#TuesdayTeacherTalks: Ways to Build Reading Habits in Students

Today’s topic is all about how we, as teachers, can help build habits of reading in a student.

“Reading is a number of interactive processes between the reader and the text, in which readers use their knowledge to build, to create, and to construct meaning.”

Firstly, what is reading? We all know reading is an act, a skill, or a process involving word recognition, comprehension, and fluency. Recognition means to identify the words in print. Comprehension means to construct an understanding from them. Fluency means to coordinate, identify words, and make meaning.

To develop word recognition, kids need to learn phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, word study, decoding, prior knowledge, and interest; all of which are important to understand the text. To develop comprehension, children need to develop – background knowledge, oral and print vocabularies, various kinds of text, purposes of reading & strategies for constructing meaning. To develop fluency, students need to develop high level of accuracy, maintain a rate of reading, and use phrasing & expression.

Students often know how to read, they just don’t use effective strategies to get the full meaning from the text they read. Learning to read is all about listening and understanding as well as working out what is in the story. Children are exposed to a wide range of words through listening to stories. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.

Reading benefits students academically and for lifelong success. Reading develops vocabulary, increases attention span, and promotes stronger analytical thinking. To improve students’ reading comprehension, teachers should introduce the seven cognitive strategies of effective readers: activating, inferring, monitoring-clarifying, questioning, searching-selecting, summarizing, and visualizing-organizing.

Secondly, here are the ways teachers can help to instil reading habits in a student:

  1. Exposure to authentic and level appropriate literature:
  • Create a reading corner in the classroom for lower grades where students sit, read, and discuss course book stories with help. For upper grades, the students can bring their favourite book to share with each other during independent reading class.

  • Give children easy access to books. There should be one class per week allocated for library period where the students are taken to the library for 40mins and should freely choose any book to read. Slowly the students will get up to grab a book even to look at the pictures. Let them explore by looking at the pictures, follow DIY books, or general knowledge books according to their level. Eventually the interest will develop by itself.

2. Encourage and support:

  • Reading should be done in class every day, in groups and individually. Encourage students to reread when they don’t understand, stopping to think about how the reading relates to their own life & experiences.
  • When going for field trips let them read road signs to show them reading is everywhere.
  • When students inquire about a specific genre, encourage them, and support them. The library should lend those books for a week or 10 days, this will help your child apply reading to everyday life to increase interest in reading.
  • Play word games reinforcing effort & providing recognition.

3. Model the use of visuals and Graphic Organizers: in upper classes, provide graphic organizers on fiction and nonfiction so that they can evaluate the book according to their perspective and encourage them to keep a log. It helps them to make connections. Use brainstorming to identify prior knowledge & interests or experience. Make use of cues like pictures, graphs, and charts. Use clips from videos that emphasize concepts.

4. Implementation:

  • Show them animated movies with subtitles.
  • Use songs to build phonemic awareness.
  • Retell what is read orally or in written form. React or imitate what they’ve read i.e. role play. Turn the headings & subheadings into questions to focus their reading.
  • At home, they can have a reading night-time routine because students who read 20 minutes a day outside of school tend to have improved language skills, a better understanding of language.

These were some steps through which any student will get into a habit of reading and enjoying reading.

Lastly, I like to thank Huma and Nazish for giving me this opportunity and for making today’s blog and YouTube video possible. Yes, you will find this article on my YouTube channel as well. So, don’t forget to head back and watch it at https://www.youtube.com/princessofpeaceable

Also, you’ll find more about this topic on IG accounts @humathewriter, @nazzish.ehsan and blog feeds at www.humathewriter.com and https://nazzishzaka.home.blog. So, feel free to look them up as well.

Stay safe and stay connected!

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Podcast Interview | Volunteering

“If you are a learner or an educator, then my podcast is just the thing you would want to hear.” – Princess NOthman

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The month of July means a lot to me. It was back in July, when I first started blogging. And it’s also July and it’s the end of season one of my podcast.

In case you’re wondering, what’s a podcast? What does it have to do with all this? Then keep reading, you will find out everything by the end of this article.

Podcast is a digital file made available on the internet, typically in a form of series which can be received by subscribers automatically. Simply put – a podcast is an audio programme, just like listening to the radio or TV talk show, with a series of episodes. But you have to subscribe to it.

