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The dangers of cyberbullying and how to manage it

By Reon Janse van Rensburg FREE WEBINAR For more information feel free to visit the following link: Bullying is a widespread problem that parents and teachers should quickly and efficiently tackle to lessen the dangers it can have for the wellbeing of children. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is bullying...

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Stop fighting between siblings

By Marli Naidoo Even the most loving brothers and sisters sometimes fight. It has been found that sibling conflict could break out up to eight times in an hour, that pairs of sisters are inclined to be better friends for each other, and that there will usually be more conflict if one of the siblings is a boy. Unfortunately there is no magic wand that parents can wave or even a five-point plan that will make conflict between siblings go away. However, there is good news in the fact that these ructions are totally normal and actually contributes to your ... Lees meer.

Chess for children

By Melodie Veldhuizen Have you ever wondered what the ideal extramural activity or sport would be for your child to participate in, especially during this time when everyone must be wary of physical contact? Then chess is the answer. Chess is a sport in which only two players, the chessboard and of course the chess pieces are involved. Following is a short discussion of the reasons why it is such an excellent sport for children. It’s outstanding exercise for the brain During a game of chess the brain is very active. Because the brain works like a muscle, it needs ... Lees meer.

Three ways for single working parents to combat burnout

By Anja van den Berg Even before the Covid-19 pandemic reared its head, parents as a collective – across the world – showed one of the highest rates of burnout. Additionally, the group reported chronic feelings of ineffective parenting, intense exhaustion, and cynicism. Research shows that single working parents have it even worse. Flying solo, their time is scarce and demands on them are high. The result of the global coronavirus pandemic was to put them under even greater strain. Resources like friends, family, childcare, carpools and after-school programmes have been cut. Burnout is the sad result. Brigid Schulte says ... Lees meer.

Parents with depression

By Marli Naidoo With depression as companion, it can regularly be a challenge just to get through the day. This is even more so when the sufferer is a parent who, like any other parent, only wants the best for his or her children. Children of parents with depression run a higher risk of mental disorders and physical illnesses. Adult children of parents with depression suffer more with depression and anxiety and are more inclined to abuse alcohol and drugs. It has been found that children with mothers who are depressed stand a bigger chance of struggling at academic level ... Lees meer.

Fever and children

By Emsie Martin This is any working mother’s nightmare, no matter whether you are office-bound or practising any other profession. Especially during this time when children may not attend school with a runny nose, fever or any other symptom and when there is no support system, it can be quite a problem. Fever is so ominous and not all children react to it in the same way. What is fever? It is a normal, healthy reaction when the body fights an infection. Bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses flourish under normal body temperature, but high temperatures prevent them from multiplying. ... Lees meer.

Protect your marriage from falling apart due to financial pressures during Covid-19

By Marli Naidoo Constantly being cooped up together and financial pressures caused by Covid-19 and the lockdown regulations have resulted in many marriages falling apart and an increase in the divorce rate. In some cases, couples found that their financial challenges have led to a deepening of their relationship and stronger marital ties. However, this applies mostly to couples in the higher and middle-income groups. Families in the lower income group who are experiencing serious financial pressures during this time find it much harder to focus on preserving their marriage. However, it is possible to come out of this stronger ... Lees meer.

SA divorce rate increases during lockdown

By Wilma Bedford Covid-19 and the ensuing national lockdown have put a strain on our everyday lives. When it comes to relationships, even more so. Divorce is surging. This is the impression many media reports have conveyed, suggesting marriage is crumbling under the pressures of lockdowns, job losses, school closures, and the general uncertainty of 2020, spilling over into 2021. Many couples admit the global pandemic has forced them to re-evaluate their relationships, often choosing to separate for whatever reason. South Africa ranks 83rd out of 154 countries for divorce. According to the stats, most people in South Africa have multiple ... Lees meer.

Three steps for couples to find balance while working from home

By Anja van den Berg The Covid-19 pandemic has dictated a new world of work where most of us work from home. Domestic harmony has been turned upside-down in many households, and couples now face unchartered – and dangerous – territory. The stress of the coronavirus pandemic has created a volatile situation inside many homes, said Professor Mara Olekalns, an expert in negotiations and relational resilience. Olekalns added that the tension has damaged even the most robust partnerships and even ended some marriages. “Balancing the demands of working from home with added domestic responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, childcare, and ... Lees meer.

Break the silence about domestic violence

By Emsie Martin It is once more time for 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, an annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to make people more aware of the impact of violence against women and children. But does it really make a difference? Women sometimes feel ensnared and scared to report domestic violence. Help is available, talk to a social worker trained to provide assistance. The following is a short list of information that can make a difference. What is domestic violence? any physical abuse emotional, verbal and psychological abuse sexual abuse economic ... Lees meer.

You don’t need not be perfect to be a good wife

By Melodie Veldhuizen Do you feel inferior when you read about the good qualities of the capable wife whose praise is sung in Proverbs 31:10 to 29? Don’t feel alone – few women, if any, satisfy that description. Your friend may knit or crochet beautifully while another one prepares the tastiest meals for her family. And your mother gets up at first light while you want to pull the sheets over your head in the morning until the sun warms you in your bed. Women are unique, you are unique. Perhaps the time has come for you to stop being ... 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.

