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Surviving A World With People Like R. Kelly

I watched the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ series yesterday. All six episodes of them. And I am traumatized. I dreamt about the man. I went to pee in the night twice and returned to continue dreaming about him, right into this morning. That guy is a soul snatcher. Ever wondered why ...

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THERE WAS A BOY

And we raise psychopaths. These are the parents who blame the government for their woes and yet can’t raise their own children to be sane, civil, courteous, law-abiding and functional individuals. My friend came to see me with her son this morning. He was a seven-year-old. At the door, I ...

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Be a friend to your child. Balance discipline with abundant love and affection. If a child sees you to be unapproachable, he or she will keep things from you, secrets that can literally destroy your child. – Manny Humanity harbours a deep, festering secret which is concealed in the dark ...

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THE DADDY DIARIES (Entry 19)

“If you’ve told a child a thousand time and he still does not understand, then it is not the child that is the slow learner.” – Walter Barbie It has been brought to my notice that I’ve not updated this series for over three months and believe me, I join ...

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ABUSE, THE NIGERIAN CHILD, AND OUR BEATING CULTURE

Say, you’re hanging out with a group of Nigerian acquaintances. It’s an auspicious evening. You talk about your life experiences in a Nigerian home, growing up. The ups and downs. The perks and disadvantages. You begin a particular tale about how you were beaten by your mother for playing with ...

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THE DADDY DIARIES (Entry 17)

“Making a child laugh is all fun and games, until they beg you to do it over and over again while you lose your freaking mind.” I like to think I’m a pretty hands-on dad. Yes, I really love to think so. I mean, have you seen me with my ...

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Chimamanda Adichie Writes: DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS

Most of us here will raise daughters someday, and when you do, it is imperative, for the good of a world that treats both men and women right and equally, to read this brilliant piece by Chimamanda Adichie and as much as possible, imbibe them in parenting. In a Facebook ...

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THE DADDY DIARIES (Entry 13)

Pick your Battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. – Xavier. Be selective in your Battles, sometimes peace and quiet is better than being right. – Xavier’s Parents. Before I became a father, I judged other parents. Yes, I did. It’s something I’m not proud of now that ...

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TO THE MOMMIES AND DADDIES

It’s that time of the year again, that day called Children’s Day, when our kids are on holiday and parents wish they were kids. To all the stressed-out parents out there, you’re allowed to kick back and have a shot of bourbon. Good luck getting the kids to bed first. ...

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THE DADDY DIARIES (Entry 12)

A quiet toddler is a mischievous one – My Mother-in-law. What you are about to read is the frustration of a mother. Oh yes, I didn’t write this one. I didn’t plan on submitting an entry for this week. I had already informed Walter. I was just too swamped with ...

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