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Crazy Fun Holiday Tips
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:00

Relax, unwind a bit

Time to recharge your batteries in readiness for a happy and productive 2018.

Relax, unwind a bit.  

Enjoy these totally random ideas to help you on your way –
•    Survive your end-of-year office party: http://www.careers24.com/career-advice/work-life/how-to-survive-the-end-of-year-office-party-20140701
•    Check time zones, weather, sun/moon etc, and plan international Skype chats (or business meetings while you’re still in work mode):  http://www.timeanddate.com
•    Choose a holiday hotel with help from a drone: http://www.flyoverhotel.com
•    Drive safely with these road safety tips: http://www.gotravel24.com/theme/feature-focus/road-safety-travel-tips
•    If you’re flying, book the best seat in the plane: http://www.seatguru.com
•    Check the tides before you head for the beach:  http://www.kwathabeng.co.za/tides
•    Don’t forget also to check for perfect beach days (or approaching hurricanes and raging South-Easters) - use these wind and other animations (click on the “earth” icon for controls): http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-341.47,-33.81,3000
•    Tasked with opening the bubbly?  Uncork it like an expert:  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipes/cooking-tips/uncork-champagne-bottle#slide-1
•    Share Nature! Help document our biodiversity - contribute interesting sightings of any animals, plants or fungi you encounter: http://www.ispot.org.za/
•    Relax .….. waste a bit of time surfing the Internet:  http://www.women24.com/Trending/Fun-useless-websites-to-visit-when-youre-bored-20140509

Handling sibling rivalry
Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:00

Sibling rivalry

How to help your kids get along

The term sibling refers to children who are related and living in the same family. Sibling rivalry has existed as long as families. Think back to Biblical times and Joseph’s problems with his brothers or of the dreadful time Cinderella had with her stepsisters!

It seems strange that whenever the word sibling comes up, the word rivalry seems sure to follow despite the fact that there are many solid sibling relationships in families (brothers and sisters who like and enjoy one another). However, it is the rivalry that gets attention the proverbial squeaky wheel.

What causes sibling rivalry? Think about it. Siblings don’t choose the family they are born into, don’t choose each other. They may be of different sex, are probably of different age and temperament, and. worst of all, they have to share the one person or the two people they most want for themselves: their parents. Other factors include:
Position in the family, for example, the oldest child may be burdened with responsibilities for the younger children or the younger child spends his life trying to catch up with an older sibling;
Gender, for instance, a son may hate his sister because his father seems more gentle with her. On the other hand, a daughter may wish she could go on the hunting trip with her father and brother;
Age, a five and an eight year old can play some games together but when they become ten and thirteen, they will probably be poles apart.

The most important factor, however, is parental attitude. Parents have been taught that they must be impartial but this can be extremely difficult. It’s inevitable that parents will feel differently about children who have different personalities with differing needs, dispositions. and place in the family. Picture the age-old conflict of the young child whining. “It’s not fair. Why can’t I stay up until nine-thirty like Johnny?” Fairness has nothing to do with it. Susie is younger and needs more sleep. It’s as simple as that, and parents are advised never to give in to the old “it’s not fair” strategy. Besides, when Susie is finally allowed to stay up until nine-thirty, it will seem a real privilege to her.

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