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What do I do with my selfish teenager?

By Marli Naidoo A teenager can be inclined to be totally absorbed with his own life and thoughts, and have little time for the problems and needs of others. Although this is a normal phase of development, loving intervention and instruction in empathy are necessary. If teenagers aren’t equipped to...

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Do violent video games make my child more aggressive?

By Marli Naidoo Playing video games has become a popular activity for people of all ages. Over recent years they have become more realistic and they can be played online with other players from all over the world. Most children play for at least one hour per day, and the older the child, the more time he will typically spend on gaming. Studies have found that most children prefer violent games above others. In these games players have to destroy their opponents by shooting them or taking them on with other weapons. Some parents are concerned that this type of ... Lees meer.

Covid and back to school: Help your child adapt

By Lea Brink Our children are gradually going back to school, despite the danger of Covid-19 that is still growing. This can cause enormous fear in both children and parents about the children’s health and safety. Schools can keep children safe as far as possible by letting them keep reasonable physical distances and applying the best sanitary practices, but parents and children may still harbour fears. However, there is quite a lot you as parent can do to strengthen your children’s physical and emotional health while they restart their academic tasks. Firstly, make sure they wear a mask. “If your ... Lees meer.

Healthy money habits to teach your kids

By Emsie Martin Given how important financial literacy is, teaching children about money from an early age can equip them to make better decisions once they start earning their own money. The challenging financial crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic is the perfect time to start. Beyond getting your child’s own savings started, teaching your child age appropriate lessons about handling money is important, says Ronald King, Head: Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs at PSG. Make money child friendly As your children get older, explore ways to teach them ‘adult’ money lessons in practical and memorable ways. One way could be ... Lees meer.

Prevent violence against women and children

By Marli Naidoo Violence against women and children occurs in South Africa in shocking numbers. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the moment Covid-19 and violence against women and children are the two pandemics which we are fighting. With the lowering of the lockdown from stage 4 to stage 3, this kind of violence and abuse has increased rapidly, and 21 women and children have been murdered in South Africa during the last few weeks. It is difficult to foresee numbers, as it is not always clear if the crimes were committed against the victims because they are women. However, ... Lees meer.

At wits’ end with your whining child?

By Melodie Veldhuizen Does your toddler’s whining sometimes drive you crazy? The irritating speaking with a whiny voice makes you so angry that eventually you give in and let her have her way. You think she is probably manipulating you, but is this truly the case? And how does one handle it in a positive way? Why do toddlers whine? Whining is fairly common in children from a young age. Sometimes they do it to get their way or to attract attention. However, often it is because they don’t possess the vocabulary or don’t know how to say they aren’t ... Lees meer.

Restore respect in your marriage

By Marli Naidoo The loss of respect for each other can break down a marriage fast. The good news is that this lost respect can be restored and you take each other into consideration again. When you respect each other you accept that you differ and that you think differently about things, you respect personal boundaries, have a mutual understanding about what is acceptable in your relationship, and there is balance and fairness. If there is a circle of balanced give and take, it is a sign of a respectful relationship. Choose the restoration of respect. This is a conscious ... Lees meer.

Discover your partner’s love language

By Melodie Veldhuizen You don’t doubt your love for one another, yet you often feel unloved and therefore discontented. This is because people experience love in different ways and why your loved one doesn’t experience the way in which you show you care, as love. In his book, Five languages of love, Gary Chapman, an expert in the field of relationships and marriage, distinguishes the following love languages: constructive words, quality time, gifts, servitude and physical touch. Constructive words: This means compliments for specific things you find attractive and sincere words of thanks for specific things your partner does which ... Lees meer.

Spoil your loved one daily

By Marli Naidoo With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we want to make an extra effort to spoil our loved ones. However, we needn’t wait for 14 February to make him/her feel special. Every day offers new opportunities to surprise your darling with small treats that cost very little or nothing. Remember that every person is different. This does not mean that your hubby will like the same treats you do, so make sure that you take his personality, love language and taste into consideration when you decide what you are going to do. Read to him from a ... Lees meer.

