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Dr. Nanda Soobben ... mentoring our young creative talent

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Change ... Your Attitude! from the publisher

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Attitudes can be explicit and implicit. Explicit attitudes are those that we are consciously aware of and that clearly influence our behaviors and beliefs. Implicit attitudes are unconscious, but still have an effect on our beliefs and behaviors. How Do Attitudes Form? Attitudes form directly as a result of experience. They may emerge due to direct personal experience, or they may result from observation. Social roles and social norms can have a strong influence on attitudes. Social roles relate to how people are expected to behave in a particular role or context. Social norms involve society's rules for what behaviors are considered appropriate.

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Dr. Nanda

SA's Humble Cre

Nanda Soobben in his studio

Sasha, Jessica, Tamlyn, Lashika, Nanda & Larina

Nanda Soobben, a Huge Contributor towards the Preservation and Promotion of South African Heritage and Culture.

Nanda Soobben, internationally acclaimed cartoonist has been plying his trade for the past twenty-five years. His socio-political statements, cartoons and illustrations have been printed in newspapers such as The Post Newspaper, The Independent on Saturday, The Daily News & the Sunday Tribune. His cartoons are also syndicated to major international newspapers.

His tertiary education was completed at the ML Sultan Technical College (DIT) where he graduated with a Diploma in Graphic Design. He then went on to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design (Animation) in New York as well as serving an internship at the San Francisco School of Visual Art. Since 1980 there have been thirteen exhibitions of Nanda Soobben's work in North and South America, India and South Africa. A significant exhibition was held in the 1980's during the apartheid regime, it was called "Cato Manor - People Were Living There!" It was about forced removals and the group areas act. Soobben has also given a talk at the World Affairs council in San Francisco titled, "My life as a Black Political

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Cartoonist in the Apartheid South Africa". ABC Television featured the mural painted by Nanda Soobben for the ECO 92' summit in the Bay of Rio, as well as the peace mural in New York. Nanda Soobben has received many prestigious awards. But it was the Tom Thumb art competition, which he won when he was nine years old that sparked his desire to explore his creative talent. In 1987 he was made an honorary life member of the Brazilian Academy of Fine Art. In 1999 he received the Nataraja Award from the Arupta Khazaghum. As Creative Director of Coffee Machine Animation Studios, Nanda Soobben is currently working on a number of animation projects. An animation project called "Taxi" featuring stories and social


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messages set in a typical South African taxi is currently being pitched to television broadcasters. Soobben is also commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture to create an animated movie of his historical editorial cartoons. When Durban film producer Anant Singh wanted to give Nelson Mandela a special gift for his 77th birthday, he approached Nanda Soobben for his cartoons. Soobben handed over a number of cartoons, which depicted some of the more controversial times in Nelson Mandela's life. At the end of 2004 Soobben launched his long awaited book of cartoons called "Witness to a Decade". The book has become a sought after record of South Africa's first ten years of democracy. The book was

Nanda Soobben with one of his prized cartoons

also launched in Mumbhai, India in January 2005 at a conference of Indian Diaspora. Much of his work is included in Public and Corporate Collections such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as well as the Killie Campbell Collection of UKZN. The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design (CFAD) was founded in 1994 by Nanda Soobben, and through this tertiary institution many previously disadvantaged individuals have been equipped with skills to thrive in a high technology art and design work environment. Nanda Soobben's vision and impact on the art, design and animation fields in South Africa can only be judged by the great achievements of

the many individuals who have come into contact him. Nanda Soobben has come a long way since scrawling sketches on the wall of his childhood home with charcoal. In 2010 he was presented with an honorary doctorate award by the Durban University of Technology - an institution forged from the one, which once denied him an education because of the apartheid laws. Despite those early setbacks, armed with determination and talent, Nanda became South Africa's first (and for some time only) Black political cartoonist during the apartheid era, and went on to establish a name for himself both locally and internationally.


