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My cat chewed my mouse this morning

My cat chewed my mouse this morning

For once I was able to get up early this morning. Not even Myrtle got to my bedside before my time to arise. She’s good that way, always acting as my alarm clock, if you will, because, truth be told, I am somehow never able to hear the alarm these days. In fact, yesterday morning I had set my mobile phone’s alarm for an hour earlier than usual. I had to go and write a series of tests later that morning. This was for a position as an assistant librarian downtown at the city’s enormous library.

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Teaching kids to be active and learning to look after themselves

I would like to see a perfect day when busy and often harassed moms no longer need to tell their growing and bustling kids, both girls and boys, and especially the boys, how to behave. It’s hard enough for me as it is. Trying to get the kids to sit still at the breakfast table is one thing. But try to get those same little children to eat the oats, porridge and fruit, and drink their milk is quite another challenge for busy and pressured mommies, and even daddies, in this twenty-first century day and age.

This is the era when both parents have to work, unfortunately. This is the modern day and age when tired parents barely have a chance to surface for air to breathe, let alone get their kids to sit still on the sofa while watching TV. That reminds me, it’s not so easy for working moms and dads to teach and discipline their growing children. Even more difficult is teaching kids to be active and getting them to spend more time outdoors in the sunshine instead of vegetating behind cold, drawn curtains, watching violent cartoon network shows and action movies or playing even more violent TV or video games.

It hasn’t been easy for me either, let me just tell you. But I dare say, without boasting, that I’ve managed things a bit better than the average parent. Perhaps that’s got something to do with my profession. I’m a senior nursing sister, you see. You may find this incredulous, seeing that professionals in the nursing profession always work long hours and at the most awkward and inconvenient times.

But my kids are growing up now, one is almost ready for high school and the other younger one may as well go to college, seeing as he is so clever and all, and my current work is strictly administrative and confined to traditional nine to five hours. That, of course, leaves me with more space to deal with my kids. Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you, I’m a single mother as well. It’s become a bit of a healthy occupational hazard for me, teaching my kids how to lead healthy, active lives, because this is how I spend most of my day at work.

Try and encourage your growing children to spend more time outdoors if you are lucky enough to have favorable weather and your grounds are big enough to give them space to run about in. If not, make time to take them out to the play parks, again, if you are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that has such necessities. If not, and if your neighborhood’s not even safe for walking about in, make enquiries at your nearby community center to enroll your children in community-oriented daytime activities.

Unfortunately, the sun’s UV rays are a little harsh these days. So outdoor playing time still needs to be monitored in this regard. The ideal time for kids’ physical activities outdoors is during the mid to late afternoon after they’ve arrived home from school. I still believe in the sun because the sun’s rays have that wonderful and essential natural ingredient called vitamin D, essential for children’s growth.

 

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Woman of the year

Woman of the year

It’s become a customary and traditional habit among online writers at this time of the year. They’ll be reviewing the highlights and lowlights of the past cataclysmic year. Or they’ll be waxing lyrical about joyful repasts which came and went quicker than you could sneeze. They also love talking about other people, prominent men and women mainly, who made headlines for all the right and wrong reasons. It’s not been a customary habit of mine, but I thought that this time I would add my own voice to this annual tradition. Where I come from, not much has been said about this woman.

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I’m planning on having a good year for the rest of my life, and you?

I’m planning on having a good year for the rest of my life, and you?

I’ve been saying this for a number of years now; I want to change my life for the better, but during those years that passed me by, my life just got worse. This time around I am left feeling that somehow it just cannot get worse than this. Or must it still get worse before it gets better? This is a story of redemption which has been part of many Abrahamic believers since Abraham’s first big test of faith. Well, history tells us that he passed the test and was richly rewarded, spiritually and materialistically.

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This is how we are living today

This is how we are living today

We are a family of nine. Mother, father, two brothers, and one happily married the other sadly divorced, one daughter and one daughter in law. The married couple have a bright daughter of eight, while the divorced man has two spritely children, one nine, the other five. The mother and father’s daughter has never been married and for reasons that cannot be explained here, has chosen to stay single for the rest of her natural life. What can be explained about this extraordinary family will be chronicled in these next few lines.

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