Pregnancy gives me energy!

When you visit the hospital on an ante-natal day, of course you would see women in various stages of pregnancy waiting to go through their routine check, but if you take a closer look you would see that their faces tell the story of their experiences. Motherhood is a journey which starts at pregnancy. And the experience is not exactly the same for all women; even each pregnancy experience is not the same for a mum. Every baby comes with its own story, as we often say. From my experience…

Read More

More than 100,000 children die from cancer daily

  Many years since it has been identified as one of the deadliest medical conditions the world has seen, cancer remains so potent that it is now responsible for the deaths of thousands of children across the world. This was revealed last Wednesday by the founder and president of Children Living with Cancer Foundation (CLWF), Dr Nneka Nwobi during an event commemorating the International Day of Children Living with Cancer for 2018. At the event titled ‘Colors of Hope Sit Out’ and held at Relate Africa in Lagos, Dr Nwobi,…

Read More

Police, please arrest my son!

I was doing school runs one morning and after I had watched my son walk into the school building, I went to the admin office to discuss some issue with the head teacher. I waited for a while as she scolded a pupil in upper primary class who had been reported to her for misbehavior, “I will call Police for you”, she threatened. “No, not police, it’s the army I will call to come and carry you away! Do you know the army?” She asked and the boy nodded as…

Read More

Letter to mom on valentine’s day

I found this piece of love note written by Sarah Skinner to her mom ( of blessed memory). She says, “Love from mom is one of the best things a girl can ever have.” I hope this little piece inspires us to build loving relationships with our daughters – our kids. Enjoy! Dear Mom, Happy Valentine’s Day! I just wanted to let you know that no matter how old I get, I won’t stop finding special ways to let you know how much I love you, and I will try…

Read More

Surviving in women’s world

From time immemorial, men, in a typical African society, are known for taking tougher jobs due to the responsibility they are saddled with, while women take the less tough jobs like subsistence farming, cooking, and laundry work. However, the tune seems to have changed, as a good number of men are now treading where women are supposed to be. They are now seen dominating the centre stage of women’s job role like catering, hair-making, frying bean-cake e.t.c. Emmanuella Lekwauwa writes   The rising unemployment rate, perhaps forced many men, mostly…

Read More

As a mum, do you hand up or handout?

Children are born naturally desiring to have all their needs met, all the time. When a child cries we ask, ‘What do you want?” and they are always so glad to tell us to go get the moon, and minutes later they have had enough of it and want something else. Kelly Nault is one of the mums who have inspired me with her ideas on good parenting. She co-parented two blind brothers for seven years. When describing them she often stated that when they weren’t bouncing off the walls,…

Read More

Necessary checks for domestic staff

A working mom would always need a helping hand and most time we open our doors to total strangers because our family and friends are not always available to give us the kind of help we need – ‘necessary evils’ we call them. I have had my own fair share of keeping strangers in my home; most were experiences I would rather not recount. A colleague who is a single mom needed to engage someone to pick up her kid from school and stay with her till she gets back…

Read More

How to deal with children’s fear

Being a little person in a big world can be scary, but some kids are just a little more frightened than others. My 5-year-old daughter is one of them. She won’t enter a dark room by herself. She still talks about the horror of Disney World’s Seven Dwarves Mine Train, a ride so cool many little kids wait hours for the privilege of experiencing it more than a year after riding it. She didn’t go down the big slide at our favorite park until after her fifth birthday; her 2-year-old…

Read More

Lessons for kids from divorced family

Theresa Ajewole, educationist, counsellor and mother of four, definitely did advocate for couples to divorce or give up easily at the slightest sound of argument or differences. In a chat with ELIZABETH OGUNBAMOWO, she emphatically told New Telegraph that sometimes divorce is unavoidable. And when it happens, it might not necessarily have negative impacts on the children     According to her, there are actually lessons one can learn from the consequence of such decisions. “I have a friend who was in such situation, it affected her two children but…

Read More

Do we give our kids too much praise?

Praise is a good thing and we mums are good at giving loads of it to our kids. How do we know when to hold back a bit? I found this piece from jw.org tilted, ‘How to Praise Children’ it shares some useful ideas on how we can praise our children without overdoing it. ‘Some people say that it is impossible to give your child too much praise. Others claim that constant praise will spoil your child and make him feel entitled, as if the world owed him something. Besides…

Read More