Monthly Archives: November 2018

Happy International Men’s Day

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First conceived in the February of 1991, the project of International Men’s Day was inaugurated a year later– in February 1992. The project of International Men’s Day was revived in 1999 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Jerome Teelucksing, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago, chose November 19 to celebrate International Men’s Day in honour of his father’s birthday. International Men’s Day, Dr Teelucksingh believed, is not just a gendered day but an event to address issues relating to men and boys.

This day also aims to celebrate “invisible” men who positively influence their gender, are inspiring role models for boys and try to raise awareness of men’s mental health.

International Men’s Day tries to create a conversation around things like mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.

International Men’s Day also explores issues like real-life options, poverty, hunger, homelessness, fatherlessness, parental alienation, mass incarceration, religious and ethnic intolerance which may prevent men and boys from living healthier, purpose-driven, and longer lives.

Who is the real MAN to be celebrated on International Men’s day?

A man is one of the most vital parts of God’s creation.

He sacrifices his dreams for just a smile on his parents’ face.

He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves, just to see her smiling.

He sacrifices his full youth for his wife & children by working late at night without any complaint.

He builds their future by taking loans from banks & repaying them for his entire lifetime.

He struggles a lot & still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife and boss.

His life ends up only by compromising for others’ happiness.

If he goes out, he is careless.

If he stays at home, he is lazy.

If he scolds his children, he is a monster.

If he doesn’t scold them, he is an irresponsible man.

If he stops his wife from working, then he is an insecure man.

If he doesn’t stop his wife from working, then he is somebody who lives on his wife’s earnings.

If he listens to mom, he is mama’s boy.

If he listens to his wife, he is, his wife’s slave.

If he does not play he is too serious, stern and stiff.

If he plays, he is a joker who never matures.

If he dresses well, he is extravagant and a possible womanizer. If he doesn’t dress well, he is a loser who is not a gentleman.

Respect every male in your life. You will never know what he has sacrificed for you.

Happy International Men’s day!!!

So, today is a good day to make a difference in this world on International Men’s Day. Be more empathetic and open in understanding gender. Be a man for a day and see what it is like?

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Lessons President Xi Jingping Learnt from His Father

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Three powerful lessons Xi Jinping learnt from his father Xi Zhongxun. 

He narrated the story of growing up thus:

As a small child , I was very selfish, always grabbing the best for myself.

Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault and I criticized others.

But my father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life.

One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and  put them on the table.
One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.

Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles.

Because eggs were hard to come by those days, I chose the bowl with egg!

I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg. To my surprise my father’s bowl of noodles had two eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles!

With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.

My father smiled and taught me the first lesson to remember that, “what your eyes see may not be true.”

He added that, “If you make a habit of taking advantage of people, you will end up losing.”

The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.

Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted.

This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.

Hmmm. To my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!

Again, my father smiled and said to me, “My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you“.

Never  be too annoyed or sad with situations. Just treat experience as learning a lesson experience that cannot be gotten from any textbooks.

The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.

He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted.

But  this time, I told my father, “Dad, you choose first. You are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family.

My father was happy to choose for me.

He chose the bowl with one egg on top. But as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise There were two eggs at the bottom of the bowl.

My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, he said “my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.”

I always remember these 3 sentences of my father.

Xi Jinping.

So what were the lessons in the story?

  1. What your eyes see may not be true
  2. You must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you
  3. You must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.

As a father, mother, guardian, teacher or a child’s caretaker how do you use simple everyday life happenings and activities to teach your ward/child? 

Do you make them memorable? Do you also see to it that they learn the morals of the story/experience? 

Share with us how you teach and train your child in the comment box below.

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