”Why can’t my parents just give me my privacy!🙄 Underneath what comes across to our children as an invasion of privacy are 2 issues – Fear & Trust, both of which are key ingredients for fostering strong and healthy relationships with our children. Please share your thoughts & experiences. What We Wish Our Parents Knew #WWWOPK is powered by RAVE Et Al… Championing The Building Of A Society Where Success Is Driven By Values Continue reading #WWWOPK E9 – I Want My Privacy!
Sometimes we get so upset with our spouse or ex that all we want to do is vent…which is okay as long as we are not venting to the wrong person or people. In this episode of What We Wish Our Parents Knew (WWWOPK) we discuss this response to our survey that we got from a 16-year-old boy. ‘’I would want my mother to know I don’t care about her relationship with my dad…STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR MISTAKE MOM!” I remember thinking to myself when I first read this, “rather insensitive & harsh” but as I pondered on the comment I … Continue reading #WWWOPK E8 – Stop Complaining Mom!
“I feel extremely insecure and do not like it when people make some inappropriate comments about being fat or overweight.” Children with insecurity issues are more vulnerable to forming unhealthy relationships, being bullied, negative peer pressure and generally making poor choices. A healthy self-esteem is essential in this day and age. #WWWOPK is powered by RAVE Et Al… Championing The Building Of A Society Where Success Is Driven By Values Continue reading #WWWOPK E7 – Insecurity & Body Shaming
Help! I’m 15 and I’m being blackmailed by my friend who has my nude pictures. Continue reading #WWWOPK E6 – Sexting & Sextortion
October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy and the theme for 2018 was “Young people and mental health in a changing world” For the focus to be on Young people and their mental health, it means this must really be an issue in this age. We also get a couple of “I am depressed”; “I am sad always”; “I feel dejected” responses when we conduct our anonymous #WWWOPK survey. What can parents do to help their children appropriately manage their mental health? This program is powered by RAVE Et Al … Continue reading #WWWOPK E5 – Am I Too Young To Be Depressed?
It would appear that parents are getting more liberal about allowing their children follow their passion and choose careers that make them happy as against more traditional career paths. However, judging by the number of times the issue of children being scared to broach the issue of the career they’d really like to pursue comes up, it’s clear that this is still a sore point. We get so many variations of this issue when we conduct our anonymous WWWOPK (What We Wish Our Parents Knew) survey – I want to be a model – not a lawyer; I want to … Continue reading #WWWOPK E4 – Parents…Children…Career Choices
Today is World CP Day and it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to celebrate my friend Nnonye Nweke the proud mother of Chizimuzondu (Zimuzo). Nnonye’s story is simply inspirational! Chizimuzondu was adopted as a six-day-old baby. She gave so much joy to her mother (still does) Nonye, who adopted because she did not have a baby of her own but says she had so much love to give. However, she noticed after a couple of months that Zimuzo was not achieving her developmental milestones. Nnonye’s concern was dismissed by a doctor with a wave of the hand; ”Some babies are naturally … Continue reading Celebrating Nnonye on World CP Day
Apple recently announced the new IOS and a new range of iPhones. Although the new iPhones are ridiculously pricey, the new IOS features are pretty interesting and for some reason got me very excited to update my IOS which is very unlike me – I tend to take my time with these apple things before I update my phone and “suddenly” it starts acting up. Just a heads up to “non-apple” users, no pressure here but you have every reason to be envious of us right about now :). The most interesting feature for me is the screen time management … Continue reading Apple Is Helping Users Manage Their Screen Time
What would you counsel a teen who is feeling guilty because he/she cheated through their WAEC exams and came out with straight “A’s”? Please share your comments with us and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube chanel. WWWOPK is a platform where we discuss responses we have gotten from teenagers on issues they wish they could talk to their parents about but for one reason or the other are unable or unwilling to. We share tips on how to deal with the different issues in the event that a child actually does talk to their mum or dad about … Continue reading #WWWOPK E3 – I Cheated In My Exams & Now I’m Feeling Guilty
I am a 13-year-old boy and I am afraid that I am addicted to porn. I want to stop but I don’t know what to do. I wish I could tell my parents but I feel they would use it against me. For a child at this age to identify that he/she has a problem and consider talking to his/her parents about it is very brave and highly commendable. Let’s be honest, the risk of being stigmatized or the thought of being a disappointment to one’s parents can be really scary. It can also be heartbreaking for a parent to discover … Continue reading #WWWOPK E2- 13 & Addicted to Porn
Should an 18-year-old girl be scared to talk to her parents about dating? How can parents encourage more open communication with their children? Enjoy our very first What We Wish Our Parents Knew (#WWWOPK) discussion. WWWOPK is a platform where we discuss responses we have gotten from teenagers on issues they wish they could talk to their parents about but for one reason or the other are unable or unwilling to. We share tips on how to deal with the different issues in the event that a child actually does talk to their mum or dad about it. WWWOPK is … Continue reading #WWWOPK E1 -I Wish I Could Talk To My Parents About Dating
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