Mental Health

Published October 11, 2021 by leabridge

HELP LINES

  1. Open Counseling @opencounseling. https://www.opencounseling.com/hotlines-ng
  2. The Lagos State Government mental health helpline- ‘Lagos Lifeline – 0909000MIND (09090006463)
  3. She Writes Woman @shewriteswoman http://shewriteswoman.org/our-solution/#helpline
  4. @the.pappysam on IG. Professional Counsellor and Psycotherapist

Older & Wiser

Published January 17, 2021 by leabridge

Luke 2: 52 

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

As parents one of our happiest moments is when our children hit / achieve a milestone e.g. first step, first word, potty training, graduation etc. The fact that a child has achieved a milestone doesn’t mean that there won’t be any slip up days going forward.

As parents when such slip ups occur our job is to let the child know that it is ok, slip ups are normal. Where possible help the child evaluate the situation and realize what he / she could do differently next time.  At times all the child needs to know is that you are in his / her corner regardless (a confidence booster).  Make encouraging your child / children a habit, be their loudest cheerleader. 

I have heard parents, guardians & sometimes teachers say a child is almost impossible or difficult to teach, love or raise. What you need for a turnaround to occur is a little more encouragement, a little more love, a little more patience, a little more faith, extra dedication & a whole lot of prayers and as they get older they will get wiser.

The truth is our mistakes are meant to be springboards that are capable of launching us to greater heights. We shouldn’t let the fear of mistakes prevent children (and parents) from reaching that great height.

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What Standards Are We Setting For Our Children?

Published August 5, 2020 by leabridge

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Everyone has personal standards and they are often influence by e.g. religious beliefs, social standing, family, environmental/ social factors, life experiences etc. These standards are important because they serve as an anchor, a place where we go back to when we need to recharge or revaluate things. It is what keeps us from drifting too far in the currents / storms of the world.

  • As a parent what standards are you putting in place for your children?
  • What values do you practice?
  • Do you tell them one thing and do another? Don’t forget that children tend to do what you do rather than what you say. They are watching
  • What standards do you have as regards the way the talk to others?
  • Do you give excuses for your child’s bad behavior?
  • How do you instill discipline I your home?
  • Do you favour one child over the other?
  • Do you take time to listen to your child?
  • Do you explain the reasons behind certain decisions you make?
  • Do you give your children room to make decisions, mistakes & learn life lessons on their own?

These and so many questions need to be considered.

As a parent you need to know that your voice becomes your children’s inner voice when he / she is alone and needs to make decisions. Let them know that you are their safe place; no matter what happens let them know they can come running to you with fear of judgement or condemnation.

It’s our job as parents to raise godly children. Its our responsibility to equip these children with the standards and values that will help them fulfill purpose.

We the parents of today determine the type of world we will be living in, in another 30 – 40 years.

The youth / child of today is tomorrow’s leader.

 

 

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I Love My Job

Published February 6, 2020 by leabridge

People who know me well know I love children & I have an incredible passion for anything that has do with children. In fact, my order of priority is

  1. God
  2. Family
  3. Children’s ministry (yes dealing with children is a ministry on its own)

So, with a business degree under my belt and work experience in the financial sector I went off to do a masters in Early Childhood Education and then made my passion my full-time job. Today I am an Early Childhood Educator (Professional), I own & run a preschool (The Leabridge School, Ikeja, Lagos), I teach and I am loving it.

One of my many aims in my chosen profession is to help children love learning. This is because when a child loves to learn the job of the teacher becomes easier. This is one of the foundations that The Leabridge was built upon. So far (God helping us) we haven’t had one child who complained about going to school or who did not want to come to school.

At The Leabridge we make learning fun. One of the ways being some of the activities we do. To an onlooker the children simply look like they are playing but in reality, an element of the day’s study plan is infused and as the children play or engage in the activity they are also learning.

We believe every child is talented / gifted, we believe every child is a leader, we believe every child has the potential to become great and we work with every child to bring forth this greatness.

At The Leabridge we aim to give each child a solid foundation in life both academically and socially. At The Leabridge we are dedicated to raising world changers and superstars.

 

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My name is ‘Deola Olowolafe.

I am an Early Childhood Professional

I am the Head of School at The Leabridge School

 

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TEACHING OUR CHILDREN EMPATHY

Published August 21, 2019 by leabridge

Hi there,

Something happened to me today and I would like to share it with parents and teachers out there. Its holiday time here in Nigeria so the boys and I go to work (The Leabridge) together. So like most kids do during the holidays they eat more than 3 meals a day. What that means for me is cooking enough food to last them till about 6pm as well as having some back up snacks.

But today I decided not to cook rather I took the leftovers in the fridge for the boys with the hope that I will buy lunch. I was surprised when my older son walked up to me and said “mum my brother and I have decided that you have the food while we just have our snacks”.

They had noticed that there was only 1 bowl of food rather than our usual 3 and automatically they knew I wasn’t planning to eat. So, they gave up their meal so mummy could eat. My boys are 11 & 8 (9 next month). I was really touched by their act of empathy. They thought about the well-being of someone else over their own. I am so proud of these boys and I thank God for the young men they are going to become.

Empathy is not something we see very often in our society. Slogans and quotes such as ‘survival of the fittest’, ‘every man for himself’ ‘ look out for #1’ etc. have become the order of the day. You see little children exhibiting an ‘entitlement behavior / mentality’ i.e. my way or no way. Being the best seems more important than being the nicest. What type of society are we building?

Its important we help our children understand the need to be empathetic. Encourage them to be nice to each other. “Be Nice” is one of the positive words we use a lot at The Leabridge. At times it’s funny when you hear the children say it to each other when one of them is being naughty.  But it’s the truth.

We need to help the children see that being nice is just as important as being the best. And the best way to teach them is to practice it ourselves. Be nice to the children, be nice to others make a conscious effort to raise kind children.

Always remember children do what you do not necessarily what you say.

We made Top 20 Preschools in Lagos

Published July 25, 2019 by leabridge

I am so excited and i just can’t hide it.

The Leabridge was listed as one of the top preschools in Lagos, Nigeria  by a reputable school guide. So glad that our hard work is being noticed by others. This is so encouraging and it just makes us feel the need to even do more.

A big thank you to all The Leabridge parents.

Thank you for trusting us.

20 Best Schools in Lagos, Nigeria.