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Fresh fruit ice lollies for the kids


Lea Brink Healthy ice lollies with natural sugars. You will need: 1 litre double-cream yoghurt of your choice 100g finely chopped blueberries 100g finely chopped strawberries 100g finely chopped raspberries 100g green grapes, chopped 1 handful crushed meringues Mix the yoghurt, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and meringues in a mixing...

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Would you allow your children to visit someone who grows (and uses) cannabis at home?

By Tania du Toit Cannabis may now be grown at home and suddenly it is no longer a scandal or criminal hobby. At long last everyone can now do as he/she pleases, yet this development has a wider impact on issues that possibly might not have been considered. Regardless of legislation and court findings, things like conviction and lifestyle certainly still exist? Mindful life choices? Scenario: You disapprove of smoking and have no smoking friends or family and don’t allow any smoking on your premises or in your home. Your younger children want to go visit or sleep over at ... Lees meer.

What happens if my baby is born prematurely?

By Nico Strydom A premature birth is when a baby is born more than three weeks before the estimated date of confinement. When a woman goes into labour prematurely, it does not necessarily mean that the baby will be born prematurely. Nowadays doctors can do much more to delay a premature birth as long as possible. The longer the baby can stay inside until as close as possible to the date of confinement, the smaller the chances that it will experience problems after the birth. Many premature births are also planned because of complications, such as the mother’s medical condition ... Lees meer.

What is your child’s love language?

By Nico Strydom “I like to think that there is an emotional love tank in every child. If a child feels loved by the parents the child will grow up normally.” This according to Dr Gary Chapman, coauthor of The Five Love Languages of Children. Chapman, a marriage and family counsellor, became famous for his first book Five Love Languages, in which he describes five love languages. According to Chapman all people have a love language with which they prefer to communicate. Couples can learn each other’s love languages and so communicate their love to each other in a simple ... Lees meer.

How children’s toys have evolved

Deur Dr Eugene Brink Odds are that you don’t recognise anything familiar in contemporary toys. The stuff we as adults used to play with now seems antiquated and obsolete to our kids and grandchildren. As the pace of technological change has accelerated in the 21st century, no aspect of our lives has been left untouched and toys are certainly no exception. Toy cars and dolls will probably always be with us – after all, boys will be boys and girls will be girls – but even these have undergone significant changes – and will keep on changing. Others have largely ... 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.


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.

Who comes first: Husband or children?

By Marli Naidoo Perhaps you’re one of those moms who say that their children come before their husbands on the priority list because they did not ask to be here, cannot fend for themselves, and the husband is old enough to take care of himself. However, is this attitude the best for your children and your marriage? It has been found that conjugal bliss dims after the birth of children. This decline is 42% higher in our generation than in the previous one. This happiness and satisfaction decline even more with the birth of every subsequent child. This does not ... Lees meer.

Please talk to me, honey!

By Karen van der Berg If there is one thing women want the most, it is for their husbands to talk about their emotions. Most men struggle to talk about their emotions or “deeper” stuff such as relationships. The good news is, you can teach your husband to do so. This is according to Raymond Fourie, a marriage counsellor in Bellville. Most people possess an amazing ability to grow and change. Your husband does not find it as easy as you do to talk about matters of the heart, because as a child he received messages to suppress his experiences ... Lees meer.

When is divorce the best option?

By Anja van den Berg Divorce is not something to be taken lightly. The emotional and financial fallout from ending a marriage can be tremendous and traumatic for all involved. “The common conclusion to all studies on prevention of relationship breakdown and the causes of divorce is that a constellation of factors, not a single cause, is normally responsible for the breakdown of a marriage relationship,” says Bertus Preller, family law and divorce lawyer at Bertus Preller & Associates Inc. in Cape Town. Since relationships are dynamic and family circumstances alter throughout the course of the marriage (for example, the ... 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.

Seven diseases you could pick up from your pet

Chisanga Mukuka Just like the rest of us, your furry friend is also prone to germs, bacteria and bouts of sickness. And in the same way that you might catch a cold from other people, conditions from pets can sometimes be passed on to their owners. The good news is that most zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans) are quite rare, and those that you could contract are treatable and can be prevented through simple measures. A great start is knowing which infections are most likely to cross over. Familiarise yourself with the following conditions: ... Lees meer.

