What We Wish Our Parents Knew

As some of you may already know, RAVE (the organization that powers this blog) has over the past few years been conducting anonymous surveys among teenagers & emerging adults (ages 13 to about 22) on various issues they wish they could discuss with their parents but for one reason or the other, have not been able to do so. While a lot of the responses have been quite eye-opening, about 86% of the respondents said they didn’t bother discussing the issues with their parents because their mum or dad either felt awkward about having certain conversations, was overdramatic, overly spiritual … Continue reading What We Wish Our Parents Knew

How Prepared Is Your Son For The Road Ahead?

While the girl child empowerment has been going on, not much attention has been paid to the impact this has on the boy child. With the emerging breed of successful hardworking female entrepreneurs and the rising number of women being given seats at the table in the corporate world, it is important that we intentionally help our sons develop the skills and maturity needed to co-exist with the 21stcentury female whether in the business arena or on the homefront. Enjoy watching this episode of “Wake Up Nigeria” where we discuss the role a mother should play in preparing her son … Continue reading How Prepared Is Your Son For The Road Ahead?

Fostering The Father-Daughter Relationship

The quality of a father-daughter relationship plays a vital role in her journey to adulthood and influences her outlook to life generally. How a father treats his daughter usually has an effect on her relationship with other men throughout her teenage and adult life. A daughter looks to her father for affection, respect, and affirmation. Where she gets this in healthy doses from an early age, she will usually expect the same type of treatment from other males in her life and it highly unlikely that she would tolerate men who treat her disrespectfully or abusively. If, on the other hand, she … Continue reading Fostering The Father-Daughter Relationship

My Dad – My ATM

As we get ready to celebrate another Father’s Day, I find myself thinking about conversations we’ve had and particularly about the fact that you think I only see you as an ATM. To be honest dad, I can see why you would think so since most of our conversations revolve around money. It’s either money for school fees, pocket money or to buy this or that. As I tried to think of how I could change this notion, it hit me that you were right after all. I do see you as my ATM. The only problem dad is that … Continue reading My Dad – My ATM

“Difference” – Not Grounds For Disrespect

The video clip of the Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris struggling to read a speech in Kano went viral a few weeks ago and caused quite a rumpus. There were allegations that the video was “doctored” to make the IGP look bad but some swear that what went viral was what really happened. In this era of fake news and with technology making it possible to manipulate images it’s getting harder to know what to believe. But my focus today is not on fake news – that is a topic for another day. I was ruminating over the … Continue reading “Difference” – Not Grounds For Disrespect

Respect…Still In Fashion!

No matter how technologically advanced the world becomes, there are still some time-tested values that stand true online and offline. Just as we teach young children the importance of knocking on doors and waiting for a response before invading peoples space; the need to understand their body parts and how to protect themselves from predators; the importance of asking for permission before taking what doesn’t belong to them, we must remember to teach children a key ingredient of healthy relationships – RESPECT! Respect for others, respect for boundaries and a healthy dose of self-respect are values our children should imbibe from … Continue reading Respect…Still In Fashion!

Another Addiction – Should We Be Worried?

Over the past few weeks especially following the BBC News Africa documentary on codeine abuse in Nigeria, a lot of focus (rightly so) has been on the drug and substance abuse. With each passing day the stories of what some youths allegedly sniff, ingest or do to get high, sounds more and more bizarre – from “vodka eyeballing” to “lizard dung”. While some of these stories may sound totally unbelievable, it is important that we continue to pay attention and have conversations with our children about the menace of drug and substance abuse and how they can stay safe. My … Continue reading Another Addiction – Should We Be Worried?

BBC News Africa – Sweet Sweet Codeine

In Nigeria, thousands of young people are addicted to codeine cough syrup – a medicine that’s become a street drug. The Nigerian senate estimates that 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states – Kano and Jigawa. But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria’s students? BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Published by BBC News Africa on May 1, 2018.   Continue reading BBC News Africa – Sweet Sweet Codeine

How To Potty Train In Three Days Without Losing​ Your Sanity

I’d like to thank Dhanya who blogs on Parenting Passage for contributing this infographic. As a parent, certain things can tick you off very fast. For example, toilet training. It is definitely not a walk in the park. It can easily dishearten you because it’s a tedious task that lasts a few weeks or a few months. This infographic will definitely make things less complicated for you! Here is how you can potty train your toddler in just 3 days:   For a more detailed post on this infographic and other potty training tips, please visit Parenting Passage. Continue reading How To Potty Train In Three Days Without Losing​ Your Sanity

In Case Of Emergency

About a week ago, there was a story in the media about an 8-year-old boy in Abuja, Nigeria who allegedly committed suicide because he was losing a game he was playing with his siblings. According to one of the versions I read, the boy was said to have been playing a game with his siblings and got angry because he was loosing. He then went into the room, got a skipping rope and hung himself. The story went on to state that his younger siblings watched him hang himself but because they had seen it done on television a number … Continue reading In Case Of Emergency