Erica Rascon-Ramirez, a professor at the University of Essex, conducted a study which showed that children who had strict parents, were more self-confident and secure. Over 15000 schoolgirls between the age of 13 and 14 took part in the 4-year study. The study also showed that successful people had very demanding mothers. Naturally, I thought about my mum and how she raised my two sisters and I. My mum was strict! But it came from a good place and thankfully we turned out okay😊 So based on my personal experience I’d say there just might be some truth in this research and … Continue reading Strict Mothers Have Better Children (New Research)
In recent times, there has been a focus on the need to have young people in governance in the Nigerian political scene. The #NotTooYoungToRun campaign seeks to reduce the age limit for running for elected office in Nigeria and globally. While I certainly agree that an infusion of “young blood” would be a progressive move especially in view of the fact that over half of the global population is under 30 years of age, my focus is more on how as parents and educators, we can raise our children to be successful leaders. Standing on the premise that leadership is not … Continue reading Start Them Young To Lead
As I reminisce over the various stories on kindness that have been shared with me and remember the way people’s faces have lit up when I have shown them kindness, I’m more resolute to never underestimate the power of one kind deed or word because it could literarily save a life. In a busy and fast-paced world, it’s quite easy to be so preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of life that we miss plenty opportunities to make a positive difference in someone’s life. As Leo Buscaglia put it, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind … Continue reading Kindness Matters
No matter the amount of time you’ve clocked in this parenting business, one thing you’d realize is that it’s a lifetime of sacrifices! I hate to be the one to break it to you but if you’re a new parent…it never really stops – your object of sacrifice just changes. So at a time you’re giving up your precious sleep and at another time, it’s your clothes, shoes, perfumes, car, money and sleep again (with all those night moves *ahem*)…It just never ends and to be perfectly honest it can sometimes seem like all the sacrifices go unnoticed and unappreciated. … Continue reading You…Yes YOU!
“We must act quickly and take positive steps to help these children facing cyber-risks around the world, especially in ICT emerging countries.” (Dr Yuhyun Park, DQ Institute Singapore) Today, the DQ Institute, Singapore announces its inaugural DQ Impact Report, it summarizes the current state of online child safety and digital citizenship, the study which was conducted in November 2017, included 38,000 participants ages 8-12 year olds across 29 countries. The report from the DQ Institute shows that on average, 54% of 8-12 year old children in Nigeria are exposed to one or more cyber risks such as cyberbullying, video game … Continue reading Cyber risks a growing concern among over half of Nigerian Children
It seems like every time one opens the newspaper, watches the television or goes online, it’s one horrible story or the other… terrorism… suicide… rape… corruption… financial crisis and don’t even get me started about the hate speeches and insensitive … Continue reading Make Kindness Go Viral!
Our January 2018 ParentInvestment Roundtable themed “Mind The Gap: Bridging the communication gap between parents & children“, was very engaging and impactful. The candor and willingness of the participants to share their experiences made the discussions very rewarding with a lot of lessons learned. The general consensus was that the onus is on parents to ensure that the lines of communication with their children (irrespective of the child’s age) remain open. As I ruminate over the Roundtable discussions I remember a conversation I had with a young man in his early 20’s some months ago, which got me thinking. Why … Continue reading Expectations
Son: Dad, I’ve decided I want to drop out of Uni and pursue my music career Dad: Music career? What music career? Son: You know like Davido or Wizkid. I want to sing and make money dad. Dad: I see. You must be very unserious, after all the money I’ve spent on your education? Music? Are you thinking at all? Funkeeeeeeee, come and hear the rubbish your son is saying… Mum: Where are you coming from? Daughter: Out Mum: What do you mean “out”? Daughter: Out, like out mum (sounding irritated) Mum: With who? Daughter: My friends… Mum: Who are they? … Continue reading Mind The Gap
There’s something so fresh about new things. Whether it’s a new…dress…car…job… or a new year. I’m excitedly looking forward to the opportunities 2018 would present and bracing myself up to seize them all – I trust you are too? My apologies for “disappearing” for a while. In December, we got really busy with our RAVE Digizen Workshop which was super impactful. Judging by the unanimous disappointment that the 2-days were over so fast, the attendees clearly had plenty of fun learning about digital citizenship. I also learnt a lot from interacting with the children & teens. Imagine them trying to educate me on … Continue reading Fresh Starts
A 2-day interactive and hands on group coaching session on Screen Time Management, Privacy Management, Critical Thinking, Cyberbullying Management and other essential life Skills. Continue reading The RAVE Digizen Workshop
I read teary-eyed with an ache in my heart the unfortunate account of the death of 9-year-old Kamzie a JSS1 boarding student in a secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria, who allegedly died as a result of “neglect” by the school authorities. It must be heart-wrenching for her family and I pray that God will comfort them the way only He can. There’s a statement in Kamzie’s mother’s account of what happened that for some reason just keeps playing in my head “even the nurse that was on duty once chased her away that she wasn’t sick but was pretending”. As I read … Continue reading What If It’s Not Pretense?