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How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

How text messages and volunteer midwives are saving lives in Rwanda

When a woman goes into labour, Liberata Musabyimana always accompanies her on the walk to the health centre. Sometimes the knock on Musabyimana’s door comes in the middle of the night announcing a baby is due. Or the birth is so swift there is no time to reach the clinic. Instead, the 35-year-old farmer must […]

No Dulling in 2016: How To Protect Your Kids From Sexual Abuse

No Dulling in 2016: How To Protect Your Kids From Sexual Abuse

Ignorance is not an excuse in 2016, so read, receive enlightenment, and shun ignorance. No dulling in  protecting your off springs from sex predators who are on the increase. Here’s what you need to know…. Private Means For My Eyes Only: Start emphasising the importance of body privacy to your children from a very early […]

Building Friendships With Your Young Children

Building Friendships With Your Young Children

Several years ago, we began construction on a new church building. In the beginning, the workmen dug a big pit in the ground and then they began to pour footings. Footings are cement piers upon which the entire building rests. They are crucial to the strength of the finished structure. After the foundation hole is […]

Values Are Your Most Important Parenting Tool

Values Are Your Most Important Parenting Tool

Think of all the different things one can value, good and bad, as ways to get the acceptance and love we need: communication, beauty, vivaciousness, domination, going along with the crowd, superficiality, politeness, humor, seductiveness, honesty, sexual conquest. And any of the following and more can be thought of as ways to achieve significance: punctuality, […]

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

Eating your placenta – is it healthy or just weird?

According to one cookbook on the subject, you can mix your raw placenta with yoghurt and fruit in a blender and make a smoothie. Or add it to ground beef in a lasagna recipe. Or make chocolate truffles out of it. Dice it, slice it, sauté it with onions, dehydrate it and grind it up […]

“It’s not a women’s problem, it’s a workplace problem”

“It’s not a women’s problem, it’s a workplace problem”

Anne-Marie Slaughter was a big name in the field of public policy – former head of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and the first women to hold the position of director of policy planning when she was appointed to that position at the […]

Ignoring “gadget guilt” isn’t so simple: Here’s why we should stay worried about kids and tech

Ignoring “gadget guilt” isn’t so simple: Here’s why we should stay worried about kids and tech

It’s a debate we’ll probably never settle: How much, and what kind of, technology do we want our children to use? With parents, friends and relatives buying Christmas gifts, and the enforced downtime that comes with school vacations and family togetherness, many kids will be on cellphones and tablets and everything else for eyeball-crossing stretches of […]

Mothers and daughters; a better or a different world

I am very much a modern woman – that being at the helm of the pathways between new opportunities and old traditions. Navigating the old to the new, until they become older, and very old and not so new. Mother, wife, careerist – a citizen of Islam and of Nigeria. A person. This being my […]