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Share your vIEWS OUR WINNING LETTER The “Unguilty” Pleasures of a Working Mom As a working mother I often hear how I have to spend as much time with my children as possible when I have the luxury of time off. I have felt the deep sense of guilt pounding at me when I take time to have a trip to a spa or pamper myself at my favourite hairdresser.With three active girls with vastly different interests, I also find it so difficult to co-ordinate their programmes so that they enjoy the activities planned in our moments of time spent together.This sometimes takes more careful thought than planning a battle strategy and diplomatic skill than needed to run an Embassy.With a hectic work schedule, a deep sense of guilt looming over me and frantic week-ends of activity with the girls, something was bound to give in and I had a sinking feeling in my soul that the “something” was going to be me! I then heard from a loyal friend of mine, not one of those who heaped the guilt on my already sinking shoulders, that there was a way to redeem some of my “me” time without the burden of feeling that I had abandoned my girls. I sent them off to camp for a week and placed myself in the capable hands of a local retreat. While soaking up the fabulous treatments and having quality time for introspection, I was plagued by pangs of guilt that I was not making the grade as a good mother. To make matters worse I was asked by well meaning family and friends how I could “dump the kids” and take time off by myself. At the end of the week, I felt like a new woman. I was revitalized in body, mind and spirit and knew that I had made the right choice for my family in going away for the week.With a new-found confidence in myself I found that I could cope with all of life’s little surprises, even the girls not wanting to come home and begging me to let them go back to camp again in the next holidays!

The writing on the wall I love being a mom because it is such an awesome privilege to be given the responsibility of raising the people who will take our world into its future. I may not be able to do much about the future - but I can raise children who will change it for the better! Some people don’t want to bring children into the world because they see it as a terrible place - I would rather say that the world is going to need my children to help make it a better place! LeIgh JanSen I love being a mom because it means I get to watch my hubby being a Dad...never realised that having kids and seeing how he is with them would make me love him more... JacquI mackway-wILSon I love being a mom because when I take ‘me time’ it is accepted and not considered selfish, and this time-out gives me the opportunity to enjoy the little things, thus making my life fuller. I love it for the cozy cuddles, sweet kisses, the tiny hand on my cheek, the adoring eyes, the soft body warmth and the sweetest, sometimes hilarious musings of toddler and childhood. cIca pIzzornI Readers’ comments on our facebook

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Please, Please, Please – Listen to me! “My children just won’t listen to me!” “No matter HOW many times I ask them to pick up their things, they leave their room like a pigsty!” “If I have to tell my kid ONE MORE TIME to hang up his clothes, I’m going to throttle him!”


hese are statements I have heard, not just from others, but from my own lips on countless occasions. It seems at times that no matter what approach I take, no matter what punishments I devise and no matter how much I debase myself in acts of begging and pleading, my children just cannot find it in them to pick up after themselves. Or feed the hamsters. Or bring their toys in from the yard - you get the picture... In our program we try and instil a desire to “treat others the way you want to be treated” and we address issues like respect, kindness, obedience and how our actions affect those around us. It takes a while for kids to get it. Heck, it takes a while for adults to get it, and some adults I know will NEVER get it! Sometimes though, all I want my kids to do is “LISTEN TO ME, PLEASE!” My children are well-behaved (generally), considerate and intelligent (generally), so why is it that they can hear the word “chocolate” through 4 walls and a running bath, but cannot hear me when they are right beside me and I ask them to pick up their shoes in the living room? Parents joke about “selective hearing” and we resign ourselves to never-ending repetition and mind-numbing attempts at psychological manipulation - just to get them to do what we ask - to do something that they should understand is essential: Cleaning up their own mess. You see, if they don’t learn to clean up their own mess, we know as adults, that other people will be cleaning up their mess for the rest of their lives. Taking responsibility for your environment is a vital aspect of becoming a fully functioning member of society. When we stress about our children’s apparent inability to do anything about the mess they create, we are stressing about so much more than the fact we have just tripped headfirst into the coffee table over a pair of old running shoes. My wife came home the other night from our local home group with an incredible idea. They had watched a DVD by a pastor named Andy Stanley, who heads up a church called North Point in the U.S. In this DVD he made a radical suggestion in getting kids not just to listen, but to think for themselves. The basic premise is that when you

