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SUMMER 2017/18 | EAST LONDON Moms Matter East London

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elcome to the Summer Edition of the Moms Matter, and thank you for once again welcoming our publication into your home and making us a part of your family. 2017 has been another hectic year and undoubtedly you and your family are looking forward to winding down and easing into a welldeserved holiday. May we take this opportunity of wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. As always, we trust that you will find this edition a pleasurable and informative resource which you will be able to enjoy and refer to throughout the next few months. Within our articles, you will find some interesting facts on bonding with your stepchild and the importance of sunscreen and sunstroke. Publisher: Simon Garrity

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steps to bonding with your stepkids

Starting a new life together as a blended family has its challenges. But they are not insurmountable. 1. Take your cues from the kids.

Forcing a conversation isn’t helpful to anyone."

"It’s important to remember that your stepchildren had their world rocked, and they didn’t sign up for any of this. They didn’t sign up for having divorced parents, two houses, two separate set of belongings and they certainly didn’t sign up for a stepparent. Whether you are nice-as-pie or an evil stepparent straight from the fairytales, they will tell you how involved they want you to be in their world. You just have to pay attention. Don’t push the relationship if they seem to be putting walls up. Let them come to you, but make sure they know that the door is always open."

It’s important to remember that your stepchildren had their world rocked, and they didn’t sign up for any of this.

2. Talk about what the kids like to talk about. "Kids are naturally self-centered, so they may seem uninterested in what you're about, but they’ll love to talk about themselves. If they initiate a conversation with you, use that opportunity to engage with them. Ask them questions and then let them know how you experienced something similar and how you can relate to them. You can also ask them about their activities and hobbies. What do they love about it? What’s their favorite part? Least favorite part? Do they ever feel challenged? But pay attention to their cues. If they seem uncomfortable or aren’t engaging, let it go and try again another time.

3. Give your stepchildren time alone with their biological parent. "It may seem to the child that the one-on-one time they had with their mom or dad before you got married is over now that you are all living together. Make the effort to ensure your stepchild gets alone time with their parent. This will help build trust with your stepchild, and if any resentment is lingering or building, this will help alleviate it." 4. Find activities that your stepkids enjoy and do them together. "For example, if they like music or certain bands, you can take them to a concert to share in that experience with them, engaging in conversation to better understand what it is that they like about the activity. In return you can share things that you enjoy with your stepchild to teach them about you. Find activities that you both can enjoy together and make a habit to engage in them." Find activities that you both can enjoy together and make a habit to engage in them.

5. Incorporate your stepchild in extended family traditions. "Holidays and any family celebrations provide the perfect opportunity to get your stepchild involved with your extended family. It is also an excellent way for the stepchild to get to know more about you and for you and the family to get to know more about the child without the pressure of a one-on-one question and answer session." 6. Start out as friends. "Don't jump into the role of parent right off the bat or expect that unconditional love and trust will suddenly appear just because you have a new title. The most realistic goal for the first few years of your relationship with your stepchild is to be friends. Start out slow and let things develop naturally. As time goes on, a more meaningful relationship will genuinely develop. And remember: the relationship you share with your stepchild doesn’t have to resemble the one they share with their birth parents, nor does it have to compete with it." The relationship you share with your stepchild doesn’t have to resemble the one they share with their birth parents, nor does it have to compete with it. 7. Treat your stepkids the same way you treat your biological kids. "When I was a child, my dad and his girlfriend

attempted to blend our families. She had three kids and he had four. The way she treated us compared to her own children was painfully obvious to all of us. For example, one Easter she purchased lots of lavish gifts and clothes for her kids, while my siblings and I only received a basket of chocolate. I’ll never forget how terrible that felt. Even if your stepchildren are 'not your responsibility' or haven’t been that receptive to you being in their life, if you want to build a healthy relationship with them, always treat them the same as you treat your own children." 8. Don’t hide or make yourself small. "Many stepchildren grow up not knowing their stepparent’s favorite color, food or activity. Because stepparents often feel rejected by their step kids, sometimes they start hiding themselves or clamming up the children's presence. They actually end up excluding themselves. Instead, when the opportunity presents itself, speak up about things you enjoy doing. Talk about what excites you and what's important to you. You can do this by discussing these things with your partner in your stepchild’s presence, or directly with the child. Think about how you behave with your friends and do more of that. The more authentic you can be the easier it will be for them to get know the real you." Source:

