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Au Pair petrol rates

Au Pair Petrol Breakdown As an au pair, you are required to transport children to various events, appointments and extra murals by using your own au pair petrol. In return, you need to be reimbursed for the distance travelled with the children. The rate per km can be determined by ...
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What is an au pair?

What is an Au Pair? An au pair is someone who is usually unmarried, between the ages of 18-30 years old and is usually a female. This person is there to assist children with homework and school projects, drives them to and from school and is considered a member of ...
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Typical au pair salaries

How to decide on an Au Pair Salary: When deciding what salary to pay your au pair you need to take into consideration their qualifications, years of experience, job functions and how long you would require them to work for per week. The following is a fair guideline as to ...
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Why you seriously shouldn’t smoke around children

Nicotine is the addictive drug that can be found in any cigarette smoke. It is so addictive that it causes causes people who smoke, to continue. Along with nicotine, people who smoke inhale on average about 7,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke. Many of these chemicals come from burning tobacco ...
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These are the worst cereals you could buy your children

Cereals have become apart of everyday life for children, teenagers, University students and adults in the mornings, thanks to the ease of preparation, delicious taste and pure convenience. There are a wide variety of cereals that you can find on the South African food shelves, with most options being marketed ...
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Why I decided to become a Child Life Coach

For as long as I can remember, I have had this burning desire to work with children. From the time I was about nine years old, that burning desire had doubled and so my parents allowed me to start baby sitting here and there. Later, I went onto become a ...
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The benefits of Traveling the World

There are plenty of things we can gain from traveling and exploring different places, cultures, food and style. The list goes on to include gaining new friends, new experiences, and new stories. When you start exploring new places, you get a better understanding of the people living there, including their ...
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Why you should get your child a pet

There are many many benefits that children gain from owning a pet animal! It's easy for children to get wrapped up in the idea of owning a new animal, but it's up to their parents to make sure that the experience outweighs the expense. Children who grow up around pets ...
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Saying goodbye to a loved one

In Memory of your Loved One Death is a funny concept to wrap your head around. Death, by definition (n) is the end of the life of a person but I'm convinced it is more than that. It is a celebration. A remembrance of a legacy. See, I believe death ...
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Which Au Pair Agencies offer Au Pair Training?

It is no secret that au pair training has become a hot trend at the moment which is why I am about to answer one of the most commonly asked questions: which au pair agencies offer au pair training? What is an Au Pair Agency? An Au pair agency is ...
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What Au Pair Qualifications Should I Consider?

Have you just Matriculated or have you decided to venture out into au pairing as a career shift? Whatever the reason, it is important for you to conduct thorough research on what au pair qualifications you would need to consider, regardless if you have previous childcare experience or not, as ...
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Top 3 Benefits of a Life Coach

A life coach is someone who is there to coach you through the difficult times, to encourage you to overcome your fears and various obstacles, to motivate you, increase your confidence levels and at times, challenge your thought process. But, more importantly, they are there to help you establish, set ...
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Does my child need to see an Orthodontist?

What is an Orthodontist? An Orthodontist is a dentist who is qualified to treat irregularities in the jaw and teeth. When do I need to consult an Orthodontist? If you or your child have jaw growth problems, unusual gaps between your teeth, additional or missing teeth, then you qualify to ...
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Easter Road Trip Games 2019

Are you going away for the Easter weekend with the family? Dreading the drive? Not sure what road trip games to play? Fear not! That Sassy Life Coach is here to help make time fly! First things first - Can au pairs travel with the family? The answer is yes! ...
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Children and Pocket Money

We all know that giving your child pocket money is a great way to teach them about the concept and value of money and that hard work earns rewards, but when is the right time to start giving them pocket money? One of the first things to consider is your ...
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Choosing Extra Mural Activities for your Child

When choosing extra mural activities for your children, it is important to take into consideration your child's strengths and weaknesses, their likes, dislikes and their ability to manage the stresses that come with school life. Include your child in the process This is an exciting time for both the parent ...
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The cost of Au Pair Training vs Our Online Course for Au Pairs

Are you considering doing Au Pair Training? Well that's fantastic! It is a great course to do and has proven to be highly successful, however, have you stopped to think about the possible hidden costs? The Cost of Au Pair Training The average au pair agency charges R1000 per person ...
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Is Your Child ADD or ADHD? Find out today

We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, or who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. Sometimes these children are labeled as troublemakers, or criticised for being lazy and undisciplined. However, they may ...
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Teaching and homework methods

Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, explaining a ...
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What are the differences between Au Pairs, Governesses & Tutors?

