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.

Dedicated to all the women who are juggling work and family. You too can be a part of this mind boggling experience by joining millions of ‘superheroes out there in sharing in their trails and travails. Welcome!!!

30 May 2013

Czech mother, 23, is pregnant with the country's first naturally conceived QUINTUPLETS

  • Alexandra Kinova, 23, was initially told she was having twins
  • But doctors in Prague only discovered she was carrying five babies in April
  • Will give birth by Caesarean on Sunday and wants to breastfeed the babies
  • Czech media say it will be the first set of quins to be born in the country 
A Czech woman has beaten staggering odds to become pregnant with quintuplets without using IVF.  Alexandra Kinova, 23, is due to give birth by Caesarean section on Sunday to the Czech Republic's first ever set of quins.  Ms Kinova, who already has one son, did not realise she was carrying five babies until last month

At first doctors said she was having twins but in March staff at the Prague Institute for the Care of Mother and Child said she was actually pregnant with four children. However, it was not until the following month that she finally discovered she was having quintuplets.
Ms Kinova, from Milovice, about 30 km east of Prague, told Czech news site denik.cz that she was in shock when she was told. She said: 'When we finally found a fifth head, I started to cry.'
According to local media, her children will be the country's first set of quins. The odds of conceiving quins naturally is one is several million, according to experts. The mother said both she and her partner have a family history of twins.

Ms Kinova said she plans to breastfeed her quintuplets

She said aside from four months of morning sickness, she has had few complications in the pregnancy. Ms Kinova said she has been able to sleep on her side and has not had any problems with her breathing.
And she said she plans to breastfeed all five, as she did with her first-born son.
She told denik: 'The first child I nursed for almost a year and a half and I want to breastfeed now. 'While I know that some will be on artificial nutrition.' Ms Kinova said despite the best efforts of the doctors they still do not know the sex of all the babies.
Two of the unborn babies are hidden underneath the other three - two boys and a girl, who she plans to call Daniel, Michael and Tereza.
She said: 'I very much look forward to seeing how they will look. It's a great charm, but we cannot see anything properly - only a head or legs.'
The hospital will double the number of doctors and midwives for her Caesarean.
They said they have administered drugs to help speed up the development of the babies' lungs but
they cannot be sure of their condition until they are born.

Dr Alena Měchurová, head of the hospital, said they hope that all five babies and the mother will be fine but said they cannot rule out complications.


Fmr. Works and Housing Minister and SURE-P Deputy Chairman Dies

Nigeria Has lost a good man!

Major-General Mamman Kontagora, Nigeria's fmr. Works Minister and SURE-P Deputy Chairman died this morning in the National Hospital Abuja. He has been ill in the last 5 months and has fought like a gallant soldier.

Major-General Mamman Tsoho Kontagora (rtd), a stellar soldier, a peoples General and a distinguished gentleman whose military career spanned over 35 years of service passed on.
Major-General Mamman Tsoho Kontagora was born on the 20th April 1944 in Kontagora, Kontagora Local Government in Niger State, Nigeria. He attended Central Primary School Kontagora between 1952 – 1958. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna 1964 – 1967. Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the Ahmedu Bello University, Zaria between 1967 - 1972.
He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School Monterry CA, USA and United State Army War College, Carlisle PA, USA. The brief period when Kontagora was in charge of the FCT saw a boom in construction of housing and infrastructure. He ceded a strategic plot next to the International Conference centre to the Abuja Horticultural Society to develop as a world standard park, now the Abuja International Peace Park, finally opened in 2003. He has received many awards and citations which are too numerous to mention but among which are;
  1. Award of Distinction: Nigerian Society of Engineers
  2. International Fellow, United State Army War College (USAWC)
  3. Outstanding Public Service Award: Success Digest Forum 1988
  4. First Niger State College of Education Academic State Union Award for the most outstanding Governing Council Chairman in Niger State 6th December 1995
  5. Commander of the Order of Niger (CON)
A one time Commanding Officer 11 Field Engineer Regiment Kaduna, Commander Nigeria Army Engineer Brigade (Ibadan), Commander Nigeria Army Engineer Brigade (Jos), Commander Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering (New Bussa). Major-General Kontagora was once a Minister, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Minister, Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Director of Quartering and Engineering Services (Army), Chairman Implementation Committee on Army Projects (ICAP), Chairman Kontagora Emirate Development Association (KEDA), Chairman Presidential Monitoring Committee (PMC) on the Development of Stadia towards the Hosting of World Youth Football Championships: Nigeria 95, Chairman Governing Council Niger State Polytechnic Zungeru, Niger State, Chairman Administrative Audit Panel on Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Sole Administrator, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Chairman Implementation of White Paper – Niger State Government.
Until his death he was the Chairman Implementation Sub-Committee: Kontagora Emirate Education Development Committee (KEEDEC). Chairman Government College Kaduna Management Board and also the appointed Deputy Chairman of the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Committee which was inaugurated on the 14th February 2012 by the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. He is married with children and his hobbies are Working, Reading, Horse Riding and Gardening.
Maj. General Kontangora Inspecting ongoing Abuja- Abaji Rd project by SURE-P