Help your child to process the death of a pet

Marli Naidoo In many cases the loss of a pet is a child’s first introduction to death. It can therefore leave him sad, but can also fill him with feelings of guilt, fear and confusion. Some children may even resent a friend whose pet is still alive. It therefore is our duty to help our children through this difficult time. A toddler will probably not yet understand the concept of death. Explain to him that his pet is dead and won’t return, but that it definitely is not his fault. Four- to six-year-olds are inclined to see death as a ... Lees meer.


Teach your children safety in and around the house

By Melodie Veldhuizen For your own peace of mind and your children’s safety it is essential for you to make them aware of safety and how to handle emergency situations from a young age. The most important rules Emergency numbers, contact details and self-identification Children of all ages must know how to use a telephone and where to get help in an emergency. Let them memorise important numbers. If they can read, display emergency numbers close to the telephone where they can easily find them in an emergency. Load important and emergency numbers on the housephone and on everybody’s cell ... Lees meer.

What to do and not to do if you are raped

By Nico Strydom Rape victims are usually too shocked or afraid to act in the moments immediately after the event. However, there are a few steps you can take immediately to ensure your own safety and to help apprehending and prosecuting the rapist as quickly as possible. Make sure you are safe If you have been raped, you should try to get to a safe place as quickly as possible. Immediately tell somebody what has happened Contact somebody as soon as you have reached a safe place. You can contact a family member or friend or go to the nearest ... Lees meer.

Family murders: Who and why

By Dr. Eugene Brink Henri van Breda was recently found guilty and sentenced to three life terms in prison for the murder of his father, brother and mother at the De Zalze luxury estate in Stellenbosch in 2015. It was one of the most sensational trials and family murders in the history of South Africa and garnered intense media attention. It seemed completely senseless and unusual for someone from such an esteemed, stable and well-to-do family to murder them in such an abhorrent manner. This perhaps explains why the case drew the amount of attention and scrutiny it did. Their ... Lees meer.

Safe holiday

By Marli Naidoo After another quarter’s hard work some families look forward to a bit of winter holiday. Time to rest, to forget about work and school stress, and to muster strength for the second half of the year. A holiday is a time for enjoying yourself and shrugging off all stress. It is therefore important to have a safe holiday and to try and avoid incidents that could cause unnecessary pressure. Plan ahead. Take along only the necessary credit cards, and don’t walk around with a lot of cash. Plan your route, even if you have GPS. Choose the ... Lees meer.

At what age should my learn child how to swim?

By Nico Strydom Drowning is one of the main causes of unnatural deaths among young children in South Africa. “The sad part is that almost all the deaths could possibly have been avoided through proper supervision over children who could not swim, by informing children about the dangers of water, and by placing fences around and netting over swimming pools,” says Dr James Nutt, general practitioner at Intercare Glenfair. According to Nutt children can suffer permanent brain damage within minutes when oxygen is cut off. “Children can even drown in a basin or a small fishpond with a little bit ... Lees meer.


Countries to which South Africans may travel without visas

By Nico Strydom South Africans can travel to more than a 100 foreign destinations without visas. According to the latest passport index of the company Henley & Partners South Africa is in the 50th position. This index ranks countries according to the number of countries to which their passport holders may travel without a visa. This index provides extensive information about the countries to which you may travel without a visa, with an electronic visa (e-Visa), with a visa upon arrival or with a normal visa. In 2016 South Africa was in the 37th position on this list, but this ... Lees meer.

How to earmark microvacations to offset your stringent work schedule

By Anja van den Berg While it’s true that holidays away can be refreshing, they can also take a lot of time, energy and money. Reflecting on the pressures and realities of the modern world of work, Elizabeth Grace Saunders offers an alternative way to think about holidays.  Saunders is a time management coach and author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money and Divine Time Management. “A lot of people feel exhausted just thinking about planning a vacation – not just navigating personal commitments and school breaks but deciding how to delegate major projects or put work on ... Lees meer.