An au pair is someone who fetches, looks after and assists a child or children in completing homework, projects and study for exams. This is also someone who guides, supports and loves your child to the best of their ability. An Au Pair is usually between the ages 0f 18 to 30 and it ...
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How to be the best Step Parent

The 101 On Step Parenting: This type of role cannot be avoided especially when the child is under your roof/care 50% of the time. Your partner's child becomes apart of your life and often, you will make decisions with them in mind. But there's no denying that there are set ...
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An Alternative Online Course to Au Pair Training: Be different

Are you an Au Pair, Nanny or Tutor? Are you desperately looking for work but don’t know how to make yourself standout and make yourself that attractive candidate? Or are you a mom looking to foster a stronger, healthier relationship with your child? Nowadays, with everyone having similar qualifications and levels of experience, it ...
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Understanding family dynamics: do’s and don’ts as an Au Pair or Nanny

As an au pair, nanny or tutor, it is important to understand your family’s dynamics. Are the parents married and together or are they divorced and living separately? Having this type of information in your possession is vital when wanting to succeed as an au pair or nanny as it ...
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Au Pairs & Moms: Activities for little ones when it is raining

Little children have wild imaginations and love to get down and dirty with the glitter glue. However, it is a common thing for children to want to seek approval and recognition for their masterpiece. By getting involved in your child’s creative development, you will reap the rewards of being able ...
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How to create a mentally strong child

Raising a mentally strong child doesn't mean that they are invincible, don't feel pain or cry. It will give your child the ability to manage conflict and overcome hardships - but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It ...
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What is Epilepsy and can children get it?

This topic really hits close to home as I was diagnosed Grand Mal Epilepsy almost six years ago to date. In fact, I had a near-death experience on the 24th of May 2018, when I experienced my first gran Mal seizure, then my second and then the third - it ...
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Let’s throw Confidence around like confetti

One of the biggest issues that children face today, apart from bullying, anxiety etc, is a lack of confidence. Confident is one of the most important concept to grasp, especially from a young age, as is serves as a foundation for any healthy relationship and effective decision making ability later ...
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How to create an allergy-free lunchbox for your child. Advice for Au Pairs, Nannies & Moms

Nowadays there are so many things to consider before packing our little ones a school lunch for the day. Some of these factors include practicality (will the lunch box item make other items sticky) and allergies (we have to keep in mind that other children may be allergic to certain ...
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Do I hire an Au Pair or Nanny?

It is all dependant on you, your needs, your financial capabilities and your schedule. If you are a parent who works from home or has flexi hours at work, then you probably won't need an au pair but rather a nanny (someone to look after the children when you aren't ...
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How to decide which Au Pair Agency to go with

Are you an au pair or family who have decided to take that big leap to ask for the help of an au pair agency to find you your dream job or candidate? Here is everything you need to consider beforehand: Do your research on the Au Pair Agency It ...
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What you need to know about Basic First Aid Training

What is First Aid? First Aid is when help is given to an injured or sick person, who requires medical attention, until the Paramedics arrive.  For minor injuries and conditions, applying first aid may be enough. However, for more serious and pressing injuries, first aid will not suffice but should ...
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Don’t react, respond

Don’t react, respond. How to manage conflict Have you ever found yourself in a position where you should have responded to your partner but instead, you reacted? What I mean by this, is that often when we express our dissatisfaction with something in our relationship, there is a fifty percent ...
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The Ins and Outs of The Coaching Profession

As society develops and technology advances, the need and desire to enter into a Life Coaching Profession has become far greater than anyone would have anticipated. Here is some information you should consider before qualifying as a Life Coach; Firstly, let's define what a Life Coach is: A Life Coach ...
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What is Au Pair Training?

What is an Au Pair and can you provide me with more details about Au Pair Training? An au pair is someone who fetches, looks after and assists a child or children in completing homework, projects and study for exams. This is also someone who guides, supports and loves your ...
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Reasons Why Children Need Healthy, Balanced Meals

A balanced diet is key to healthy eating habits because it provides children with the nutrients they need to grow. Many children and families today have busy schedules. These make it hard to sit down to eat homemade meals every day. Many children’s diets consist of a lot of convenience and takeout food such as ...
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The Big Move – What To Expect From Your Child When Immigrating

The Big Move Immigration is a good thing. We should make that as easy as possible. -Gary Johnson   In today's shrinking world, job loss, promotions, and transfers are forcing some families to move frequently, across town, across the country and even around the world. These moves can be quite ...
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Stressful But Successful Sleepovers

Sleepovers can be a daunting hurdle to overcome, especially for first time parents. Here are some hints and tips to help you manage that big day. Sleepovers have proven beneficial for most children as it creates a sense of independence, an increased level in trust in both you and your ...
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My Top Sweet Treat Places In Jo’burg

Top Sweet and Treat Places in Johannesburg For those of you who know me inside out, you'll know that for me to say I have a slight sugar addiction, would be a serious understatement. See, from the time I could raise my hand to my mouth, I looked for every ...
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Has negative energy taken over your life?

