So there has been more than enough hype around latest Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. The dark beauty that has captured hearts of layman and celebrity alike has been such a media sensation. She’s more popular now than even Kate and little Prince George. Not to say I’m a hater or anything. I’m anything but. I applaud her and I’m happy that she got her break in life albeit on the wrong side of 30. She is beautiful, that dark cocoa bean colored skin, small nose and bright smile. She is the epitome of African beauty. She has done something only 6 other black women were able to do before her. Win an Oscar in a white dominated field. So a round of applause for this wonderful lady. Yes, yes, her color could have something to do with the hype. I believe race should be something positive instead of mystical or something to be frowned upon. It should be embraced and enjoyed. Difference makes life exciting, intriguing and oh, so much fun. She has also stolen my dream. Thinking about her and her achievements made me backtrack and think about where I’m headed in life. Do I want to be successful later on in life when I really won’t care so much about it? Why can’t I attain success now in the prime of my youth? I would like to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor while I still have the will, energy and time to do so. She is not the only one who made me think about what I want to achieve or what I should have supposedly achieved by this age (Mind you, I’m not even 25 but I talk like I’m 45. One of my finer qualities.) I had many dreams growing up. The world was really my oyster. I went to some of the best schools in Africa, both primary and high school. I even went to an international university and almost went to Malaysia. Almost being the operative word. Amongst other things, I dreamt of being the first black female African president but Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf beat me to it. OK, cool. I let her have that one. I dreamt of becoming the first black female billionaire but of course Oprah Winfrey beat me to it. OK, it’s cool again. I dreamt of becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar and guess what? Yup, I was beaten to it by Halle Berry. I could go on but I think you get the point. What’s the common thread? All these women are older than me. Hence, I have come to the conclusion that I was born in the wrong generation. Or else I wasn’t presented with the opportunities these women were. I guess I could always settle for the first successful black woman author. Not bad, huh?
There is a part of Europe that I would say has a particular specialness about it, one you should consider visiting! That place would be S?dtirol (South Tirol) in the northern part of Italy. Most people usually emphasize the rest of Italy and its wonderful historical sites in Rome, Venice, etc. – but there are some gems in the north that cannot go unnoticed.In S?dtirol, there are many small, quaint villages that provide perfect holiday getaways for people with a range of vacation tastes. Many of them are settled on mountain-sides, which gives way to opportunities for outdoor sports such as skiing and snowboarding in the winter time. During all other seasons there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from and farm-grown delectables to try.History seems to permeate S?dtirolian villages and inspires wonder and excitement; the cracks and orange shingled roofs of the buildings charms and allures visitors. The hub of each village, its “city center,” is easily recognized upon walking along the winding cobblestone streets, through alleys with whimsical arches and into inviting courtyards.It’s simply so peaceful there. While taking advantage of long walks up any one of the mountains, I would bump into amiable Italian, Austrian and S?dtirolian tourists and residents, and exchange greetings in each other’s languages with smiles. On the way down the mountain, I would gaze at the spectacular view of the valley and mountain range, and smell the cows, grass and pizza wafting in the warm or crisp air (depending on the season). All in all, it is a truly refreshing experience, one I myself like to repeat again soon.
When a child reaches a certain age, most parents will begin to consider a day care of preschool program. Some children enter nursery school during the infant stages while others do not begin a preschool education until they are around the ages of three to four. Every parent makes a different decision based on child care needs as well as the benefits to the child. There are many different options of child care to choose from, particularly based on the age of the child as well as the type of care needed. The most common options are standard day care and preschool. Many parents do not know that there is a significant difference between the two. Below is a simple comparison of each with pros and cons.Standard Day CareStandard day care is a program in which a facility will provide a safe place for your child to stay while you are at work. This type of program can last all day and be available during the work week for parents, Monday to Friday.Pros• This program is available so that parents have an option while at work. Most facilities will open in the early morning hours and close in the evening to provide options for parents who work different shifts.• Meals can be provided, which helps your child receive the nutrition they need.• Employees should have to be certified in child care and life saving methods such as CPR and First Aid.• The basics of learning can be provided, based on the facility, such as colors, ABCs, writing and more.• Care can begin as early as the infant stages so children can basically grow up around the same care providers.Cons• Children do not receive one on one learning experience.• Children are in a large group of other kids and may feel overwhelmed.• Learning capabilities are not as advanced as a private preschool or educational institution.• Care givers are not certified education providers.• No preparation for early elementary educationPreschool ExperienceA preschool experience can be far different from the standard day care facility. In a preschool, certified teachers and care providers create a program that will enhance the child’s learning experience. Class groups are smaller so individual learning is encouraged. This setting can also be available during working hours but is usually limited to an 8 to 5 type schedule.Pros• Smaller class setting to promote individual learning experiences• More than the basics are taught, including reading, writing and early education skills• Teachers are certified and ready to help children begin the path to education• Certain programs provide a more complex learning environment• Meals can be provided with added incentive of child learning preparation and nutrition information• Children are prepared for kindergarten with special attention on certain learning aspectsCons• Many programs may be unaffordable for children• Smaller classrooms can make it harder for children to be accepted into programs• The hours of operation may not be conducive with parent work scheduleBoth a standard day care program and a preschool option have pros and cons. It is important for parents to view their options and make the decision based on what is available in their area. A Montessori school is a great preschool education option and can be found in many cities across the globe. You may also find that a day care solution is perfect for your child and work needs. By weighing the pros and cons of each option, you will be able to make the best decision for your child. Every child deserves a proper education and the early years are the most formative. By choosing an institution that provides proper learning, your child will be ready for elementary education.
Author Bio: Sasha Wilson lives in Gilbert, Arizona. She is mother of two young and growing kids who give her a tough time with their antics. Sasha uses her education and experience to write regularly on a number of topics including fashion, travel, parenting, education and entertainment. http://www.naudainacademy.com/Blog/Entry/who-is-responsible-for-teaching-values-to-our-children