I always wanted to work at a radio station, but due to certain requirements I was disqualified to present on national radio.

This rejection did not let me to give up. I continued to pursue my search for someone who would assist me regarding this matter. I met with Modia Batterjee, a well-known author and a famous entrepreneur. Through her inspiration & motivation came the existence of my podcast.

Podcasts have gone way beyond radio because of its pros. For one, podcasts can be of any frequency from daily, weekly to monthly. Two, it can be in any format from simple solo shows to multi-person dramas. Three, it can cover any topic, many of which would never make it onto the radio. And four, it can be of any length from 1 minute news to 3 hour in-depth interview.

Speaking of interview, I have had a very distinguished guest on my show who volunteered to collaborate and contribute to one of my podcast’s episodes. I will be sharing that with you all in a minute.

You can hear a series of my spoken words, in digital audio episodes, all focused on a particular theme or topic only on Princesses and Superheroes!

Princesses and Superheroes’ is a show that is entirely dedicated to entertain, educate, and inspire everyone especially kids of all ages.

So, if you’re a dreamer or a doer like me, then you will love to join a world where fairy tales and fiction make magic and miracles happen. – Princess NOthman

Last week, I have had the opportunity to speak with Miss Reem Eskander, who is a zoologist, a journalist and a volunteer herself. You can listen to the interview, given below, on my podcast and my Youtube channel.

 “Volunteering is a passion as it helps us make this world a better place by helping everyone around us and also sprinkle some glitter of happiness.” says Reem, when asked what does volunteering mean to her.

She also said, “There are many ways for us to volunteer for example we can help our mom clean the house or plant a tree somewhere or even give food and water to the cats and dogs in the streets.”

Being a volunteer herself, she explained the importance of volunteering by saying “By volunteering, we’ll spread kindness and in return it’ll give us lots of joy. We can also make new friends and with it will build our confidence. Also we’ll learn new skills along the way but most importantly Allah will reward us with ajar and blessings. Plus it’s a lot of fun.” 

That’s true, volunteering does help us to connect to others thus helping us to make new friends. And because we do something good for others and the community, it increases our self-confidence.  It makes us feel happier.  The more we give, the happier we feel. So always offer to help everyone around you. I remembered the times when I used to volunteer, it brought so much fun and fulfillment in my life that I would love to do it all over again forever.

If you like to volunteer, you can send in your questions, suggestions, requests, and comments on any topic at any time of the day via email at princessofpeace81@gmail.com or DM at @princesnothman. You can also subscribe to my show on your smartphone and listen to episodes whenever and wherever you like – in the car, in a gym, or at home through headphones or speakers.

You’ll find ‘P&S’ on Google podcast, Apple podcast, Spotify, Overcast, Pocket cast, Stitcher, Anchor, and Radiopublic.

Happy listening!

Stay blessed and stay connected!

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Corona Chronicles: Get into the Cleaning Mode!

Since the pandemic waves keep coming back and the lockdown never seems to end. One must focus on home hygiene, first and foremost.

“One, who maintains cleanliness keeps away diseases.” ~ Sam Veda

Hygiene is any practice or an activity that we do to keep things healthy and clean. There are some regular hygiene practices that are considered as good habits; such as washing hands, coughing into your elbow, taking baths regularly, trimming your nails, brushing your teeth and regular house cleaning.

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Keeping surfaces in homes clean is also a part of good hygiene as well.

Hygiene plays an important role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. It also benefits our own health and impacts the lives of those around us.

Have you ever thought what are some of your cleaning habits? Or how do you start your day? If you’ve said, start with making your bed, then you’re absolutely right. But do you know what are the simple yet complete steps or ways you can clean the whole house?

