. You will need: 400g chopped pecan nuts 1 finely chopped onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves 1 cup coconut milk 2 peeled and chopped butternuts 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon coarse pepper 1 teaspoon paprika powder 1 teaspoon chilli powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon 600ml vegetable extract 1 peeled and chopped carrot Fry the onion in the olive oil for seven minutes over low heat. Add the dried sage, paprika, chilli powder and cinnamon to the onion. Fry until you start smelling the cinnamon and herbs. ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Pork ribs on Ciabatta roles

By Lea Brink The tastiest “hotdog” to enjoy with a cold beer and a rugby match. You will need: 1 Ciabatta bread 1.5 kg pork ribs ½ cup water ½ cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon chilli powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce ½ chopped red onion 100g young spinach leaves 2 tablespoons dried thyme ½ cup melted butter Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place a single layer of ribs in an oven pan and bake for 20 minutes. Combine the water, vinegar, mustard, olive ... Lees meer.

How to plan the perfect kid’s birthday party

By Emsie Martin Whether they are turning two or eight, celebrating your little one’s birthday is an exciting and special event. You can keep costs down by sticking to just cake and cool drinks, having it at home and keeping your guest list to a minimum. Either way, here are some helpful hints on how to plan the perfect kid’s birthday party: The besties Check to see if your child’s best friends can make the proposed party date and time. Birthdays are much more fun with the besties around. Get your kid involved Get your child involved in the party ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Potato salad de luxe with chicken bacon

By Lea Brink You will never look at potato salad in the same way again. You will need: 1 kg baby potatoes, unpeeled ¼ cup olive oil ½ chopped red onion 2 tablespoons fullgrain mustard 3 chopped cloves of garlic ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream ½ cup chopped parsley 200g chopped chicken bacon Boil the potatoes in boiling water for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are done and soft. Place the potatoes to one side to cool. Halve the baby potatoes. Mix the olive oil, fullgrain mustard, cloves of garlic, mayonnaise and sour cream in a mixing ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Japanese stirfry

Lea Brink A quick and easy stirfry for supper. You will need: 500g lean beef mince 4 tablespoons soya sauce 1 tablespoon grated ginger 2 tablespoons spring onion 1 cup beef extract 3 teaspoons sugar 2 soft-boiled eggs 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 3 tablespoons Prego sauce 1 cup cooked rice Fry the mincemeat in a bit of olive oil until done and golden brown. Lower the heat and add the beef extract, Prego sauce, sugar, spring onion, ginger and soya sauce. Stir through and fry for approximately five to ten minutes. Place the cooked rice in a serving bowl. Spoon ... Lees meer.

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