Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Photos From First Parenting And Networking Event By LagosMums

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LagosMums is a website that offers parenting tips, tools, information, and opportunities to engage with a vibrant virtual community through its online platform. LagosMums, on Saturday 22nd November, 2014 held the maiden edition of its Parenting and Networking Event at the Wheatbaker hotel, Ikoyi.

The Saturday event served as an extension of the online experience, providing a face-to-face forum for networking and discussions on parenting in the 21st Century. The theme of this first event was on “Raising a Global Citizen”

The event began with a networking session followed with an introductory remark delivered to a full house by the founder of LagosMums, Mrs. Yetunde Williams, after which she handed over to the moderator for the day, Mrs. Ononuju Irukwu.

The moderator commenced the interactive session with an introduction of the panelists; Mrs. Ifeoma Idigbe, Mrs. Catherine Bickersteth, Mrs. Tosin Praise-Fowowe and Mrs. Abiola Okubanjo.

Each of the panelists, weighing in from their respective areas of expertise, gave a short speech on different topics ranging from “What are our roles as Parents?”, “Educating an all rounded and Global Child”, “Influence of media on Parenting today” and “Balancing Act- Many roles as a Mum”.

Highlights from the speeches by the panelists are as follows:

Each parent must instil the right values in their children, understand each child’s uniqueness & relate with them appropriately at each stage of their life. – Ifeoma Idigbe

Parents must do a SWOT analysis for their children to determine their needs academically, spiritually and in other areas. They must also be taught leadership and compassion from the home. Every family should adopt a family charity. – Catherine Bickersteth

Parents should monitor their children closely and work hard to become their friends so they can protect them from the excessive influence of the social media and the risks that accompany it. Who is parenting your child? You or social media? – Tosin Praise-Fowowe

Mums are encouraged to know their priorities and use a team to achieve their goals because no one is superwoman. Ensure you invest a lot in getting the best of “help’ if you are a working mum. – Abiola Okubanjo

The question and answer session enabled a lot of LagosMums to share their personal struggles raising their children and glean advice from the panelists.

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