Here are some of step-by-step ways you can follow:

  1. First, make your bed: Always start your day by making the bed. Even if you’re in a huge rush, it won’t take much time to just pull sheets back down neatly. Also, it gives the room a nice and tidy appearance.
  2. Plan out your house: You need to decide how clean you want your house to be and how much time you have. So you can actually make a plan of the house including the tools you’ll require.
  3. Start with the most difficult room: A room that takes a lot of time, for many of us, is the bathroom. Because not only do we need to clean the toilet but then there’s the wash basin, the tub, and other small fixtures. Hygienic cleaning can be done through soap or detergent, so let the utilities soak in warm water while you scrub away the grime. Make sure to put on your rubber gloves before starting off because you’ll be wiping away much of the build-up scum.
  4. Cleaning the kitchen: The floor and the counter are usually clean because while cooking there’s always a spill that gets cleaned up immediately. So just start off by organising and arranging the cabinets, putting all of the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, spraying the countertops and stovetop with –all-purpose cleaner. And then use a sponge to wipe down the inside and outside, paying close attention to the handles of the faucets, cabinet doors, and drawers.
  5. Cleaning the bedroom: Start by getting a garbage bag; pick up trash around the room. Put clutter in its place. Arrange and organise your dresser and closet. Dust, wipe, and clean the surfaces. Vacuum or sweep the floor. And then go for a second spin around the room with a clean mop.
  6. Cleaning the living room: Flip the couch cushions, give it a quick fluff. Clear the coffee table. Use a tray to collect the necessities, later on you can rearrange them. Start with the dusting from top to bottom. Use a super-soft damp cloth to wipe down all the furniture because it picks up dust like a magnet and saves you a lot of time. Sweep the floor using a broom or vacuum cleaner. After sweeping comes the mopping. And then dump the dirty water in the toilet.

Last but not the least empty the trash. Then you’re all done and good to go!

A reminder: Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Stay home, stay safe, and stay connected!

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Living in Lockdown

imagesIf you’re looking into how you can spend your time in this lockdown in a different and challenging way, then this article is just for you!

As we all know that the covid-19 corona virus pandemic across the globe has caused us all to adapt to living life in a new way. Being home in the lockdown, playing games, watching movies, and doing fun things with family every day can get a bit of a bore.

Being bored is a sign that says you’ve gotten use to those things and it’s high time to do something different. Today, I’ll be sharing top 5 things I’ve tried during this lockdown and so should you.

Since I love trying new things, here are top 5 things I recommend:

1. Teach yourself something amazing: I have happened to have the opportunity to attend this free calligraphy course given by an acclaimed Canadian artist. He specializes in teaching the prestigious art of Arabic calligraphy in the English language. This artist has taught more than 3,000 students from 87 different countries through both in-class and online programs throughout the world. Calligraphy is the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush. Learning calligraphy can be an awesome hobby to have because its inexpensive, it’s creative and can relieve stress, and improve your handwriting.

2. Learn a new foreign language: Studying a foreign tongue improves the knowledge of one’s own language. Skills like problem-solving and dealing with abstract concepts are increased when you study a foreign language. It’s easy to choose a language because the 5 best foreign languages have always been Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, & Arabic. The secret of learning a new language, the fastest way; is to learn the right words, study well, start using the language all day & every day, and have fun!

“During lock down, we are surely locked but not down. Stay inspired.”

~ Dr. Prem Jagyasi

3. Blog or follow a blog: Blogs are a really good way of learning new things. All you’ll need to do is choose a topic you like, do a little bit of research, and find the perfect one for yourself. There are blogs about everything nowadays, but always make sure its age and content appropriate.

4. Photography: Means taking pictures using light as your medium. It’s when you capture images of life moments using a camera. There are different types of photography genres. I’ve tried most of them such as event photography, product photography, fine art photography, fashion photography, architectural photography, travel photography, and photojournalism. Out of all these, I enjoyed fine art photography the most. If you like to see my work, go ahead and check out my Instagram page at www.instagram.com/princessnothman

5. Connect with people: Now I know we’re spending time with our family members but have you tried contacting a long-distance relative, friend, or even your teacher. Keeping in touch with everyone through social media whether it’s through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, twitter or YouTube; is something different. Speaking of YouTube, did you know we can actually communicate through YouTube even if you don’t have an account? If you like to try it out, just go to http://www.youtube.com/princessofpeaceable and see for yourself.

And there we have it. Those were the top 5 things I tried and totally recommend you to try as well at least once in this lockdown. Believe me, you’ll enjoy it as it challenges our inner talent and artistic skills.

Don’t forget to share your stories about how this lockdown has changed your life. You can send in your content to get it featured on my blog or podcast via email at princessofpeace81@gmail.com

And above all, stay safe at home and stay connected!

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Corona: A Curse or A Cure?

