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This poem is dedicated first to all the mothers of Lela Blossom School and to the mothers of the 109 Ukrainian children killed in the war memorialized with strollers in the city of Lyviv. 

Dear Mother,

More than a person

She’s a gate; a portal

The bridge between God’s intention for mankind and its manifestation

The eye that sees beyond our appearances

The heart that feels our pain like it’s hers

Dear Mother,

More than a person

She’s a place; a haven

Where else do we go when we don’t feel good enough?

Where do we go when we need to be inspired?

Where do we go when we need answers?

Dear Mother,

There’s no limit to how far she can go just to care

There’s no word to describe the pain she endures just to nurture

There’s no money to quantify the sacrifices she makes

There’s no substitute for her anywhere in the world no matter how hard you search

Dear Mother,

She is the gift and the giver

The gift from the Father of lights

The giver whose heart always yearns for her own

She is many things all in one package

If you see a mother today, make her feel special because every mother is a miracle 

Happy Mothers’ Day 


Nkiruka Ugwu



Exams are stressful, but you may make them easy by improving your study habits. Studying correctly and efficiently for your examinations will save you from feeling unprepared and will help you succeed!

Here are some pointers to help you prepare for your exams

Set the foundation for later

if you want to have a successful exam, your preparation starts with your class activities and after-school study sessions. It is not wise to wait until the exam is here to prepare, you will only be setting yourself up for pressure. let’s look at how you can set the foundation ahead of your exams.

  1. Find out when all of your exams will be and how much of your marks will be based on them. Make a note of these dates in your calendar or planner so they don’t sneak up on you!
  2. Be active and pay attention in class. Paying attention in class will assist you tremendously when exam time comes.
  3. Take good notes of your lessons

Creating an Optimal Environment for Learning

You can do this by:

  1. Putting away anything that may cause you to get distracted.
  2. Turn off the TV

– Organize your learning

You can do this by writing out what you hope to achieve in each study session, creating a study guide, reinventing your note in the best way possible. After studying set questions for yourself and attempt them.

– Study efficiently

This involves finding the right study hour, asking others for help where necessary, taking a rest in between studies to rejuvenate etc.

– Preparing for the exam day

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before your exams
  2. Eat healthily
  3. Arrange your school kit and arrive for your exams early
  4. When you get your exam questions, start with the one you know best
  5. Follow all exam instructions


Back to school anxiety is normal!!! It’s absolutely normal for children to be equally excited and anxious about a new school term starting. So here’s a few ways you can help your child deal with back to school anxiety.


1. Talk about it.

An open discussion about the upcoming academic year will encourage your child to voice their fears and anxieties. This means of cathartic release is vital for children as it helps them overcome their anxiety-provoking thoughts and feelings.

Create a positive atmosphere at home by talking cheerfully about the new term, and all the happy and good things about going back to school.


2. Encourage your child to talk to their friends.

This can dispel fears and make them feel excited about going back to school. Perhaps meet in the park and plan some social activities before they meet in the classroom.


3. Back to school shopping.

Taking them back-to-school shopping and getting things ready for the new school term will make them feel more positive and excited about going back to school. This will also give them a sense of normality.

Help your child plan and organize their back-to-school materials like school bags, uniforms, lunch pack, hand sanitizer, nose mask, stationery etc.


4. Schedule your childs routine.

Begin regulating their sleeping and eating schedules at least one week prior to the school reopening day. Ensuring that they get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet will help them feel relaxed and calm. Remember, lack of proper sleep and food can make children feel angry and restless.


5. Help them structure their routine.

For example, getting the school bags and uniforms ready the previous night, to avoid feeling overburdened with tasks in the morning, setting a wake-up time and so on. Remember that many children and teenagers are not their best in the mornings and they have had a long time away from the usual school routine. It may take a bit longer to readjust their internal time-clock to be able to function properly in the morning.



While some teens will thrive with a fresh start, immediately jumping into activities and making friends, others won’t succeed immediately. Some of them may find it difficult to adapt both academically and socially.

If you’re changing to a new school system, use these strategies to help your teen adjust to a new school.

1.  Maintain a Positive Attitude

The transition period begins even before your teen enters the new school. Your teen is likely going to be pessimistic, so the responsibility rests on you to talk up the new school.

Highlight the new opportunities that will be available, such as a fantastic music class, computer laboratory etc.


2.  Listen to Your Teen’s Concerns

Instead of minimizing your child’s distress by saying things like “it’s not a big deal”, validate your teen’s feelings by saying you know it will be hard for them to leave their school and friends.

Example: “I understand you’re worried about being able to stay in touch with your friends.”


3.  Be honest and upfront with your teen about why you are switching schools.

If you’re relocating for a better job opportunity, moving to be closer to family, or need to find a new residence because you can’t afford to stay where you are, talk about it!

Talk about the values that influenced your decision. Make sure your teen understands that you are not moving to make his life unpleasant, and that you are not changing schools because you are unconcerned about their feelings. Instead, explain that you care but it’s ultimately up to you to make the best decision for the family.


4.  Learn About the New School

Quite often, anxiety stems from not knowing what to expect. If your child has a clear knowledge of what their new school will be like, they may have a more positive attitude about transitioning to the new school.

Conduct as much research as possible about the new school before your child starts attending. Get them involved in finding out about the size of the school, the types of classes offered, and what extra-curricular opportunities are available.


 5.  Watch Out for Academic Problems

When your teen switches schools midway through their academic career, there are a lot of adjustments to be made.

For instance, maybe your teen never learned algebra the way the new school teaches it. Even differences in scheduling (such as block scheduling versus traditional) can pose difficulties.

So pay attention to their academic performance and provide them adequate support needed.



Starting school is a huge milestone in every child’s development and it’s absolutely normal for you to worry about how your child will cope.

Here’s a few ways to prepare your child for their first day in school.

1.  Tour the school

Visit the school with your child ahead of the school resumption and let them familiarize with their new surroundings. Your child can take a peek at his new classroom, the library, and other facilities he will be using throughout the school year. This will also give you a chance to ask the staff any questions or concerns you may have.


2.  Practice key skills

Teach them simple skills they will need to do on their own in school. These can be simple tasks like: unzipping their bag, opening their lunch box and juice carton or water bottle, taking off and putting on shoes by themselves and eating by themselves.


3.  Practice the new morning routine.

A morning routine allows children to learn how to take care of their own responsibility. Practice makes perfect! Establish the new morning routine at least a few times before school starts to get your child mentally prepared for school and establish healthy habits.


4. Self-care.

Expect them to come home dirty – this is an essential part of their learning and development. But to help maintain their personal hygiene (and save on your washing bill!) encourage your child to become independent with self-care. Show them how to wash their hands when dirty, and how to clean up after themselves, too.


5.  Prepare Yourself

Sometimes, we are more nervous than our children about the first day of school. If you have done all the things mentioned above (and possibly more!), you have done all that you can to prepare your child for starting school.

Smile! Going to school is a big milestone and it’s time for your child (Ren) to go and exercise their independence.