From the Ed­i­tor

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

I THINK EV­ERY SINGLE ONE OF US with tweens or teens has had that con­ver­sa­tion. The one where we tell our chil­dren to be care­ful how they present them­selves on­line; that it is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to erase some­thing off the In­ter­net; that they shouldn’t post some­thing they wouldn’t be com­fort­able for their gran to see; and how peo­ple use Face­book, In­sta­gram, etc to search and find out info about peo­ple – so they need to think and re­think be­fore they post.

That’s all very sound ad­vice, of course, but we shouldn’t just be lec­tur­ing our chil­dren, but our­selves too….

I found Sophie Baker’s ar­ti­cle on ‘shar­ent­ing’ fas­ci­nat­ing. We are all shar­ents – par­ents who share pics and info about their kids on so­cial me­dia – to some de­gree, but I found our experts’ in­sights into the neg­a­tive im­pact this could be hav­ing on our chil­dren, now and in the fu­ture, re­ally thought-pro­vok­ing. So­cial me­dia gives fam­i­lies a whole new set of chal­lenges (and lots of joy too!) and we are all fairly new to the game, whether we are 15 or 50, so it is good to get info like this that helps us make smarter de­ci­sions. Turn to page 66, take a read, then share it with your child’s dad, granny, aunt and god­mother too.

At Good House­keep­ing, shar­ing smart info is al­ways our goal – and this is­sue packs a help­ful punch when it comes to ev­ery­thing from what to wear when the weather warms up (page 44), how to make trou­ble­some hair be­have (page 42) and wal­let-friendly Bant­ing meals (page 92) to cre­at­ing pass­words not even the savvi­est techie can crack (page 85).

You’ll also find 101 smart tips on how to clean, sort and or­gan­ise ev­ery room in your home (page 113). Our as­sis­tant ed­i­tor, Vicki Sleet, has clev­erly bro­ken down tasks into doable time-spe­cific chunks, so you can fit them in and around your busy sched­ule. But you have to prom­ise me that be­fore you get spring-clean­ing and sort­ing you’ll read the ar­ti­cle Let it Go (page 70! It shines a bright light on per­fec­tion­ism – and points out that per­fec­tion­ists are of­ten the big­gest pro­cras­ti­na­tors. I know a lot of you will be able to re­late to that. So, set aside some time to tidy, but aim for ‘good enough’ not ‘per­fect’ – it’s a much health­ier goal (and you’ll ac­tu­ally get stuff done!), plus not be­ing overly fussed will make you and your fam­ily hap­pier too.

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