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o you always make resolutions for New Year‘s that you can’t keep? Come January 1st save yourself some guilt and don’t set yourself up to be a failure. Instead of resolving to become a fitness guru, go on a juice diet, or to be the perfect parent, resolve to make realistic resolutions that will benefit you so much you’ll be determined to see them through. Resolution #1: Say No! Busy moms have an “I can do it” attitude. That’s one of their secrets to being able to do it all. This year, embrace the “I can’t.” When faced with piling more on your plate (like volunteering to be the troop leader, soccer couch and PTA coordinator all in the same season) take the opportunity to say “not now” or “no thank you” when asked. Of course, pull your weight whenever you can, but if you’re typically the one who is called on to make the magic happen, give someone else an opportunity to shine. Resolution #2: Delegate. Summons up all those times you’ve thought “Because I said so” was a good enough answer and give it to those who question why you’re outsourcing whatever you can. Save yourself time and energy by utilizing an online grocer who delivers, using a drycleaner that picks up/drops off, and hiring a housekeeper to come in once a week if it’s in the budget. Getting whatever you can off your plate allows you to free up space to take on things that really need your attention. Resolution #3: Be the First One Up. The truth is that you can’t meet anyone else’s needs until you’ve met your own. Set your alarm to get up 30 minutes before everyone else in the house to take a shower

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Tanning and lying in the sun and soaking up the sun's rays used to be considered both pleasant and healthy - before we became aware of the dangers of exposure to ultraviolet rays. Nowadays we know that we need to avoid being overexposed to the sun and that excessive sun can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, skin texture changes and skin cancers. What are the sun's rays? The sun produces both visible and invisible rays. The invisible rays are known as ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB). These types of rays are the so-called "problem rays", as they cause sun damage. UV rays are more intense during the summer months, closer to the equator and at higher altitudes. The UV rays' harmful effects are also increased by reflections from water, sand and snow and even on cloudy days UV rays can cause skin damage. Protection from the sun Sun protection should start in infancy and continue throughout life. Remember that sun protection in childhood is very important in preventing skin cancer later in life.

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Ingredients 2 cups flour 120 g butter, cut into cubes 2 tablespoons sugar Pinch of salt Grated zest (1 tablespoon) and juice (1/3 cup) of one orange 1 jar Safari fruit mince (454 g) Icing sugar for dusting Method In a bowl, sift the flour and salt together. Add the butter and rub into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, grated zest and orange juice and mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough into a bowl and cover with cling wrap.

Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. When you’re ready to roll the dough, set the oven to 180 C and spray a shallow muffin tin with Spray & Cook. Roll out the dough to about 2mm thickness and, with a round cookie cutter, cut the bases and place them in the tin, gently pressing the bases down. Place a tablespoon of fruit mince in each casing. Now cut out the top of the mince pies – the dough can be a little thinner for this. A star shape looks nice, but a round shape will work as well. Place on top of the filling. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the pastry has browned nicely. Cool in the muffin pan before removing. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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s smart devices become commonplace at younger ages every year, establishing a family mindset for internet safety can help keep your kiddos out of harm’s way. Schools have begun using technology, so your tech savvy children are going to want to learn and interact online at home the same way they do at school. With the wild west of the internet, determining how to get started on managing a child’s internet access can be daunting. Here’s a quick set of tips to help guide the rules you set within your home.

1. START EDUCATION YOUNG As electronic devices and access to the internet are permitted, talk at an age appropriate level to your children about which apps and websites they can access. Provide the same level of guidance regarding talking to strangers online as you would offline. If you allow apps that encourage interaction, like SnapChat or Instagram, establish rules about what privacy settings are and who they are allowed to connect with. Be certain to manage those accounts regularly to confirm who your child is interacting with. As they grow older, it may not be as necessary to watch every conversation. Having open conversations about access will build trust and encourage your child to talk to you when they have concerns or issues online. 2. CREATE A FAMILY CONTRACT FOR INTERNET SAFETY Before introducing your child to the internet, write up


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