Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: Selfish friendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a cat was caught in a hunter's net. A mouse used to live in a nearby hole. The mouse seeing the cat in the net started playing around the cat.

Soon a mongoose came there. He wanted to kill the mouse. As he lifted his head, he saw an owl sitting on a tree trying to catch him. The mongoose went very near the cat's net to save himself.

The mouse thought, "When the hunter takes away the cat, the mongoose will not spare me and the owl is there to enjoy both of us."

The mouse went to the cat and said, "I can cut the net if you promise to save my life from the mongoose and the owl." The cat agreed. The mouse started cutting the net slowly and freed the cat only when the hunter was just near the cat. The cat took to heels and so ran the mongoose too. The owl was very much disappointed to see even the mouse running away to safety.

A few days later, the cat being hungry, went to the hole of the mouse and requested him to come out for a game. The mouse replied,

"I sought friendship and saved you to save my life." Now you can go home.

 

MORAL: Don’t nurture friendship with selfish people.

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

MANAGING STRESS AS KIDS

There's no avoiding the stress of everyday life. Schoolwork, responsibilities at home, busy schedules, other people's expectations, disappointments, deadlines, social drama: all of these can create tension.

Everyday stressors have a way of piling up if we don't keep them in check. Adding these 5 simple actions to your regular routine can help you avoid that "bogged down by stress" feeling.

The key word is "routine." You need to make sure you keep doing these to enjoy the benefits:

1. Balance responsibilities (like schoolwork) with activities you enjoy (like relaxing or spending time with friends). It's all about balance: all work and no play is bad. But if your schedule is so crammed with activities that there's no time for homework, that'll stress you out too.

 

2. Manage responsibilities. Use a calendar or planning app to keep track of assignments, chores, practices, and other obligations. Of course, planning is no good if you don't actually do what you plan: Managing stress also means regular studying, keeping on top of assignments, and overcoming procrastination. Take time to reflect a bit every day and think about how things are going. What do you need to work on? Do? Make time for?

 

3. Eat healthy foods. What you eat affects your mood, energy, and stress level. Eating healthy doesn't mean avoiding all treats — it goes back to that balance thing again. It's OK to treat yourself to ice cream occasionally if you ate a salad or turkey on whole wheat for lunch. But if ice cream and sweets are your main source of fuel, you're likely to crash or feel cranky — and stressed!

 

4. Get proper sleep. This may seem like a no-brainer. After all, who doesn't love to sleep? But getting the right amount of sleep is actually something we need to focus on because it's easy to let homework, talking to friends, or binge watching get in the way of sleep — no matter how much we want to catch those ZZZs.

 

5. Make time to exercise every day. It's hard to feel anxious when you're taking deep breaths on a run, feeling the rush of a downhill bike ride, or playing a pickup game with friends. Exercise doesn't just take our mind off of stress; it releases chemicals in our brains that make us feel better.

 

Learning to manage stress means building coping skills that allow you to take everyday challenges in stride. It's about keeping problems in perspective instead of ignoring them, and learning what to work on and what to let go of.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

1.      There are about 8.7 million unique species living on the earth! Of these, 2.2 million are in the oceans and the rest on land.

 

2. It is impossible to lick your own elbow.

 

3. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man. 

 

4. Squirrels plant more trees than an average human in their lifetime! How? They just hide their acorns and nuts underground and forget about them.

 

5. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its whole brain.

 

Quiz

1. What is the distance around a circle called?       

 

2. Which planet in our solar system is known to be having ring?

 

3.  In which street does the British Prime Minister live?

 

4. The Nigerian flag was designed in 1959 by?

 

5. The smallest continent in the world is?

 

ANSWERS

1. Circumference 2. Saturn 3. Downing Street (Number 10) 4. Taiwo Akinkunmi 5. Australia

 

Kids Riddle

1. What do you call it when your parachute doesn’t open?

 

2. You can you serve it, but never eat it? What is it?

 

3. How do oceans say hello to each other?

 

4. What can you catch but not throw?

 

5. Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?

 

6. What goes up and down but never moves?

 

ANSWERS

1. Jumping to a conclusion. 2 A tennis ball. 3.  They wave! 4. Cold. 5.  The C. 6. The temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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