How To Raise Successful Children without Over-parenting

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

Confused…What do I do?

“What do I do? I’m confused, heartbroken and wondering where I went wrong! Help!…what do I do?” This was a distress call I got from a mother after she read my last blog post on Back To School tips. I have gotten her permission to share a bit of her story because I believe there are lessons to be learnt. To protect the identities of the people involved, their real names have not been used. Mr. & Mrs. Ola-Benson, a middle-class couple with 3 children, had worked hard and sacrificed to be able to send their children to University in the UK because … Continue reading Confused…What do I do?

Caitlyn Jenner and the world we live in today

I tried to hold myself back for a while about this whole Caitlyn Jenner saga and the legalizing of same sex marriages in America. But honestly I realize that “if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything”. Let me start with the anger that sprung up in me reading that Caitlyn Jenner had been listed number 7 of the top most influential women in the world by BBC. If I may ask what exactly has been her (his) influence? Encouraging a sex change at the age of 66? How is this something that has been deemed … Continue reading Caitlyn Jenner and the world we live in today

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These are very interesting times to be a parent! The world is changing so fast!! Access to information is at the click of a button…. the distinction between what is acceptable behavior, what is right or wrong is becoming more blurry…. our children at whatever age are increasingly getting exposed to any and every topic Same sex marriage…premarital sex… alcohol… drugs… faith & religious beliefs… and they have questions. Questions that can be thought provoking and sometimes leave you in shock and speechless. Our children are smart, studying and discussing issues in primary 1 that I honestly don’t recall coming … Continue reading Information Upgrade Required