The widely spoken topic these days is none other than the corona virus. I won’t tell you what it is. And if you think I’ll be giving you news reports…well, think again!

Did you know that all that has been happening around us, actually, is a blessing for most of us? Read until the end to find out why we think it is a favor from our Lord.

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Ever since the starting of the outbreak, I’ve noticed that fear itself is spreading even faster than the virus. Society has become even more selfish than before. People are just hoarding supplies for the quarantine and getting bored at home. They’ve started washing hands and avoiding handshakes, but they keep on complaining about limited supplies, store closures, and not being able to breathe in self-isolation.

Believe it or not, some have even considered this as a curse or a punishment. People should stop worrying and start loving everything in them and around them. As I have mentioned earlier all this is a favour and a blessing for most of us, what I meant was that anything that makes us realize our worth and anything that brings us closer to our creator is a blessing and a favour upon us all. It serves as a cure to our selfishness, attitude, and behavioural problems.

I mean think about the times when we didn’t have time for anything at all or the time when we were too busy enjoying the worldly life! Now is the time we finally take a break, spend time with our loved ones, do productive things, and try to discover the new you or meet the old you during this process. So, let’s stop for a moment here and ponder upon our doings.

Have you ever thought that, finally, we can focus and concentrate on the most important things in our lives such as:

  •  Reading the holy scripture.
  • Utilizing this time to learn and memorise supplications.
  • Looking for webinars for self-improvement.
  • Being more complex in dealing with those who are closest to us – our immediate family members, neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

“We should be more into social-solidarity than going for social-distancing. Start connecting to people through social media. Share supplications, show support, make someone smile or feel comfortable because in such situations there are some people who are most affected with self-isolation so try keeping in touch with everyone.” – Princess NOthman

Above all, stay safe indoors and stay connected!

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Modesty is Beauty!

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can see. People are like that as well” – Anonymous

People, especially women, are beautiful; they can’t see it, but others can. I’m sure you must have seen an open candy, how it attracts a lot of insects. What can keep that candy safe? A covering. Everything delicious is covered. You must be wondering what this article is about. Is it about beauty or covering a beautiful thing? Well, it’s about both!

Everything precious is covered. A woman modestly dressed is like a pearl in its shell. The way women dress, modestly, is a sign of respect and symbol of peace. Their dress represents their personality, character, and identity. Women, who observe modest clothing such as long and loose dresses, are also known to be practicing hijab. Now what is hijab?

 “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment …. ”  [Chapter al-Noor 24:31] 

Hijab is a veil worn by a female in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family (non-Mahram), which usually covers the whole body especially from the head to the chest. Women in different parts of the world also experience wearing the hijab. Thanks to an international non-profit organization World Hijab Day, millions of women from different religious backgrounds come together every year to wear the veil.

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1st of February, marks and celebrates World Hijab Day, an annual event that was founded by Nazma Khan back in 2013. WHD helps empower and encourage women to experience what it’s like to spend an entire day with hijab. Their purpose is to spread greater understanding, promote better awareness, and increase peace in this world.

All women, hijabi and non-hijabis, are invited to attend World Hijab Day celebrations. It’s arranged and organized by the WHD Ambassador to the kingdom. She and her partners are sponsoring a Hijab Fashion Show in February 2020. It’s a free event and will be conducted for a noble cause. You can participate and enjoy the new experience with family and friends. For venue, day, and timings, contacts us via email princessofpeace81@gmail.com.

Stay blessed and stay connected!

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The Reality of “FAKE”!

“Stop complaining about fake friends. You’re old now. Go to work, stay at home, eat, watch T.V, read a book, and sleep. You will never hear rumors that the fridge and microwave were gossiping about you.” – LADY ESHA

Finally, after spending half of my holidays researching and the rest lazily sleeping away, got the time to actually post this article! Hope you’ll enjoy and read till the end.

FAKE! I’ve heard this word one too many times just before my holidays and I couldn’t understand its meaning so I started doing my own research. I read one of the greatest books revealed unto us. Believe me, if there’s anything in the world you don’t know or don’t understand, this is the best place to start your adventure. And as it takes you onto a journey through the reality of the people of the past, present, and future; you’ll be surprised at every step of the way!

