By Goodnews Buekor A child’s identity begins from the moment they are born; however, the teenage phase is a defining period. In this phase, critical decisions that will affect and shape their identities into adulthood will be made. One of such is the frequently asked question, “What will you want to be when you grow up?” Parents play a crucial role when it concerns kids’ aspirations of what they want to be. The adolescent age is where self-limiting thoughts can suffice, but the parent can help keep these beliefs in check through conversations and creating the right opportunities. These tips can help you nurture your girl to follow through with her passion Exposure Let your child see the world with her own eyes, don’t cage her. Take your kids out so they know things for themselves and form opinions about what they like. Educational Psychologist, Dr. Dion Terrelong, advises parents…
By Goodnews Buekor
“Are you silly Jane? There is nothing you do that doesn’t go wrong.
Who exactly did you take after? You are not like your father, nor like me. I wonder how I gave birth to a dullard like you.
Namibia celebrated its 4th official annual commemoration of Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day (MHHD) where different stakeholders came together with students to focus on the need to address the issues surrounding menstrual health while promoting it as a human rights issue alongside hygiene management.
By Kembet Bolton
“A LOT of young people have indulged in physical intimacy and done drugs,” wrote a teen newspaper columnist. “But you have no right to think that all teenagers do,” he continued. “A lot of teenagers don’t.”
By Miracle Nwankwo The puberty stage is very crucial in a child’s life and it may come with a bit of stress and confusion. This may be as a result of the growth that their bodies experience at the time. This stage can be very frightening if they have no one to talk or relate with. This is why, as a parent, you have to prepare them on time and be there for them when it finally comes knocking. As a child, I knew a lot of my friends who changed from who they used to be immediately puberty set in. They suddenly became uncomfortable playing with other kids whose puberty were delayed. Most girls are often unprepared for puberty, so it takes them by storm and leaves them feeling differently about themselves. With the feeling of being different, they tend to withdraw from their peers and suddenly develop the culture…
By Kembet Bolton No matter how great a parent you have been, at some point, your teenager will pull away from you and want to have more alone time or hang out with peers. While this can be heartbreaking for some parents who have sacrificed their best years to create this bond with their kids, it is a natural thing that is bound to happen and should not be taken too seriously. Needing space from parents is part of a process of self-realization for young people which help them determine who and how they’ll be as individuals and adults. In this stage, friends and peers become more important and parents seemingly less so. For parents, this can be a hard pill to swallow, but what we’ll find is that like so many parts of parenthood, this is not about us; but about our kids. As parents, we are prone to…
A few days ago, while sitting at my balcony and having a chat with Mrs. Clarie, I listened as she lamented bitterly of how her 16year-old daughter declined the opportunity to present the farewell speech on behalf of the entire graduating class. According to Mrs. Clarie, her daughter has declined several opportunities which could have brought her to the limelight due to her shy personality.