are confronted with a situation in which you, as a parent or caretaker, have to perform a task that should be performed by the child, that you ask the child to ask you to do it - as simple as that. You see, my children are used to the pattern. They mess, I ask, they don’t do, I ask, they ignore, I shout, they do. I tried this new system, with some incredible results. I know this will not work for everyone. Some kids might revel in it, but that then would show you that you have far larger issues to address. This is what happened... My youngest son, 5 years old, left an item of clothing on the sofa. As usual, the clothing had been left there, waiting for me to either pick it up, or for me to demand that he take it to his room, where it belonged. Instead, I called him over and in a calm, non-aggressive way asked him to “please ask me to pick it up for you”. The look of distress on his face was immediate! This is a child who does not respond to punishment as a means of correction. He has a thick skin and a stubborn attitude. He could not bring himself to ask me to do it. He had tears in his eyes as he begged me to let him take his clothes to his room. I have done this with my 8 year old as well, with the same response. This system of passive confrontation has opened their eyes just a little bit to the way their actions impact those who share their environment. If it can help my children to become responsible, self-aware and self-respecting members of society, I’m going to give it a try! Happy Parenting

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Children are grazers and therefore prefer to eat regularly, rather than only three big meals per day. It is good for them to snack during the day, but make sure the snacks are healthy and that they still enjoy their three balanced main meals. Their overall diet should be balanced with 30% complex carbohydrates, 40% fruits and vegetables, 20% protein and 10% fats and oils. Good examples of complex carbohydrates would be butternut, sweet potato, potato with its skin, brown rice and whole grains like whole wheat, stone-ground flours, oats, barley and sorghum. Protein food will include free-range eggs, organic dairy products, free-range chicken and beef, lamb, venison and fish. Good fats and oils will be avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, seed and nuts. The bulk of their healthy balanced diet should comprise of fruits and vegetables, with the emphasis on the veggies! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it is properly balanced with a protein food and not laden with sugar. Boxed cereals are far from the ideal start for their day. The most popular snack foods are crisps, choc lates, biscuits, energy or cereal bars and baked products like muffins or pies. These foods are high in the wrong kind of fat, the wrong kinds ofcarbohydrates, salt and additives, while not providing the nutrients your children need. Overconsumption of crisps and similar processed snack foods greatly contributes to the epidemics of obesity and type II diabetes, among other diseases in our society, particularly in children. Make sure the snack products that you offer to your kids are free of flavourants, preservatives and colourants like MSG (monosodium glutamate), sodium benzoate (E211), sunset yellow FCF (E110), quinolene yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122), allura red (E129) and ponceau 40

4R (E124) – these have all been linked to hyperactivity, among many other symptoms, in children. A plausible connection to tantrums, poor concentration and slow progress at school has been found if these additives are consumed. As a rule of thumb, don’t buy any processed product that has more than two ingredients listed on the label, which you are not familiar with. Therefore stick to foods as close to their natural state as possible. Ideally each snack should contain some form of protein to balance blood sugar levels. Good examples would be: • A handful of seeds or nuts, mixed with sulphur-free, chopped dried fruit like dates, figs, mango or apricots • Trail mix – see recipe • Muesli bar, free of excess sugars • Fresh fruit plus a handful of almonds • Smoothie – see recipe • Crudités (veggie sticks) with a nice dip – see recipe for Cashew dip • Plain yoghurt and chopped fresh fruit, sprinkled with seeds and / or nuts • Popcorn flavoured with a little herbal, sea or rock salt • Venison or free-range beef fat-free biltong plus a fresh fruit • Rye, rice or corn crisp bread or cakes with any of the following toppings: avocado; cottage cheese; cucumber or sardine spread (see recipe) • Healthy sandwich made with rye or whole wheat bread • Date balls Water should be the main drink served to kids at snack times. It does not contain the sugars, calories, colourants and caffeine of sodas. If you do serve fruit juice, always dilute it with at least 50:50 water and ideally only use freshlysqueezed fruit juice. Children should consume 60ml / kg body weight liquid each day. Most people translate thirst as hunger, therefore first offer a drink before you give your child a snack. They may just be thirsty! Most of the snacks served to children should be fruits and vegetables, since most kids do not eat the recommended

five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables contain important nutrients and fibre. Though some think fruits and vegetables are costly snacks, they are actually less costly than many other less healthy snacks on a per-serving basis. An apple cost much less than a packet of crisps! Serving fresh fruits and vegetables can seem challenging, but be innovative and creative. Stick a tooth pick into cut up fruit or make fruit kebabs by arranging cut pieces of fruit onto a skewer. However, dipping carrots into chocolate will be defeating the objective! Serve healthy snacks with fun plates, napkins, cups, or straws or have a tasting party where children can vote for their favourite healthy snacks. You as parents may not be able to control what is sold or offered to your kid’s at school, but you can certainly instil good health habits in them while they are at home, especially if you lead by example.

