LEWENSREDDERS NIE MEER BY ALLE STRANDE

Met die somervakansie wat einde se kant toe staan, word vakansiegangers en inwoners wat steeds Mosselbaai se gewilde strande wil besoek, gewaarsku om te let op die beskikbaarheid van lewensredders op strande.

“Gister was die laaste dag wat lewensredders deur die munisipaliteit ontplooi was op sommige strande soos SAOU, Dwarsweg, Nooitgedacht, Bayview, Tweekuilen, Punt se getypoel, Boggomsbaai en Vleesbaai,” berig Mosselbaai se direkteur van gemeenskapsdienste, mev Elize Nel.

By sommige ander strande sal lewensredders steeds beskikbaar wees aangesien die onderskeie inwonersvereinigings vir ‘n ekstra paar dae tot die naweek se dienste betaal.

Lewensredders is not tot en met 7 Januarie by die volgende strande:

Glentana
Gleniqua
Outeniqua
Pienaar
Suiderkruis
Souwesia
Kleinbrak tot 12 Januarie
Koffiehuis en Punt Poort tot 14 Januarie.
Cloete se gat tot 19 Januarie
Groot Brak riviermond, De Bakke, Santos, Dias tot 21 Januarie, daarna elke naweek tot Paasnaweek.

Artikel: Nickey Le Roux, Mossel Bay Advertiser-nuusredakteur

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATION TIPS FOR PARENTS

It is important when preparing our children for the first day of school to plan ahead. Children take their cue from their parents. If parents are calm, reassuring, optimistic and supportive, children will feel both confident and competent.

Children want to fit in, so parents must begin at the beginning, and first find out what the dress code is (if there is one) and obtain any supply lists. This way, they can have all the required clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes and supplies purchased in advance.

No last-minute shopping — it only adds to stress at an already anxious time for both parents and children alike.

Children will experience separation anxiety and so will parents.

Therefore, it is so important for parents to take the lead and parent — not burdening their children with their own anxieties.

Be honest with your children: Talk to them about their fears, and listen with empathy. Children will tell you everything.

Here are additional tips to help parents prepare their children for going back to school:

• If attending a new school, try to visit your child’s school at least one week in advance. Let your child get familiar with classrooms, hallways and important offices such as the principal and the nurse.

• If possible, find out if there are any friends, relatives or neighbors in their class. Knowing a child and creating a buddy system makes the transition to move more smoothly.
• Do your homework: If possible, talk to the teacher, the nurse, the guidance counselor and the principal in advance. Show both your interest and your goodwill. Tell them of any concerns you have in regard to your children’s health, and apprise them of any learning problems in advance.

• Start a bedtime schedule one week in advance of school so that your child gets at least 10 hours of sleep at night. As an adult, we know how cranky we get when we are tired, and so do our children. Remember that they don’t have our coping skills.

• A ‘safety first’ attitude is a very important part of preparing for the first day of school. You want your children to know traffic safety as well as physical safety. Young children should know their name, how to spell it, their telephone number and the number of a safe and responsible adult that is designated by their parents. Teach your child the proper way in advance to deal with bullies by reporting them to either a teacher or counselor.

• Talk with your children about their feelings and invite them to participate in a conversation that gives them some sense of control. Never embarrass, discount or demean your children’s feelings. Ask them how they would like to be helped in this transition — what things parents can do and they can do as partners to make the first day of school a pleasant beginning. This is called the empathic process, and if you invest children in the discussion, they are more likely to follow a smooth outcome and go happily to school.

A little preparation before the big day can go a long way in easing your child’s transition back to school. It is important to be honest with your children and tell them you will miss them too — and that they will like school because it will give them new and exciting experiences.

Be empathetic, be compassionate and be firm. Nurture your children, meet their needs and be reliable. You can’t spoil your children with love.

10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY EVERYDAY

If you are on your journey to becoming debt-free or you’re looking for simple ways to tighten up those leaks in your monthly budget, today I am sharing with you 10 tips which help us save money every day.

They may be small things but at the end of the month, they do add up! And wouldn’t you much rather save that bit of money? I know I would!

1. Brew your own favourite brew in the morning

A cup of coffee could easily cost R20.00 at a coffee shop nowadays. When you multiply that by 21, the average number of working days in a month, that’s R420.00 you could be saving each month. If you only occasionally go out for a cup of coffee with friends and colleagues at work that could be part of your entertainment budget for the month.

2. Prepare your own breakfast/lunch/snack for work

Avoid last minute takeaway orders. A lunch could easily set you back R50.00 a pop and for that much money my husband and I could each have 2 delicious homemade meals! Utilising last night’s leftovers and getting creative with your sandwiches, who needs takeaways at work every day? Again, if you occasionally go out for lunch with your colleagues during the working week, make that part of your monthly entertainment budget.

3. Can you carpool or take the bus to work?

I wish I could! But none of my co-workers stay in the same area so carpooling is not an option for me. Taking the bus isn’t an option either – we’re nowhere near a bus route, but I so wish we were! Either of these options would save us a ton of money each month that we otherwise have to spend on fuel.

4. Drive with a light foot

Being gentler on the gas pedal both in the mornings and in the afternoons can save you quite a bit overall on your fuel consumption per month. You are also burning less fuel and thus reducing your carbon footprint. If possible, leave for work a bit earlier in the mornings, for example, so that you avoid the rush hour traffic and your car idling for long periods of time which consumes even more fuel.

5. Unplug appliances when you leave for work

This includes the microwave, the kettle, the TV, your laptop, in fact everything but the essentials such as your fridge. Even though you’re not using your appliances as long as they remain plugged in the wall, or the switch on the wall socket is on, they are drawing electricity.

6. Don’t go window shopping during your lunch hour

You might just be tempted to blow your budget. A packet of sweets here and a pair of shoes there and just that lovely top that you think you might need to wear next Saturday… you get the point. Is it worth blowing your budget over that? You’ll regret it, trust me on that one. Instead, stay in during your lunch hour and chat to your co-workers as you munch on your delicious, homemade leftovers that still taste so yum!

7. Don’t hang out with the smokers in the smoking section

Quit completely if you can, and in fact you should. Not only is smoking bad for your health but how much is a packet of smokes nowadays? Anywhere between R20.00 – 40.00. Do you want to be spending that much money every day? Let’s say a packet of cigarettes costs on average of R30.00. That’s R900.00 per month or a whole R10,800.00 per year that you could have in your savings account and not in someone else’s pocket!

8. Drinks after work?

While you don’t want to be a total Scrooge or an anti-social recluse, be intentional about your spending on this one. Have a drink instead of several. Or, have a glass of water or a glass of soda instead, there is no shame in that. Your real friends will understand that you are working towards specific goals, such as paying off your debt or saving money for your emergency fund, and will support you.

9. Avoid stopping at the supermarket on your way home

If you plan your meals ahead of time or have a bunch of homemade meals in your freezer waiting for you to defrost when you get home, there won’t be any need to venture into a supermarket when you’re tired and hungry and bound to buy a whole lot more stuff on a whim.

10. Switch off all the lights

How many of you remember your mom, dad, grandad, grandma, aunt and uncle going around the house, switching off all the lights in empty rooms and shouting that electricity doesn’t pay for itself? Well, they were right. Electricity didn’t pay for itself then and it sure doesn’t pay for itself now. You’re paying for it, so switch it off if you’re not using it.