Meet our Featured Mom this week.
Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?
Angie: ONE. My dearest son Ryan. He is four years, nine months old.
Kenyan Mom: What experiences with your child are most memorable for you?
Angie: They are many. Watching him learn how to walk, climbing the door grill to get the key to the door and he was only between one and two years but the most memorable I would have to say was when he was baptized last Sunday. It was wonderful.
Kenyan Mom: Congratulations on Ryan’s Baptism! We always assume that we are here to teach children, then we end up learning from them. Have you had your child ‘Teach’ you something? What?
Angie: Ryan has taught me to never keep grudges, life is much more fun that way
Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in your baby’s breakfast tray?
Angie:Weetabix, fruit salad, toasted bread and porridge mixed with milk and lemon. He is a growing child and of course he has his preferences like we always always catch him getting bread from the fridge. He is crazy about bread.
Kenyan Mom: Haha! The boy clearly knows what he wants! Balancing work and children, any 2 tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?
Angie: Having a routine always makes things so much easier. I never ever take work home. It is the only time I have to spend with my son.
Kenyan Mom: Independence is what we Moms seek for our children. How do you get your child to help around the house, thus fostering this independence?
Angie: He is already a helpful child. When trying to get your child to be responsible always express your appreciation when he does something good or helpful, it always gets the help coming more often.
Kenyan Mom: Agreed! Incidentally, I still advocate this for anyone who helps you out. Expressing appreciation. Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activity does your child enjoy most?
Angie: Ridding his bicycle. In the house , outside the house, at the cow shed, in the maize field…….sometimes we have to hide it for peace of mind.
Kenyan Mom: Hahaha! Your typical active boy! What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your child have in their snack box/plate?
Angie: They are plenty of fruits available so if he is snacking its probably a fruit. It will leave space for a proper meal.
Kenyan Mom: Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your child.
Angie: I really try my best to not use a stick so mostly its time out in the garage. There are times he will really be stubborn one stroke of the cane always does the trick. Its feels horrible to use a stick but then again like you said spare the rod spoil the child.
Kenyan Mom: Yes, a little canning never killed a child. We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?
Angie: Mine include:
Margarine: Blueband! Have you tried bread without blueband, its nasty!
Cooking Oil: Soy Gold
Detergent/laundry soap: Sunlight. It is not as heavily scented as these other soaps. My house has people with extremely sensitive noses.
Toilet Cleaner: Harpic
Air Freshener: Glade
Bath Soap/Gel: Dettol soap. No one has shown any allergic reactions to it. It also smells very nice, like flowers.
Kenyan Mom: Haha. I like your comment about margarine! One last word to all of us Moms.
Angie: Take one day at a time. It is true that when God gives you a child , he also ensures that you get what your baby needs. So don’t worry about tomorrow so much, leave for today, spend plenty of time with them.
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