Say No To Negativity! I don't know about you guys, but negative energy is a serious 'No no" in my books. The reason is, I find that there is so much negativity that transpires in our day-to-day lives and the world in general, that I prefer to have a more ...
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Warning: Your emotions could be affecting your decisions

As I sit here typing this blog post, I find myself wondering how many people will actually read it, and an even better question yet, how many will actually care? But, staying true to form and I'll say bugga it and carry right on. As the darkness swallows the last ...
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Wine And Dine – Date Night Ideas In Johannesburg

At That Sassy life coach, We sincerely believe in balance, in fact, without balance, one cannot function. It is so important to have the correct balance between work and pleasure. Too much of one thing and too little of another could be detrimental. Why not treat yourself? Below are some ...
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My Must Have Skin and Makeup Products

Okay ladies, after much interest in which skincare products I use, I decided it was time to share my skincare secrets with you. It's official, I obsessed with my skin looking happy, healthy and full of life but this isn't always possible due to economic and chemical factors. There's no ...
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Tiny Tots On The Move

Learning To Stand It's a major milestone when baby learns to pull itself up into a standing position. It's hard work but very rewarding. Why Standing is so important Learning to stand is very important as it Strengthens baby's muscles (including baby's feet, leg, hip, back, tummy and arm muscles) ...
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My Child Has Sticky Fingers: The ins and Outs

Sticky Fingers Alert! Children steal things all the time. It's normal and natural and is bound to happen at some point. Just make sure you are prepared for when it does happen. Reaction is key. Stealing is not entirely impulsive, however. "Five- and 6-year-olds are outgrowing the belief that adults ...
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Relax with That Sassy Life Coach

What Is A Tap Out? A Tap out is when you disconnect from the world around you and reconnect with yourself - to become more self-aware, relaxed and to focus on the things that we need and that are of great importance - such as family, our health and our ...
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The Distracted Generation

We live in a very high-stress, fast-paced world. Our children of today are exposed to so many stimuli, and have many ways to consume both entertainment and knowledge that often simple things, such as our children’s reading success, is at risk. In this digital age, with many distractions, it is ...
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Top 10 Child – Friendly Places To Eat

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a devote foodie. I love anything from savoury dishes to something delicious, sweet and wicked. Here are some of my all time favourite places to eat. 10. Bambanani - Melville Johannesburg "Many a frazzled parent has been rescued by Bambanani’s attentive childminders and ...
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The Horrid Things People Don’t Talk About

Do you have a past that you aren't particularly proud of? One that you wouldn't happily and openly speak about? If you did come from a happy home, you are fortunate and should count your blessings as many people, all over the world, come from volatile backgrounds and it isn't ...
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Reading – Why Parents Need To Step Up

In this digital age there are many distractions. It is now more important than ever to instil in our children a desire to read and a desire to play. Why not give them a better understanding of the impact it can have on the rest of their lives. We live ...
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The Importance Of Block Play – Specific to Grade R

What is Block Play? Block Play is when children engage, play and touch blocks.  Why Is Play Important? It helps children grow and learn It is a way of taking part in everyday life It is key to development and brain growth Children explore and become creative It is very ...
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How we can motivate our children of today

Motivation: Today's topic: Let's talk motivation. Firstly, lets define what motivation is: a reason or reasons for behaving in a certain way. Rewards: People are motivated by two things: Intrinsic rewards: is the good feeling you have when you have done a good job. Extrinsic rewards: something that is given ...
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The crippling effects of bullying and why it is so serious

What Is Bullying? Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour mainly amongst school children. This behaviour is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over and over again. It is important to stop bullying as soon as you see the warning signs for fear of having serious, long lasting problems. Types ...
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Struggling with Listening?

Listening: Our children are sensitive creatures who may be experiencing their own personal issues and as a result, this could be affecting your child's behaviour and listening skills. Is our child being bullied? Know the symptoms. We have all been there. The constant reminders, the arguing, the nagging, it's all ...
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How to live with anxiety

Let's Talk About Anxiety: Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something in particular. People with anxiety always need to be reassured of the 'known' as the 'unknown' is a trigger point for them. Master the art of persuasion and know how to talk to people. In ...
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The Art Of Persuasion

What Is Persuasion? Persuasion is the action of persuading someone or being persuaded to do something or believe something. The process is aimed at changing a person or group's attitude or behaviour towards something by using written or spoken words to convey information and feelings. In order to master the art ...
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Why Parents Should Consider A Child Coach

Why Your Child Needs A Child Life Coach: It is no secret that there are many children attending school who are struggling to cope with the daily happenings of life. These children may be suffering from daily torment from various peers, battling depression, bullying, struggling with Listening, Anxiety, hiding a ...
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