Having a conversation is something that every living human must do during the course of living. No man can stay without having a conversation with the next man throughout his life. And sometimes, during very sensitive conversations- like conversations with suicidal people or people going through tough times, we run out of things to say and the atmosphere becomes very awkward. How does one deal with that so as not to end up saying the wrong thing? How does one scale through such a situation? What does one say to salvage such a situation and take away the awkwardness? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’ll be telling you things you can say when you find yourself in such a situation.

1. Use open questions
Open questions are questions that do not give room for a yes or no answer. They give people to say more. So when next you’re struggling with what to say, try asking them an open question for them to reveal how they feel. Questions like, “What’s going on for you at the moment?”How are you feeling?” usually help to salvage certain situations when you run out of things to say. It also shows that you care about the person. This style of saving a conversation is not guaranteed to work every time too.

2. Summarize and repeat what the person is saying
It is usually best to let someone know that you really have been paying attention all he has been saying because it goes a long way in making them feel better. One of the ways to do this is to summarize the person’s comment and reflect it. Something like, “It sounds like you really have a lot on your plate and have no idea how to deal with all of it, is that?” should do the trick.

3. Know your limits
You cannot have a solution to everybody’s problem. Neither can you have the ability to pull everyone from whatever situation they are in? In such a situation, you do not need to put yourself under pressure to keep on talking. It is okay to not know how to help certain people sometimes. All you have to do is recommend someone that you think would be able to help them pull through. “You really have me worried now and I want to make sure you have all the support that you need the moment. Please, consider contacting any of the organizations that can help” is usually a very useful thing to say when you don’t know what direction to keep the conversation going or when you feel the depth of the conversation is too much for you, or when the person is suicidal. Remember, it’s okay if you don’t know how to help the person. Just make sure you get the person help elsewhere.

4. Say short words of encouragement
Letting someone know that they are not alone in what they are going through and you care for them will go a long in making them feel better. Telling them that you have heard what they have said and that you have them in your heart can be a magic worker sometimes.

Also, try to build a context around the comment you’re making, so the person feels more assured of what you’re saying and why you are saying it. “Sending you big hugs. You’re stronger than you know and I know you’ll get through this.” is enough to warm a person’s heart and get them to be more confident about themselves.
We hope you find these tips very useful in your conversations with people who are walking on a rail.

In case, you have more suggestions that could be of help, feel free to share them in the comment section for other readers to read and learn.

Just when men think that they have gotten the most knowledge of women, women somehow always come up with new ways to surprise them and leave them astonished. As awesome and relevant as women are to life and mankind, there are some fun facts we have discovered about them and would love to share with you- just for fun.

1. It is believed that the word ‘woman’ was derived from ‘wyfman’ which means the wife of man. The word ‘wyfman’ is a Middle English term which was used to describe women and ‘man’ was used to describe a person. So next time you hear the word woman, say a quick thank you to us for letting you know where the name was gotten from.

2. ‘Maiden’, ‘Mother’ and ‘Crone’ were all terms that were used to describe women at different stages of life. A young girl who was not married was referred to as maiden, a woman with children still in her child-bearing age was referred to as mother and a post past menopause was referred to as crone.

3. As absurd as it sounds and as hard as it is to believe, women are usually excited by the smell of a newborn baby. This excitement can be likened to an addict’s excitement for drugs and the excitement men have at the mention of football or machines. Now, you know why women are quick to say “Oh, my ovaries” whenever they see babies whether in pictures or in real life.

4. Now this one is going to sound very weird, but in the 1600s men used to wear high heels and were the first to wear them. Women only started wearing them in a bid to look more masculine. Today, all over the world, high heels are associated with only women and seeing a man wearing high heels would only make one raise eyebrows.

5. As a woman, it’s best if you do not snore while pregnant. Why? Studies have shown that pregnant women who snore are very likely to give birth to small babies. So when you see a woman with a small baby, you’ll have a possible reason why the baby is small.

6. Have you noticed that men suffer from heart attacks more than women? Want to know why? It is because women have more chances of suffering from indigestion, nausea and shoulder aches more than men. While men are more prone to heart attacks, women are prone to indigestion, nausea and shoulder aches.

7. This one doesn’t need even any scientific proof as it is very obvious and is not even debatable- Women cry more than men. On average, men cry between 6 and 17 times a year, while women cry between 30 and 64 times a year. We wonder why men find it difficult to cry.

8. According to studies, women speak more than men. Women speak about 20,000 words a day which is even 13,000 words more than the average man. What activity do you think gives women the avenue to speak more words than men?

We bet you found most of these facts on women interesting and funny. However, there are still some facts we have probably failed to mention above. Kindly do well to point them out in the comment section for other readers to see and react.

