Written by Laraba Murey

Beg Your Pardon Mrs. Aisha!

One afternoon, a little boy had lost his kitten. He looked under his bed. He looked all over his house. But still there was no puppy.

Finally, he looked for his puppy in the garden. After a few hours, he still could not find the puppy.

The little boy was tired and was about to give up. Then he saw his neighbour, Mrs Aisha.

“I beg your pardon, Mrs Aisha. Is my puppy in your garden?" asked the little boy.

“Oh yes, she is. She is chewing on a mutton bone," replied Mrs Aisha.

The little boy climbed the fence and saw his puppy chewing on a mutton bone. He was so happy that his puppy was not lost but had only gone to his good neighbor’s house to eat.

Moral of the story:

Do not give up searching for something you have lost too soon.



Be Brave and Start Talking

Let's face it, talking about personal stuff can feel embarrassing. But remember, your parents know you pretty well — and they were your age once, too! So don't let a little embarrassment stop you. It's OK to go ahead and share what's on your mind.

Some kids might think if they share a problem, they'll make a parent worried or upset. But your mom or dad can handle knowing about your problem, big or small. If they look concerned, it just means they care, and that they feel for you.

Some kids might not bring up a problem because they just don't want to think about it — and hope it will just go away. But sweeping a problem under the rug hardly ever solves it. And bottling up your feelings can make you feel stressed.

Talking things over with a parent can help you feel less stressed. Together, you can think of ways to cope, solve the problem, and feel better. Just knowing your parent understands and cares about what you're going through can reduce your stress a lot.


How to Start

Do you need to talk about something important? Try these tips:

Decide who you want to talk to. Do you want to talk to your Mom, your Dad, or both of them? Do you want to talk to a grandparent? An older sibling?

Pick a good time and place to talk. Any time you're together can work. For example, when you're walking the dog, helping with the dishes, or driving in the car.

 Think about what you need. Do you need your parent to just listen and understand what you're going through? Do you need permission for something? Do you want advice? Do you need to talk about trouble you're in?

Think of what you'll say. You can get started by saying things like:

"Mom, I need to tell you about a problem I'm having."

"Dad, I need to get your permission to go on a class trip next week. Can I tell you about it?"

"Grandma, I need your advice about something. Can we talk?"

"Mom, I did something I know was wrong. You might be mad, but I want to fix things, and I need your help. Can I tell you?"

Once you get started, your mom or dad will listen and talk, too. Then you can have more of a back-and-forth discussion.


Communication Tips

Explain your situation. Give details that can help parents understand your situation. Explain what you think, feel, and want.

Be honest. If you're always honest, a parent will be likely to believe what you say. If you sometimes hide the truth or add too much drama, parents will have a harder time believing what you tell them. If you lie, they'll find it hard to trust you.


Try to understand their side. If you have a disagreement, can you see your parents' side? If you can, say so. Telling parents you understand their side helps them be willing to see yours, too.

Try not to argue or whine. Use a tone that's friendly and respectful. That makes it more likely parents will listen and take what you say seriously. It also makes it more likely that they'll talk to you in the same way.

Share the good stuff, too. Make it a habit to talk to your parents about things besides problems. Share what goes well for you, too. Tell them about a good part of your day, a grade you're proud of, or a funny joke a friend told you. Talking helps you be close and enjoy each other more.   


What if It Doesn't Work?

Most of the time, you and your parents can have a good talk and make at least some progress. But for some kids, it might not work out. Some parents have troubles of their own. Others just can't be available in the ways their kids need and deserve. Others have a hard time being flexible.

If you can't talk to your parent, seek out other adults you can trust. Find a relative, a teacher, or a counselor who will listen, understand, encourage, believe in you, and care. Then follow all the tips above to get the most from your conversation with that person.



1. I run all around the pasture but never move. What am I?


2. What asks no questions but requires many answers?


3. What has toes but no feet or legs?


4. I always have one eye open. What am I?


5. I scream, you scream, we all scream. For what?


6. What has four eyes and runs south?


ANSWER: 1. A fence. 2.  A doorbell. 3. Tomatoes 4. A needle 5. Ice cream. 6. The Mississippi River.



1. In “The Jungle Book”, what kind of animal is Baloo?

2. What year was the Nigerian currency introduced? 

3. What is the name given to an animal that only eats plants?

4. which country are the Pyramids of Giza?

5. What colour are sapphires?

6. What is a group of kangaroos called?


ANSWER: 1. Bear 2. 1959 3. Herbivores plants 4. Egypt 5. Blue 6. Mob


Did you know?

1. In terms of size, Nigeria is the 10th largest Sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Apples float because they are one quarter air!

3. Nigeria was the first African country to win Gold medal in Olympics football event.

4. Venus spins clockwise. It’s the only planet that does!

5. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.



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