Get along with your in-laws during these holidays

By Marli Naidoo Some people get along splendidly with their in-laws, but this is not always the case. For others it sometimes requires a lot of effort to even just be in the same room as their in-laws, However, in these situations it is possible to survive Christmas with your in-laws and even be able to enjoy some moments by applying the following tips: Be willing to be flexible without being controlled by others. This is the season to be thankful and generous, and it will benefit everyone to adopt an attitude of humility. Christmas is not a good time ... Lees meer.

Sideline the digital world for a while and regain family time

By Wilma Bedford Digital detox is the buzzword among yuppies and the in-thing is to go to expensive breakaway camps to break with smartphone and media addiction to reunite with family and friends. The unfortunate truth is that from a young age our children are attracted to digital online diversion, video games, smartphones and Netflix and then become socially indifferent towards and detached from the family. Detox cell-phone and digitally addicted family members by means of card and board games and puzzles and repair disintegrated family time; it may sound old-fashioned, but do not underestimate the social and educational value ... 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.

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.

Protect your loved ones and your possessions

By Melodie Veldhuizen Many of us have been victims of crime ourselves, or know someone who has. It is a given and unfortunately something to which we cannot turn a blind eye or deaf ear. Everyone is exposed to it daily, which is why it is essential to do everything possible to protect ourselves, our loved ones as well as our possessions, at home and on the road. Safety at home Lock all doors and windows when no-one will be at home, and also when you are at home. Invest in a security system and test it frequently to ensure ... Lees meer.

What is child abuse?

By Marli Naidoo We will not give our children stones when they ask for bread. Unfortunately there are parents who do exactly that. Child abuse occurs in all communities and children do not always hate the abuser. In most cases the abuser is somebody known to the child or his family. Child abuse is any interaction or absence of interaction that results in non-accidental damage to the child’s physical condition or development. This includes not only physical damage but also emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Sexual abuse Sexual abuse takes place when somebody forces or solicits a ... 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.

Driving safely when it rains, visibility is poor

By Nico Strydom Rain and poor visibility create the perfect recipe for traffic chaos. Due to the summer rains and load-shedding that once again keeps popping up, the Automobile Association (AA) warns motorists anew to be alert on the road at all times. “Heavy rain influences visibility and can also cause traffic lights to be out of order. The problem is exacerbated by load-shedding and power failures that result in traffic lights being out of order,” says the AA. Soaking rain can further also cause pot-holes to appear overnight. “Small holes become big pot-holes and motorists only see them when ... Lees meer.

Travelling during pregnancy

By Nico Strydom For many women travelling during pregnancy can be a concern as it requires extra planning and precautions. Pregnant women who intend travelling should talk to their doctor ahead of time so that they can be advised as to which inoculations are safe and what precautions they should take for their and their babies’ health. Pregnant women are generally advised to not travel too much or unnecessarily. If, however, there are no complications with regard to the pregnancy, travelling is on the whole safe, but it is advisable not to travel after a pregnancy of 35 weeks. The ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Pineapple and apple marinated ham

Lea Brink Smoked ham for a cold-meat Christmas dinner. You will need: 500g smoked ham 240g finely crushed canned pineapple pieces ½ cup barbeque sauce (purchased sauce of your choice) 4 Granny Smith apples, finely sliced ¼ cup full-grain mustard 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ cup honey 1 tablespoon chopped sage A smoked ham is already cooked. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the ham in a narrow oven dish. Cut half centimetre slices approximately 80% through. Place the apple slices and pineapple pieces in each slice of the ham. Mix the mustard, honey, paprika and barbeque sauce. Spread the sauce ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Ice-cream sandwich ginger cookies

Lea Brink Something completely different for the Christmas season. You will need: 110g butter 110g castor sugar 110g golden syrup 225g self-raising flour 2 teaspoons ginger powder 1 teaspoon sugared orange peel, chopped 1 litre vanilla ice-cream Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease an oven pan with butter or Spray and Cook and line with baking paper. Heat the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Add the castor sugar and golden syrup. Remove from the heat as soon as the castor sugar has been worked through thoroughly. Set aside to cool. Add the self-raising flour, sugared orange peel and ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Christmas chocolate ice-cream Pavlova