Conversations with Dr. Nanda Soobben

Sandi Wells recently interviewed Nanda on the AfricanColours.com Nanda Soobben is a man with a remarkable journey. With a successful career spanning three decades, he is probably best known for being South Africa’s only “Black” cartoonist during the apartheid years. What makes Nanda Soobben different is that he is so well informed, very clear-headed about his opinions and is a wonderfully skilled artist; all the elements needed for great cartooning. Two decades later, despite his notoriety and celebrity, Nanda Soobben remains humble and modest. He lives with his wife, Deseni and their two teenage children in Durban. Deseni is a journalism lecturer at DUT and was a photo journalist with Afripix during the state of emergency SW: On Facebook you recently posted: "My kids are having an amazing holiday in the US... When I was their age, I spent my holidays playing soccer on the street and drawing on the walls with charcoal! I could only DREAM!" I think that your dream came true. How did your journey into the art world start? NS: I wanted to study fine art but it was pointed out by ‘all and sundry’ that it wouldn’t put ‘bread on the table’. I looked at graphic design as an option. Technikon Natal or Natal Technical College, as it was called then, was the best in the country when it came to graphic design but it was a ‘no-go area’ for me as I was ‘NON-WHITE’.M.L. Sultan was in its infancy as a tertiary college. It was a trade high school during the day (similar to a FET college) and in the evening, it became a tertiary college. I enrolled at M.L. Sultan where I studied Graphic Design which was called Commercial Art then.

It wasn’t the best option at that time but Apartheid education was never going to be the best option anyway. We made the most of what we had … sparse resources but with dedicated teachers, hard work and talent. SW: And after MLS, you went on to study at the Parson School of Design in New York and The San Francisco Art Institute. You seem to have a fondness for Americans. Do you think that your stay there marked a turning point in your life? NS: When it comes to Americans, you get the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. In fact, the “Good” people I met in America are some of the most beautiful human beings I have ever met in my whole life. George Bush just misrepresented them! If you have talent in America you can go to the top and it doesn’t matter what race you are; in spite of racism in some of the places. The black entertainers and sportsmen are proof of that. So, it was a revelation for me when I went to America and they said: “Hey, you are good!” But, didn’t I know that? Yes, it was the inferiority complex that we carried around that actually made us think that we were inferior. After all, the cane knife was given to us to cut the cane, not carve a niche. SW: Nanda, you received so many awards, including an honorary doctorate in 2010 from the Durban University of Technology. Can you describe this experience? Were any awards, in particular, special to you? NS: Not in my wildest dream did I expect to be called a doctor! I was and still am deeply touched … I have won many awards and all of them were special.The doctorate was so emotional for me. I took a while to speak because I was choking. This

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award took me the full circle - I wasn’t allowed to study there and there I was receiving a doctorate! SW: Since you have come full circle, what do you say now about “Art can’t put food on the table”? NS: That is something people who are naïve and ill-informed tell you. I tell aspiring artists: “DON’T BELIEVE THEM!” Anything that you see today - whether it’s a little nut and bolt, a cell phone or an F1 racing car; remember there was an ARTIST behind it!For example, take Gordon Murray’s achievement. SW: What is Gordon Murray’s claim to fame? NS: He is from Durban and studied at the old Natal Technical College which became Technikon Natal and is now a part of DUT after the merger. Gordon Murray designed the McLaren F1 racing car that won the grandprix – Ayrton Senna, the famous Brazilian F1 Champion won his first grand prix in a McLaren. It was a great honour to have received a doctorate with him and the previous year, we both won the Silver Tusk Award. SW: And so, in a ‘nutshell’? NS: Nothing can be made without a DESIGN! If you see what Gordon Murray has achieved and where he comes from, then the WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER! SW: And Dr. Nanda Soobben bears witness to that! You should be acting like guardians of the public trust. Great cartoonists are not polite but in truth, highlight what the rest of us may be thinking. Nanda has made a huge contribution towards the preservation and promotion of South African heritage and culture and he is ours.


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and the performers were very understanding.” Although East Coast Radio Durban Day brings some of the country’s hottest acts to KwaZulu-Natal it is also an opportunity to showcase up and coming local talent. Through the station’s Be the Band competition The Kickstands had the opportunity to open the day. They were followed by pop sensation Toya Delazy, who brought fans to their feet. Zakes Bantwini also wowed the crowd with songs from his latest album. The ever-popular Mango Groove was fantastically received as was soulful solo artist Lira. As the evening fell, Prime Circle, Mi Casa and Goldfish lit up the stage and took the crowd into party mode to end off the fantastic day.