Kim Kardashian’s Pregnant World Travels — Is It OK to Be Flying in Her Third Trimester?

I am not a fan of Kim Kardashian  and will not allow my children watch the Kardashian's reality TV show. One will ask why I decided to blog about her. I do this out of curiosity and concern because of her status as a pregnant young girl. I recall that during all my pregnancies, there were certain rules that applied each time I had to travel especially international travels. Each of the time, I was asked to produce a 'fit to fly' certificate from my Doctor. I am worried because if am not mistaken, Kim should be in her third trimester. She has also been seen doing a lot international and local  travels, that I am wondering if she is going to stop soon and take time to prepare for the birth of her child. Please read on below Burning question;

Burning Question:
 Kim Kardashian's been doing an awful lot of international traveling of late. Don't doctors tell expectant moms to cut out the flying, especially this late in a pregnancy? —D. Pike
Kardashian has indeed been jet-setting for two; in a little over a month, the pregnant reality star has boated in Greece, traversed bridges in France with baby-daddy Kanye West, and rocked out to a Beyonce concert in London before heading back to American soil.
[Related: See Photos of the Kardashian Family's Grecian Vacation]
According to our rather rocky math, Kardashian is due sometime in June or July. Conclusion: Kardashian has been logging some serious third-trimester mileage.

Before we could even get an obstetrician on the blower to answer your questions, their female publicists began to sound off. One had delivered a premature baby, and she'd wished that her doctor had restricted her travel to the first five months of her pregnancy. Another rep told me she's currently six months along and had been instructed by her obstetrician not to fly after seven.
So could Kardashian be enjoying some sort of super-pregnancy?
Nope. Turns out, Kim's travel plans were all vetted by her doctor.
Kim K. is very pregnant! (Splash News)See, not every OB/GYN makes the same recommendation when it comes to traveling while pregnant.
"That's OK," Dr. Adeeti Gupta (who, like the other doctors we spoke to, doesn't treat Kardashian) told us after we described Kim's recent travels and due-date window, "as long as the pregnancy has been normal and risk-free, if you're only flying in short stretches — five to six hours — keeping yourself hydrated and keeping the legs moving occasionally during flight."
Why is that?
Because "pregnancy is a hypercoagulative state," says Shannon Hardy, an OB/GYN at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. "You can get clots a whole lot more easily when you're pregnant, so if the flight is a smooth one, we do want you to get up to keep the blood flowing in your legs."
And drink plenty of water, of course.
"There is nothing inherently harmful about air travel" during late pregnancy, notes Dr. Keith Eddleman, director of obstetrics in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. But many doctors frown on traveling in a third trimester simply because "it separates you from your care provider."

27 May 2013


What Better way to say it than this! It's May 27th and in a child's language, Working Moms Nigeria Wishes all Nigerian Kids, a very Happy Children's Day!!.


I remember tagging along behind my mum as we went shopping every last Saturday of the month. I drew one heavy step after another because this was my least favourite chore – grocery shopping. The market was always messy and when we passed the butchers’, oh, that stench! And I always wondered if it was the same piece of meat exposed on wooden tables, which also had flies hovering over it that we were going to put into our pot of stew!

Sometimes we would buy so much and have to carry so many bags. When we had to stop to buy another item, I would drop the bags to rest my hands and sometimes, forget that I kept the nylon with the pack of Maggi cubes on the okro seller’s table! We would get home and begin to look for Maggi and I would remember the okro seller’s stand, miles away. My ears would then remain sore for days from pulling and twitching.

