Family Life, Personal Leadership, Published Articles

Should You Leave Your Children an Inheritance?

Many parents [agree] that leaving money to children is tantamount to digging their early graves, but must this always be the case? Isn’t there a way to allow your children learn hard work and financial prudence, and make their own way in life, while enjoying the benefits of an inheritance? Read more…

Published Articles, Spirituality

Mummy, I Don’t Want Jesus to Die

My son recently said those words to me, and I was amused because he’s not the only one who has felt that way.

When Jesus told his disciples that he was going to suffer, be killed and on the third day raised to life, Peter took Him aside and began to reprimand Him. “Far be it from you, my Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”

In response, Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan!” Why? Read more…

Family Life, Health, Published Articles

What Exactly is “Dusting Powder”?

Growing up, we had regular powder which we used for our faces and sometimes our bodies. Then we had “dusting powder”; that one mothers brought out when the heat peaked, as soon as – or even before – the prickly heat rash appeared on the first little body. When pronounced the Nigerian way, “dusting powder” sounds like a brand.

What exactly is “dusting powder”?

Interview, Published Articles

5 Minutes with Betty Abah, Executive Director, CEE-HOPE

It was from Betty Abah that I first heard about schools in Makoko where students struggle because their parents cannot afford the daily school fees of N30 – N50. I interviewed her about CEE-HOPE Nigeria and the work she does amongst the indigent and vulnerable. Read it HERE.

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What We Should Know About Children and Play

Play isn’t just something children do to have fun. It is vital to their development and helps them develop essential life skills.

Growing up, even though we had school and after-school lessons, we still had a tremendous amount of time to choose fun activities by ourselves and also play with other children. We created games to play with udala/agbalumo/“cherry” seeds, made up the rules as we went along, resolved conflict between players, learnt how to compete fairly and handle losing graciously, and discovered the kinds of things that really interested us. Read more…

Health, Inspiration, Interview, Published Articles

5 Minutes with Crystal Chigbu, Executive Director, Irede Foundation

The Irede Foundation, which provides prosthetic limbs and other assistance to poor child amputees aged 0 to 18, also hosts Out on a Limb, a walk to raise awareness about limb loss in children. Executive Director Crystal Chigbu talked to me about Irede Foundation’s mission to give hope to child amputees in this interview.

Family Life, Published Articles

5 Happiness Boosters for Harried Mothers

Most mothers often feel harassed, whether they go to the office, work from home, or are full time homemakers. “Mommying” is hard work, and you never really get time off, so how can you infuse your life with joy despite the stresses of life and parenting? Read more…

Family Life, Published Articles, Relationships

What Do People Mean When They Say Marriage is Work?

It has come to my notice that single people who intend to get married have been hearing “marriage is work” for ages and yet they’re not exactly sure what the “work” is. And they’re sick of it.

I’ve decided to share a few things about what constitutes this “work” based on my experience and the experiences of people I’ve talked with about marriage over the years. Read more…

Family Life, Published Articles

Are You Your Child’s Best Friend?

We want our children to not just love us but like us too, and we want them to be able to confide in us, telling us any and everything. There’s nothing wrong with any of this, of course, but the hidden trap is that many parents in seeking this attempt to be their child’s best friend. This is a recipe for parenting disaster, because a best friend is a best friend and a parent is a parent. The roles are different.

More than friendship, your child needs you to be their parent. Read more…

Family Life, Published Articles

5 Skills I Can’t Wait To Teach My Child

For all the great work teachers do, the fact remains that the home is the first school, and parents are the first teachers. I consider the opportunity to pass on what I know to my offspring, a privilege. Here are 5 things I can’t wait to teach my little one.