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Intentional Parenting

Desert Bloom Initiative is excited to interview Kehinde Mosopefoluwa Babajide as she launches her new initiative, Intentional Parenting. Kehinde has a B.A in French from the Obafemi Awolowo University, an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the University of Lagos, a Certificate in Advanced Parenting Skills from Alison Online Learning. As a seasoned educator, Kehinde worked with HomeBase Infant Care as a Caregiver/Tutor for a few years. Presently, she works for the Corona Schools’ Trust Council as a French Teacher and will shortly earn a Professional Diploma in Education from the Corona College of Education. Kehinde Is passionate about inspiring young people’s interest in continuous learning and instilling in them a sense of self-worth to reach higher goals. Kehinde Babajide is happily married with two beautiful children.

Indeed, as a mother who is interested in higher education for young people and also concerned about the decaying morals in the society, this initiative is dear to my heart and I am indeed curious to know more about it.

Tell me what this initiative is about

I have always loved children and being around them. Having two of mine has taught me some basic lessons coupled with being a teacher. I also have an unexplainable love for my country, Nigeria. Intentional Parenting was born out of my desire to see things done correctly. I believe that we have taken so many values for granted, swept some under the carpet and thrown some out of the window. However, to see the real change, we have to start in our homes, with how we raise our children and that is where parenting comes into play. Intentional Parenting is about being intentional with our parenting skills, values and beliefs.

What have you noticed about parenting nowadays that made you start up this initiative?

As a working parent, I have come to realise how difficult it is to parent. As a teacher, I noticed that we have left parenting to others. My dad is a banker and my mum, a teacher but the general belief then was if one parent was a banker, you would never get to see or at least enjoy being around him/her. I did not share that belief because as busy as my dad was, I still felt I knew him. The little time he usually had or shared with us, he was intentional about it. And so, I enjoyed being with both parents as a little child. The same goes to parents that are full time daddies or mummies. Even though, we are physically present, there are values or basic things that we have ignored or thrown under the carpet.

How do you intend to reach your target audience?

My target audience are basically parents and would-be parents. I usually share tips on WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram and I am grateful to you for giving me this opportunity to lend my voice through your platform.

What sort of behavior in children would you love to see in our society?

Someone said that our job as parents is not to raise happy children but to raise responsible and capable children. I believe our job is to raise happy, responsible and capable adults. I would love to see children who think of the consequences of their actions before they act them out. Children who are respectful to both young and old. Children who can identify with who they are and where they come from. Children who can indeed thrive and persevere in today’s world.

Kehinde with her kids

What do you think is the best thing parents can do to bring up well behaved and adjusted children?

Parenting is life’s most complex job, and yet, it’s an amazing one. I believe that as parents, we must be intentional about parenting, be consistent about what we want and how we want it done. Children do not usually learn or listen when you teach them once or twice, it has to be taught consistently. As they grow up, they encounter values that are different from theirs. The keys to our parenting lifestyle is to be intentional and consistent. I believe that we must do better with this generation. Just as Danny Huerta said, our role as parents is as that of a shepherd, guiding our children’s paths and protecting them.

Thank you so much for sharing these few tips with us. May your initiative bloom forever.

To get parenting tips from Kehinde, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – Intentional Parenting.

Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com