As much as I hated going to the market, I still went with mum on every trip. I had to help. It was the least I could do considering that she was going to 
grind the pepper with a grinding stone (yes, grinding stone! My dad claims the taste of blender-stew is different!) and “wash” beans for moi-moi with a protruding belly.

It became more difficult when I first left for boarding school. Mum was in her third trimester and she had to do the market trips alone. She was always easily exhausted as she dragged the heavy bags home. She couldn’t bargain as well as she used to. She had to sit to rest at every stall she bought an item. When asked why she did all of that, she’d say ‘such is the fragrance of motherhood, the pact of every African woman’.

Thirteen years later, when asked about my mum’s household care pattern, I say that method is called ‘suffer-head theory’. Yes, I do not believe the fragrance of motherhood is to overwork oneself. Grind pepper with stones? If you don’t like the taste of blender-stew, please add more curry!

My life is much easier. I do not do market trips anymore. My family eats very healthy too. The secret? I buy my groceries online! I draw up a list of the items I need and log on to any one of the grocery sites. My favourite being: www.jaramall.com. I buy all I need and have them delivered to my home. When no one is available to receive the groceries at home, I request for them to be brought to my office and I take them home. And my groceries are always fresh and well-packaged – no flies or stench!

I am a 21st century woman and even at that, my family stays healthy! So, whose household care pattern do you dig? Mine or my mum’s?


21 May 2013

Chimamanda Adichie – “I laughed a lot writing Americanah” – CNN profiles the celebrated Nigerian author

 CNN’s ‘African Voices’ Profiles Nigerian Prolific Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

CNN is set to profile celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on its latest edition of its weekly show, African voices.
African Voices, a weekly show that examines the diversity, dynamism and global influence of Africa’s people and culture; and highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities within and in the Diaspora will be spotlighting the Nigerian literary star.
Cheerfully pioneering the way for a new wave of Nigerian writers, renowned Nigerian Author, Adichie, narrates her award winning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, as it tells a human story of a brutal and controversial civil war which took place in her homeland, Nigeria, in the late 60’s.

Highly influenced by her Mother, Ifeoma Adichie, who became the first female Registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Adichie is bold, vivacious, candid; a story teller living her truth. And that fulfilment translates into Award winning novels.
Describing her development as a writer, between her books Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americana, Adichie says ‘they are such different books, and I think I wrote them from very different places in my life, emotionally.’
According to her ‘For Purple Hibiscus, I was very homesick, I was in the US. Suddenly I was romantisizing the hibiscus flowers in our front yard and I wrote this book, about missing home, nostalgia. Half of a Yellow Sun was so different. I knew I was writing about this very intense, contested history and I did so much research, and I cried a lot when I was writing it. My grandfathers died in Biafra, and here I was kind of mining the pain of my family.’
‘Then Americana, I laughed a lot writing it. It’s just very different, I don’t so much see it as a kind of linear progression – the books. It’s sort of more just like occupying different parallel spaces,’ Adichie concluded.
From uncovering historical atrocities to playing a role in shaping her country, Nigeria’s future, Adichie has also considered a career in politics.
Watch out for Chimamanda’s CNN interview on Saturday at 03:30pm; Sunday at 09:00am and 06:30pm; Monday 10:30am and 05:30pm; and Tuesday 05:30am.
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Making Madam Scream with Joy

Being a stud in bed means having the ability to give your wife sexual satisfaction. When a wife does not experience sexual satisfaction, she becomes disillusioned about sex. For the desperate ones, they may result to seeking sexual fulfilment outside marriage. That is why I believe many men need to become better with their sexual performance in order to ensure sexual satisfaction for their wives. And this is only achieved when a man is able to give his wife orgasm
Okay Alu literally lifted this up for your reading and action pleasure! Enjoy the rest #takingoff.

