My 8-year-old can be really “forgetful”. I seem to have to always remind him to flush after using the toilet. If you send him on an errand from the sitting room to the bedroom, he will most likely come back empty handed. I have lost count of all the things he “forgets”. I guess what is most worrying is “forgetting” what he has learnt in school.https://9ijakids.com/?p=13514Read more
Imagine what life will be 15 years from now with all the innovations and advancements as well as uncertainties. One thing is crystal clear: A career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) offers so much for our children; opportunity, the chance to shape our world and job stability in an increasingly tech-focused marketplace.https://9ijakids.com/12-interesting-stem-facts-every-parent-must-know/Read more
Countdown to Valentine Day has started. I look at my son who is just 10yrs, and valentine currently means little or nothing to him. I know in a few years he will join the ‘Valentine Love Train”. I can’t help but wonder about his future girlfriend/spouse. This thought sometimes frightens me because apart from accepting Jesus as His Lord and Saviour, this is the next most important decision he will make that guarantees a good and happy life. I want above all for it to be the right decision. With increasing rates of divorces, spouses killing each other, depression, dysfunctional homes and children, I am scared.Reahttps://9ijakids.com/my-sons-future-valentine/d more
No matter your political belief, the elections are a big deal. And chances are that your child has begun to hear or notice posters, slogans, T-shirts and even news coverage. Election Day is a great opportunity to teach kids how voting works and why it’s important for everyone to have a say when it comes to important issues like this. As parents, it’s part of our responsibilities to teach our children that voting is not just a right; it is a responsibility, and everyone must participate in it.Readhttps://9ijakids.com/the-race-is-on-what-your-child-can-learn-from-the-elections/ more
It’s the beginning of the year and chances are that your last Nanny/Domestic Help went home for Christmas with the promise to come back. Fast forward 3 weeks later and she is not yet back. So, it’s back to getting a new help – another addition to your “To do list”.https://9ijakids.com/?p=12696
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…)
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…)
“Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well” –
Words can be extremely damaging, and what may seem like an offhanded remark to our children in an annoyed moment can cause serious emotional repercussions for children down the line. Children can often push even “a Saint” to their breaking point. I’ve been absolutely floored by what I’ve heard parents say and do that severely affect their children. It is not an easy task, but we need to make more conscious effort to MIND OUR LANGUAGE with our children.
Below are the 10 things I believe parents should NEVER say or do to their children, if they want to ensure their children grow up as healthy, happy, balanced, self-reliant, self-confident, and self-loving as possible:
As summer holiday ends, children get ready to go back to school. Yes, going back to school comes with mixed feelings for the kids but nonetheless it is an exciting time for them too as they look forward to entering the next grade level, seeing their friends and meeting new people. On the side of every parent, it can also be a time of relief as well as a time of fear of unforeseen circumstances or dangers. By introducing your children to some basic back to school safety tips, they become better equipped as they enter this new school year with the knowledge and skills to ensure their own safety even in your absence. (more…)
If you have a toddler who is just starting school, then this is for you. For every parent, the first day your child goes to school be it day-care, preschool or kindergarten, I can tell you how it feels just before you start feeling it really because I have been there, I have done that as well. It can be fraught with mixed feelings of excitement, nervousness, anticipation and even some sadness (for both of you). Especially the feeling of Releasing your child on their first day of school after you have raised them through four tiring years to the hands of unfamiliar teachers. If you are in this position next week, this one is for you. (more…)