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Woodcutters Family Restaurant situated in central Westville has undergone a revamp and opened a New Sports Bar called Cutters and the locals are loving it! This popular spot has been serving drinks and an extensive steak menu to its loyal patrons since 1984, but Owner Denise Cowan, inspired by her son Byron Cowan decided its time for change - to go along with the changes they have seen in the evolving and growing culinary and social scene. Owner Denise Cowan has made great headway with the new & improved sports bar called Cutters, which is now separate to the family restaurant. As most restaurants struggle to keep the pace with a shifting industry, more people are heading to eateries such as

Byron with mum Denise Cowan

Woodcutters, that offer higher quality food at relatively cheaper prices. Denise has also incorporated lighter dishes into the menu and daily promotions so that her patrons get value for their spend. One of her promotions include: Pay R65 for a meal voucher which entitles you to one main meal of the Woodcutters menu. Woodcutter’s is a family steak house with a comprehensive menu that includes steaks, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. The decor is warm and rustic featuring wood panelling and old wood industry implements. Maybe it’s the live music that you’re likely to have as entertainment or it's the good food that you’ll enjoy here and where the steaks are cooked to perfection and has definitely not hindered its popularity.

Some of the specials are Blue Cheese & Pepperdew Rump, Tempura Prawn Cocktail, Cornwall Chicken and the popular home made Lemon Meringue. Woodcutters often have entertainment and functions offering a fun evening for all. There are regular specials making this a great stopover for locals and new customers alike. Sundays at Woodcutters offers live music on the veranda. Open 7 days a week from 11am. The kitchen closes at 10pm in the evening. Reservations is highly recommended. Visit our website for all our daily specials and obtain a R50.00 meal voucher if you register as a user. www.woodcutterswestville.co.za

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Amazing Health

Benefits of Turmeric By Zoe Midas

Turmeric is a popular spice for cooking, but it has a long history of medicinal uses, too. It is one of the most researched natural remedies available and there are numerous studies validating its healing properties. Turmeric provides a wide variety of benefits, but there are seven standouts. Once you know about these seven benefits you’ll be eager to add the spice to your diet Antioxidant

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is known as a powerful antioxidant. This means it targets dangerous free radicals in the body and reduces the damage they are able to cause DNA and cells. When cells are healthy the body is healthy, which means turmeric offers general wellness benefits, as well as targeting specific health problems.

Anti-Inflammatory

Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory qualities. This makes it effective for fighting heart disease, osteoarthritis pain, and other health problems related to inflammation (researchers believe there are many links between inflammation and chronic illness). Curcumin is believed to reduce certain enzymes in the body known to trigger inflammation.

Heart Health

Turmeric reduces the risk of blood clots and prevents the build up of

plaque in the arteries, which helps in the battle against stroke and other clot-related problems. There are also studies showing turmeric is beneficial for reducing bad cholesterol and improving good cholesterol, both of which play a role in a person’s heart health.

Skin Health

Slows the Progression of Alzheimer’s

Cancer Fighter

Researchers studying the effects of curcumin in relation to Alzheimer’s cite the health of those living in regions that consume turmeric in high quantities. People in India aged 70 and older have a much lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease than those in the same age group in the United States. Many believe this difference is due to the high intake of Indian curries, which are made with turmeric. Further research points to turmeric’s ability to remove amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain, which is believed to put people at risk for developing the Alzheimer’s.

Natural Painkiller

An article in the July 2009 issue of Time magazine points to a study conducted at the University of Arizona. Researchers found rodents injected with a material known to cause joint pain suffered less when the injections were paired with curcumin. The article also cites anecdotal evidence singing the praises of turmeric for fighting a variety of pain that would otherwise be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory benefits can be beneficial when applied topically, too. It is considered an effective treatment for psoriasis and other skin disorders, and it is a natural antiseptic and can be used to treat burns and cuts.

