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Stay-at-home-moms’ struggle to return to work

By Nico Strydom Women who have children and stay at home for a while before returning to work, are often only considered for lower level, more general and lower paid roles that they filled previously. Research points out that managers who are responsible for hiring decisions are of the opinion...

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Stay-at-home-moms’ struggle to return to work

By Nico Strydom Women who have children and stay at home for a while before returning to work, are often only considered for lower level, more general and lower paid roles that they filled previously. Research points out that managers who are responsible for hiring decisions are of the opinion that mothers who return to the labour force after a few years of raising children, will be less committed, not give all their time and attention and possibly have lost their skills. This could result in these women changing from employer or career or even deciding not to go back ... Lees meer.

Heritage Month: Let’s celebrate our heritage by introducing our children to traditional games

By Melodie Veldhuizen Many South Africans have dubbed Heritage Day (24 September) National Braai Day (seeing that braai is a typical South African pastime). Another way of celebrating our cultural heritage, is to recall traditional games we played as children and reintroduce them to our children and play them together. Following are some games which I recall with nostalgia. Goat in the cage. Players stand in a demarcated area (the cage), with two players on the outside, one on each side of the cage. The two players try to hit the players inside the cage with a ball. The player who ... Lees meer.

SA teenagers and obesity

By Marli Naidoo More and more South African children are overweight. It has been found that 18% of children between the ages of 15 and 17 are overweight or suffer from obesity. The rate is considerably higher among girls (22%) than among boys (15%), and among children who live in urban areas (20%) as compared to rural areas (16%). This is a complex problem, however, and the cause has many components. It has been found that in many cases children and teenagers are overweight and growth-handicapped. They eat food but the food is poor in micronutrients. This is found not ... Lees meer.

Stop fighting between siblings

By Marli Naidoo Even the most loving brothers and sisters sometimes fight. It has been found that sibling conflict could break out up to eight times in an hour, that pairs of sisters are inclined to be better friends for each other, and that there will usually be more conflict if one of the siblings is a boy. Unfortunately there is no magic wand that parents can wave or even a five-point plan that will make conflict between siblings go away. However, there is good news in the fact that these ructions are totally normal and actually contributes to your ... Lees meer.

Chess for children

By Melodie Veldhuizen Have you ever wondered what the ideal extramural activity or sport would be for your child to participate in, especially during this time when everyone must be wary of physical contact? Then chess is the answer. Chess is a sport in which only two players, the chessboard and of course the chess pieces are involved. Following is a short discussion of the reasons why it is such an excellent sport for children. It’s outstanding exercise for the brain During a game of chess the brain is very active. Because the brain works like a muscle, it needs ... Lees meer.

Show your partner gratitude and appreciation

By Wilma Bedford In a long-term relationship one of the straws that breaks the camel’s back is the danger that people start to take each other for granted and neglect being polite or saying thank you. Taking someone for granted is viewing the other person’s efforts to make a contribution as unimportant or effortless. It is the inability to notice that your partner is making life easier for you (or you for your partner) by performing routine tasks. The pandemic has led to the people in the relationship performing more tasks in the household than they would normally do, for ... Lees meer.

Communication between spouses about “When one of us stays behind after the other one dies”

By Melodie Veldhuizen Whether or not you are a believer, one thing is certain – all of us will die someday. Death is not a topic anyone likes to discuss, especially not the death of a spouse. You may think about it in passing, especially when you read a news item or hear about the death of friends or family. But have you and your spouse ever discussed this delicate issue? Talked about what will become of my loved one when I die? Will she be well cared for? Or about my wishes when I am no longer able to ... Lees meer.

A true narcissist all along

By Emsie Martin The guy is jovial and everybody likes him, but behind that mask hides a person who thinks and believes he is the most important person in the world. His people at home, however, do not experience the same jovial, helpful person. Nothing is ever his fault and he never says sorry. It won’t help to talk to people about it because they won’t believe you. So what is a narcissist? The general characteristics of a narcissistic personality disorder is an obsession with self-image, power and pomp. People who has NPD apparently have such a grand idea of ... Lees meer.

How to tell your child you are getting a divorce

By Emsie Martin Divorce does not ask who you are, what type of work you do, where you live or how long you’ve been married – it just happens! To tell a child his parents are divorcing is no easy task, even if you are a psychiatrist or counsellor by profession. Sometimes the children are still too young to understand, but often there are older children involved. Parents going through a divorce must themselves work through a variety of emotions such as anger, disappointment or fear of an uncertain future. Most parents try to avoid the topic of divorce until ... Lees meer.

