Christmas is an exciting time synonymous with gifts and fun times. Often, we get carried away by the euphoria of the moment and the beautiful sights of Christmas trees, beautifully wrapped packages, decorations, series of events, fun and parties that come with the Christmas season. However, we are the blessed ones – there are still so many people who cannot afford the new clothes, the Christmas feast and can barely make ends means. Does your child realise how fortunate and blessed they are? How do we teach our children to remember those less fortunate than themselves? (more…)
Imagine a December without Christmas’; definitely not something you want to imagine. It would look like a week without Sunday or a world laced with just black and grey without the splendour of beautiful colours.
With less than 4 weeks to go, it’s time we started thinking about it. If you are anything like Christmas freak just like me, then you must have been preparing for Christmas a little bit before now and it won’t seem so overwhelming now that it’s a bit closer. What if you haven’t given it a thought or considered putting anything in place ahead? You might want to start now so you can as well have a relaxing Christmas holiday season. (more…)
Tomorrow is first of December and it will be exactly 24 days to Christmas, the most important and anticipated period of the year for me, I can’t say for anyone else lol. I have read through series of posts on and chatted with friends about what gifts they are getting for their children this Christmas. (more…)
Examination period can be a stressful time for both the parents and the child. While exams can’t measure every aspect of a child’s strengths and are not necessarily indicators of future results and aspirations, exams are however a good check to know where your child is educationally. (more…)
You receive a call from your child’s school informing you that your child has gotten in trouble for picking on/bullying others. And you would be like what? Never!!! No parent wants to hear that her child is a bully. Every parent likes to think the best of their little angels. But every child is capable of bullying. (more…)
Most children feel uncomfortable talking to their parents about sex. They would prefer to turn to their friends or media for information. However, information received from these sources can be wrong and they could be misinformed. As a parent, you are the most important educator on the subject because it’s an avenue to discuss it in light of your values. If you also think talking about sex with your kids can be intimidating, you are not alone. Parents worry that talking about sex will encourage their child to be curious and want to give a try, however, it’s better to think of the consequences (teenage pregnancy. STD, etc) of not talking to them about it. Also, studies show that teenagers who talk to their parents about sex are more likely to postpone sexual activities and use protection
The more I attend parenting and education seminars and conferences, the more amazed I am about the realities and challenges around parenting the 21st Century child. One of such issues is addiction and substance abuse (be it alcohol or drugs). Pre-teen children aged 10, 11 and 12 are sniffing fuel, bleach, methylated spirit and gum to get “high”. Yes, to get high. The recent codeine addiction issue in Nigeria was also an eye opener. These things are really happening here in Nigeria, it is no longer what we hear happening in faraway England or America and as parents we don’t have to sleep on it. Addiction is real and it’s important we start early to educate our children about it. Never say “my family is immune” or “God forbid”. What are you “intentionally” doing to prevent it?
Do you belong to the class of parents that say the kids are too young to be taught this subject matter? then you probably might be heading for a shocker. The internet makes pornography readily available to anyone at any age in any location and it makes it difficult to raise a child today. As a matter of fact, it is most likely that kids are getting a lot of their sex education through viewing porn and you will be shocked how much they know already. Scary right? that’s it. If you ever experienced how things suddenly pop up on your phone’s screen while reading through a blog post or news headlines and with just a click, it redirects you to a link with sexually explicit contents, you would understand how dangerous the internet is becoming for kids.
Do you know that any child with the right motivation can become a good learner? We often make the mistake of limiting learning to classroom, but the truth is classroom is meant to be a primary source of instruction while intellectual, social and academic growth should extend outside the walls of the classroom if we truly want to enhance a child’s desire and ability to learn. (more…)
As a parent you may want to always be present near your kid but this is not possible. There are places where your kid will meet others in your absence, for example, at school, at the place they play or even in church. It is important for your kids to observe basic safety rules.
Teach your kids these basic safety rules as soon as they are able to understand which can be as early as three years of age. Make sure you speak to your kid in an age-appropriate language. Let’s keep safe. (more…)