The jury is still out on just how effective turmeric is for fighting cancer. Some health experts point to its anti-inflammatory benefits and draw conclusions based on the link between inflammation and the development of cancer. Free radicals and cell damage are believed to be linked to cancer, too, so if turmeric is able to work as an antioxidant it has a secondary anti-cancer effect. According to well-known holistic health practitioner, Dr. Andrew Weil, turmeric reduces the carcinogenic compound that form when meat is fried, grilled, or boiled by up to 40%. Dr. Weil also believes turmeric is effective for fighting melanoma and in halting the spread of breast cancer. There are also preliminary studies showing turmeric could be beneficial for preventing breast, prostate, skin, and colon cancer. Since turmeric is safe and offers a variety of general heath benefits, you have nothing to lose by adding it to your diet in moderate amounts. If you plan to use concentrated doses of curcumin in your cancer treatment plan, be sure you inform your doctors to prevent any interference with other components of your treatment.


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For the dressing:

• 1/2 cup olive oil • Juice of 2 large lemons • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil • Salt and pepper, to taste

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• Make couscous according to package instructions. Transfer couscous to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and basil. • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper. • Pour the dressing over the couscous salad and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve.

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Teriyaki Sal

Teriyaki Salmon with Stir-Fry Vegetables Ingredients:

• 4 tbsp teriyaki sauce • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce • The zest of 1 lime • A squeeze of lime juice • 4 salmon fillets • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 300g pack stir-fry vegetables • 2 tbsp soy sauce • A little sesame oil, to serve.

Directions:

• Mix 4 tbsp teriyaki sauce, 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, the zest of 1 lime and a squeeze of lime juice in a large bowl. • Add 4 salmon fillets and turn to coat and marinate for 15 minutes. • Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large frying pan and fry the salmon fillets for 4-5 minutes each side, until slightly blackened. Set aside. • Add the remaining marinade to the pan and reduce slightly. Cook the pack of stir-fry vegetables in another pan with a splash of water and 2 tbsp soy sauce for 2-3 minutes. • Divide the stir-fry vegetables between plates, top each portion of vegetables with a salmon fillet and drizzle with the reduced marinade. • Drizzle with a little sesame oil and serve.

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Better Grades How You Can Help! by Evelyn Beck

Parents who want to help their children succeed in school must strike the proper balance. They should be involved—but not too involved. They should set limits—but allow freedom. They should encourage their kids to excel—but not expect perfection. However, it’s not as hard as it might sound to help your kids enjoy their academic experience. Here are tips from experts on how to make this year a great one for your family. 1. Create a routine. “Kids benefit from having structure in their home life,” says Michael Popkin, PhD, author of Helping Your Child Succeed in School and founder of Active Parenting Publishers. He recommends getting up at the same time each morning, eating a nutritious breakfast, and instituting a positive bedtime ritual that includes 20 minutes of reading (up to primary school). 2. Prepare for the morning the night before. Avoid morning chaos by eliminating the need for lastminute decisions. A bad morning practically ensures a difficult day at school. So accomplish as much as possible before bedtime, such as helping your child choose what clothes to wear and gathering all needed school materials in the

same “launching spot.” Having a backpack prepared with all essentials also helps foster selfconfidence. 3. Help your child get organized. Organization extends beyond assembling the next day’s materials. Kids need help developing a system for storing and retrieving items so that they feel in control of their success. Using color-coded folders each year so that a child can easily connect a colour with a subject and thus find material quickly. Helping children keep backpacks uncluttered and storing all school items in a safe place can also train children to develop organizational habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. 4. Provide a quiet place for homework, but let your child work alone. A regular time and a good workspace to complete homework are essential, and homework should be a household priority. On the other hand, remember that the work is your child’s responsibility, not yours. “Keep the house quiet during homework time, but don’t stand over your child while he or she is doing homework,” Popkin says. “Be available to help. But you don’t want to make it a ‘Let’s sit down and do our homework’ process.” 5. Limit distractions. Television, computers, and video games can be a huge competitor for your child’s attention, especially when it comes to homework, so limit these activities, at least on school nights. But the problem with these kinds of diversions extends beyond the way they waste time because they

