Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?
Gathoni: ONE. A Little girl named Milan.
Kenyan Mom: What is the one experience with your child/children that is the most memorable for you?
Gathoni: I have very many memorable experiences with Milan, allow me to list them down:-
- When she said her first word (NIAJE) at 9 months.
- Having to do a scene on Machachari for the first time with her yet not playing her mum and she was ok with it.
- Potty training in 3days when she was only 2yrs 2months
- When she finally walked at 11/2
Kenyan Mom: 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?
Gathoni: She is still pretty young but all in all, Milan has taught me patience and forgiveness.
Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in Milan’s breakfast tray?
Gathoni: My baby is up by 645am, that means she has a very long morning. I break it down for her in bit as follows:-
- Bowl of cereal at 7am
- Cup of milk with either a sausage/egg/fruit 8am
- Cup of porridge at 10am
Kenyan Mom: Balancing work and children, any 2 tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?
Gathoni: Have a routine or some sort of order of how you organize things around you and your child so that neither your job nor your child suffers. A positive attitude especially when your child is still in the early ages and time management is also very important.
Kenyan Mom: Independence is what we Moms seek for our children. How do you get your children to help around the house, thus fostering this independence?
Gathoni: At her age, Milan cannot do much to help around the house but all in all I have slowly been teaching her responsibility, whether it’s putting her toys back in place after she is done playing or moving her cup of milk back to the kitchen soon as she is done with it and slowly by slowly she is becoming independent. I can proudly say that at her age, Milan can dress herself up from head to toe.
Kenyan Mom: Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activity does your child enjoy most?
- She enjoys doing a lot but mostly outdoors:-
- Being on set acting machachari (I don’t need to wake her up on the day she is going on set)
- Dancing (I took her to the kids festival the other day and when we got back home the only thing she could remember is how to do the azonto dance)
- She loves a pen and a paper even though she cannot write or draw anything constructive
- She loves picnicking too
Kenyan Mom: What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your child have in their snack box/plate?
Gathoni: I am lucky that Milan is not big on sweet stuff e.g cakes, biscuits, sweets, so her snack plate is always a healthy one. It includes either Youghurt, apple, sometimes I will add a side of either crisps or popcorns which she does not mind.
Kenyan Mom: Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your children.
Gathoni: I spank Milan once in a while but sometimes it does not always work, so we have ended up just talking and agreeing. Giving her ‘the eye’ also works wonders.
Kenyan Mom: One last word to all of us Moms.
Gathoni: Growing up, our kids always try to copy what they see around them, as a mom, try be a good example. Try as much to spend time with your child no matter how busy Always motivate your child and support them in what they like to do.
Kenyan Mom: We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?
Gathoni: Yes we do! Mine are:
Cooking Oil: Kasuku for Ordinary Frying and Golden Fry for Deep Frying
Detergent/laundry soap: Ariel and Ushindi
Toilet Cleaner: Harpic
Air Freshener: Harpic
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