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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...

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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.

My child breaks everything

By Marli Naidoo There is always that one child who breaks his friends’ toys, dismantles his own possessions and tries to pull apart every shrub when he walks in the veld. What does one do if that child is yours? The traditional solution is punishment so that your child can associate it with his behaviour and react better next time. But does this solve the problem or does it only teach your child to express his overpowering emotions in another negative way or to repress them? Some children are inclined to break things because it gives them power over the ... Lees meer.

Encourage your child to talk about emotions

By Essie Bester Your toddler has the capability to within seconds change from a happy, loving little person into a kicking, screaming being whom you hardly recognise as your own. This is emotionally exhausting and often a big embarrassment, especially if it takes place in public. Yet it is perfectly normal. A toddler’s emotions are very intense and temper tantrums occur as from 18 months until about four years of age. It is part of young children’s growth process, says Rina de Klerk, a Gauteng expert on emotional intelligence. While your child may experience a whole range of emotions as ... Lees meer.

Teaching your child to ride a bike

Dr. Eugene Brink There are many questions on how to teach your child to ride a bicycle. And to be honest, we’ve all forgotten the steps our own parents took to teach us to master this skill. We could eliminate plenty frustration (for us as parents) and pain (for our kids) if we are willing to take some advice. Luckily, there are experts to show the way and answer some of our gnawing questions. Isla Rowntree, former British national championships medal-holder and founder of children’s bike company Islabikes, says it will roughly take 45 minutes for your child to learn ... Lees meer.

Teach children to show gratitude for gifts

By Marli Naidoo It’s time to open gifts and the kids want to jump out of their skin with excitement, while the parents break out in a cold sweat. How will your child react to his gifts? Hopefully he doesn’t cry when he opens his uncle’s gift. When your three-year-old shows he isn’t happy with his gift, it is normal, and you can’t do much about it. When, however, it is your teenager who sits around with a long face after having torn of the gift wrap, you need urgent intervention. Teach your children from a young age about gratitude ... 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.

How to avoid communication problems in your relationship

By Nico Strydom We have all heard that a relationship is hard work and one of the biggest challenges is the problem of communication. This can lead to feeling of frustration, loneliness and total helplessness. You might feel that your partner does not understand you at all or that you cannot discuss anything without it leading to an argument. However, communication problems can in the most cases be overcome. If you don’t address the problems it could lead to misunderstanding and cause you and your partner to drift apart. If you feel that you cannot express yourself to your partner, ... 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.


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.


4 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Away This Holiday Season

By Anja van den Berg For most of us the holidays mean spending more time with family and friends, seeing new places or just relaxing somewhere else. However, for criminals this time signals the opportunity to break into homes. Don't let the anticipation of a well-deserved holiday blind you to the risks of leaving your home unprotected. Taking precautions before you leave will keep your home and belongings secure while you're gone so that you won't come back to the horrible reality of a house robbery. Here are a few suggestions: Inform your security company Make sure your alarm is ... 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.


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: Delicious Christmas drink

Lea Brink Refreshing and deliciously cool for our hot Christmas days. You will need: 1½ bottle Chardonnay of your choice 400ml JC le Roux La Fleurette 400ml Appletizer 1 cup finely crushed strawberries ½ cup finely crushed blueberries 2 sprigs finely chopped rosemary 2 cups finely chopped watermelon ½ cup pomegranate seeds Combine all the ingredients. Stir well. Place in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Serve in a large jug or bowl with lots of ice. Stir frequently so that everyone gets some of the fruit.  

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: Baked cinnamon and almond buns

Lea Brink Delicious for Christmas morning. You will need: ½ cup halved almonds ½ warm water 2 teaspoons yeast ¼ cup castor sugar ½ teaspoon salt 120 ml milk ¼ cup butter 2 beaten eggs 4 cups flour ¼ cup cocoa 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup raisins Topping: 1 beaten egg 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon flour 50 ml water Combine the ½ cup water with the yeast. Set aside to rest. Mix the castor sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the raisins and almonds to the dry ... 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.

Recipe: Delicious Christmas drink

Lea Brink Refreshing and deliciously cool for our hot Christmas days. You will need: 1½ bottle Chardonnay of your choice 400ml JC le Roux La Fleurette 400ml Appletizer 1 cup finely crushed strawberries ½ cup finely crushed blueberries 2 sprigs finely chopped rosemary 2 cups finely chopped watermelon ½ cup pomegranate seeds Combine all the ingredients. Stir well. Place in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Serve in a large jug or bowl with lots of ice. Stir frequently so that everyone gets some of the fruit.  

Recipe: Baked cinnamon and almond buns

Lea Brink Delicious for Christmas morning. You will need: ½ cup halved almonds ½ warm water 2 teaspoons yeast ¼ cup castor sugar ½ teaspoon salt 120 ml milk ¼ cup butter 2 beaten eggs 4 cups flour ¼ cup cocoa 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup raisins Topping: 1 beaten egg 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon flour 50 ml water Combine the ½ cup water with the yeast. Set aside to rest. Mix the castor sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. Add the raisins and almonds to the dry ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Cauliflower crisp bake

Lea Brink What would Christmas be without delicious cauliflower. You will need: ½ head of cauliflower 2 cups yellow cheddar cheese 1 cup white cheddar cheese 250ml sour cream ½ cup milk 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste Top layer: Breadcrumbs ¼ cup melted butter Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Wash the cauliflower and break into small edible florets. Beat the egg and combine with the sour cream, milk, yellow cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower to the sour cream cheese sauce and stir well. Pour the cauliflower mixture into an oven dish. Sprinkle the white cheddar ... Lees meer.


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