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Thoughts from Fink Africa

Abi and Uzo Fink AfricaFink Africa

In this post, Abi Adeyanju and Uzo Ijewere from Fink Africa share 7 tips for parents to help their children develop resilience to inevitable life experiences.   


Parents whose children have been through the secondary system would probably agree with me that the emotional and physical state of mind of our primary school leavers is not so hard to detect. This is probably because they are eager and over excited about their move into new yet different territory. Read more

Research – Why Autistic children are likely to be bullied

uom-logoStudy reveals factors why autistic children are likely to be bullied.


The study which involved 722 teachers and 119 parents. Dr Judith Hebron and Professor Neil Humphrey from The University of Manchester say

Older autistic children are more likely to be bullied than youngsters Read more

Relaxed Parenting

How do you Parent?

effective communication with children, parenting styles		Being the mother to four teenagers isn’t as bad as it sounds, sure we have our bad days but generally life in the Warner household is good!

To visitors our house may seem a little lively, there is the occasional flare up if someone has ‘borrowed’ something without asking, this is usually the girls and applies to a huge range of stuff including hairspray, belts, handbags and shoes – but generally our house is calm and we are all chilled out. Read more



With the startling rise in teen hearing loss revealing a 31 percent increase over the past decade, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, joined by recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus, has launched the Listen Carefully campaign. As Better Hearing and Speech Month gets underway this May, the extra attention raised by the Listen Carefully campaign for hearing health and protection could not be timelier.

For the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which strives to change the social consciousness of hearing and hearing health care, the goal of the Listen Carefully campaign is to spread the word among young people and adults to protect their hearing by lowering the volume – a simple solution with long-term impact.

Cyrus is getting involved through the campaign’s Listen Carefully Sweepstakes, which runs through June 15, 2011. The sweepstakes invites fans to enter for a chance to win a “listening experience” with the famous singer and actress during a sound check as she prepares for her performance at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala on July 24 in Minneapolis, which the winner and a guest will also have an opportunity to attend. Miley also helped officially launch the campaign with a series of public service ads that deliver a clear message – “your hearing is fragile, so don’t listen loudly, listen carefully.”

“As an artist, I want to make sure fans are able to experience the magic of music as it was intended,” said Cyrus.  “By just lowering the volume and using the right protection for your ears, hearing loss can be prevented, which means never losing the ability to enjoy the sound of a guitar, a beautiful lyric or a favorite song.”

Miley Cyrus first became involved with the Starkey Hearing Foundation during a recent trip to Haiti, where she joined the Foundation on a mission to distribute hearing aids to those in need.  During the trip, Miley learned about the Listen Carefully campaign and was quick to jump on board to lend her support.

“With 6.5 million teens recognized with some level of hearing loss, Better Hearing and Speech Month is a great time for us to inform parents and young people about just how fragile one’s hearing is and the need to protect it,” said Bill Austin, Chief Executive Officer of Starkey Laboratories and Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  “The majority of teen hearing loss is preventable, and it is our hope that the Listen Carefully campaign, with support from entertainers like Miley Cyrus, can make a difference.”

According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, loud sounds such as music pumping through headphones and ear buds at too high a volume, have the ability to destroy the tiny hair cells in the inner ear over time.  These tiny hair cells are essential in converting sound waves into messages and nerve impulses that are sent to the brain as sounds.  If just 30 percent of these hair cells are damaged or destroyed, one will experience hearing loss.

For an online hearing test, tips on hearing loss prevention, and more, visit starkeyhearingfoundation.org.  There, you will also find information on the Listen Carefully campaign and how to enter the Starkey Hearing Foundation Listen Carefully Sweepstakes with Miley Cyrus.

