Little one’s favorite cartoon and why you love it too

Have you ever asked yourself why you suddenly love your sweet child’s favorite cartoon?  

We often see our children grab their teddy-bears to sit close to the screen and listen attentively. At times they sing and dance along with the cartoons, and this gives them unexpected joy. As a mom, seeing my child dancing and singing with the cartoons makes me very curious.

My curiosity drives me to sit next to my little one and watch too. I didn’t think I will love the cartoon she was watching because of the age difference. However, it turns out I like them.

Why?

They are educative: 

Cartoons such as Coco melon teach children ABCD, counting 1 to 10, nursery rhymes, and animal sounds. It is so amazing to see a non-schooling child learn to count, and sing songs I learned from my teacher. Besides, children learn good vocabulary from cartoons, and so can you since there is no limit for learning. 

They represent society: Cartoons teach things that we have to practice, or can’t do without in our community, for example, leadership, compassion, family, and the meaning of friendship. Sofia the First, Princess Elena of Avalor, and Fancy Nancy are the few cartoons that will teach both of you the power in love, social life, and leadership.

They teach parenting skills. A friend of mine confessed learning parenting tips from cartoons her daughter loves most. She would probably act and raise her child-like 1980’s African moms, but thank goodness she is not. Bluey, Connie, and Dot are good cartoons that will help you change your parenting style more especially for first-time moms.

Cartoons are entertaining in nature and most of the parents use them to distract their children as they do house chores, read a favorite book, or have an adult talk. However, if you one time pay close attention to your child’s favorite cartoon you will love it, have fun together, and learn as well.

Why husbands should not intervene wife * house help arguments?

House helps are important people in our lives because they do things that we would spend a lot of time on. They keep our houses tidy, take care of our children when we are busy pursuing our careers, and other domestic work. Sometimes they become part of us that we start treating and considering them as family.

When hiring a domestic worker, put it at the back of your mind that you both come from different backgrounds and families. As human beings, you will at one point have misunderstandings and quarrels. These fights are often between women and maids because women oversee the family right from domestic work, children’s welfare, and food. In fact, in a family, a wife/mother is in charge of everything.

Should a husband intervene in a maid and wife fight? 

Technically, a husband should not involve himself in any misunderstanding between a wife, and the house girl unless it is a serious matter. This is the reason why men should never pick sides when a wife chooses to let go of a maid.

It is not a man’s responsibility to hire a maid. Women do the hiring, paying, and if she is not doing a good job, she has to leave and give space to another person. A husband should stick to his lean.

Husbands do not take care of the home. Women do the supervision of the house helps and make sure that everything is done well, and the children are well taken care of. When something does not go the right way, they have all the right to ask, find where the problem is, and solve it. Some house helps act like guardian angels before everybody, but something else when not watched.

You may be accused of having fare with your house help: Come on, we have all heard of husbands who cheat on their wives with maids. Picking up a maid’s side over your wife may make her question you. It may even lead to domestic violence.

However, if some of these things happen to the maid in your house, please do something.

When she is fired and thrown out of the house in the middle of the night. Do not sit and watch, go talk to your wife to let her spend a night and go the next day.

When your wife is firing her without payment. Please make sure you intervene and appreciate her time and work with salary.

When your maid is being abused emotionally, physically, or denied food. Please do not sit and watch people suffer under your roof.

When a maid is harassing your children, wife, or any of your family member. Make sure you report him/her and if possible to the Police.

In conclusion, maids are just like other employees who come and go. Some live with us in the same house, but do not expect flowers always. As a husband, you have to stick to your lean and intervene when you are needed.

10 Things that piss off parents

Parents get angry with the actions of people from their community, friends, children, and the decisions they make. The actions may seem to be small to some people, but they aren’t to the parents. This article talks about some of the things that upset parents.

Children performing poorly in school. Parents who pay school fees and the required school necessities on time expect good grades from their children. It overwhelms parents when their children bring home bad grades more especially those who go to good schools with the best teachers in the country.

