With LGBTQ gaining grounds in several societies and permeating our homes through cartoons, sitcoms, reality shows and various other media, it’s important that parents have conversations with their children about same-sex attractions and relationships. Enjoy our “What We Wish Our Parents Knew” episode for the week. Advertisements Continue reading #WWWOPK E12 – I Think I’m Bisexual…
The good, the bad and the ugly of sex is everywhere! It’s talked about by almost everyone, everywhere except the most important place where the conversation should be had – the home between parents and their children. Children are becoming sexually aware and active from an increasingly young age. Being a curious generation, they are asking sex-related questions – what is pornography? When can I start dating? Do you and daddy or mummy have sex? What is sex? When can I start having sex? Having these conversations can be awkward but the earlier we start talking to our children so … Continue reading #WWWOPK E11 – I wish I could Talk To My Parents About Sex🙈
When fathers or father-figures are involved in parenting, research has shown that children tend to have fewer issues emotionally, socially and academically. Dads…Men, we need you to please get more involved. Spend quality time and have meaningful conversations with your children. November 19this celebrated as International Men’s Day globally. It is a day set aside to celebrate the positive value men bring to their families, society and the world. I did a short “shout out” to all the male positive role models out there. Keep doing what you do! Men…We need you! Continue reading #WWWOPK E10 – Father’s We Need You
”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
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
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