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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,...

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Working Parents, This Is The Secret To Relaxing and Recharging During The COVID-19 Crisis

By Anja van den Berg As a working parent, you’re familiar with putting the needs of others before your own.  Airlines have it right when they advise you to first put on your oxygen mask before assisting others. You can’t spend energy on loved ones or work if your inner resources are depleted. However, building your reserves is an especially tough challenge during this time of social isolation and work from home. The COVID-19 crisis has eroded barriers between work and family time. One way we can better take care of ourselves — and by extension, others — is by ... Lees meer.

Benefits for children of being outside

By Marli Naidoo The level 3 lockdown provides more freedom to be able to exercise any time of the day. We can therefore once again go walking or biking with our children. In Japan, where people experience high work pressure, they make use of forest therapy, where people are afforded the opportunity to apply the healing and calming effect of nature for their own mental health, by absorbing nature’s beauty. When our children spend time outdoors, the sun helps their bodies to manufacture vitamin D, which is important for bone development and a strong immune system. When children are outside, ... Lees meer.

How to defuse Covid stress in households

By Nico Strydom A worldwide pandemic of a new, unknown virus can cause severe stress and anxiety, which can also be aggravated by regulations introduced in an effort to combat the virus. According to Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communication manager of the security company Fidelity ADT, they are definitely seeing an increase in stress in households if you look at the comments on WhatsApp and social-media community groups where people are asking for help when they hear screaming or fighting in houses in their street. “There are also angry and threatening messages against neighbours and those who do not ... Lees meer.

What kids think of the coronavirus

By Marli Naidoo Kids say the darndest things, and when I questioned them about the coronavirus, I was not disappointed. Why must we stay at home? Matt (4): Lockdown. First the coronavirus came, then the lockdown came, and Cyril Ramaphosa gave the lockdown. What is the coronavirus? Matt: It is an illness coming from the world. Lizel (8): A germ that can kill people. What do you miss the most about your school? Matt: My Jungle Gym. Lizel: My friends and my teacher. What does it feel like to wear a mask? Matt: Hot. What are the virus’s weak points, ... Lees meer.

Your teenager and financial responsibility

By Essie Bester Your teenager will soon be entering the adult world, armed only with his own judgement and the knowledge you have managed to convey to him. One of the biggest advantages you can offer him is to empower him with solid financial management skills before he leaves the safety of your home, says Salem Dyafte, spokesperson for the registered credit bureau TransUnion. According to her, it is important that young people learn from an early age how to prioritise their spending as well as manage their credit so that it will work effectively in their favour, rather than ... 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.

Research Shows That Relationships Suffer When Kids Come Along

By Anja van den Berg For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. Comparing couples with and without children, researchers found that the rate of the decline in relationship satisfaction is nearly twice as steep for couples who have children than for childless couples. If a pregnancy is unplanned, the parents experience even more significant negative impacts on their relationship. This decrease in marital satisfaction likely leads to a change in general happiness, says Professor Matthew Johnson, Director of the Marriage ... 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.

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.

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.

How to look out for dangerous toys

By Nico Strydom On the surface toys offer a wonderful way to keep children busy and can even be educational, but there are also toys that could be dangerous. Kirstie Haslam of DSC Attorneys, an attorney’s firm that specialises in personal injuries, says dangerous toys are available online and in shops and can harbour hidden dangers that expose children to injuries and even death. “It is therefore crucial to be vigilant when buying toys.” The American non-governmental organisation World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) recently issued its annual list of dangerous toys. According to Haslam, the report lays emphasis on ... Lees meer.

NSRI’s safety tips for the holidays

By Emsie Martin It is that time of the year again and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) urges the public to adopt a water safety mind-set around coastal and inland waters. For a safe experience at the beach, choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty and swim between their flags. If you do that, you don’t need to worry about rip currents, or suddenly getting out of your depth. Putting an arm in the air and waving for help will get a rapid response from the lifeguards on duty. Unfortunately, people regularly swim where there are no lifeguards on duty. ... 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.

Recipe: Home-made cinnabons

Lea Brink There is never enough time to bake cinnabons, but now time is your best friend. You will never again buy cinnabons in a shop. You will need: 4½ cups cake flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1¼ cups milk Cinnamon sugar: ½ cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon Top layer: 1½ cups icing sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Juice of one lemon. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a square baking tray with Spray and Cook or butter. Mix the cake flour, baking powder, salt, butter and ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Gooseberry and blueberry Greek yoghurt tart

Lea Brink Enjoy this tart during the last days of summer. You will need: 1½ cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons butter ¾ cup gooseberries ¾ cup blueberries 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup Greek yoghurt 1 teaspoon castor sugar 40g white chocolate Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a spring-bottom cake tin with baking paper and spray with Spray and Cook. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs, butter, castor sugar and sugar with an electric ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Meatballs in a muffin pan

Lea Brink These meatballs are unique! A hit with the kids. You will need: 500g lean mincemeat 1 cup grated vegetable marrows ½ finely chopped red onion 1 egg ½ cup breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup tomato sauce 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme ½ teaspoon finely chopped rosemary 1 teaspoon parsley ½ cup sour cream Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Spray a muffin pan with Spray and Cook. Mix all the ingredients. Divide the mixture into 12 pieces. Roll 12 balls of equal size and place each ball in a hollow of the muffin pan. Bake for ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Coconut shrimps

Lea Brink Tropical flavours. You will need: 15 shrimps 1 cup cake flour 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon chilli powder Salt and pepper to taste 3 eggs 1 cup coconut 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley Sunflower oil for frying Peel the shrimps and remove the black vein; leave the end of the shrimp’s tail. Mix the paprika, chilli powder, parsley, salt and pepper with the three eggs. Beat the egg mixture well. Mix the coconut and breadcrumbs in a separate mixing bowl. Add the cake flour to a third bowl. Dip each shrimp in the cake flour ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Onion and mozzarella cheese rings

Lea Brink Very popular with the guys while watching a rugby match. You will need: 2 large white onions 8 mozzarella cheese strips 2 cups cake flour 5 eggs 2 cups breadcrumbs Salt and pepper to taste ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon chilli powder Sunflower oil in which to fry the onion rings. Cut the onion into rings 1½ cm thick. Approximately four large slices can be cut from each onion. Separate the onion slices.  Place one mozzarella strip on top of an onion slice and then a smaller onion slice on top of the mozzarella strip. Repeat the ... Lees meer.

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