Strangers, who offer food to your child without your permission. It pisses off parents when a random person feeds their children without their consent in a restaurant, Matatu, and places of worship.

Street hawkers who give play toys to the children to capture their attention. Sometimes parents have no intention of buying any fun stuff for their children, but street hawkers end up messing their day. Street hawkers often position themselves in places where a child can see their stuff and start to cry for you to buy for example your car window.

Children misbehaving in the public. We have at one point seen parents frustrated in church, supermarkets because of their child’s behavior. Children who cry and roll on the dirty floor in the supermarket because they want candy or other unhealthy snacks make life very difficult for their parents.

Parents comparing your child to theirs.  Parents are never happy when their children are compared more especially those parents whose children are a bit slow some stages of development. For example, moms who say “look my baby is the same age as yours but she is already walking”. These kinds of complements do not excite parents more especially mothers.

Children not eating home-cooked food.  Do you know how hard it is to think of, and prepare a healthy meal at home? Parents always prepare the healthiest foods to feed on their children, but it is so disappointing when they do not eat them.

People who judge your child’s character. Children have different ways of expressing their emotions and feelings. Some children may be very aggressive when they are sad and throw plates and any items around them while others maybe not. However, it does not make parents happy when you judge their children. For example, some people will say, you are not raising your child well, teach your child manners, or even propose for you to start beating them.

Kids complaining on your way to the park. Sitting at home all day with kids causes depression for both children and adults. However, it is so irritating when you go for a walk in the park with your children and they start complaining before you reach where you are going. Kids can be like, Mum, I am hungry, mum, I am tired, mum, I want to go back home. How exhausting.

Baby sitter canceling at the last minute when you have an important meeting: working mums can testify the horror of a baby sitter canceling in the morning when you are required to be at work. Some do cancel when you are already late for work, and you start freaking out who to leave the baby for.

Buying clothes or shoes that are small in size for a child. Shopping is a tiresome process because it requires choosing good quality items that please a child. Whether you are shopping in an open market for instance Gikomba market, and the owino market or a mall, it does not feel good when the selected items do not fit a child. Parents get upset when their choices are small for their children and cannot be exchanged or returned to the seller.

Is there something that has ever pissed you off as a parent? It can be something from your friends, child, or yourself. Make the list endless by sharing your experience in the comment.

What age should you stop breastfeeding your baby?

The world health organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding of babies up to 6 months with no other foods, liquids, or even water.

Breast milk is important in child growth and health. Children who are breastfed are intelligent, less likely to be overweight, and have less diabetes in later life. Breastfeeding does not only help the children but also advantageous to mothers. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and fewer chances of getting pregnant.

As much as breastfeeding is important to the child’s life, there comes a time when mothers feel their children should stop breasting. Do you think there is a specific age for children to stop breastfeeding?

Stopping your child from breastfeeding depends on the child, and the mother as well. Some children tend to stop breastfeeding by themselves when they are as young as seven months. When your baby stops breastfeeding at this age make sure to feed him/her on a healthy diet. However, it is a rare case in children, most children enjoy breast milk, and it can be difficult for mothers to stop them. 

Mothers stop their children from breastfeeding at different ages. Some mothers prefer breastfeeding their children up to four years no matter the reactions from their community or fellow mums. People may see it awkward to breastfeed a child for up to four years. Meanwhile, other mothers stop breastfeeding their children as soon as they start walking regardless of age. The appropriate age to stop breastfeeding a child is two years. By two years a child can be on fed all kinds of nutritious foods to keep to him or her healthy. 

Therefore, if you are thinking of stopping breastfeeding your little one, you should breastfeed her up to two years no matter how busy you are.  

sources

https://www.who.int/health-topics/breastfeeding#

https://www.health.go.ke/ Guidelines for securing a breastfeeding friendly environment at the work place may 2018

10 things to do with kids while quarantined during Coronavirus pandemic

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Coronavirus pandemic has affected our daily life and the way we do things socially and economically. Staying at home is a way to avoid the spread of the disease, but it can be very boring and depressing. You and your children cannot sit at home all day long eating and sleeping. Here are some of the 10 things that you can do to be happy, safe, and busy.