 For a woman, orgasm is the height of sexual experience. When it is absent or lacking in a sexual act, the woman feels used and unfulfilled. It is no longer a secret that in the middle of sexual act, while the woman is climaxing, if the man loses erection as a result of ejaculation, most women at that point, beg the man to do all to sustain the erection. Every man’s goal must be to satisfy his wife’s sexual desire and this will require him improving his bedroom performance, because to get a better result in every life endeavour, including sex, one has to do things differently. Below are some things that can boost your sexual performance:

Good heart condition
As a man, your penis works based on your blood pressure. When the penis receives signals from the brain, it becomes engorged with blood causing it to erect. That blood is pumped by your heart. So, it is important you keep your heart in good shape for your circulatory system to function at top shape.  A problem with the circulatory system can cause the penis to go prematurely limp because the vessels cannot sustain the pressure for as long as you’d like. So, whatever is good for your heart is good for your sexual performance. One of the best ways to improve your health is through cardiovascular exercise i.e. exercises that involve the large muscles and help make your heart and lungs stronger. While sex might get your heart rate up, regular exercise can help your sexual performance by keeping your heart in shape. Thirty minutes a day of sweat-breaking exercise—running, swimming, brisk walking e.t.c- will not only help a man to keep fit, but will also help to boost his erection.

Right diet
Some foods have been discovered to increase blood flow to the penis. Some of them include:
•Onions and garlic: Though many avoid them because of their pungent odour, these two foods help your blood circulation.

•Bananas: Because of its richness in potassium, bananas can help to lower your blood pressure, which can benefit your important sexual parts and boost sexual performance.

•Chillies and peppers: All-natural spicy foods help your blood flow by reducing hypertension and inflammation.

The following are some more foods that can help you achieve stronger erections:
•Omega-3 acids: Found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as avocados and olive oil, this type of fat increases blood flow.

•Vitamin B1: This vitamin helps signals in your nervous system move quicker, including signals from your brain to your penis. It’s found in pork, peanuts, and kidney beans.

•Eggs: High in other B vitamins, eggs help balance hormone levels, which can decrease stress that often inhibits an erection.

Living a stress-free life
Stress can wreak havoc on all areas of your health, including the penis. Stress increases your heart rate (in the bad way) and increases blood pressure, which are both damaging to a person’s sexual desire and performance. So, reducing stress is imminent. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your health. Talking to your partner about your stress can also calm you down and strengthen your relationship. Try to make yourself free from tension and stress. Never attempt any coitus when the mind is disturbed. Stress can also trigger bad habits, such as smoking or alcohol consumption, which can have adverse effects on your sexual performance by making your penis to be too relaxed. Studies suggest that a little red wine can improve blood circulation, but too much alcohol can have adverse effects on sexual performance.

Conducive bedroom atmosphere
Intercourse should always be done in an airy, neat, clean, fully ventilated room, free from any encroachment and disturbance. If both partners agree, let there be zero-watt red bulb whose red light will flare up passions and provide added enjoyment to your sex fervour.

Personal hygiene
Apart from the state of your bedroom, your personal hygiene must also be given priority.  Use deodorants and scents to ward off foul-smelling body odours. Before sex, have a bath or at least, sponge your whole body, particularly your ears, nose, armpits, inner thighs and sex organ. Spray some pleasing scent on the whole body to enjoy an added erotic feeling.

Go at her pace
Men especially need to know that in the process of lovemaking, any act done in a hurry will take away the charm of lovemaking. If, for any reason whatsoever, your wife is not ready for sex, respect that. You can lie down together and discuss some subject of common interest or do some other things together. The chances are that during the course of interaction, she may get ready and herself invite you for sex act. But never force your way with her. If you do, you will send the signal that it is about you and that you are only using her for your satisfaction, and I bet you, you will not enjoy your time with her.

Also in the process of lovemaking, if your wife resists and forbids you to touch any one or more of her sex organs, abide by her wishes and never force your way to compel her to mental withdrawal and physical inertia.

Adequate foreplay
Before the act, a man should take time to excite his wife gently, carefully, slowly and tenderly.  Never plunge yourself at once into intercourse.
Foreplay is a reliable method of preparing you and your spouse for the coming event. The time spent in foreplay must never be seen as being wasted. Quality time spent in foreplay is what culminates into great sex. Fondle, caress, cuddle, kiss, and pamper each erogenous zone-but very slowly. During the course of foreplay the man should allow his wife to guide him as to which sex organ she wishes, rather prefers, to be touched.
This will go a long way in sparking fire in her for the act of lovemaking.

Mastering orgasm
The more you master your orgasm, the better for your wife’s satisfaction. Your ability to delay ejaculation till your wife is ready will make a lot of difference, but if you are about to reach climax and you can no longer hold back, you should let your partner know a bit earlier so that she could help you to further delay it, by adopting squeeze-the-tempo method. Moreover, she will also get mentally prepared to face the problem of your early ejaculation. And after you have reached your climaxed orgasm, you should never leave her in between. Wait till she also reaches her orgasm. You should not prove to be a selfish sex performer, as her sentiments deserve to be respected.

