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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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How to beat exam stress

By Nico Strydom Exam time can be a very stressful period, not only for the learners, but also for their parents. “Stress during exam time is usually not only the result of the work that has to be learnt and the physical writing of the exam, but also the uncertainties about the outcome thereof and the possible consequences,” says Megan Hosking, a social worker and clinical psychiatrist at Akeso psychiatric hospitals. Hosking draws attention to the fact that every year suicides of learners during or after the exams are reported. “It might possibly be fear of failure or undesirable results. ... 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.

Punishment for children: Danie Brink explains

By Dr Eugene Brink Punishment is the logical consequence of wrong choices and deeds. This is how Dr Danie Brink, managing director of the Schools Support Centre (SSC), explains this concept. “If we give instructions to children at school or at home and they prefer to make the wrong choice, they should be punished. Every time a child makes the wrong choice, punishment is in order. However, punishment is not vicious or loveless, but we owe it to our children, otherwise we create an artificial world for them in which everything is just fine.” The Constitutional Court recently ruled that ... 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.

Sexual harassment and abuse in our schools

Sexual harassment and abuse are on the increase in our schools and earlier this year the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, issued a protocol. It is called the Protocol for the Management and Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools. The object of the protocol is to equip the Department of Basic Education as well as the managements of schools to report and manage cases of sexual harassment. The protocol applies to all schools in the Republic of South Africa. Clear guidelines laid down by the protocol will enable schools to act responsibly. Schools must establish a school-based ... 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.

How couples can manage their money

By Dr. Eugene Brink Getting married is no small matter and neither are finances. Planning a life together with someone requires compromise, (often tough) decisions and in the end, comfort and satisfaction. Finances, or financial troubles and strife, in a marriage or even a serious relationship is one of the main reasons people end up in splitsville. Incompatible views on how money should be managed and especially how it is spent are oftentimes insurmountable. For many couples the management of money is a subjective and important matter – you’ll know what works for you. But for many couples the management ... Lees meer.

What is the ideal age to get married?

By Melodie Veldhuizen You have been waiting for years for your dream guy and suddenly the knight on the white horse appears on your doorstep. You know this is Mister Perfect. But how do you know this is the perfect time to pledge to be true to him “until death us do part”? When looking at divorce statistics, you might get cold feet even before you can say “yes”. How old a person is when getting married, is not necessarily the determining factor for divorce or for a long and happy marriage. Johan Ferreira, a psychologist in Johannesburg, is of ... Lees meer.

Four tactics for working parents to make regular family meals a reality

By Anja van den Berg Getting the whole family around the dinner table at the same time is one of the most challenging parts of working parenthood.  Yet, it’s a ritual that stretches much further than merely filling up your kids’ tummies. According to The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit organisation operating out of Harvard University, kids who eat with their families roughly five days a week exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, obesity, and depression. They also have higher grade-point averages, better vocabularies, and more self-esteem. Although you’d probably like nothing better than sitting down to a ... 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.

Seven diseases you could pick up from your pet

Chisanga Mukuka Just like the rest of us, your furry friend is also prone to germs, bacteria and bouts of sickness. And in the same way that you might catch a cold from other people, conditions from pets can sometimes be passed on to their owners. The good news is that most zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans) are quite rare, and those that you could contract are treatable and can be prevented through simple measures. A great start is knowing which infections are most likely to cross over. Familiarise yourself with the following conditions: ... Lees meer.

Help your child to process the death of a pet

Marli Naidoo In many cases the loss of a pet is a child’s first introduction to death. It can therefore leave him sad, but can also fill him with feelings of guilt, fear and confusion. Some children may even resent a friend whose pet is still alive. It therefore is our duty to help our children through this difficult time. A toddler will probably not yet understand the concept of death. Explain to him that his pet is dead and won’t return, but that it definitely is not his fault. Four- to six-year-olds are inclined to see death as a ... Lees meer.

WhatsApp community groups – characteristics, rules and benefits

By Melodie Veldhuizen WhatsApp groups are part of our our everyday life. It is an easy way of reaching a lot of people within seconds. The main purpose of WhatsApp community groups is to be of service to the members of a smaller community, for instance a suburb or neighbourhood, or even a street, by, for example, trying to secure the safety of the residents, but also to inform them about matters of common interest. There are two types of community groups: SOS crime information groups The sole purpose of these groups is to try and secure the safety of ... Lees meer.

How to prepare your car for the new baby

By Nico Strydom The arrival of a new baby can be quite stressful and there is a myriad of things to consider and to prepare. To get from point A to point B can be a bit more challenging with a new baby to consider. However, this does not mean you have to buy a new car. There are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your baby is safe and comfortable. Buy a baby car chair The most important preventative measure is to ensure that your infant is safe in a car. To buy the right car chair ... Lees meer.

What to do if you lose your SA passport overseas

by Essie Bester Your trip overseas is a dream come true. Then the time comes to return home to your country and your family and you discover that your passport has disappeared into nowhere. It might have been stolen, or perhaps you lost it on the beach. What to do? Does this mean that you are left stranded in a foreign country? Just the mere thought is enough to fill you with fear. But don’t panic. This step-by-step guide will enable you to handle the situation calmly. Report it Report it immediately at the nearest police station. Then you have ... Lees meer.

Procedure to be followed after a car accident

By Emsie Martin A car accident happens in a wink and usually you are in shock and cannot think straight. If nobody was seriously injured but the car suffered a lot of damage, it is good to know the procedure to be followed. If the engine is still idling, switch it off to make sure that a spark does not perhaps start a fire. Do not leave the scene, it is a punishable offence. Stand out of danger and keep calm. If you are in shock, call somebody to support you. Activate the hazard warning flashers or put out the ... Lees meer.