also create a mindset in children that makes school seem boring. “TV encourages children to be passive recipients of information and trains their brain to pay attention to rapidly changing, highly stimulating information,” says Robert Needlman, a developmental and behavioural paediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. 6. Encourage intellectual curiosity. Engage your child in dinner-table conversations. Share your own interests, such as what you’ve learned recently about gardening or playing the piano. Talk about current events. Nourish your child’s curiosity about the world, and you will in-still a love of learning. 7. Build relationships with teachers. “Open the lines of communication,” says DeBroff, who suggests writing a letter to the teacher at the beginning of the year about what motivates your child and possible areas of difficulty. She also suggests asking the teacher how things are going and being open to hearing about problems. 8. Focus on effort rather than grades. Show confidence in your children’s abilities but don’t ask too much of them. “If you’re always raising the bar, they never feel quite good enough,” says Popkin, who advises starting with strengths. “If they get a report card and they’ve got A’s and B’s and also one C, don’t just jump in on the C. Start with a focus on what they did well. Then talk about how they feel about the C and whether that represents good effort for them or if they need to work on it.”


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Swim Yourself Thin

It's a fact that swimming burns more calories than many other sports and not only that, it gives you a total body workout. According to the Swimming Teachers Association (STA), the world's largest swim teaching & lifesaving organisation, the density of the water helps the toning effects and assists in the strengthening of muscles with greater balance and efficiency. Whether you are looking to improve your cardiovascular endurance or rehabilitate a chronic source of pain, exercising in the water can help. It is also one of only a few sports that can be undertaken by anyone, regardless of height, weight and build, size or age. In chest depth water approximately 90% of your body weight is buoyant, therefore you really are bearing only 10% of your weight when you exercise. Exercise in the water is much safer on your joints and muscles, and will leave them virtually stress free as a result. STA's Top Swimming Tips Tip 1: Try and utilise all the strokes breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke, backstroke and front crawl, which all develop different muscle groups. Tip 2: Use hand paddles or pullbuoys when

swimming, as they help work the shoulder and arm muscles. Tip 3: Add a kickboard (float) to a regular swim routine. Legs only laps will strengthen the leg muscles. Use different kicks: front crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly to work the leg and abdominal muscles. Tip 4: Stay moving. Constant movement burns more calories, and a higher level of fitness can be achieved. Keeping the heart rate elevated attains greater fitness. Between laps, try aqua-jogging using a flotation belt; another option is treading water. Both of these keep the heart rate up, while allowing a break from lap swimming. Tip 5: Be consistent. Swim regularly - once or twice a week if not more. Fitness goals can only be attained through consistency. Tip 6: Use swimming as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a land workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water.

After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax. Tip 7: There are several swim for fitness programmes that have been specially created by swim experts, all of which are available to download free from the internet. Check out Zoggs' Swim4Fitness programme at www.zoggs.com or Aqua Sphere's Get Fit Swim campaign at www.get-fit-swim.com Tip 8: If swimming is not for you, but you still want to experience all the benefits of exercising in water try enrolling into a professionally-run Water Aerobic Exercise Class, i.e. Aquacise. It not only provides a great work-out, but is also a great social outlet. Finally, if you have a fear of the water, the best advice is to seek a qualified teacher that specialises in adult swimming sessions. They will be sympathetic to your concerns and will be able to provide the necessary expertise and guidance to help you take the plunge.


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Children are probably not the first ones who come to mind when you think about stress. After all, they’ve got no bills to worry about, no job or other responsibilities on their shoulders… Yet, children feel stress, too – often significantly. They worry about making friends, succeeding at school or sports, and fitting in with their peers. They may also struggle with the divorce of their parents or feel anxious about war and violence they see on the news.

1. Healthy Eating

Mood swings and even depression in kids are often the result of a heavily processedfood diet. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain! Your gut and brain actually work in tandem, each influencing the other.

While a child’s natural state is to be happy, vibrant and curious, it’s estimated that up to 15 percent of children and teens are depressed at any given time.

This is why your child’s intestinal health can have such a profound influence on his mental health, and vice versa – and why eating processed foods that can harm his gut flora can have a profoundly negative impact on his mood, psychological health and behavior.

In reality, many of the same worries that make you feel anxious and sad have the same impact on your children. However, kids also have unique needs that can interfere with their ability to be happy if left unmet.

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If a child goes too long without eating, it may lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels that lead to irritability. Children need to refuel their growing bodies on a regular schedule, so try to keep your child’s meal and snack times consistent.