Culled from Boundless people.com

MOMA AN ANSWER TO WORKING MOTHER / Win a stylish maternity wear from Moma!

Every mother at some point had problems fitting into their regular clothes while pregnant. As soon as the bumps gets bigger, what to wear becomes a serious challenge. But hey, our problems have been solved, whether it is a business meeting, chic clothing, dinner wears, an outfit to see the queen, Jane Egerton's Moma is a prayer answered to lots of mothers. Not only are these outfits trendy, they are equally classy and affordable. Guess What! Something even more fun is here, They are up for grab!!!!!!! Read on to find out!!

 Here's your chance to win a beautiful Moma Dress to show off your awesome baby bump. The days of shapeless and unflattering maternity dresses are over! With the advent of fashion and style in the ordinary things of life, and its importance on the outlook and general perception of the world, one can't relegate dressing well to the background or ignore it as something of no value.

We are constantly bombarded with the news of a pregnant celebrity or their style even in that delicate state of motherhood and we can not fail to admit that this has made an impression on us all.

Kate Middleton is constantly harassed by paparazzi day by day, put under scrutiny, most attention being paid to her clothes. Reality TV star and celebrity Kim Kardashian has also shown that nothing changes, especially her love for fashionable pieces even in pregnancy. Oscar Winner, the beautiful Halle Berry showed the world once how flattering pregnancy can be if you know how to work your style and we bet she will not disappoint this time, following the announcement of her second pregnancy. 

Next up is your beautiful bump and you. So make like Kate, Kim and Halle and  dazzle in flattering pieces, be the talk of the town, even if its the little town in your home or office. Add some flattering pieces to your wardrobe from Moma's wide range of trendy pieces from work wear to occasion gear  for that special 9 months of your life.
Win a unique piece of your choice from the beautiful four seen above.
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And the black dress oh! la la! I'm in for dinner party, ready for church and wherever it's happening.

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3. What week is pregnancy considered full term?

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15 May 2013

A Working Mother Benefits from the SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme: Speaks about her Experience.

The SURE-P has come under serious media attack in the media by both the opposition and other unsuspecting Nigerians. The truth is that, a lot of the Safety Net Components of the SURE-P are truly delivering service and life line to a good number of members of the society. This particular case is of interest to us because JOY is not only an unemployed Nigerian Graduate but she is also a mother and a wife and her story touched us. Read on...

My name is Kesiena Joy Olaitan, a graduate of Chemical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso. I am a beneficiary of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P) attached to Zenith Medical Centre Lagos state.

When the Federal Government promised last year to encourage wealth creation and mitigate the spate of youth unemployment in the country through the reinvestment of the petroleum subsidy funds, little did I know that I was going to be a beneficiary.

Every parent and the society at large look up to the day their wards would graduate from the university and start working in order to support the family financially. But mine was the opposite, rather than graduating and securing a job to be able to assist the family financially, I became a financial burden to my parents. In order not to contribute to my parents’ financial burden, I was advised by relatives to go and marry which I oblige them and got married.  Was that the solution to my unemployment? No it wasn't, though it was a relief to my parents because I was no longer their responsibility. Rather, I became a financial liability to my husband whose meager salary as a teacher could hardly put a two square meal on our table. I remember vividly the pain and agony I saw in my husband eyes the day I came back from a job hunt and told him the job hunt wasn't successful. Within the years of my unemployment, I suffered hunger, shame, and intimidation from friends and relatives because the Nigerian mentality is to identify with people who are successful while poverty is an orphan.

Knowing that I am unique and that no one has my combination of temperaments, with the same sets of values, the same potentials, the same abilities even though we read the same set of  books in the university, I became more determined to continue my search for a job and I got the opportunity through SURE-P.

On the 16th October 2012, to be precise, while I was browsing on the internet searching for job opportunities, I came across the SURE-P website and decided to apply for an opportunity as an intern on the scheme having searched for job for the past five years after my National Youth Service (NYSC) without success. I applied with mixed feelings because I thought the selection process would be based on connections i.e. knowing someone in Federal Ministry of Finance or within the political class. Contrary to my assumption, on the 8th November 2012, I received an email from SURE-P (Graduate Internship Scheme) that I had been successfully selected.
A Pre - Deployment Employability Skills Workshop was organized for the interns by the Federal Ministry of Finance and we were taught 'Why organizations exist, critical components of organizational DNA, How to develop good work habits, Work ethics and Etiquette among other topics.
Consequently, I was deployed to Zenith Medical Centre in Lagos state.

