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
“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?
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
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?
“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
We live in a fast-paced world and the ability to think creatively and innovate are key qualities for success. Nurturing our children’s curiosity by exposing them early to new experiences has proven to be a great stimulant for creativity. Our RAVE of the month is Creativity & Innovation and we would be sharing tips on encouraging our children to think outside the box and contemplating the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” and it’s relevance to innovation in this age. We would also delve into copyright & plagiarism issues as it affects creative works & intellectual property. Do you know any … Continue reading Creativity & Innovation
Dear Dad & Mum, As we come to the end of March and our focus on leadership and critical thinking, there are a few thoughts I’d like to share with our children on leadership and I’d really appreciate your help in passing these nuggets along to them. Seeing that you obviously know your children better I’m sure you’d do a great job in paraphrasing in a way that would make more meaning to them. Something also tells me that adding a few of your thoughts on the matter may make the whole experience more worthwhile. Oh and please do me … Continue reading RAVE on Leadership
Are you raising your child to be a leader? One of the qualities of great leaders is their ability to make good choices. Choices are a fact of life and every day our children are faced with decisions to make. Let’s face it we can’t, won’t and shouldn’t make all the choices for them especially as they grow older. How can we help them sift through the myriad of information and opinions coming from their friends, teachers, family, social media… and teach them how to make well-informed choices? CRITICAL THINKING! Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned and … Continue reading Critical Thinking
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
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