During holidays and their free time, some parents usually find it difficult to come up with tasks, games and activities to engage in with the children. Spending time and carrying out activities with your children have a lot of positive effects on the children. Apart from keeping them out of trouble and keeping them safe, such activities with your children usually help them learn more, improves their cognitive processes and boosts their confidence in solving real-life issues. The bond and trust it establishes between parents and their children can also not be overlooked. Seeing how important these activities are in fostering good relationships between parents and children, we have decided to enlighten you on activities and tasks that you could embark on with your children in your free time or during the holidays.

1. Hide And Seek
This game is dependent on the size of your backyard and can be more challenging and fun if you include the indoors of your house. Be sure to set ground rules and guidelines to guide the children during the course of the game, so that no one gets lost or hurt. This game can come in handy in cases of emergencies when the child’s life may be threatened and requires him or her to hide in safety.

2. Bike Riding
Can you think of something more bonding than biking with your family? We bet you can’t. It is always safe to start in restricted areas first where the safety of the kids can be guaranteed before moving out to larger areas to cover. One parent at the front, the kids in the middle and the other parent at the back is probably the safest and best way to go biking. In case you’re thinking of how to make the biking more fun, you can invite another family to join yours.

3. Gardening
Imagine the joy of teaching your children how to recreate life by planting. It’s on a whole new level. You can start by allowing them to pick the seeds or ready-made plants at the markets. Then the backyard of the house can come in handy for the planting. In a situation where you do not really have a backyard, you could do indoor planting with vases and nurseries. Fun games like plant racing, a competition in which the children compete with each other which of their plants will grow the fastest, can even be added to the gardening to make it more fun and challenging.

4. Monopoly
This is an indoor board game that basically teaches the kids a lot about spending in real life. It is just as time-consuming as it is fun and educating and would be an awesome way for parents to bond with their kids. The more competitive your family is, the more challenging the game will be and the more fun you’ll get from it.

5. Tug of War
This one game, as fun as it still requires a decent level of energy and physical strength. Families with a considerable of children can decide to play this game with both parents acting as the captains of both teams. It is advised that utmost care is taken while playing this game with your family as there is a slim chance of getting physically injured as a result of the tugging of the rope during the course of the game.

While nobody is an expert with children, many people have other ways to keep their children company and strengthen the bond between themselves and their children. In case you have any idea or suggestion that will come in handy in hanging out with kids, feel free to share them in the comment section for other readers to see and take note.

Almost everyone has an interest in growing long natural hair is real but sometimes, some people usually do not get the desired hair growth they want- their hairs appear to stop growing after a while. If after measuring your hair, it is still the same length as the last time you measured it (a couple of weeks before), we are displeased to tell you that your hair is suffering from stunted growth.

Chill! Before you start panicking and coming up with assumptions on why you’re experiencing stunted hair growth, there are a plethora of reasons why your hair may have stopped growing and also a myriad of ways to tackle and solve the issue of stunted hair growth. Not to worry, we are going to be bringing all of that to your knowledge in the subsequent paragraphs; it is why we are here for you.

Dirty Hair
Sometimes, why your hair stops growing is because your scalp is being suffocated by oil and dirt, giving very little breathing space to the scalp for the good of the hair follicles. It is advisable that you carry out deep cleaning on your hair at least once a week to get off any dirt that may be making its way to your scalp to block the pores and prevent the hair follicles from being healthy and functional.

Lack of Exercise and Healthy Diet
As absurd as it sounds, eating and exercising right actually help the hair grow healthily. Always drink enough water to avoid getting dehydrated and eat foods that are rich in omega-3s like fish and nuts. The importance of these to hair growth cannot be overemphasized and so, it is only right that you pay very close attention to them.

Lack of Protein or Too Much Protein
Depending on the situation, protein treatments can either be good or bad for your hair. Protein treatment can make your hair soft helping it to hold on to moisture and can also make your hair hard, making it break off easily, so it is important to always balance protein treatment with water-based treatments.
Do not jump into protein treatments because it is working for your neighbour. Both of you may not have the same hair type and so, your hair may not react to the treatment the same way your neighbours did. Monitor your hair while on protein treatment so as to know when to cut down or increase the treatment.

Styling and Maintenance
Harsh styling of the hair and treatment can also result in stunted hair. Avoid using styles that require excessive heating or tightening of the hair as they make the hair dry and are very unfavourable to the hair follicles.
Also, it is best to sleep with a silk or satin scarf or pillowcase to avoid your hair from getting broken. Pillowcases made from cotton and polyester usually dry out the hair and moving your head on it has more chances of making you snag your hair.

Wrong Regimen
Most times, people do not buy products that suit their hair types. If you have oily hair, avoid shampoos and hair products that are for dry hair. Always read the labels on products and make sure they suit you perfectly before buying.

Now that we have shared what we know about stunted hair growth, we are sure that some of our readers have experiences and suggestions that they would love to share with other readers. Feel free to take to the comment section to share your suggestions.