3. Free Play

Unstructured playtime is essential for kids to build their imagination, relieve stress and simply be kids. Yet today, many kids are so over-scheduled that they scarcely have time to eat dinner and do homework, let alone have any free time for play. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics states that free, unstructured play is essential for children to manage stress and become resilient, as well as reach social, emotional and cognitive development milestones.. Free play time is also an ideal

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Child time for active play – like tag or chasing butterflies – which is naturally mood-boosting (as exercise is for adults).

4. Regular, High-Quality Sleep

Too little sleep not only makes kids prone to being grouchy and having mood swings, it also negatively impacts children’s behavior and attention. In fact, as little as 27 minutes of extra sleep a night has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s mood and behavior.3 Children aged 5 to 12 need about 10-11 hours of sleep a night for optimal mood and health. To help your child get a good night’s sleep, get the TV, computer, video games and cell phone out of your child’s bedroom, and be sure the room is as dark as possible. Even the least bit of light in the room can disrupt your child’s internal clock and her pineal gland's production of melatonin and serotonin.

5. They Feel Heard

Your child knows when you’re

not really listening to them (such as if you’re ‘talking’ to them while surfing the Web or watching TV). Yet a child’s happiness will soar when he feels like his parents truly listen and respond to what he’s saying. Not only will you feel more connected to your child, but you’ll also build his selfconfidence and happiness.

6. Make Choices

Kids are constantly being told what to do, so giving them the ability to make choices goes a long way toward increasing their happiness. Try letting your child decide what to wear or what to eat (within reason), or give her a few choices for activities and let her decide which one to do.

7. Express Emotions

Kids need to yell, cry, stomp their feet and run around with excitement. This is how they express their emotions, which is healthy for emotional development and will prevent a lifetime of internalizing negative emotions. Encourage and allow

your child to vent and express his emotions in healthy ways.

8. Unconditional Love

Above all else, children need unconditional love, and they need it consistently. If your child makes a mistake, let her know you still love and support her regardless. Your child will grow up confident and happy knowing you are behind her every step of the way.

9. Be Happy Yourself

If you’re stressed out and unhappy, your child will sense this and also feel sad and worried in response. You are your child’s first role model, so lead by example by embracing the bright side of life.


How to Choose a Care By Tim Tyrell-Smith

Since we all have different skills, interests, experiences and expectations, there’s no one career that’s best for everyone. So how do you choose the career that’s best for you? Whether you’re trying to decide where to look for your first job or pondering a possible career change, here’s what you should consider when thinking through this important decision: What are your natural talents? We all have natural talents, certain tasks that come easy to us. When we use our natural talents, time moves fast and we tend to receive compliments for our abilities. Knowing where your natural talents lie is key to choosing the right career. Of course we’re capable of doing other things, but those other tasks

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usually feel more like work. What do you always enjoy doing, and how can those skills be applied to a job? What’s your work style? Each of us has a preferred work style, even if we don’t realize it. That style can sometime conflict with a career choice. For example, a flexible work environment might allow you to deliver projects on various dates, while a structured environment would require specific deadlines and strict guidelines. What works better for you? In which environment do you tend to thrive? Where do you like to work? What’s your preferred work location? Your preference could vary from a small regional office to corporate headquarters to a home office. How often do like to work away from home? Do you mind traveling for your job? If living out of a suitcase makes you cringe and you need a consistency in your workplace, avoid careers that require a lot of

moving around. Do you enjoy social interaction? Do you like working with others or as part of a team? Are you motivated by the needs of others and your ability to provide a solution? This is critical because some people shy away from that connection and would rather deliver value behind the scenes—without the complications of interacting with colleagues and clients. Know your social needs so you can choose a career that matches them. How important to you is work-life balance? Do you value a short commute and a home-cooked meal every night? Do you live for weekends out at the soccer field watching your kids play? If you need those creature comforts on a regular basis, pick a career that will give you the time to enjoy them. Look for jobs with regular hours and little to no requirements to work overtime or on weekends.

