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

Drugs & Substance Abuse – A Naija Parents Guide To Having The Talk

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

Let’s Talk Self-Discipline

Wow! time sure flies!! 5 months into 2018 already. I can bet that at the start of the year many of us made resolutions, wrote our goals or simply wished for the things we hoped to achieve in 2018. Oftentimes we are very sincere about the goals we set but one thing that can thwart its realization is lack of self-discipline. This coupled with “screen addiction” leaves many of us very distracted with a trail of unrealized goals. Our RAVE core value focus for the month of May is Self Discipline and our Digizen focus is Screen Time Management. Self-discipline isn’t innate … Continue reading Let’s Talk Self-Discipline

Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?

“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?

420

When it comes to following trends, our tweens, teens and young adults are most vulnerable. 420 has over the years become a trend and that’s why we thought you should know! The liberal use of drugs by a number of our youth’s idols & role models (the rich & famous celebrities) makes the job of raising drug-free children more difficult for parents. The pressure to “belong” and feel grown up and independent is real and this sometimes drives our youths to make poor choices. Now that you know, we encourage you to open the conversation with your children or students. … Continue reading 420