Topic “2011”

Car Safety: Protecting our Precious Cargo

We can’t afford to be blasé about our children’s safety in our cars
Marina Zietsman
Accidents are measured in statistics. During and after every school holiday newsreaders share these figures with us, and we grimly compare the latest death toll to the previous years’ – is it up or down? If someone we love is not part of the statistics, the figures are soon forgotten.

Throw Your Dreams into Space Like a Kite

6 easy steps to make your own diamond-shaped kite
Keith Mould, SA kiter
You will need
  • Two sticks, one the same length as your newspaper and one the width across when you open the newspaper.

Looking Ahead

Poor planning could tarnish your golden years of retirement
Ruwaydah Lillah

Help, I’m Jealous of My Stepchildren

One mom realises she is not the wicked stepmother she feared she was
Chareen Boake
Do you know that there are at least 900 stories, fables and fairytales with wicked stepmothers in the plot? I made this rather discouraging discovery when I turned to my favourite search engine looking for literature on why I was experiencing strange pangs of jealousy towards my stepchildren.
I’d wanted to find out if there were other desperate stepmothers dealing with similar emotions.

Broken Telephone

A child with a central auditory processing disorder can hear, but can’t process what is being heard
Vanessa Papas
Is your child distracted by background noise? Are you constantly met with a “huh?” when you ask them a question, even though they’re not hard of hearing? Do they battle to read, spell and write? If so, your child could have a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Often confused with other learning disabilities, a child with a CAPD can’t process the information they hear in the same way as others because their ears and brain don’t communicate effectively with each other.

Positive Proof

Positive parenting aims to guide children to becoming happy, confident and accountable young people
Joanne Lillie
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar; this is the underlying message of positive parenting. The idea is that an encouraging and democratic – rather than autocratic – approach elicits the best response.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable people and communities to thrive – essentially it’s the psychology of making people happier.

Fun and Games

Haul out the old favourites to keep your family entertained
Christina Castle
I swear our game of Snakes and Ladders is possessed. Nobody has ever won a game of this particular Snakes and Ladders. Actually, one person has – once, it was me but I cheated.

Managing Malaria

Malaria can be a life-threatening disease. We offer advice on how to protect your family
Tamlyn Vincent
One bite from a mosquito carrying malaria parasites could put you at risk of contracting this potentially fatal disease. While malaria is more common in tropical and subtropical climates, especially during the rainy season, it is advisable to always be prepared when travelling to a malaria region.
In South Africa, malaria is restricted to parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Manage Your Child’s Stress

How can you help your children deal with stress?
Glynis Horning

Don’t stress

Help your child stress less before a test or an exam
Tamlyn Vincent
Part of helping your child to prepare for exams and tests is showing them how to deal with stress and anxiety. Gordon Smith, from a mental literacy organisation in Durban, says in a test situation, stress can affect your child’s ability to think clearly or impair their memory.
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