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Recipe: Creamy spinach and sweet potato pasta


By Lea Brink One of the most delicious evening meals during the week. Comfort food and no need to feel guilty. You will need: 500g spaghetti 100g finely chopped sweet potatoes 100g finely chopped baby marrows 2 cups young spinach leaves ½ cup fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons peanut butter...

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Is your child a bully?

By Nico Strydom No parent wishes to hear that their child is a bully, but should this be the case, it is more important to try and establish what led to the behaviour. Most children will at one stage or another tease other children or even lose their temper, but bullying is more than that. Bullying includes among others to tease other children repeatedly, treat them badly or call them names, exclude them, hit or shove them or even taking their belongings. Parents will usually hear from other parents, a teacher or one of their other children that their child ... Lees meer.

When your baby is born prematurely – more about premature babies

By Melodie Veldhuizen You are looking forward excitedly to your pink foot’s arrival and tick off the days on the calendar. Then the unforeseen happens: Baby arrives weeks before the expected date. Nothing can prepare a parent for the surprise (or shock) of a premature baby. You wonder: ‘What did I do wrong?’, ‘Will our baby survive?’, ‘Will she develop normally or will there be complications?’, ‘Will we be good parents?’. Some facts about premature babies Causes: Medical conditions such as preeclampsia, infection, high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as placental abruption (separation) can lead to an early confinement. ... Lees meer.

Children and cell phones: Be aware of the dangers

By Essie Bester Children traditionally fear things like the dark, snakes, injections or thunder. Nowadays there is something that children fear even more ─ being without a cell phone and therefore not being able to have contact with others. This fear is known as nomophobia and teenagers who suffer from this cannot live without their phones. According to a recent study by the Youth Research Unit (YRE) at Unisa’s Bureau for Market Research (BMR) excessive cell-phone usage by teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 years is a social problem. The impact of excessive usage Prof Deon Tustin, head ... Lees meer.

Talk to your child about money

By Essie Bester It is no secret that South Africans in general are big spenders. Very few of us put away enough money for our old age. And our children acquire this habit from us. Which is why Annamaria Lusardi, an international expert ant the academic director of the Financial Literacy Excellence Centre, encourages us to examine our relationship with money. Our culture of conspicuous spending Conspicuous spending is when we spend money on luxury goods for status. This culture is driven by daily messages from brands and institutions to spend more. Things we don’t really need become necessities because ... Lees meer.

Warning signs that your young child’s nanny might be abusive

By Anja van den Berg One of the toughest decisions any parent must make, is choosing a suitable caretaker for their child. With so many viral videos out there of nannies abusing infants, it is only healthy for moms and dads to be concerned. Below are some of the warning signs you should look out for: The nanny seems secretive about the daily routine How your child and her caregiver spend their time shouldn't be a secret. When you come home, you're probably eager to hear about your child's day. If your caregiver isn't forthcoming about it, warning signs should ... 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.

Do I have to tell my spouse everything?

By Marli Naidoo When we’re looking for a life partner we think in terms of a best friend. You want to share your life with a person you can tell everything, who will not judge you but will support you. However, if you feel that you should withhold information from this friend, you will probably realise that you are not really best friends. When you are in a serious relationship or marriage, it usually becomes much more complicated role-play than what you would find in even the best friendship. There is money, intimacy, children, value systems and many other factors ... 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.


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.


Warning signs that your young child’s nanny might be abusive

By Anja van den Berg One of the toughest decisions any parent must make, is choosing a suitable caretaker for their child. With so many viral videos out there of nannies abusing infants, it is only healthy for moms and dads to be concerned. Below are some of the warning signs you should look out for: The nanny seems secretive about the daily routine How your child and her caregiver spend their time shouldn't be a secret. When you come home, you're probably eager to hear about your child's day. If your caregiver isn't forthcoming about it, warning signs should ... Lees meer.

This is how SPF in sunscreen works

By Nico Strydom All of us know that it is important to apply a sunscreen for protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV), but it is also important to know what sun protection factor to use. SPF stands for sun protection factor and is indicared on sunscreens. According to Island Tribe, a manufacturer of sunscreens, South Africa has one of the highest UV indexes in  the world. It is therefore important not to apply just any sunscreen but to make sure about how long you will be protected by the sunscreen you decide to apply. The SPF gives an indication ... Lees meer.