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But I’ve got a whole brain, you say. Yes, you have a whole brain, consisting of a left and a right hemisphere but are you USING it? For many of us with highly developed left brains, our right brain is often in a comfort zone, lazily watching us, rather like sleeping patters! This powerful lateral partner with astounding problem solving abilities, is the area of creativity. It is intuitive, can tap into the entire universe, past present and future, and it uses language better than the left brain. The right brain also has secrets about a person that it can unearth. It is therefore therapeutic and healing. It is a happy positive side of a person that doesn’t understand the word “failure.” It makes plans and expects to succeed! There is one thing the right brain is averse to, and that is criticism, from oneself or from other people. It will close down and not come out to help if criticized. So be careful to keep your plans and writing, such as a book, away from critical people! Let us look at the left brain. It is the area of learning and knowledge. It tries hard, and trying implies that it might succeed or it might fail. That brings in stress. Stress is responsible for many ailments in today’s society. The left brain is lineal, it is meddlesome, meddling in one’s own work and in that of others. It is arrogant and thinks it knows it all – it is the home of the “ego’! Worst of all it is a critic, of oneself and of other people. The left brain makes problems but it cannot solve them. By looking at the problem, it grows bigger and bigger until it seems to be all consuming. To get some perspective on problems, combine it with the right brain’s problem solving ability and life becomes pleasant again, despite the problem! The way to do this is to close one’s eyes and just look at one’s thoughts for a minute or two. Amazingly, they disappear, leaving a quiet mind! Then turn your attention to something happy or positive that you enjoy doing, and in some magical way, the right brain helps to get an answer for the problem. Learning to know ourselves does need meeting up with the right brain. It is our higher ethical side, the moral side. It is also non verbal, and gets its answers through pictures or ideas in the mind. By keeping a quiet mind by often looking at one’s thoughts, one is able to hear

soft intuitive suggestions from the right brain that knows exactly what a person is to do. But the left brain gets in the way because it THINKS too much! In an examination or test, sometimes the left brain freezes in fright. If a person has been learning to activate his or her right brain, just taking a couple of deep breaths calms one down. Another look at the question might bring some ideas from the right brain, which sources out more answers. The answer may not be perfect, but an examiner can see if the writer does understand his or her topic which helps with a pass mark. The left brain is able to access 10% of world knowledge, which has already been discovered. So working with knowledge already discovered, is like re-inventing the wheel. New ideas are what we seek. 90% of the unknown lies in the territory of the right brain. For inventors and creators who wish to solve problems of mankind, the right brain is the territory to explore! Dr Jill Bolte Taylor, Harvard Brain Scientist, in a Youtube video clip on her Stroke of Insight, explains graphically by showing a human brain, the differences in the two sides of the brain which she says are like two very different people in each of us. She does say that when in a left brain mode, we are isolated from one another – that is the home of the ego. When in a right brain mode, we are all connected, peace and harmony exist. She also says that the more we step to the right, as she puts it, the more peaceful and happy our world will be. This then becomes the goal of a whole brain. Being able to know when to shift to a right brain mode or a left brain mode. The right brain mode is noncritical and non judgmental. It does not always want to have the last word! This in itself reduces friction and increases harmony. Do we always have to be “right?” Problems often lead to depression. Depression can get worse and reduce energy and the delight of living. One way to shift depression is to keep a mental bag of things that make one laugh. When one seems to be moving towards depression, shift the mind to that bag of funny things, and launch! Then before depression sets in again, find something interesting or joyful to do. These are all methods of learning to use our right brains to help ourselves in living a happier life.

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A Tribute to the Pop Sensations On October 5th make sure you head down to Gateway’s Barnyard Theatre where you can rock hard to some of your favourite pop songs. The show “Kids Rock” will be paying tribute to some of the biggest pop stars like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, Taylor Swift, Pink, One Direction and Miley Cyrus (lets hope there’s no twerking on stage). The show starts at 2pm and the cost is R80 per person. So enjoy a day filled with friends and your most loved tunes.

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s ... Calling all Hogwarts fans! J.K Rowling has decided to do a spin-off the Harry Potter series as this movie will be based on the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The story will focus on the book’s fictitious character Newt Scamander. Rowling says though that this movie is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series. Make sure you keep a look out for the latest edition to the wizardry world.

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What does the FOX say? Well I don’t speak “fox” so I wouldn’t know but this YouTube video is going viral. “What does the fox say?” is a video by Ylvis who seems to be curious about the type of sound the fox makes. The video is strange but incredibly amusing. For those parents who may have young kids who need to learn their animal sounds this video just might help.

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