In my place of assignment as an intern, I am assigned the duties of a Quality Assurance Officer. As the Quality Assurance Officer, I have acquired several employability skills such as good communication and excellent report writing skills, Analytical skills, Interpersonal skills, Ability to identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve performance relative to the goals of the system, to mention but a few. These skills have definitely made me a valuable asset to my immediate and future employer. I have been exposed to principles and processes in the work place.

I hereby use this opportunity to express my unflinching and unreserved appreciation to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Finance and other personalities who conceived this idea and made it possible like Dr. Okonjo Iweala for given the project team all the necessary support and direction for implementation of GIS. I also want to thank Dr. Christopher Kolade whose leadership in SURE-P made it possible for the project to be transparent so that people like me who have no connection in the corridor of power could benefit from this project, Finally, my Sincere appreciation goes to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for appointing Dr. Christopher Kolade to oversee the scheme and for thinking about the Nigerian graduates.

I want to make a passionate appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Minister of Finance and other stakeholders to ensure that this program continues so that other unemployed Nigerian graduates can continually benefit from this program.

Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long Live SURE-P.
Thank you very much and God bless you all.


Despite bed wetting being very common for young children, some parents still find it embarrassing when their child wets the bed. But it’s important to understand why your child is wetting the bed and help him or her to overcome this problem.

Getting your toddler out of nappies can be tough, but it’s something you have to do in order for your little one to learn how to stay dry through the night. It can be tempting to leave nappies on for longer than necessary, but it’s better to be brave and take them off. During this time, be prepared for bed wetting.

Bed wetting is a natural part of development - approximately one in 12 children in the UK regularly wet the bed. But the condition can be embarrassing for your child, so as a parent the best thing to do is be supportive.

Very few children under the age of three will be dry every night. Most children will naturally grow out of this condition by the age of six. Here are some simple top tips in order to keep your child’s self-esteem on top form during this age of development:

•    Reassure your child that bed wetting is normal – remind her that you once had the same issue and eventually outgrew it. Help her to understand that she is the one responsible for staying dry at night.
•    Encourage your child often – praise her when she doesn’t wet the bed, but don’t make it a big issue each time your child wets the bed, instead be patient and supportive.
•    Avoid blaming or punishing your child as they cannot control bed wetting – blaming and punishing will only make the problem worse.
•    Make sure that no one else in your family, including those outside the immediate family, teases your child. There’s no need to discuss the issue in front of other family members, this will just make your child more upset.
•    Increase comfort by making clean-up easy, through the use of washable absorbent sheets, waterproof bed covers and air fresheners for the room.

Are there any ways to prevent bed wetting?

One of the most common bits of advice for a parent is to reduce your child’s fluid intake two hours before bedtime. However, some experts say that this will just mean your child will wet the bed with less fluid, not stop bed wetting altogether. Instead, make sure the route to the toilet is easy for your little one to navigate at night – perhaps through the use of a nightlight in the room, and a potty next to her bed.

Don’t forget to make the toilet the last stop before you take your child to bed. You could also set an alarm for set times during the night so you can take her to the toilet. Getting used to this routine will enable your child to control her bladder more easily.

Praise your child for staying dry through the night. A good way to do this is by using a rewards chart, with a sticker for each night of remaining dry. After a certain number of stickers, your child knows she will earn a reward, encouraging her to make an active effort to stay dry.

Are there any other issues that can cause bed wetting?

Yes. Sometimes, bed wetting is due to other issues, such as stress, an infection or constipation.

Check the frequency, ease of passing and consistency of your child’s poo to make sure constipation isn’t the issue. You can prevent constipation through a high-fibre diet of fruits, vegetables and grains, as well as by drinking plenty of water.

If your child has a fever, belly ache or pain when she urinates, she may have an infection – take your child to the doctor if you think this may be the case.

Stress may be caused by your child thinking she is the only one with this problem, so make sure she understands how common the issue is. After not-so dry nights, bathe your child before she goes to school as the smell of urine can linger and your child may be stressed because of teasing going on in the playground.