About The Starkey Hearing Foundation

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is striving to change the social consciousness of hearing and hearing loss prevention.  Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help correct that disability.  The Foundation now delivers more than 100,000 hearing aids through hearing missions in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.  Since 2000, the Foundation has supplied more than 500,000 hearing aids to people in need and is striving to achieve its goal of distributing over one million free hearing aids in this decade.  In addition to giving the gift of hearing, the Foundation partners with Best Buy and the GRAMMY Foundation to promote ‘safe hearing’ and hearing loss prevention among teens and young people, through its national program, SoundMatters™. For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Also don’t forget our Conversation Cards have really help children’s speech and listening skills

8 Things to Consider When Your Child Asks for Pocket-Money

Every parent wants their child to succeed financially, yet many parents don’t know how to begin.

communicating with children and how to improve communication skills,Help your kids become magnificent money-managers with these 8 points:

8 Things to Consider When Your Child Asks for Pocket-Money Read more

How to raise a successful Teen

Here are some tips for you on things you need to be ensuring that your teenager learns along the journey of life.

communicating with children and how to improve communication skillsThe six life lessons that your teen is not been taught at school.

Life lesson One – Know yourself – Good grades are only one part of the equation. Read more

Should you ever spy on your kids?

Today Fink was featured in The Daily Mirror discussing this topic. The question they asked me was:

How can you building the relationship without spying?

1.Share your concerns Read more

‘Generation Stress’

Are we putting too much pressure on our young people?

communicating with children and how to improve communication skills, Children face “excessive” pressure to do well at school and conform to the commercial values of the modern world, a major report into public views has found.

There is widespread concern that family life is “breaking down” and the culture of respect is disappearing, according to Cambridge University’s Primary Review. Read more

Do we stifle our children’s creativity through fear and perfectionism?

How Parents get in the way

As some of you may know, Freya has started doing her own web shows. Really, they are just Freya ranting to the camera and showing off. They are not very good or entertaining, but she is very proud of them. She has done 5 of them now and has some fans and even has some people sending requests in for her to do things.

However what has shocked me is other people’s reactions to me letting her do this. It is only at times like these that I realise how different I am.

I know Freya inside out; I know she is an inventor and a perfomer and I know that she is creative. She speaks her mind and she gets bored easily. My approach to everything Freya does is to allow her her freedom to do what she wants and not interfere, unless I really need to.

In her last web show Freya wore a skirt and happened to do a few cart wheels. The feedback was phenomenal – suddenly I was opening my child up to paedophiles! I was stunned and not only that, I needed to pull the show as it was so bad.

OK, firstly I control both of Freya’s accounts and no one can get to her. If a paedohile watches it then he watches it; should I stifle her expression and creativity through fear? I think not! Secondly, is it up to Freya to figure out that her show is not good and either ask for help or stop doing it.

What kind of Mum would I be if I stood in and told her that her work was unsatisfactory? I’ll leave that for school…

Does this helicopter-type viewing not take away a child’s innocence? As I write this I wonder how many parents would not be as free as I am; how many do not give their children the freedom to make their own mistakes? How many step in when really they need to stay out? How does media hype and the fear of something not being perfect or maybe, God forbid, making the parents look bad, stop us allowing our children to just be children?

As for the web show, it is bad, it is crazy and half the time, who knows what she is on about? However, I will continue to let Freya be her crazy free self until she decides maybe it is not a good idea anymore.

See Freya and her strange antics

Delayed gratification an indication of Future Success

Our job as Parents is not to do what is easy!

Following on from my review of the great book The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genes, Talent and Intelligence is Wrong: The New Science of Genes, Talent and Human Potential by David Shenk, I have some information about a great piece of learning for me.

I have always known that as parents our job is not to do what is easy, but to do what is right and I have suspected that we need to step back more and allow our children to fail; this was all affirmed in the book. I also suspected that giving in too easily could have massive consequences later on in life, but I was not sure why until I read this book and then it all made sense.

The book talks about an experiment involving children and marshmallows. The children were left in the room and told that they could have one marshmallow now or wait a while and have two. I don’t want go into the ins and outs of the experiment but the interesting bit came when they went back to the children later on in life and found that the ones who waited and had two marshmallows had far exceeded academically those who ate the marshmallow straight away.

What this study showed was that children who could delay gratification early in life were more likely to be able to put in the persistence required to succeed in life.

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