Heidi du Preez is Nutritional Therapist and is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist. She obtained her masters degree in Food Science and is currently specialising in Nutritional Medicine. Heidi consults to both the food and health industry. She uses a functional biomedical approach, incorporating diet, supplementation, detoxification and spiritual well-being into her treatment regimen. Her focus is on the prevention and cure of chronic, metabolic and degenerative diseases. Heidi is on the Council of The South African Association for Nutritional Therapy ( She serves on the panel of experts of The South African Journal of Natural Medicine for whom she regularly writes articles and is also the author of the health recipe book Natural Medicine Magazine’s Wholefood Cook Book (



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Family and divorce mediation: what is it and how can it help families?

Despite the fact that family and divorce mediation is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa, many people do not know what it is, or how it can benefit them and their families.This article will explain what mediation is; where and when it takes place; the advantages of mediation; and recent developments in mediation. What is mediation? Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), where a third party (the mediator) helps resolve a dispute between parties.The mediator is a neutral third party and does not have the power to impose decisions on the parties. What is mediation NOT? Mediation is not arbitration. Arbitration is also an alternative dispute resolution method, but the disputing parties agree to abide by the decisions of the arbitrator. The arbitrator gives his/her decision after and informal proceeding where each side presents evidence and witnesses. This does not occur in the case of mediation: a mediator does not make decisions for the parties, but rather guides the parties to reach their own decisions. When and where does mediation take place? Mediation can occur whenever there is a dispute between private parties, for example, a divorce. The process is completely private and confidential. Sessions take place in a private room, with only the mediator and the parties to the mediation being present. The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the problem and the willingness of the parties to reach a solution. Why mediate? Mediation holds many advantages for the parties: • It is more affordable than litigation • Generally faster than litigation • The parties are personally involved in the process • It encourages parties to communicate effectively • It is a less formal process • It is a friendly process that is less stressful than litigation • The agreements reached are usually long lasting Who is the mediator and how does the mediation process occur? The mediator is a facilitator. The role of the mediator is to help the parties reach their own decisions, by guiding them and reminding them of issues to be dealt with, providing information to the parties, keeping parties on track and guid66

ing them to work out an agreement. A mediator is not a counsellor, psychologist or lawyer. People who practice these professions may be mediators but during mediation they are only participating in the role of mediators. The mediator will, where necessary, work in collaboration with other professionals. What is co-mediation? Co-mediation takes place when two mediators act together in mediating a dispute. Usually one mediator is male and the other female. Additionally, one mediator may have a background in psychology or counselling and the other one a background in law, in addition to their qualification in mediation. Co-mediation is particularly effective in complex matters. What does the law say? Recent developments in South African legislation as well as decisions in recent court cases support the use of mediation, particularly in matters where children are involved. Mediation is mandatory in certain disputes and is encouraged in all others. Recent decisions by our courts indicate that divorcing couples should at least attempt to mediate before litigating in court. Is mediation for me? There are few instances where mediation will not help. Parties, especially divorcing couples, are encouraged to first attend mediation before litigation. If you have already started litigating, for example the summons has already been sent, you can still mediate. Any agreement reached during mediation can (and in the case of divorces, will) be made an order of court. Dr. Amanda Boniface has a legal background. She obtained the qualifications BLC, LLB, LLM (child law) cum laude, LLD (UP). She also served articles as a candidate attorney and wrote and passed the attorney’s admission examination. She was later admitted as an Advocate of the High Court. She has also worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer of law. Additionally, she has published a number of articles and chapters in legal textbooks. She was awarded a certificate in advanced divorce and family mediation after attending a recognised divorce and family mediation course and has trained others in divorce and family mediation. Amanda has a passion for divorce mediation. She is also a mother and enjoys spending time with her son. Amanda has spoken on RSG and E-TV about divorce and family mediation. She can be contacted on 072 1286 525 or email: Website:

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