Is marriage counselling worth it?

By Emsie Martin The day you stood at the altar with stars in your eyes you could not imagine that you might have to see a marriage counsellor one day. After a few years, it feels as if you can no longer make things work. There are just too many differences – which you realised too late. The main problems arise because people have not learned to communicate clearly and effectively. Anri van den Berg, a marriage, relationship and trauma counsellor, explains it as follows: “Of course, infatuation plays a huge role in our choice of a partner. We are ... Lees meer.

The relationship between pets and people

By Emsie Martin Many of us cannot always understand why there are people who don’t like animals, but the bond between man and animals enjoys attention worldwide due to the mutual benefits it contains for both parties. Animals are being increasingly utilised as substitutes for social interaction in homes for the elderly, nursery schools and hospitals. Pets and companion animals can therefore serve as objects for unloading tension on the one hand, and as a link to nature on the other. Pets have an important influence on how people feel about themselves and about life. The emotional, social and physical ... 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.

How to spot – and stop spreading – fake news

By Anja van den Berg The internet brings with it a myriad of constructive qualities. Unfortunately, it can also be a tool for the harmful. Fake news has the potential to wreak havoc. Fake news is spread to create fear and cause panic. Sharing it can result in people making misinformed decisions that can be harmful to their lives. The South African government has warned its citizens against spreading fake news and announced that anyone who creates or spreads fake news is liable to prosecution. The disaster management regulations of 2020 distinguish between three different types of fake news: Disinformation ... Lees meer.

Personal safety after the unrest: Experts give advice

By Dr Eugene Brink The recent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng once again shed the spotlight on the issue of safety and, more specifically, personal safety. Many people are, with reason, afraid that this can flare up again and that residential areas and property could be the next target. A natural outcome after the unrest is that general crime, within the existing context of among others high unemployment and opportunism, can increase still further. The police also offer scant hope and in the main civilians themselves had to stand up against instigators and looters. This succeeded in turning ... Lees meer.

Steps to personal safety

By Nico Strydom Being aware of your personal environment regardless of where you are, is an effective first step to avoid criminals and crime. “In most cases there is an element of opportunism around criminals. One should therefore be observant so as not to look like a soft or easy target,” says Charnel Hattingh, head of marketing with the security company Fidelity ADT. According to Hattingh one should at all times be aware of your environment, also when you drive to work, go shopping, and even when you relax. “It doesn’t matter where you go, you must still be on ... Lees meer.

Child restraints not a nuisance

By Emsie Martin A busy parent sometimes finds it a nuisance to first buckle up the children in the child  restraints every time they quickly have to go somewhere. Regardless of legislation that makes the use of child restraints compulsory for children under the age of three, very few people see it as necessary to belt their children up when they drive. Yes, it is a nuisance but statistics show why it is necessary even if you drive only one block far. Look around in the mornings when you drop the children or drive somewhere. You see toddlers unrestrained on ... Lees meer.

Do not neglect safety when working from home

By Nico Strydom The lockdown and associated regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic change frequently and affects whether people work more from home, or whether they are back at the office. At level 1 of the lockdown many companies had their employees returning to the office. Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication at Fidelity ADT, says it is important not to relax safety precautions at home, whether you are going to the office or still working from home. Hattingh points out that it does not really make a difference whether there are people at home all day or not, ... Lees meer.

Important money lessons for children

By Nico Strydom With the festive season around the corner the temptation to spend money usually becomes greater and it is a good time to teach your children important money lessons. The website JustMoney recently asked a number of children what money means to them. Many of them realise the importance of money and the value of saving as a way to reach their dreams. The children were asked four questions, namely what is money, why is it important, what does it mean to save, and why is it important to save. According to Sarah Nicholson, commercial manager at JustMoney, ... Lees meer.

Affordable Christmas amidst Covid-19 financial pressure

By Marli Naidoo Covid-19 and the lockdown have given most people’s wallets a beating, and many of us just feel like skipping Christmas this year. Of course, this isn’t possible. However, what is possible, is to plan and celebrate an affordable Christmas. Plan ahead and in the finest detail. Your bank balance doesn’t need any surprises at this point in time. How much will and can you spend on food and gifts now? With regard to gifts, it is important to buy with what you have, and not what you wish you had. Leave the credit card at home. It ... Lees meer.

