children

Parenting: Why your boys should help out with household chores

Parents play an important role in their children’s upbringing, regardless of whether or not they are able to control every factor in their development. Parents are responsible for imparting important life skills to their children like how to clean, how to cook, how to shop, how to budget, and...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:24am

Why reading with children is essential

Kids do not have to learn everything from school, home should be the first school. Reading a book aloud with your child at an early age equips them with numerous values. For instance, it boosts a child’s vocabulary, helps them to understand different topics about the world. This is why you...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:49pm

My son stammers. Should I be worried?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal that my four year old son can’t speak well yet most kids in his class do? He seems to have a stammer but I am not sure yet because he rarely talks. Is this a stammering issue? What causes it? Lydia - Dear Lydia, Stuttering is a speech disorder, where the...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:50pm

Dealing with poor weight gain in babies

During infancy and childhood, children gain weight and grow more rapidly than at any other time in life. However, some children do not gain weight at a normal rate which may occur for a variety of reasons. It is important to recognise and treat children who are not gaining weight normally because...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 8:01am

How to help children maintain a healthy weight

Daniella Ineza, a pupil at King David School, is nine years old and weighs 50 kilograms. Her mother says she had a normal birth weight but at the age of five, she started getting worryingly heavier. Ineza’s mother says that though she tries to help her daughter control her weight, as advised...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:05pm

Why does my child breathe heavily?

Dear Doctor, My toddler sounds like she has breathing problems even though she was checked and she does not have any issues? Why does she sound like she is always out of breath?  Arthur - Dear Arthur, A toddler always has a breathing rate faster than adults. Then during waking hours, they...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:50pm

My step-children don’t like me

Dear Counsellor, I’m raising three step children but please advise me on how I can do it  well.  I think if you are to raise children like your own, then ‘beating’ and talking to them is necessary.  But these kids cannot be beaten or talked to.  Yes I love...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:46pm

KWEZI AND I: Why we need a fun but affordable children’s venue

Last week, I finally succumbed to modern medicine and thankfully, Kwezi is breathing better and I am happy to be in office working without worrying about her. In the last week or so, I have had an opportunity to spend so much more time with her than I have in the last few months and as usual,...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:41pm

Is my baby lactose intolerant?

Dear Doctor, I think my baby is lactose intolerant and he is only a week old. He has diarrhoea and my mother says it is because of the lactose in breast milk. I gave him formula and it was the same thing. Is there a special, lactose-free infant formula? What would you recommend? Sharon - Dear...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:03pm

Improving children’s listening skills

Listening is a very important tool in everyday communication, to understand each other; we need to pay attention to each detail in order for the message to be effective. This is how you can develop a child’s listening proficiency: Develop reading skills. Children need to listen to each key...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:16pm

Strategies to improve academic outcomes

Teachers should always strive to make sure their learners get what they need to be successful, not just in school, but outside the school environment as well. Experts say that this can be achieved only if emphasis is put on various areas and activities. Relationship between behaviour and academic...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:30am

Steps to raising a responsible child

Kids don’t just become independent after 18 without being guided well. They need to practice conduct leading towards independence starting at an early age. Through grooming, they will know how to do things right, for example, making useful plans, meeting deadlines, making reasonable decisions...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:49pm

The inspirational child

A good child should be disciplined in all aspects of life. Our teacher once told us that discipline in life has many virtues, like being focused, staying healthy and also avoiding problems. I believe that discipline is the foundation of academic success, talent discovery, and development. So, in my...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 9:25pm

My favourite story

This story has been on my mind since the day I read it. I hope you like it the way I do. Once upon a time, a man punished his three-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was hard to come by and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:18pm

What are the risks of having a baby late?

Dear Doctor, I am 38 years old and hope to have children someday. However, being single makes me worry that I am running out of time. What are the dangers of having a baby at my age or even in my 40s?  Clarisse - Dear Clarisse, Many women plan for a family after completing their education...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:16pm

Nurturing children for a digital future

It is clear that the digital world is here to stay. Moreover, it is a welcome and necessary component of a 21st century childhood. Children’s wellbeing in the digital environment is of no less importance than their wellbeing in any other setting. The digital environment is a technology and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:50am

A disabled child is not a curse - Kaboneka

The Minister of Local Government Francis Kaboneka has called for an end to stigma against persons with disabilities as it threatens their welfare and inclusiveness in development projects. He was speaking during a disability summit taking place in Kigali which is part of global disability summit...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:40am

How to help children cope with emotions

We have all at some moment been upset, it is natural, and you cannot stop children from expressing their feelings, especially when they are angry. However, you can guide them on how to behave when they are upset. The way we feel when we are angry is normal, but we can decide on the way we react,...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:17pm

The gift of love

My mother recently read a story to me about a man and a cat. This story made me think about how the people in our lives love, care and look after us no matter how unfair we are towards them sometimes. One day, an old man was having a stroll in the forest when he suddenly saw a little cat stuck in...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:14pm

Let children think

Allow your children to speak; that is if you intend to enhance their thinking skills. Sometimes adults feel like they are are obliged to say something, for every occasion. So they keep talking and explaining to the child, thinking that if they do not, who will? But when will these children learn to...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:50pm