Oluwatoyin Ogunkanmi : A passion for purposeful parenting

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Most children are back to school and some parents are heaving a sign of relief, the fact is that whether your children are at home in school your job as a parent is never quite done. Perhaps this is why Oluwatoyin Ogunkanmi the CEO of Gleekin school supply store decided to get more parenting skills and become a parenting coach. In this piece Toyin shares some of her tips for  working mothers, please read, share and leave your comments as well.  My name is Oluwatoyin Ogunkanmi, I am a Psychologist and a parenting coach, my mission is to equip parents with the necessary […]

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Helping your child adjust to financial changes

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We are in a recession and most people are finding ways to cut costs in everywhere. One sector that has felt the effect of cost cutting  is the education sector. Some Parents are having to remove their children from expensive schools and putting them in more affordable schools. In some cases, children who attend schools in the UK or else where in “the abroad” are having to come back to seek alternatives in Nigeria. While this may not seem like a big deal, it may be a big blow to some children’s  self esteem, if not well handled. Here are […]

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Spare the rod? Lessons on child discipline

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I was at a church meeting recently where a lady came out holding her toddler with one hand and a wire (cable) in the other. She was clearly exasperated and wanted to hit her son with the wire. Someone quickly took the wire away while the mum complained about her son’s behaviour ” eh this boy will not stay in one place, he has refused to allow me carry him and is just walking about”. I looked at the boy who was about 18 months and told her “madam its his age…its difficult for toddlers to sit still for such a long […]

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Sleepover Safety

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Your children love you and ordinarily cannot bear to away from you however, as they get older they make friends and very soon you will hear requests asking to go for a sleepover or slumber party. Growing up, my Dad was not big on sleep overs and I never quite understood why. As far as I was concerned he was being a “party pooper” but as I got older I began to understand what some of his concerns may have been; like most parents, he wanted to be assured we were safe and comfortable and the easiest way was having […]

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The Journey

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“I’m Pregnant!” she announces triumphantly, and everyone rejoices. She goes to ante-natal classes to prepare for the birthing process… yet nothing and no one can prepare a woman for what will turn out to be a journey of a lifetime… the journey called parenting.I remember when I had my first child, it was surreal. I couldn’t believe that the baby lying on my chest was mine, my baby, my son, my child! I was a mother and I although I was excited, I was also a bit confused, and to be honest a little scared. I wondered what kind of […]

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Andre Agassi”s father!

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A few days ago Tennis legend Andre Agassi got inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame. I dont care much for tennis but i always know when all the major championships are being played. However, as Andre accepted the honour he made a very impressive and well thought out speech. What particularly impressed me was the way he spoke about his fathers impact on his life. I am a firm believer in the power of affirming your children through encouragment and positive words , especially since i had the priviledge of being raised by exceptional parents. Andre aged 6 with […]

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Sad Story

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  I just read this yesterday in The Guardian and it broke my heart. Another reason why parents shouldn’t fight or argue in front of the kids no matter their age. This is so tragic… read on: Quarrelling Parents Stab Baby To Death. … The Guardian learnt that the scream of the baby attracted residents and on getting to the scene they met the young baby in the pool of her blood while the parents watched helplessly. …Sources said the parents were allegedly fighting and one of them attempted to stab the other with a knife only to wound the […]

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