Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Its World Down Syndrome Day, Shout Out To Parents Who Have Kids With Down Syndrome

The 21st March of March is World Down Syndrome Day and it is a day when people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world are celebrated.

Activities and events are organized to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is NOT a disease so it is not something you catch rather, it’s a chromosomal condition. Typically, humans have 46 chromosomes which make up who we are as people. The nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

Unfortunately, this additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm.

It is important to note that each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.

The truth is that it is not easy raising up children generally much less raising a child with any form of disability. So, let's be sensitive to such parents and children and also educate our children on not making fun of any child with Down Syndrome or making them feel bad.

Below is the way a mum in the US, Krista Rowland-Collins gives an easy way of explaining Down Syndrome to a child.

Mommy and Daddy both give us chromosomes; we get 23 from Mom and 23 from Dad. These chromosomes decide how we develop and grow, how we act, if we will look like Mom or Dad. 

Adele has 47 chromosomes. This one extra chromosome gives her some extra special gifts. Her eyes are almond shaped, her nose bridge is flatter, her ears are smaller and lower-set, her mouth is shaped differently, her tongue is a bit bigger, she has a smaller mouth and her palette is shaped differently, which affects her speech. 

It might be harder to understand her, not because she doesn’t know how to talk, but because she lacks some muscle strength and the inside of her mouth is shaped differently. She will do all of the same things you do, but it’s going to take her a little longer.

Because of her extra chromosome, she’s a bit floppy like a rag doll, so crawling and standing are a little more difficult, but she’ll get there. She needs to work on getting stronger; we do this with the help of some great people. Adele does some special exercises that help with strength and speech. 

When you go skiing or play hard or have a big, long game of hockey or soccer, sometimes your muscles feel a bit weak and you feel kind of floppy; this is how it is for Adele every day. She just needs some time.

She will love the same music as you and will like sports and gymnastics, just like you.  She has feelings, just like you, and she will love playing with her friends and laughing at silly jokes. 

Having the extra chromosome doesn’t make her any less of a person; she’s just like you. She just has to work a little bit harder at some things. Some school subjects might be a bit more difficult for her to catch on to, and some will be a little easier. Maybe math will be harder for her to understand because the numbers might be confusing, but she may write great stories in Language Arts class.

An Extra-special shout out goes to a lady called Tola Makinde of Mo-Rainbow Foundation here in Lagos who does a lot in helping children with Down Syndrome. She is on a rescue mission in supporting children with Down Syndrome and is an advocate for early intervention and giving hope to families who have children with this condition. You can read up more and support this movement via www.moyinrainbowfoundation.com
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Family Quotes; Make Great Memories With Your Family

What memories will your child remember about you and his/her growing up days? Ensure you make the memories one they will remember with fondness and even want to pass on to their own families.
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Did You Know There Is Something Called World Sleep Day? Are You Sleeping Well?

Yes! You heard that right, there is a day known as World Sleep Day and it was yesterday, Friday, March 17, 2017. World Sleep Day is a day set aside yearly to celebrate sleep!

It draws attention to the importance of sleep in human beings including its health benefits. The World Sleep Day is a yearly celebration organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, WASM and it has been celebrated since 2008….that is 9 years ago!

The World Sleep Day is actually to raise awareness about the advantages of sleep and draw the attention of the society to having good and healthy sleep and how to avoid sleep disorders.

As of last year 2016, World Sleep Day is already being celebrated in 72 countries worldwide. However, the date always changes but it is celebrated every 2nd Friday of March.

It is so easy not to get the right amount of sleep especially for we children who have to wake up early to join the school bus and for our parents who need to go to work very early.

However, the truth is that there is a certain amount of sleep we all need to function effectively so that we don’t fall sick.This is because not sleeping well can cause obesity, depression, poor memory, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. According to medical research, the amount of sleep we need depends on our ages.

Newborn babies need 16-18 hours a day,
2 year olds need  11-13 hours daily.
By the age of five, children should sleep between 10-12 hours. 
Teenagers should be getting 8 to 10 hours.
Adults from 20 and upwards need 7 to 9 hours of sleep

So when you hear the popular phrase of sleeping like a baby, its simply because like earlier mentioned, babies sleep for the better part of the day which is about 16 to 18 hours!

So Happy World Sleep day and don't forget that sleeping well will help your brain and proper growth development.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Family Quotes With Aunty Bimbo; A Family In Harmony Will Prosper In Everything

This is a simple secret that will help your family bond and unity if you make family harmony a value your family always upholds.

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19 Commandments To Help You With Your Child By Maria Montessori

It is not strange to hear the word Montessori being talked about especially as regards education and schools for your child. 

This is because the Montessori philosophy of education has become one of the most popular educational theories in the world.  This style of teaching combines freedom, discipline, games and serious work in educating a child with the primary aim of helping the child learn by themselves and at their pace.

The innovator of this style of learning, Maria Montessori, was an Italian physician and an excellent teacher in the 20th century who completely changed the way of raising children. Her Montessori method has outlived her and continues to be used in teaching children in the 21st century.

However, asides developing the Montessori method of teaching, Maria Montessori also created short, clear and impressive commandments for parents to help them in raising their children.

1. Children learn from what is surrounding them.

2. If you often criticize your children, they will learn to condemn others.

3. If a child is often praised, he/she learns how to evaluate others.

4. If a child shows hostility, he/she will learn to fight.

5. If you are honest with your child, he/she will learn the meaning of fairness.

6. If a child is often ridiculed, he/she will become shy.

7. If your child feels safe, he/she learns to trust people.

8. If you say often to your child “shame on you”, he/she will learn to always feel guilty.

9. If a child often is encouraged, he/she will have great self-esteem. 

10. If you give your child support, he/she will become confident.

11. If a child lives in a friendly environment and feels needed by other people around him, he/she will learn how to find love.

12. Never speak badly of your child, whether if he/she is present or not.

13. Be concentrated on developing the good in your child. That way, there will be no place left in him/her for the bad.

14. Always listen to and respond to children’s questions and requests.

15. Respect your child, even if he/she would make a mistake. In that way, they will learn very fast to correct their mistake.

16. Always be ready to help a child who needs help, but also to pull aside when you see they can manage.

17. Help your child early to overcome things. This can be done by making sure the world around them is filled with affection, peace, and love.

18. Always treat your child nicely. Show him/her how to become the best person that could ever exist.

19. Always display the best manners to a child. Show them how to be the best they can be.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Are You A Mother Who Wants To Pamper Herself? Get Ready For Mothers Pampering Day 2017 With Aunty Bimbo

How would you like to be pampered silly and have your child also have the time of their lives?

This was the exact reality at our first Mothers Pampering Day™ which I started last year. 

It was an absolute blast from the massage session, make up session, manicure & pedicure, dance session, merry go round session, talk session by experts with lots to eat and drink while the children were having fun in another area. 

Mothers literally let down their hair and in some cases their shoes....Lol!

Mothers Pampering Day™ 2017 promises to even be better as we are taking the pampering to another level after all " we cannot come and kee ourselves" 


After all the werk! werk! werk! Giving of ourselves to hubby, children, in-laws, domestic staff, business & work....taking one day out to pamper ourselves is WELL WORTH IT!

Save the date.....Saturday, May 20th 2017 for this year's edition of Mothers Pampering Day™

For sponsorship/partnership details send mail to familyfuntimeng@gmail.com or call 07069171767

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Family Quotes With Aunty Bimbo, Your Family Is Like A Tree With One Root

Your family is indeed like a tree with different branches and one common root. Ensure that all the branches are well nurtured and that means mummy, daddy and children.
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