How to protect your family against burns

By Nico Strydom Burns are usually caused in and around the home and that is why it is essential to take the necessary precautions. To health care providers the winter months are known as the burn season as people who contract burns during this period usually increase significantly. This is of course due to the cold and people using appliances to try and stay warm. According to Russel Meiring, spokesperson of ER24, burns can be very serious for children as well as adults. “However, children are more inclined to contract serious burns as they cause an accident more easily and ... Lees meer.

Tips for travelling overseas with children

By Nico Strydom Changes to the requirements for South African parents who wish to travel overseas with their children endeavour to make it easier for the parents to travel. The Department of Home Affairs has changed its system so that the information of children’s parents may be entered in the children’s passports. Previously parents had to present their children’s birth certificates in order for children to be able to travel overseas. Documents required when travelling with a child: A child who is accompanied by both parents and is a South African citizen, must have a valid passport as well as ... Lees meer.

Plan now for your end of the year break-away

By Nico Strydom The end of the year might still be a few months away, but time flies, so start planning for that end of the year break-away now. If you are only going to travel locally, it is essential to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to ensure that you arrive at and depart from your destination safely. “Cars need to be serviced well ahead of your trip. Also check caravans and trailers and see to it that all the tyres are in good condition and whether they should rather be replaced,” says the Automobile Association (AA). ... Lees meer.

What to do if you lose your SA passport overseas

by Essie Bester Your trip overseas is a dream come true. Then the time comes to return home to your country and your family and you discover that your passport has disappeared into nowhere. It might have been stolen, or perhaps you lost it on the beach. What to do? Does this mean that you are left stranded in a foreign country? Just the mere thought is enough to fill you with fear. But don’t panic. This step-by-step guide will enable you to handle the situation calmly. Report it Report it immediately at the nearest police station. Then you have ... Lees meer.

Must I entertain my child right through the holidays?

By Marli NaidooSchool holidays, a time for children to enjoy playing and spending time at home! Unfortunately some parents and children don’t see it this way. Parents feel that their children must not become bored and that it is the parents’ job to make sure that their children’s days are filled with activities and excursions. We are scared that our children will tell us they are bored.It is, however, not good for our children to be entertained all the time. It is noticeable that it is precisely the busiest children who complain that they are bored. They are used to ... Lees meer.

The ultimate holiday checklist for your home

By Dr Eugene Brink You’re so tired the only things you can think of are cocktails and idyllic beaches. The last thing you want to think of is expending more effort and time in and on your house. However, if you are going away, it is crucial that you tick some things off your last to-do list for 2018. The advantage most people have is that they now have more time to do it than during the busier parts of the year. But before you dive in and just start doing stuff, take note of some of these useful tips ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Whiskey marinade sauce

By Lea Brink This is the greatest sauce for any meat dish. I use it with a variety of meats. You will need: 6 finely chopped cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 2/3 cup water ¼ cup tomato sauce 2 tablespoons Worcester sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup finely chopped red onion 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup canned peach sauce 2 tablespoons finely chopped canned peaches 2 tablespoons whiskey of your choice ½ teaspoon coriander powder ½ teaspoon cumin powder 1 teaspoon soya sauce 1 teaspoon chili powder Fry the onion and garlic in a saucepan on ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Hake in a lemon butter sauce

By Lea Brink Hot hake! Quick, economic and delicious with a green salad. You will need: 4 hake fillets 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon paprika 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley Coarse salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon spring onion 1 lemon, cut into wedges Lemon butter sauce: ½ cup butter 2 tablespoons lemon juice Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line the bottom of an oven dish with tinfoil and allow enough tinfoil to hang over the sides of the dish. Place the washed hake fillets on the foil. Spread the garlic over the fillets. Sprinkle the ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Farm bread at its best

Lea Brink The aroma of freshly baked bread will fill your home. You will need: 1 kg cake flour 1 packet dry yeast 2 cups luke-warm water 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 cup butter Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Sift the cake flour, sugar and salt together and set aside. Mix the yeast and water. Add the vinegar and set aside for the yeast to start creating bubbles. Mix the dry ingredients and half of the butter with the yeast and vinegar water. Mix with a dough hook until all the ingredients ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Dark chocolate and coconut ice-cream

Lea Brink Rich and creamy home-made ice-cream. Simply the best! You will need: ¼ cup cocoa powder 1 tablespoon maizena 1 cup coconut cream 1 cup coconut milk 250g finely chopped dark chocolate 1 cup coconut 1 tin condensed milk ½ cup marula liqueur Place the cocoa powder and maizena in a saucepan. Add the coconut cream and coconut milk to the mixture. Simmer on low heat for approximate five minutes. Stir constantly. Remove from the heat and add the dark chocolate, coconut, condensed milk and marula liqueur. Stir slowly for another five minutes until all the chocolate has melted. ... Lees meer.

Recipe Turkish Delight balls

By Lea Brink So easy and delicious. Take some of this to work of put in your child’s lunchbox for a tasty treat. You will need: 7 pieces of Turkish Delight 1 packet Romany Creams 4 pieces of red bush berry nougat 6 blocks white chocolate 1 tin condensed milk 1 cup coconut 5 drops red food colouring 1 teaspoon rose essence Place the Turkish Delight, Romany Creams, nougat and white chocolate in a food processor. Process until the mixture has a smooth appearance. Add the rose essence and condensed milk and stir well. Mix the coconut and red food ... Lees meer.

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