Lea Brink The hot Christmas weather makes this Pavlova one of the biggest hits of the year. You will need: 3 egg-whites 1 cup castor sugar 1 teaspoon cornflour 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 1 container chocolate ice-cream 250ml fresh cream 250g salted almonds 320g milk chocolate squares 200g fresh strawberries 200g blueberries 100g pomegranate seeds ½ cups fresh mint leaves Chocolate sauce (purchased) Preheat the oven to 140ºC. Line a baking plate with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Beat the egg-whites until stiff, add the castor sugar spoon by spoon. Beat well. Fold in the cornflour ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Christmas coleslaw

Lea Brink A very special coleslaw for Christmas dinner. You will need: 1 red cabbage, cut into thin strips 200g goat’s milk cheese, diced 2 Granny Smith apples, diced 200g coarsely chopped pecan nuts 100g dried red bush berries 50g raisins ½ chopped red onion ½ cup thinly sliced carrot pieces 50g chopped rocket leaves 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Sauce: 50ml almond oil or olive oil 100ml mayonnaise 1 tablespoon coarse full-grain mustard 2 tablespoons condensed milk Combine the red cabbage, goat’s milk cheese, apples, red onion and carrot in a glass bowl and stir well. Add the sesame seeds, ... Lees meer.

Get along with your in-laws during these holidays

By Marli Naidoo Some people get along splendidly with their in-laws, but this is not always the case. For others it sometimes requires a lot of effort to even just be in the same room as their in-laws, However, in these situations it is possible to survive Christmas with your in-laws and even be able to enjoy some moments by applying the following tips: Be willing to be flexible without being controlled by others. This is the season to be thankful and generous, and it will benefit everyone to adopt an attitude of humility. Christmas is not a good time ... Lees meer.

Gardening is therapeutic

By Wilma Bedford With the lockdown and other restrictions you might for the first time in a long while have really had the time to pay attention to your garden and to enjoy it, or perhaps you now look at your garden and see the potential for food security, or just a healthier diet, or you want to create a delightful garden just for yourself, even if it is on your balcony. The new normal is to green your environment and to cultivate your own healthy vegetables and herbs. Whatever the case, your garden is a healthy place to be ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Rump steak moussaka

Lea Brink Filling and nutritious food for the winter. You will need: 500g rump steak 2 large brinjals ½ finely chopped onion 1 tin tomatoes, halved 1 packet brown onion soup 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage leaves 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic Sauce: 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons flour 2½ cups milk Salt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel and slice the brinjals. Pack on an oven plate and bake for approximately 10 minutes until the slices start colouring at the edges. Dice the rump steak. Fry the diced ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Chocolate chip cookies

Lea Brink The best cookies under the sun. I always have these cookies in the cookie jar. You will need: 2½ cups flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon salt 120g butter 2 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 cup milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips ½ cup white chocolate chips 1 tablespoon finely chopped pecan nuts 1½ teaspoons vanilla essence Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a baking plate with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a mixing bowl. Beat the butter and sugar together in ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Chocolate marble banana bread

Lea Brink Everyone enjoys baking banana bread. This one will be your favourite by far. You will need: 4 medium size bananas ¾ cup sugar 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/3 cup milk 1½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 6 tablespoons boiled water Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a bread pan with butter and sprinkle some cake flour over the base to make sure the banana bread will not stick. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the bananas, sugar, oil, milk and vanilla essence to an electric ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Almond butter oatmeal cookies

Lea Brink A healthy snack for the youngsters. You can adapt the recipe if your child is allergic to peanuts. You will need: 2 cups uncooked oatmeal ½ cup almond butter or peanut butter ½ cup raw honey or golden syrup ½ cup coconut oil ¼ cup cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence Mix all the ingredients and stir well. Place one tablespoon of the batter on a baking plate. Repeat the process until you have approximately 15 cookies on the plate. Place in the freezer for one hour before enjoying. Pack the cookies in a plastic container and store ... Lees meer.

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