Various factors lead to child murders

By Emsie Martin Nowadays every possible newspaper carries stories about child murders. Shocking statistics and facts about the levels of child murders, rapes and abuse currently occurring in South Africa are a cause of concern. According to police statistics, in 2017 and 2018 alone 279 children were murdered in the Western Cape, but it happens countrywide. “One of the reasons for the high number of child murders in the Western Cape is that existing research and tested interventions are not being used as they should in order to implement policies and strategies to prevent and provide an answer to the ... Lees meer.

How to keep your children safe against kidnapping

By Nico Strydom Recently incidents of children being kidnapped have been in the news regularly, with the result that parents have been warned anew to keep their children safe. “As parents and guardians, it is our responsibility to not only educate our children about safety, but also to equip them with the necessary skills to handle a crisis,” explains Charnel Hattingh, national communication and marketing manager at Fidelity ADT. According to Hattingh, there are some simple actions that can usually assist to keep your child safe. “Teach your children to always walk to school or to your home with a ... Lees meer.

Report Your Missing Child Immediately! Do NOT Wait 24 Hours

By Anja van den Berg A child goes missing every five hours in South Africa, according to Missing Children South Africa. This adds up to more than 1600 children every year. At least 23% of these children are never found. Trafficking in children is a global problem affecting large numbers of children. According to The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Concern, some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year. World Concern is a Christian global relief and development agency extending opportunity and hope to people facing extreme poverty. The reality is ... Lees meer.


This is how SPF in sunscreen works

By Nico Strydom All of us know that it is important to apply a sunscreen for protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV), but it is also important to know what sun protection factor to use. SPF stands for sun protection factor and is indicared on sunscreens. According to Island Tribe, a manufacturer of sunscreens, South Africa has one of the highest UV indexes in  the world. It is therefore important not to apply just any sunscreen but to make sure about how long you will be protected by the sunscreen you decide to apply. The SPF gives an indication ... Lees meer.

A staycation could be your best holiday yet!

By Anja van den Berg It’s been a tough year for South Africans, with the underperforming economy giving both businesses and consumers plenty to think about – and leaving people in dire need of a break. The light at the end of the tunnel is a vacation, which leaves us in a catch-22. How do you go on holiday if you are strapped for cash? Why not consider a staycation and make the most of the amazing opportunities that keep international visitors coming back to South Africa? You don’t need to travel far to enjoy the benefits of a vacation. ... 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.


Recipe: Creamy spinach and sweet potato pasta

By Lea Brink One of the most delicious evening meals during the week. Comfort food and no need to feel guilty. You will need: 500g spaghetti 100g finely chopped sweet potatoes 100g finely chopped baby marrows 2 cups young spinach leaves ½ cup fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons peanut butter Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup mozzarella cheese Fry the sweet potatoes and baby marrows in a bit of olive oil until they start to change colour. Add the spinach and basil leaves, as well as the salt and pepper. Stir the vegetables continuously until the spinach has reduced ... Lees meer.

Perfect Mexican pulled beef

By Lea Brink Pulled beef works with any Mexican dish. Please read my whiskey marinade recipe as an alternative for adding more of a kick to your pulled beef. You will need: Approximately 1.5 kg brisket ½ cup water ½ cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce 2 tablespoons thyme Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the brisket in an oven dish with a lid. Mix the water, vinegar, mustard, olive oil, chili powder, garlic, lemon juice, Worcester sauce ... 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.

Load shedding and cellphone reception

By Reon Janse van Rensburg Load shedding and cellphones form part of all South African’s daily existence. However, South Africans would much rather want to live without the threat (and reality) of load shedding. All mobile operators have been affected by the recent round of load shedding. Load shedding does not only cause many consumers who depend on an ADSL or fibre line, from accessing the internet during load shedding, but it also causes a massive problem with reception since cellphone operators depend on electricity to provide the cellphone towers with power. However, cellphone operators do have emergency plans in ... Lees meer.

Young people are relocating to the suburbs

By Nico Strydom Urbanisation is declining steadily while young people move back to the suburbs. According to Yael Geffen, CEO of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, millennials are settling down and this means they are moving back to the suburbs, as their parents did before them. However, Geffen points out that there is a difference: Millenials are creating a new kind of live-work-play district, called ‘hipsturbia’ by developers. It has long been said that urbanisation is one of the main trends of the 21st century, with more and more people moving to cities, especially young people. Now, though, there is ... Lees meer.


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