Women

When will my baby’s umbilical stump heal?

Dear Doctor, My son is now two weeks old and the umbilical cord fell off when he was about eight days old. However, it looks like the wound has refused to heal. I have tried to keep it dry at all times but it is still a wound. What can I do? Sandy Dear Sandy, Accept my heartiest congratulations...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:13am

How to teach a child to read in 3 easy steps

Read aloud to your child Teaching your child to read is truly a process that begins at infancy. Begin reading with your new-born within days of welcoming her home!  Not only is ongoing reading time building a special bonding for the two of you, it instils in her a love for books. Enjoyment...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:12am

Together and apart

Dear Counsellor, I have a child with a man who is 15 years my senior. The relationship is not working. I am living at his house. He said that I can stay, but we are in different rooms. He earns much more money than I do. I am a teacher. I want to improve myself, so I do not mind living at his...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:11am

Unleashing women’s potential through sports

Alice Mukeshimana is a young woman who never got the chance to receive an education; she led what she calls an unbearable life and saw no future whatsoever. The now 20-year-old says she felt like an outcast, as she had no job or hope for securing means for survival. Life was really tough; however...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:08am

How effective is the IUD?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been thinking about birth control after the birth of our second child. However, after the nauseating side effects I suffered the last time I used birth control pills, we are considering other options. I am particularly interested in IUD. I’ve heard it is...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:07am

My mother spoils our adult brother

Dear Counsellor, Our mother has three children. She is raising her last child (a boy) differently than she did my sister and me. There is a 12-year difference between us and our brother. My father and mother do not live together. He lives in the country and she lives in town. I suspect that my...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:06am

What to do when your child throws a public tantrum

Most parents of young children live in terror of their little one losing it in public. It’s hard to avoid feeling judged and ashamed of out-of-control behaviour, as if it is evidence of total incompetence as a parent, surely a result of your indulgence which has inevitably created a spoiled...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:05am

The pencil skirt: Classy and decent

Every woman should keep at least one pencil skirt in her wardrobe for that classy and decent occasion. It could be an office cocktail party or business meeting.     “I actually sell plenty of them because many people are into them. Nowadays, people understand what it...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:04am

Accelerating women empowerment: What should be the focus in 2019?

Gender equality has proved to be a sound factor in hastening development in society today. Rwanda and many countries across the globe have put women empowerment at the forefront and this has led to tremendous transformation. Women Today’s Donah Mbabazi had a chat with some women about what...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:12am

Steps to making your home more beautiful

Most of us have watched those cruel home make-over shows at one time or another. You know the type, where a hyperactive bunch of designers and tradesman bombard their way into an ‘unsuspecting’ civilian’s home, with only an hour to complete a WOW transformation. The magic designer...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:10am

When does ovulation take place?

Dear Doctor, How can I tell that I am ovulating? My friend says there are symptoms but I don’t think I have ever experienced any.  Lyn Dear Lyn, Ovulation is the process of release of an egg on a monthly basis and is part of the reproductive system of a woman.  If the egg meets...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:09am

10 commandments of good parenting

Does your child have behaviour problems? Your relationship with your child likely needs some attention. You know the checkout line scenario: 3-year-old child wants this toy, this candy, this something -- and she wants it nooooow! The crying starts, escalating into a full-blown tantrum. In his new...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 12:08am

How two Rwandan Diaspora women found their niche in exporting Made in Rwanda clothing

Solange Nisingizwe, 31, had finished her degree in International Affairs in Switzerland, where she has been living for 18 years, when she began her career at a corporate company. Three years down the road, however, she felt something was amiss, and felt the urge to do business of her own, although...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:07am

He divorced me now he wants me back

Dear Counsellor, My husband and I had a good marriage. We were both doing well professionally. We have two wonderful children. In addition, we did things together as a family. He never complained and I was satisfied. I got the shock of my life when he said he wanted a divorce without giving a...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:06am

Easy ways to be a fantastic parent

Being a good parent means you need to teach your child the moral in what is right and what is wrong. Setting limits and being consistent are the keys to good discipline. Be kind and firm when enforcing those rules. Focus on the reason behind the child’s behaviour. Be consistent. “If...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 12:06am

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

Christmas. There’s no denying that it’s a very special time of the year; some do not see the fuss, but it is safe to say that a great number love the festivities. Surrounded by family, delicious food, and if it is your thing—presents, it’s not every day such a great...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:04am

KWEZI AND I: How a school’s demands left me sweating

I have been looking forward to sending Kwezi to school and the time has arrived. I knew about what could possibly be the range of her tuition and I figured that I was prepared, but I now realise that I wasn’t. At least not for what the education system has become. Anyway, last week, I...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:03am

What are ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, What does it mean if you have cysts on your ovaries? I’ve heard people talk about this but I’m ignorant about the subject. Is it dangerous? Mutesi Dear Mutesi, Ovaries are part of the reproductive system of a woman. They are two in number located on each side of the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:02am

The power of the pantsuit

If you want to take the world by storm professionally, you might as well do it looking like a boss. The beauty of a pantsuit is that it is the ‘ultimate boss lady look’. The pantsuit enables one to appear fearless and powerful in this intimidating world. To some, a suit would probably...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:01am

How Belgian uses dance to empower women, girls

“A few years ago, I was going through a difficult time personally. I was still teaching my weekly classes and all of my students are women. “During this time, I felt a kind of support network energetically from my students which gave me a lot of strength. It made me think of this...

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:30pm