Parenting Lessons From An African Tribe

By Daniel Udechukwu As a parent, how do you react when your child offends you? Do you correct with love or punish to make a statement? The story below from an African tribe will give you quite a lot to think about. It goes thus: In Africa, there is a tribe where the birth date of a child is calculated from the day the child was just a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree by herself and she listens until she can ...
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Little African Girl At Wooden Fence With Thumbs Up.

How African Societies Protect The Innocence And Magic Of Childhood

By J.C Ntala There is a new boy in my daughter’s class. He told her a thing or three that resulted in us having to have ‘the chat’ at bedtime last night. “Was Father Christmas real? What about the Tooth Fairy? The Easter Bunny? The Easter Monkey?” She wanted to know and know immediately. Now without boring you about what particular beliefs my family holds there were two things that were foremost in my mind. How do I handle this transition of knowledge without losing some of the magic that is held within it? How do I help her appreciate ...
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Woman Forces 14-Year-Old Daughter To Have Sex With Man To Pay Off Debts

A 30-year-old woman in Malaysia had been arrested for allegedly forcing her teenage daughter into prostitution, local media reported on Monday. The mother, who resides in Sarawak state, was “trying to pay off her debts” by forcing her 14-year-old daughter to have sex with a man, the Star Online reported. “The mother forced her 14-year-old daughter to have sex with a man in order to pay off debts,” Police Chief, Dev Kumar, told The Star Online, He added that the girl was raped three times in a hotel. Kumar said the man paid more than 200 dollars to the karaoke ...
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The Tenets Of Good Parenting

“Give me one word that comes to your mind when I say ‘parenting,’” I said to a friend. “Love,” He responded. “Give me another word,” I demanded not quite satisfied with the first answer.  “A call to duty,” he quickly added. “Because the wellbeing and fate of that child lies wholly on how much parental love and care he receives,” he concluded. And that’s absolutely correct. In all honesty, parenting is quite a complex, multitasking but a fun-filled endeavour. It is a life-long exercise full of emotions, duties and responsibilities. It all starts when a couple decides to have a ...
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