After reading and refreshing my memory, I realized that life is a traffic jam. Through this traffic, we make stops at many points at multiple times. And along our way, we always meet different kinds of people from different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, opinions, feelings, qualities, standards, and upbringing. There’s diversity in every one of us.

But have you ever come across a person(s) who is different in front of certain people and different behind those certain people? For example, someone who is good to the unfortunates and sympathizes with the needy but is actually the opposite in front of ‘certain’ people? Are they so-called “fake”? I’m totally against name-calling, but I had to find out the reality of fake and fakers.

According to the wisdom and guidance bestowed upon us, we know that there are the ignorant, the arrogant, and the hypocrites – and they’re all REAL!

There are people who think highly of themselves and look down on others. We know them as the arrogant. Ignorant are the unknowledgeable or uneducated. And hypocrites are those who lie whenever they speak, break promises, and can’t be trusted at anytime with anything. So, who are the fakes and where are the fakers?

Personally speaking, I came across people from different walks of life. I’ve met the rich to the poor. I’ve known most staunch to the most modern women. And being a feminist, I’ve always welcomed them with open arms.

Then one day, I met a few souls who loved to spend their time with ‘certain’ people, supporting and considering each other part of a unified group.

They loved to discuss peoples’ lives, look for faults in others, and point out the differences of the people that are different from them. They laughed at the helpless and treat them like invisible trash. But they were very helpful and loyal to each other only.

They’re quite skillful in their speech so whenever they gathered, they criticized, mocked, cursed, belittle, ridicule, and shame the unfortunates. But when they’re alone with the unfortunates, they were the sweetest souls ever!

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You see, we meet people for a reason either to inspire or to get inspired. They can be a lesson to us to learn or we can teach them a lesson by sharing our experiences. Sharing is caring so I believe that we should always share whatever we have with love and care. But above all, be yourself. Always keep an open heart and mind and never change into a person who’s sitting in front or with you.

There’s nothing wrong in being different as long as you don’t hurt anyone verbally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, mentally, financially, and physically. Always look at the good side of everyone, help one another, inspire, motivate, support, be kind, and make people smile more often. Become the answer to someone’s prayer.

Therefore, you’ll be shocked at my conclusion because I found out that there’s no such thing as fake or fakers. It’s all about priorities in choosing people. So my advice to everyone is:-

“One of the greatest acts is showing true love and real respect to everyone regardless of stature, status, and situation. So be kind and considerate to the unfortunates, orphans, poor, and the needy; this will take us to the hereafter more easily” – Princess NOthman

Stay blessed and Stay connected!

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Self-Centered

“No matter how nice or real your posts are – there are some people who will never hit the like button, just because it’s you!”

The social media has become a part of our “modern” lifestyle. Some can’t live without it. And for some, their day won’t be complete without checking what’s happening around them on their gadgets. Why? Because that’s how we socialize, communicate, interact, express, explore, share experiences, and discover a new world. So whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LINE, WhatsApp status, or Snapchat account; people use them to post about what they’re up to: their adventures, journeys, and discoveries; like a LIVE journal or daily dairy.

But have you ever wondered why people never like, share, tag, or comment on anything you post on social media? Why do people ignore your posts, messages, status, and stories? Either they don’t do anything on your post or they don’t like/comment on something you’ve liked or commented. Confusing, right? Well, it gets more confusing because these same people like and comment on others’ posts!

I’ve recently started noticing ‘certain’ people who never in their lives have ever liked, shared, nor commented on any post(s) but are always liking others’ posts. In fact, few don’t even bother to reply to the comments or messages left on their post(s) or inbox. I mean, why would anyone send or accept a follow / friend request and then not reply, tag, like, share, nor comment on anything!? All this got me wondering, is it because they care too much or they don’t care at all?

First of all, I considered all the possibilities such as:

1) Maybe they don’t have regular access to the internet.

2) Perhaps there’s too much distraction – too much to see and do that they’re missing out your post(s).

3) Probably they’re just so lazy to hit “like”, “tag”, or “share” button.

4) Maybe those posts don’t relate to their lives or doesn’t have any emotional appeal.

5) Possibly they don’t understand how to engage on something we’ve created.

6) Maybe they’re not interested about what we do, what interests us or what we’re passionate about.

