Everyone once in a while, I find myself being a spokeswoman for the younger generation. This is one such occasion. For everyone’s (theirs and ours) peace of mind, balance is key. Stay safe! Continue reading We Need Some Space Please
In the midst of the disruption that COVID-19 has thrown up, it’s natural to get into panic mode. There is so much uncertainty. Our children hear and see our fears. They have theirs too. They also learn from us how … Continue reading When Life Throws Curveballs
Help our youth the truth to know… Freedom of speech is not grounds for rudeness, disrespect, and unkindness. Let’s tell them but more importantly, let’s show them. Continue reading Don’t Join Them
As we think of things we can bequeath to our children, let’s not forget to teach them to know what to do in times of crisis. In addition to whatever safety and survival tactics we have taught them, let’s teach … Continue reading The Power of Prayer
Forming relationships these days is so easy – literarily a click away. The implication is that it’s become easier for our children to associate with just about anyone, anywhere. This can be good or bad… Rather than leaving it to … Continue reading Associations Matter
If you haven’t seen the Dragons Den episode I referenced, here’s the link It’s great to note that since the disappointing news Shade and her son received on Dragons’ Den, they have successfully opened their first permanent store. For me … Continue reading I’m Sorry
Someone said to me “the last line is incomplete”. I explained that it was deliberate. Somehow I suspect that deep down as parents, we know what to do but striking that balance between being a friend and a parent is … Continue reading Should I or Should I Not?
As I stood on the stage at the Lagos Business School (LBS) on the 10th of October, talking about how parents can stem the tide of suicide and depression amongst youths, I had an “aha moment”. For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase, Oprah uses it a lot and the dictionary defines it as a moment of sudden insight or discovery. The event was the 2nd “Olashore International School Mental Wellness Initiative”, a great initiative by the school to raise awareness on the issue of mental wellness in youths. I’m not sure if it had to do with the … Continue reading Mental Wellness Matters
America’s Got Talent (AGT) is one of those shows that I find inspiring and heartwarming. The show has a way of getting my wheels churning. AGT 2019 didn’t fail to deliver on learning points for me. There were so many great acts and people with incredible stories, but one person really stood out for me – Kodi Lee who has just been announced the winner of AGT 2019 Yayyyyyyy!!! Kodi! Kodi!! Kodi!!! You know even if Kodi Lee hadn’t been officially announced the winner, the impression he’s made on me is one I’m unlikely to forget in a long time. … Continue reading Nurturing Your Kodi Lee!
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself having different conversations with young boys/men between the ages of 15 and 24. While the conversations have cut across diverse topics, I’ve observed a common thread that is giving me quite a bit of concern. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of these boys to open up and have “deep” conversations. It was almost as though they just needed to exhale, and I allowed them to do just that. I believe what helped was that I offered them a safe space free of judgment and shaming. … Continue reading When Boys Have Daddy Issues
The summer holiday has been quite interesting. I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with various teenagers across that age spectrum from different backgrounds (rich, poor, middle class). We’ve had some pretty engaging conversations – from fashion to dating to exam malpractices. One thing that’s kept the wheels in my brain churning, is how differently the views of a significant number of these teens and young adults, on some key matters, are from parents. While I understand that their prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain that helps people make rational decisions) is not fully developed till probably age 25, I still can’t … Continue reading What’s Wrong With ‘Sharing’?