Read a book: You can gather all your kids and read them an interesting storybook. Make funny faces where applicable, and gestures to make it more interesting and fun.


Play: There are a variety of games that are enjoyed by children and it’s not bad for adults to participate for fun. Play hide and seek in your house and back yard, pretend games are interesting for example, you can pretend to be a royal family with a king, queen, and princess. Imagine and do all the things that you think kings or queens do in their palace.


Sing and dance together: It does not matter what time it is in the day, it can be a lazy afternoon or lazy evening with the children. Sing and dance together on your favorite song, have a home concert, and let the children mime the songs as you cheer them up just like fans go crazy for their favorite artist.


Help children with their schoolwork: Schools are closed and some of the children are taking their classes online while others are not. If your children are not taking online classes, remind them to revise their books, and also supervise their revision.


Video call friends: It is good to keep up with friends and family. Help your children reach out to their friends, cousins, and close relatives through video chat on What’s App, Messenger, and Skype.


Film Tiktok: Join social media challenges and make your memories.


Bake a cake: Children love eating cakes and so adults but this time around the cake shops are closed. Bake a cake together with your children and if you don’t know how to bake, watch YouTube videos that teach cake baking.


Paint: Painting is a creative activity that helps people express emotions and feelings. Paint together with your children to express how to feel during these hard times. The paintings should not only focus on the quarantine and COVID 19 but also make the children happy.


Complete a puzzle: The more pieces of the puzzle the better because it helps you think. You don’t want to choose a puzzle that you can complete within two minutes with no fun at all.

Watch a movie: There are amazing family movies that can kick off your quarantine boredom. All you have to do is grab a warm blanket and buckets of popcorn.

With these 10 activities, Quarantine will be over before you even notice and life will be back to normal. Remember to always wash your hands frequently with soap and running water, wear face mask and keep social distance.

WHO IS A CHILD?

A child (children in plural) biologically is a person between the development period of birth and puberty.

The United Nations Convention defines a child as every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. The Uganda constitution defines a child as any person below the age of 18. The Kenyan constitution article 240 defines a child as an individual who has not attained eighteen years.

Children are innocent souls who must grow up in a loving and caring environment to have good life experiences. It’s the role and responsibility of the parents, and guardians to make sure that every child under their care enjoys their childhood. Each Parent should know that, children grow up happily when they feel loved and safe but, above all enjoy the rights that they are entitled to.

According to the United Nations convection, every child has a right to survival, protection, and education. These rights were agreed by almost every state worldwide, so they are applicable everywhere. These are some of the rights that every parent/guardian is entitled to give their growing children.

Right to Education: All children under school-going age have a right to education regardless of their sex, color, tribe, or background. Education helps to develop the child’s personality, talents, mental, and physical abilities.

Right to play: Children have a right to leisure.

Right to freedom of expression: children have the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.

Right to the attainment of standard health care: It’s the responsibility of the parents and the states to provide necessary medical assistance and health care. For example, infants should be taken for immunization, feeding and it’s the parent’s responsibility to make sure that the children have access to such health care services.

For more details here is the simplified version of all the children’s rights https://www.unicef.org.au/Upload/UNICEF/Media/Our%20work/childfriendlycrc.pdf

Parents should be aware of these rights to protect their children and ensure that children know them too. Rising up informed kids protects them from ruthless people, abuse, and bullying from their peers at school or in the community. We have heard cases where maids and nannies abuse children in their own homes, and it takes a while for the children to speak up because of many reasons and one of them is: Lack of knowledge of their rights. When children are ignorant of their rights, they develop a low self esteem and do not react to things affecting their lives due to fear. Therefore, it is your obligation to tell your children who they are, and what they are supposed to do as children for them to grow up bold and fearless human beings.

In conclusion, a child is any human being below the age of 18. He/she has the right to live and enjoy his childhood just like an adult person. It is the role of the parents, and guardians to protect the children and give them the freedom to enjoy their childhood.