Summer holiday equals play time with a capital P. But play doesnt always mean that a child is not learning. Experts say its important not to allow “brain slump” during the long summer holidays but does this have to mean little or no play?? So an important question for parents this summer is “How to Ensure Your Child Plays, Have Fun and Learns this Summer? (more…)
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School is out, and summer holiday is here. Teachers and students are rejoicing while parents are almost indifferent about it . Lol. It’s probably time for parents to feel exactly what teachers feel; like how do you keep children busy for two months and still remain sane?
Have you made plans for the summer holiday? If you haven’t , then you probably might be planning towards having your children glued to smartphones and TVs, binging on Netflix, or just mindlessly playing video games for hours on end.
Yes, school is finally out and the summer holidays are here. My 10yr old son is over the moon because he imagines he will sleep any time he wants, watch TV all day and do anything he wants. I laugh in “latin” – because that is far from the truth.
My friend’s 15yr old son who has just finished his IGSCE is doing an internship with my office. Like the doting mother she is, she decided to drop him off at work and pick him every day. This wouldn’t be a problem if the internship was just for a couple of days or if Lagos was a congestion free state.
Reality quickly set in that as much as she loves her son, cares deeply for his safety and worries about his inexperience of the streets of Lagos, it was not a sustainable option. She decided that PT (Public Transport) was the way forward. Did I hear you gasp? Yes, PT!
The adventure begins.
Recently, I have observed that my neighbour’s daughter doesn’t seem to care about red flags in her report sheet and her mother is constantly addressing the issue usually with screams and threats. The other time, she didn’t open her home work throughout the day and later in the day I heard her mother screaming as usual with various threats.
This “aproko” thing isn’t my thing honestly lol but that day I felt the urge to go knock but I don’t want to receive that hot Yoruba slap lol.
This year, I decided to do a survey among my friends to find out what their ideal Father’s Day gift is. The result was both interesting and surprising. Men must really be uncomplicated and women are from Venus. I expected lots of paparazzi, over the top and out of the box thinking to guess what men would really want for Father’s Day. But at last, men are indeed simple and uncomplicated beings.
Here are the top 10 things most of the men consistently said they wanted for Father’s Day:
- Freedom– undisturbed TV time, or a fully paid vacation
- Family outing – to the movies or to a restaurant
- Shaving kit
- Gadgets (for the gadget Dads)
Only two crazy dads made me laugh– one asked for an iPhoneX and the other one billion Naira (even I wanted that for Mother’s Day and didn’t get it lol)
One dad said “Anything made, written or bought by the child is just enough for me. Nothing expensive”
I’m like you don’t say… I want something expensive and OTT for Mother’s Day. I guess we women are really from Mars.
All I can say is “Thank you Dads for making Father’s Day gift an easy one for us”.
It’s been almost 25yrs since my father passed but I still remember him like yesterday. Growing up, all my major fun adventures were all with my Dad👦🏾. They might not of been as frequent as outings with my Mum 👧🏾but they were always OTT (Over the Top). I guess my Mum being the “family treasurer and accountant” was always about family fun on a budget 🤣🤣🤣🤣.
My 8year old son and his friend had both selected Boy Scouts as an after school activity since Year 1. So I was surprised when in Year 3, his friend’s Mum told me her son didn’t want to do Scouts any more. I decided to ask why. He said that there was a boy there that “teased” him a lot and made him uncomfortable. I then asked if he had reported this to his teacher – he hadn’t. The next time I saw his teacher, I reported the issue and the school addressed it immediately. His Mum didn’t know he was being bullied and neither did his teacher. He kept it to himself. (more…)