Do not neglect safety when working from home

By Nico Strydom The lockdown and associated regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic change frequently and affects whether people work more from home, or whether they are back at the office. At level 1 of the lockdown many companies had their employees returning to the office. Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication at Fidelity ADT, says it is important not to relax safety precautions at home, whether you are going to the office or still working from home. Hattingh points out that it does not really make a difference whether there are people at home all day or not, ... Lees meer.

WhatsApp’s new privacy rules

By Wilma Bedford The current debate about WhatsApp’s new privacy rules and ultimatum to you as user to underwrite the policy or your account will be suspended, has caused many to be hot under the collar and some to be confused and anxious. WhatsApp, with two billion users, will announce a new privacy policy that will come into effect on 15 May 2012. Users are concerned about the possible distribution of their private data and this has already resulted in millions subscribing to alternative community channels such as Telegram and Signal, who offer the assurance that metadata, which for example ... Lees meer.

Break the silence about domestic violence

By Emsie Martin It is once more time for 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, an annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to make people more aware of the impact of violence against women and children. But does it really make a difference? Women sometimes feel ensnared and scared to report domestic violence. Help is available, talk to a social worker trained to provide assistance. The following is a short list of information that can make a difference. What is domestic violence? any physical abuse emotional, verbal and psychological abuse sexual abuse economic ... Lees meer.

Crime: We need to take care of ourselves

By Dr Eugene Brink Although the overall levels of crime dropped in the 2019-’20 financial year as compared to the previous year, the devil is in the detail and crime remains unacceptably high. This tendency can be ascribed to the fact that fewer crimes were reported in communities and that fewer crimes were reported through police activity. Although these facts are not properly contextualised, it is fairly safe to assume that communities are losing confidence in the efficiency of the police and therefore do not take the trouble to report a host of crimes. Carjackings, for instance, increased considerably year-on-year. ... Lees meer.

Domestic violence – how can you help?

By Wilma Bedford The Covid-19 lockdown has placed domestic violence and abuse against women in the spotlight; one out of every six women experiences violence. Violence is any abusive conduct that curbs the rights of any citizen to be free and that causes harm with regard to the health and wellbeing of others. Although the focus is on women and children, the elderly and siblings are also regular defenceless victims, but men as victims are a disregarded group. They receive scant support because they are reticent to seek help due to the possible weakling stigma that will cling to them, ... Lees meer.

Travelling In 2020? Top 4 Wellness Tips For Frequent Flyers

By Anja van den Berg While travelling to new destinations is exciting, regular travel can take its toll on your body – especially if you fly frequently for business. If regular travel is on the cards for you in 2020, here are five tips on how to prioritise your wellness: Monitor your sitting. It goes without saying that when you are strapped into your seat on the plane, you have no choice but to remain seated for safety reasons. However, it's essential to be aware of the adverse effects of all that sitting during multiple voyages. An ever-expanding body of ... 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.

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.

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.

Families move in together to save money: Make it work

By Marli Naidoo The Covid-19 lockdown as well as South Africa’s general financial situation has put many people under tremendous financial pressure. A solution that is becoming more popular is for families to share homes. Many families, for instance, move in with grandparents and in so doing relieve the pressure on everybody’s budgets. Living with family could, however, become unbearable if it is not done the right way. Long-term planning is essential. Decide beforehand when you want to go on your own again. Be realistic and allow all parties enough time to get on their feet. Make sure that you ... Lees meer.

Get and store water independent of your municipality

By Marli Naidoo A disturbingly large number of South Africans do not have access to clean drinking water. This does not only apply to people living under the breadline. More and more people use water purification systems in their houses our buy all their drinking water. Many towns and parts of cities are often without water and regular droughts over large parts of the country cause taps to run dry. The idea that households should be able to obtain, purify and store their own water independently is becoming more and more appealing and essential. There are various ways of doing ... Lees meer.

Gardening for the whole family

By Emsie Martin Regardless of whether you have a large erf or just a few pots on the balcony, start a family garden. It’s easy to garden together, resulting in many benefits, not only related to the family, but also all the fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers with which you will be rewarded. Even before you see any results in the garden, you will already notice the change in your family. It is together time during which family members can joke and chat and everyone experience the benefits attached thereto. Physical activity Gardening also is exercise that all of us ... Lees meer.

Your stoep garden

By Wilma Bedford With the recent lockdown and the prospect of more lockdowns in future we take a new look at the stoep and the stoep garden as an additional outside room of the house or we want to try and change the space into something similar with a minimum of trouble. If you don’t have a stoep or a lapa you can still with little effort change an unoccupied corner into a small sanctuary by strategically  placing a chair or two, an umbrella, a small table and a pot plant. Although your stoep garden may not necessarily add value ... Lees meer.

Recipe: Baked chicken with thyme

Lea Brink Aromatic and quick. You will need: 4 chicken breasts 250ml fresh cream 100g finely chopped thyme 400g yellow and red rosa tomatoes ½ finely chopped onion 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese 2 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cut the chicken breasts open lengthwise so that the breasts are flattened into two portions. Pack the chicken breasts in an oven pan next to each other so that there are eight flattened chicken breast portions. Pour generous amounts of the fresh cream over the breasts. Sprinkle the chopped thyme leaves ... Lees meer.

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