7) Perhaps we’ve been ‘unfriended’, ‘unfollowed’ or ‘blocked’ even!

Next, I started doing my own research; I’m not assuming but you’ll be surprised by what I found out:

Ego: Beware of ego as it seeks to destroy you and your goodness. There are people who just want to add you to increase online friends not in the intention that they mean to you as much as you mean to them. So, be grateful that you have actual friends who show interest in your life for real.

Sensitivity: If you’re sharing something vulnerable, awkward, or depressing; they wouldn’t acknowledge that they saw your post by liking. They would just want to stalk you silently or block you suddenly.

Jealousy: According to research “giving away likes” is an emotional event for many people. So giving a piece of your heart costs energy which they feel bad to spend. So they hit the “turn off the notification for this post” button for you or simply ignore your comments or messages.

The confusing part – these same people like others’ posts. Here’s why:

1) Loyalty – even if it’s a microscopic slice of your memory, they’ll ‘like’ it.

2) Sincerity – they would sincerely give ‘likes’ no matter what!

“Time and good friends are two things that become more valuable the older you get”

Basically, it’s all about priorities! Therefore, I like to thank everyone who are on my friends’ and followers’ list, for liking whatever I’ve posted so far. And a very special thanks to the ones who’ve never liked, shared, replied, commented and unfriended/unfollowed/blocked me, because I’ve been wanting to do that for a very long time because of your inactiveness! But since it’s my motto that once you’re is on my list, I never unfriend/unfollow/block people unless there’s a valid reason. So, you’ve saved me from breaking that rule.

Stay blessed and stay connected, SYSters!

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Happy Real Princess Day!

All girls are princesses so let’s all celebrate Happy Princess Day! But wait, do you actually have to be one to take part? Well, don’t stop reading until the end and find out more about my special day! Also read along to find out more about us ‘the real princesses’! 

On the auspicious occasion of International Women’s Day, I wanted to dedicate something to all the women in my life. And this special article just happens to come to my mind by getting inspired by most of them especially the diplomatic ones.

Yes, all girls are princesses and if you’ve read the novel “The Little Princess” you’ll definitely agree with me. But here’s the thing, not all are real princesses. How to know exactly who you’re dealing with? They’re are so many ways to find out if a girl is a real princess or not.

From my own personal experience and encounters with best personalities and the diplomatic characters, I’ve somewhat summed up an actual picture of a real princess.

Here are a few pointers to look at when you’re dealing with us because we always do the following:

* we fix your crown.
* we accept you’re worthy, beautiful, unique, talented, powerful, & special.
* we understand that you’re a piece of art like us.
* we see beyond ourselves.
* we take pride and joy by being proud of others and are never jealous of anyone.
* we love to help other’s monarchs to get ahead.
* we think of you as a friend not a competitor or a threat.
* we love to uplift, encourage, help, motivate, inspire, and think good of you including diplomatic damsels in distress.
* we honestly support loyalty and faithfulness.
* we cherish every moment spent with genuine people around us.
* we love to celebrate other’s happiness & success.
* we neglect, ignore, and avoid negativity especially diplomatic damsel in distress.
* we love to make others smile.
* we give a lot of whatever we have including supplications, supplements, love, and respect as a token of appreciation and acknowledgment.
* we love doing what’s good for you selflessly.
* we love to meet & greet!

So if you’re one of us, the real princess, then do come along and let’s get together!

I can’t wait to hear from you! Drop by to say hi by leaving a comment below.
You can also contact me via email princessofpeace81@gmail.com, my YouTube channel, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, askfm, curiouscat.me, and Sarahah!

Until I write again…. Stay blessed and stay connected!

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Gosh! It never took me this long to work on any of my articles. Okay, before I begin, I like to thank all the people who have inspired me to write what you’re about to read. Without you, I would never have had the knowledge or experience.

We all know what the word ‘hypocrite’ means, right? As an adjective, the meaning would be: false appearance of virtue or religion or contradictory acts to a stated belief or feeling.  And as a noun: it’s someone who pretends to hold beliefs or actions that are not consistent with their claimed qualities, beliefs, or feelings.

In other words:

– A person who pretends to be what he or she is or not.

– Someone who says a lot of things easily, but doesn’t mean it seriously because they’re not true to their words.

– Makes promises, not intended to keep.

