Are you in the habit of rushing to work and equally rushing home because there is so much to do both at home and at work? Ever went to bed tired ignoring so many things in the bedroom and kitchen needing your attention, only to be interrupted a few hours later by the sound from your alarm clock? Do you always leave the house with more chores needing your attention that you carry part of your makeup/shoes and scarves to the office to dress appropriately later? Do you sometimes wish you could be in two or three places all at once? Are you a mother that works? Because if you are, then you'll appreciate and understand why there is a need to talk about how hard each day is for this superwoman called the "working mom".
Working Moms Nigeria is an endeavors to help women strike a healthy balance between earning a living and maintaining a good home.
20 October 2011
08 October 2011
- Mood swings
- Memory problems
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness
- Lack of concentration
- Poor judgment
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Nervous habits (nail biting and pacing)
- Frequent colds
- Eating more or less
- Irritability or quick temper
- Loss of sex drive
- Rapid heart beat
- Inability to relax and
- Seeing only the negative.
- Take charge: take control of your emotions, environment, avoid hot-button topics, and pair down your to-do list.
- Be assertive: learn to always express your feelings in a subtle way instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise (not core values please), and manage your time better by avoiding busy diaries.
- Change the situation: if you can’t change the stressor, then change yourself by adjusting your expectations and having attitudinal re-engineering.
- Have good sex: the human body benefits from sex in so many ways, says Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. A recent research carried out by Davidson and other experts reveals that sex does the following for women.
- Relieves stress
- Burns calories
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Boosts immune system
- Boosts self esteem
- Improves intimacy
- Reduces pain
- Strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- Enhances good sleep.
07 October 2011
We at working moms will like to say congratulations to them as they step into this new phase of their lives! We have no doubt that Dakore will be a good mother to her kids because she has been consistent in doing good as a woman.
Welcome to Motherhood our sweet Dakore! Congratulations to the Egbuson's and Akande's families.
05 October 2011
Heard about 'Pushy Parents' before? May be among teachers, this term may not be a new one. This is a new one I got from Yahoo, tales of pushy parents barging their way into school, to berate Sir or Miss over little Lara’s syllabus.
Moms pack indomie for their kids school lunch, to flout the healthy eating rules set by the school.
But while most of us would hope to behave rather better when it comes to dealings with our children’s teachers: are we really giving the profession our full respect?
Top Lagos educator, Mrs Edna Obaze points out that "parents non involvement in their children's education is one of the problem the school face today. Parents need to discuss the progress of their kids with the teachers but some of them never show up for a whole term".
Top American teaching guru, Ron Clark points out: “Today, new teachers remain in our profession for an average of just four and a half years, and many of them list ‘issues with parents’ as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel.”
Bottom line is that we need to let parents be parents and let teachers be teachers. A pressing issue is the loss of teacher autonomy in the classroom.
Whether it’s outright hostility or a loss of respect, many teachers would say it’s not just the pupils who need lessons in how to behave – and parents too might benefit from a few dos and don'ts.
So, here are the Top ten things teachers want parents to know:
1. Be involved
Yes, teachers do want parents to get actively involved. But that doesn’t mean thinking you know better when it comes to curriculum decisions, or what marks to give your oh-so gifted offspring.
What it does mean is more than just turning up to parents’ evenings. As one teaching website notes: “Parent involvement helps students learn, improves schools and helps teachers work with you to help your children succeed.”
So keep communication lines open, checking in every so often to raise any questions you may have. If possible, volunteer to help occasionally – or ask the teachers if there is anything you can do at home.
2. Check up on your children
No, we don’t mean follow them to school disguised in a bouffant and funny glasses. But do look at their timetables and go through their folders with them regularly – so they know you’re on top of what they should be doing.
And read every letter and report that’s sent home with your child. Which leads us to…
3. Be organised
You can’t be expected to know about the letter you need to sign if it’s crumpled in the bottom of Chioma’s bag, among the empty biscuit pack and broken bits of pencil. Establish a routine where your child clears out their bag nightly so you get any important letters and homework doesn’t disappear into the black hole.
4. Homework’s for kids
There’s a fine line between helping and taking over. It’s important to review your little one’s homework, but if he or she gets an answer wrong don’t just tell them the right answer – help them understand why.
Teachers on parentdish.co.uk note: "Homework is for children not parents - if it's really beyond their capabilities let the teacher know."
5. Let your child make mistakes.
Teachers don't want perfect students, they want students who try hard. Don’t get caught up in thinking every assignment has to be perfect. It’s important for teachers to see where a child is going wrong, so they can go over material again.
6. Don’t leap on the defensive.
Remember, teachers are usually in the job because they want to teach – not because they’re out to get you/your child.
So if you’re told there is a problem with your child’s behaviour, don’t jump to their defence – listen to what the teacher has to say. As one quips: "Don't automatically believe everything your child tells you and, in turn, we won't believe everything they say about you!"
7. Don’t talk negatively about a teacher in front of your child.
US teaching guru Ron Clark points out: “If your child knows you don't respect their teachers they won't either, and that will lead to a whole host of new problems.”
8. Manners are important.
As one teacher on teachers’ website educationworld.com points out: “As much as I treat all students equally, the child who remembers to say ‘thank you’, ‘please’, ‘excuse me’ is thought of more fondly.”
9. If the teacher is doing something right, let them know.
Buck the trend and send an email or call when your child enjoys a class event, or says something nice about their tutor. It can make all the difference. And if you’re really pleased, why not let the head know?
10. If they’re doing something wrong, don’t overreact.
If there’s something you’re not happy about, speak to the teacher first rather than going straight to the head/head of year.
As one teacher wryly says: "If you've got a problem, come and see me first, going straight to the head is just rude. Next time I have a problem with little Johnny and your parenting I'll ring your boss and see how you like it." I am guilty of this particular one, I just reported my son to the head of school today although I didn't mean to disrespect is teacher. We learn everyday, don't we?