Safe holiday

By Marli Naidoo After another quarter’s hard work some families look forward to a bit of winter holiday. Time to rest, to forget about work and school stress, and to muster strength for the second half of the year. A holiday is a time for enjoying yourself and shrugging off all stress. It is therefore important to have a safe holiday and to try and avoid incidents that could cause unnecessary pressure. Plan ahead. Take along only the necessary credit cards, and don’t walk around with a lot of cash. Plan your route, even if you have GPS. Choose the ... Lees meer.

Staying safe on a long journey

By Nico Strydom Many people go on long journeys during the December holidays to go and relax at various places across the country. How can you ensure your safety on the open road? Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s Head of Community Safety, says every person travelling during this season has a responsibility to be safe towards himself or herself as well as other travellers. Cameron gives the following tips: Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy and does not endanger you or other road users. Make sure that you get enough sleep and are rested before you start your journey. Schedule enough ... Lees meer.

Secure your house for the holidays

By Nico Strydom The December holidays have arrived at last, which means that many people are taking a break. However, it usually also means increased criminal activity, so make sure that your house is secure while you are on holiday. Unfortunately you can’t take all your belongings on holiday with you, but you can take certain precautions to try and make sure that your house is secure while you’re away from home. According to Virseker criminals go into overdrive from October to December and incidents of housebreaking escalate dramatically. Virseker offers the following security hints for the protection of your ... Lees meer.


Fresh fruit ice lollies for the kids

Lea Brink Healthy ice lollies with natural sugars. You will need: 1 litre double-cream yoghurt of your choice 100g finely chopped blueberries 100g finely chopped strawberries 100g finely chopped raspberries 100g green grapes, chopped 1 handful crushed meringues Mix the yoghurt, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and meringues in a mixing bowl. Scoop spoonsful of the yoghurt into ice-cream lolly moulds and freeze overnight. If you do not have moulds, you can use deep ice-cube trays. Cut ice-cream sticks in half and place in each cube. Loosen the sides of the moulds with a butter knife to make sure the cubes ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Ice-cream sandwiches

By Lea Brink The sides of this sandwich are made with a basic Spanish churros recipe. A dessert you can eat with your hands. You will need: 3 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 250 ml flour ½ teaspoon vanilla essence Sugar: 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon Oil for deep frying Ice-cream filling: 2 lt full-cream vanilla ice-cream 120g dark chocolate 250g chopped almonds 1 cup white sugar Heat the white sugar and almonds in a saucepan on low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Place on a baking plate and set aside to cool for ... Lees meer.

Quick cheeseburger pasta

By Lea Brink A flavourful and quick evening meal. You will need: 500g penne-pasta 500g lean beef mince ½ chopped onion 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon steak and chops spice Salt and pepper 1 beef extract cube 800ml boiling water 3 cups grated cheddar cheese 5 finely chopped radishes 1 tablespoon finely chopped peanuts Fry the onion, radishes, peanuts and mince in a bit of oil until golden brown. Add the coriander, cumin, chilli powder, steak and chop spice, salt and pepper. Mix well. Lower the heat to a steady simmer. Dissolve the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Blueberry flapjacks with bacon and mascarpone cheese

By Lea Brink My secret weapon for breakfast. My kids and guests always enjoy it enormously. You will need: 2 cups self-raising flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon castor sugar 1 beaten egg 1 ¼ cups milk 100g blueberries 250g bacon strips honey 250g mascarpone cheese I prefer to freeze my blueberries a few days ahead. The frozen blueberries keep their shape so much better in the pan. Fry the bacon in a pan with a bit of oil until done. Sift the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar, egg, frozen blueberries and half ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Pink Gin and Tonic for the Spring

Lea Brink Recipes are so much more economical if you use fruit and vegetable that are in season. A refreshing drink for Spring. You will need: 5 raspberries 5 cucumber slices 3 spearmint leaves 3 tablespoons pure strawberry juice 2 teaspoons lime juice 250 ml tonic water 25/50ml white gin 7 ice cubes Combine the raspberries, cucumber, spearmint, strawberry juice and lime juice in a tall cool drink glass. Process with a hand-processor until blended. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Add the ice cube, gin and tonic water. Stir well and serve immediately. Place an extra raspberry and ... Lees meer.


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