When should you consult expert help?

As mentioned earlier, bed wetting is very common and most children will naturally grow out of it before they reach the age of six. However, as your child gets older you may be concerned that bed wetting is still an issue. If so, go to your doctors to discuss this further. Your doctor may be able to tell without doing any tests as to whether your child has a medical issue or not. 

There are some forms of medication that your doctor can prescribe for bed wetting, but these are usually short-term solutions, for situations such as sleepovers or holidays.

It can take a little while, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your child wetting the bed when growing up. Support your child as best you can, by making sure you stay positive and non-judgemental and she’ll soon be able to attend sleepovers without keeping either of you up all night worrying.

Culled from Boundless people.com

03 May 2013


The following provides eleven points interested graduates should note about the scheme.
1. The Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, was launched in October, 2012 as a social safety net component of the Federal Government Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE –P, scheme, to create opportunity for Nigerian graduates to be attached to reputable public/private firms /organisations to be trained and mentored for one year on a monthly Federal Government stipend of N18, 000.
2. The scheme implemented by the Federal Ministry of Finance provides fresh graduates short term employment opportunity to sharpen their skills and gain some working experience and enhance their employability, with a target to employ about 50,000 unemployed youth in the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja in the first phase before the end of 2013. About 1,000 beneficiaries would come from each of the states, with the number of participants to be raised to 100,000 in the next phase.
3. Out of about 84,772 applications so far received since the inception of the scheme, 59, 872 are males, while 24,900 are females, and 329 physically challenged individuals. About 1,371 firms, out of about 1,937 that registered, were verified, out of which 1,078 applications were rejected, and only 293 approved.
4. To be eligible to be selected to participate in the GIS scheme, interested firms must be legal entities registered with Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with evidence of value added tax (VAT) registration and tax clearance certificates, in addition to the provision of a mentoring plan for each intern.
5. Prospective interns must be Nigerian graduates aged between 18 and 40 years, who must have either completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, or collected the exemption certificate from the relevant authorities.
6. Organisations interested in taking interns are expected to set selection criteria for each position, while the electronic system would automatically send them a pool of qualified graduates from where the organisations would choose their preferred candidate. Interns’ field of study and state of residence are matched to firms/organisations on a first-come first-served basis. Selected candidate would be notified and invited to report at the organisation for documentation.
7. Interns are provided with an orientation training to prepare them for the challenges of the workplace. Interns that demonstrate virtues of industry, exemplary conduct and commitment to diligent service during their internship period stand a chance to be hired on a permanent basis.
8. To register to participate in the scheme, organisations and young unemployed graduates must register on the GIS website, http://www.wyesurep.gov.ng. Interns must fill in all their personal and official details, including their bio-data, field of study and state of residence, while the firms/organisations fill in their details, including their core competence, years of business experience and office address.
9. Verification of all interns, firms/organisations would be conducted to confirm that information provided, particularly about their mentoring capabilities and the numbers of interns they are capable of catering for, are correct.
10. Interns would be deployed to firms/organisations for the commencement of their internship after signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and Internship Agreement.
11. While the interns would benefit from the opportunity to enhance their skills and professional expertise on the job, in addition to the monthly upkeep stipend, registered firms/organisations under the scheme would enjoy free labour at government expense, apart from the additional incentives in the form of tax rebates and cost-free opportunity to render their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the community in which they are operating.

01 May 2013

SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme Launched

These are faces you would be seeing in  the media
They are faces of hope.
They are young and they are Nigerian Graduates.
They have been unemployed but hope has come their way.
The SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme has been launched to provide Unemployed Nigerian Graduates with work experience through Internship placement. There are training opportunities for young Nigerians who are unemployed.
What ever your skill or area of specialization, you would work with the different organizations and be paid by SURE-P.
 Subsidy Re-investment and empowerment project is a Federal Government way of adding value to Nigerians. It is a one year Internship Placement to enhance the employability skills of the Nigerian Graduates. The Graduate Interns are posted to companies and organisations in the Private and public sectors. While they work in these organization, the Federal Government will  pays the Interns!
The GIS Scheme will will employ at least 50,000 graduates this year so hurry while you can, make it to their website and apply to be one of the 50,000 Nigerian Graduates. Apply to acquire yourself some experience for self improvement or employment.

Companies are also to apply to be given these interns.



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