– Someone who can’t be trusted with anything because they’ll disappear in a nick of time.

– One who pretends to be better than anyone, without really being so.

– Finds faults in others. Give names to other people. Ridicules, backbites and curses behind their backs. Talks bad about people.

– Has no shame and no regrets if confronted or caught red-handed, instead gives lame excuses not solid reasons.

Now you might be thinking what is all this? What does it got to do with anything? Who’s the hypocrite? How did I come across this word? Why am I telling you all this? You’ll find all the answers to your questions below. Scroll down!

Since this topic concerns a very strong, serious, and sensitive word, I’m going to put it into a little story. Let me assure you, it’s not a religious or political story. It has a big message in a poetic way. After reading all of it, you’ll know what exactly I’m talking about. Shall we begin?

Dear SYSters,

Once upon a time in the kingdom of peace, lived a handsome King with a beautiful wife and a naughty daughter. The young princess thought she’s everyone’s favorite because everyone loved her. Gave her so much respect and named her calling name as “PRINCESS”. And by all means she was!

“She was spoiled with all the love, hugs, and gifts as much as she could get.

She lived harmoniously in a secure world filled with love and respect.

She wasn’t proud at all but she kept her chin high to keep her crown straight.

She was full of life and spread smiles, love, and laughter wherever she went.”

 – Princess NOthman

One day, the king passed away. The little princess felt her whole world vanished into thin air, leaving her roofless. Her life shattered and tumbled down. Her mind, heart, body, and soul had deep crack-like scars. She didn’t know who she was anymore because she had lost her identity, her father. She didn’t have anyone to turn to except her family and so-called friends whom she truly madly and deeply loved.

“As the days went by, a lot of people stopped by.

Some were very kind. They helped a lot, never mind.

 

And some showed their true colors,

Because of them, she was subjected to mental tortures.

 

She had forgotten how to smile, joke, or enjoy.

She wanted to go out in search of real joy.

People would willingly volunteer, but soon disappear.

 

Since she was a gem of a person, she wouldn’t stop searching.

If only she would learn a lesson.

If only she could closed her doors on them.

 

They would go behind her back gossip, backbite, and slander,

And distort her reputation, personality, and her character.

But the thought of the king and how proud he was of her,

Kept her happy in little things she did for others.

 

That was the day she found out,

What kind of people live around her.

Some described her as ‘TRASH’, used and abused her.

Others judged her being a HYPOCRITE, wishing to test and slap her.

 

The princess died in her skin. She felt nonexistent.

Being called a hypocrite by someone she adored,

She couldn’t bare nor have any more.

Her love and respect was returned to her, in form of slaps without a hint.

 

Those slaps have knocked off her crown.

She’s completely broken, and beyond repair.

She’s on her knees, head on the ground,

Pleading for mercy, like a lady in despair.

 

She walks like a dead person,

With dried tears and a frown.

Waiting for justice to prevail, but it’s too late now

As she can no longer love, trust, respect, or care.

Nobody, not anyone, not anywhere.”

– Princess NOthman

My message for today, is:

– Don’t ever ruin anyone’s name. Especially in front of family members, relatives, close friends, best friends, neighbors, or colleagues. Your name is everything. It describes you.

– Don’t ever fill someone’s heart with so much hatred towards someone that they start calling or giving names. Don’t destroy others’ names.

– Always talk good about each other and hide each other’s flaws because that’s how we’re going to be identified as amongst the angels of the heavens.

– Be careful of what comes out of your mouth as it can kill someone’s emotions and feelings. Don’t emotionally destroy anyone.

– If you say you’ll do something, then do it. Be true to your words! Remember your words define your character and personality.

– If by any chance you couldn’t do what you had said you would; then be sincere, inform and apologize before it’s too late.

– Don’t mess with anyone who doesn’t have a father, it might sound like a curse but BEWARE!

There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did matter, and who will always matter. Because it’s not what you say that they’ll remember, but what you did and how you made them feel. It’s better to be loved and respected than to be hated and ignored.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. It’s based on a true story but modified for privacy purposes. Thank you for reading it till the end.

Stay blessed and stay connected!

P.S. if you like the poems please let me know. And to read more poems from Princess NOthman, follow her on line.me/ti/p/VVWpp4PZyF.

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