Going on vacation? Here’s how to reduce your risk of contracting the coronavirus

By Anja van den Berg Now might not be the best time to travel. However, cabin fever is reaching its peak as South Africans have been cooped up for months. And, says Johanna Read, wanderlust and family obligations can be powerful lures. Read specialises in responsible tourism and has worked on issues ranging from pandemic influenza to refugee determination. If you just have to get out for a holiday trip, there are ways to decrease your risks while on vacation. Whether you’re setting off by plane or car, Read helps you understand how you can protect yourself: Transportation The safest ... Lees meer.

Travel in the midst of Covid-19 and thereafter

By Nico Strydom Numerous countries have enabled their citizens to once again travel in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts agree that the travel experience will for now and long afterwards be very different. South Africans started travelling again for work on 1 June. At this stage travel for relaxation or pleasure remains forbidden. International travel is also not allowed, with South Africa’s borders  remaining closed. However, Oz Desai, CEO of Corporate Traveller, warns that the travel experience will for now appear quite different. “Travellers should be aware that the rules and regulations for travel can and will ... Lees meer.

Road safety lessons on the long road to the coast

By Wilma Bedford Road accidents in South Africa are of the highest in the world: Worldwide there are 24.1 deaths per 100 000 road users, while in South Africa the figure is 31.9 per 100 000. In South Africa road deaths are caused by drunk driving, speed, distracted drivers, reckless driving, potholes and worn brakes and tyres. Collisions are the main cause of road deaths and the drivers are mainly 15-29 years old. There has been talk about including road safety in the school curriculum, therefore the long road to your holiday at the coast is a golden opportunity to ... Lees meer.

Top tips for moving during Covid-19

By Dr Eugene Brink Packing up your house and belongings and moving to a new place and house seems daunting. Under normal circumstances, moving is one of the most stressful life events. Doing it during a pandemic is even more stressful and less ideal. Nevertheless, many people are making use of lower interest rates to scale up or buy their first house – and this means that they must move. “Moving during a pandemic? It can be done. Carefully, thoughtfully and exhaustingly,” writes Kelly Lawler for USA Today. “Maybe your lease is up. Maybe you need to combine your household ... Lees meer.

How to make energy sustainable

Not only is high electricity consumption bad for our planet, it will also leave you with a higher than necessary electricity account. And who wants to spend more money than necessary on electricity? Here are a few handy hints for keeping your account low. Switch off unnecessary lights Make a habit of switching off the light when you exit a room. It is not going to make a big difference, but every little bit helps. It doesn’t make sense to have every light on if it is unnecessary. Nowadays there are smart systems that switch on lights the moment there ... Lees meer.

Sport: The domestic fixtures for 2021

By Eugene Brink Sporting events have been conspicuously irregular since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Those that have resumed are still characterised by few (if any) spectators and tight protocols. However, 2021 does seem to be more promising and fans and players alike can look forward to the more comprehensive continuation and resumption of many of their favourite sports. But unfortunately, sporting normalcy is still very much an illusion. Let’s look at some of the sporting events this year has to offer: Rugby The PRO14 Rainbow Cup will commence on 24 April and include the likes of the Vodacom ... Lees meer.

Families move in together to save money: Make it work

By Marli Naidoo The Covid-19 lockdown as well as South Africa’s general financial situation has put many people under tremendous financial pressure. A solution that is becoming more popular is for families to share homes. Many families, for instance, move in with grandparents and in so doing relieve the pressure on everybody’s budgets. Living with family could, however, become unbearable if it is not done the right way. Long-term planning is essential. Decide beforehand when you want to go on your own again. Be realistic and allow all parties enough time to get on their feet. Make sure that you ... Lees meer.

Get and store water independent of your municipality

By Marli Naidoo A disturbingly large number of South Africans do not have access to clean drinking water. This does not only apply to people living under the breadline. More and more people use water purification systems in their houses our buy all their drinking water. Many towns and parts of cities are often without water and regular droughts over large parts of the country cause taps to run dry. The idea that households should be able to obtain, purify and store their own water independently is becoming more and more appealing and essential. There are various ways of doing ... Lees meer.

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