Going by the news one hears of the various issues (drugs, depression, suicide, cyber-bullying…) our children are increasingly exposed to, the need to ensure that they are equipped to “do life” successfully is becoming more and more apparent. Beyond academics, parents and educators need to be more deliberate about empowering children, teenagers and young adults with core values & life skills that they need to safely and successfully navigate the different phases of life online and offline. In this free eBook (my very first – yayyyyy!!!) I share tips on how parents can start having age-appropriate conversations with their children … Continue reading Drugs & Substance Abuse – A Naija Parents Guide To Having The Talk
“Curiosity killed the cat”. I can’t count how many times I heard that proverb as a child. It was either as a reprimand for trying to stick my nose in other peoples business or for asking questions that were considered well beyond my years. I can tell you though, that I heard it sufficiently to conclude that “it does not pay to be curious”. Taunts like “amebo” or “poky poky” further drove home that message. However the “last nail in the coffin” was when in a room full of 10/11-year-old, my science teacher who I guess must have been frustrated with … Continue reading Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?
“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.” Bill Hewlett It’s our Creativity and Innovation Month and we are super excited to share some of very inspiring stories with you of children and youths who are using their talents and skills to make an impact. RAVE has also decided to dedicate this month to celebrating Young Creators & Innovators. Thanks to social media, a host of youngsters have contributed to providing a palliative for depression and some other mental health issues through … Continue reading Inspiring Creativity & Innovation In Our Children
This is the first in our celebration of Young Creators & Innovators. You would be inspired by how young people are using their imagination, skills & talents to do amazing things. Today we celebrate Emmanuella 🎉. Her comedy skits are just what you need to laugh off the stress of the week and launch into the weekend. Remember… nurture your child’s creativity. RAVE Et Al works with parents, schools and government by providing relevant capacity building programs for children/teens and young adults in the area of values, life skills and digital citizenship education. Our programs equip the younger generation … Continue reading RAVE Celebrates Young Innovators & Creators – 01
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
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
Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause Guide our leaders right Help our youth and truth to know In love and honesty to grow And living just and true Great lofty heights attain To build a nation where peace … Continue reading Help Our Youth The Truth To Know
Every once in a while, it’s important to just slow down from all the hustle and bustle and think about what is really important. This struck a chord. I’d like to share excerpts from a story someone sent to me purportedly shared by a very successful gentleman who had risen to the zenith of the corporate ladder… He said when he was still a manager, he was very active and rarely at home. He was making good money and providing for all his children’s need. One morning, as he was rushing off as usual, his little son was walking out of … Continue reading At The End of The Day, What Really Matters?
Happy Independence my fellow Nigerians! As we celebrate the 56th year of our independence, I’m reminded of the second stanza of our National anthem: As a parent, I definitely would love my children to attain lofty heights and would want … Continue reading 56 Years …
I found this piece by my friend – an ecstatic, proud and grateful parent, such a great inspiration and encouragement that I couldn’t resist sharing… I remember it like it was yesterday…. when my daughter’s Tutor at her Prep school … Continue reading “I remember…”
A few days ago, my husband told me about a conversation he overheard. He was on the line with someone and needed to give the man a phone number. The man having no pen with which to write asked my … Continue reading Our Words Matter