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
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?
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
Digital Intelligence (DQ) is the set of 8 must-have digital skills needed to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively. A high DQ child is smart, responsible, and future-ready! High DQ is associated with safer digital use, higher academic achievement, and greater global awareness … Continue reading What’s Your DQ?
Erica Rascon-Ramirez, a professor at the University of Essex, conducted a study which showed that children who had strict parents, were more self-confident and secure. Over 15000 schoolgirls between the age of 13 and 14 took part in the 4-year study. The study also showed that successful people had very demanding mothers. Naturally, I thought about my mum and how she raised my two sisters and I. My mum was strict! But it came from a good place and thankfully we turned out okay😊 So based on my personal experience I’d say there just might be some truth in this research and … Continue reading Strict Mothers Have Better Children (New Research)
In recent times, there has been a focus on the need to have young people in governance in the Nigerian political scene. The #NotTooYoungToRun campaign seeks to reduce the age limit for running for elected office in Nigeria and globally. While I certainly agree that an infusion of “young blood” would be a progressive move especially in view of the fact that over half of the global population is under 30 years of age, my focus is more on how as parents and educators, we can raise our children to be successful leaders. Standing on the premise that leadership is not … Continue reading Start Them Young To Lead
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
For those who’ve been asking and others who might not know, this blog http://www.parentinvestment.com is actually powered by RAVE Et Al (RAVE) a social enterprise that is passionate about equipping the younger generation with the values, attitudes and life skills … Continue reading ParentInvestment…Powered By RAVE
A lot of the time we reckon it would only take a few seconds to respond to that text…change the music playing while driving… but unfortunately, a few seconds of distraction can make the difference between life & death. Continue reading Only A Few Seconds…
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?
I realized after my last post on parenting in a digital world, that there were a few more tips to be shared so that we avoid potential technology-related accidents. Most of us have probably seen images or videos making the rounds on … Continue reading Safety Tips – Parenting In A Digital Age
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love. Here is an excerpt from the video…It’s definitely worth watching. ….But if you look at what we’ve done, if you have the courage to really look at it, you’ll see that not … Continue reading How To Raise Successful Children without Over-parenting