Category Pre-teens & Teens

Is Your Child Showing Reluctance to Learn? See 7 Ways to Change That (Part Two)

Whether it’s a child with mood swings or one who would do anything all the time to opt out of a learning situation, we all have come across children who at one point or the other, shown reluctance to learn.

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How To Help Your Children Find Their Identity

Ololade Hector-Fowobaje A major task confronting pre-teens and teens is to develop a sense of individual identity; to find answers to the questions, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where am I going?’ The search for personal identity involves deciding what is

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Tanzanian Commissioner Calls For the Arrest Of Pregnant Teenagers (See Details)

John Mongella, a regional commissioner in Tanzania, has announced that pregnant teenagers will be arrested and charged to court, local news portal The Citizen learnt. Speaking on Monday, Mongella said pregnant teenagers have a tendency to not divulge who it was that

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7 Ways to Handle Your Teenage Daughter’s Pregnancy (Part One)

Mark Wealth One thing most parents, especially mothers dread to face is the news that their teenage daughter is pregnant. As a result, you find many parents trying their ultimate best to make sure this doesn’t happen. Then she makes

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UPDATE: Remember 11-Year-Old Girl Burned with Hot Water? See How She’s Doing Now

11-year-old Jamoneisha “Jamoni” Merritt was rushed to hospital with horrific burns after her friend, Aniya Grant Stuart, 12, poured boiling water on her while she slept at a house in the Bronx, New York, on 7 August (read here). Jamoneisha was taken

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Horrible Reason 11-Year-Old Girl Was Burned with Hot Water by Friends

11-year-old Jamoneisha Merritt has been severely burned when her friends who allegedly poured scalding hot water on her during a sleepover. The stunt was reportedly part of a social media phenomenon called the “hot water challenge,” in which an unsuspecting

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7 Things You Should Let Your Child See You Do

One secret to top notch parenting, is to model the behaviors you want your child to develop.  This is a way to raise a happy and well adjusted child. Everything a parent does, has to be done with discretion and

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7 Differences Between Punishment & Discipline

The idea of punishment implies repaying someone with what he or she deserves when they do not act favorably. Discipline, on the other hand, is future-focused, always geared towards future acts. When infusing this into the ethics of parenting, it has to

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How To Stop Cellphones & Electronic Gadgets From Keeping Your Child Awake at Night

With the current rate of technological advancement, children are getting to know how to use electronic devices even better than adults some times. It is a well known fact that children are exposed to their phones, TV screens, laptop and iPad

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How to Fix Rude Teen Behavior 

Teen years are the period that most parents dread, because these are the times when your little angel becomes a little “monster”. The hormones start to kick in, they start becoming attracted to boys or girl, they are more secluded,

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5 Ways To Make Internet Use Safer For Your Kids

Matthew Imerhion The internet is the go-to spot for almost anything nowadays. On the flip side, people have also been robbed, emotionally and physically abused while others have been morally corrupted. How then do we make the Internet safe for

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Does Your Child Need A Little Dirt To Be Healthy? Find Out…

It’s not uncommon for parents to pull all the stops to keep their kids away from dirt in the bid to keep infections at bay. From preventing engaging in play activities that can make them prone to germs to the

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4 Typical Signs Your Child Is Socially & Emotionally Healthy

Social and emotional health contributes significantly to a child’s overall health and disposition. You probably know that already but guess what? There’s more. Recent studies show children who are raised with love in a home with lots of avenues for

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Signs Your Child is Sexually Active

Ameena Aliyu-Beighton For most parents, sexual education is an awkward topic to broach, yet, we cringe at the very thought that our kids may be going beyond ‘first base’. It’s important to note that at puberty, curiosity about sex is

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Sexting: Tips to Help Your Child Avoid the Menace

Ololade Hector – Fowabaje Some teenagers send sexually explicit messages to flirt with someone they like. In some cases, a girl sends an explicit photo of herself because she is pressured to by a boy and sometimes, the boy forward

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Ways to Groom Your Average Child into An A-list Student This New Term (Part 1)

Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo There is no single recipe for grooming an A-list student but research has shown that a high level of parental involvement with plenty of love and devotion would gradually turn an average child into a quite intelligent one.

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6 Simple Ways to Increase Your Child’s Attention Span

Ameena Aliyu-Beighton Experts agree that the attention span of a child can be anywhere from two to five minutes for every year in the child’s life. This means that an average 2-year-old can focus on a task for about 10

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New Study Claims Texting Adversely Affects Girls’ Academic Performance

If your teenage daughter’s school grades are dwindling, you might want to find out if she obsessed with chatting apps and help her kick the habit as a new study claims texting can affect teenage girls’ school grades, but has

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6 Things You Must Do Now to Keep Your Child’s Weight in Check

Chiomah Momah   Childhood obesity has reached an alarming proportion in today’s society, still, some parents with obese kids have chosen to live in denial. This is fuelled by ignorance and the ever busy parent who feels the need to

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Your Child’s Health: 12 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

By Renata Finholdt Even with the all-seeing eye of a parent, we can sometimes overlook the dangerous symptoms of disease. Here are some of those dangerous symptoms that should never be ignored: High fever In the case of a baby up to

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Teens Write: 3 Ways My Mum Rocks, 3 Ways She Doesn’t

Take cues to developing a healthier relationship with your child as some share top three things that thrill them about their mum and three others they wish would get thrown out of the window. NIFEMI MORONKEJI -My mum is God-fearing and believes that

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MENSTRUATION: What to Tell Your Pre-teen Daughter Before & When She Starts

By Ololade Hector-Fowobaje It’s unfortunate that many mothers don’t prepare their children for puberty with basic sexuality education. Sexuality education is essential for them to cope psychologically with the changes they will eventually have to face. Menstruation, for instance is about

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