Featured Mom Jacintah Mwangi

Posted Posted by kenyanmom in Mom Stories, The Mom Life     Comments 4 comments
Nov
20

Our Featured Mom this week is Jacintah Mwangi, a stay-at-home (by choice) mom of 3. Jacintah chose to quit her lucrative secretarial job to bring up her family.

We had a few questions for her:

Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?

Jacintah: Three.

Kenyan Mom: What experiences with your children are most memorable for you?

Jacintah: What can I say? Every day is an experience with my little ones. If one is not learning to walk, the other is teaching them the alphabet sometimes I just sit and watch them in awe!

Kenyan Mom: We always assume that we are here to teach children, then we end up learning from them. Have you had your children ‘Teach’ you something? What?

Jacintah: It is a classroom in my house! And I am not just talking about me learning. They are always teaching each other. With such patience that is amazing! Of course once in a while they will get frustrated at each other but surprisingly, they are back at the lessons again. If adults had such patience…

Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in your children’s breakfast tray?

Jacintah:We are messy breakfast eaters. Between porrige and toast and tea and chocolate, throw in a fruit here and there, we are quite covered.

Kenyan Mom:Balancing work and children, any 2 tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?

Jacintah: My children are my work. I knew with the three I wasn’t going to handle both work and raising my babies. One was going to suffer and I wasn’t going to let my children or husband suffer, so I chose to stay at home. Now balancing between housework and children? That’s easy! I get them all involved!

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?

Jacintah:As I mentioned earlier, I am a stay-at-home mom. That means that whatever I do in the house, I have a little helper with me. They are eager to help around, because they know they later get time to play with mommy.

Kenyan Mom:Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activity do your children enjoy most?

Jacintah: Running. After each other mostly. One holding an insect, one screaming the younger one just following along. Playing ball. We do that alot. It’s the only game I can keep up with anyway.

Kenyan Mom: What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your children have in their snack box/plate?

Jacintah: We frequent the market a lot, so fruits, crisps or any other handy snacks are allowed. I have hearty eaters, so I do not limit them.

Kenyan Mom: Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your children.

Jacintah: I am not too much into spanking. It makes the others sad. However, the time-out punishment works very well! No one wants to hear they have been locked in the bedroom while others are having so much fun outside.

Kenyan Mom:One last word to all of us Moms.

Jacintah: I made a choice to stay at home. To raise my children. While I understand this is not a choice for everyone, prioritize your family. You need them as your pillar of strength. When they are happy, you are happy.

Kenyan Mom: We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?

Jacintah: My Choices are:

Margarine: Blueband
Cooking Oil: Elianto.
Detergent/laundry soap: Omo.
Toilet Cleaner: Harpic.
Air Freshener: Glade.
Bath Soap/Gel: Dettol.

She made a conscious choice. To quit her job and bring up her family. Work can wait. She is my hero. If you are a mom and you’d like to be featured on The Kenyan Mom, click on the image below and you could be next!

4 Comments to “Featured Mom Jacintah Mwangi”

  • Wow! How inspiring and encouraging to know that I am not alone in stay at homedom. I would love to communicate with Jacinta if that’s alright, because we SAHM need a support system and mentorship. It’s the hardest decision I have ever made and I get ridiculed for it daily. Thanks for sharing, so nice to know am not alone :-)

    • I know quite a number of stay at home moms, me being one of them. There is so much encouragement on this forum and we shall soon be planning a forum for stay at home moms, where we can all meet and share our experiences. I will keep you posted, and should you wish to share your story with us, please let me know. The best way to encourage each other is to share! :)

  • Hi thanks Kenyan mom,
    I would love to share my story! When you spend so much time cooped up in the house, you start to think the whole world went to work outside and left you with your los. You can email me on nduttambugua@yahoo.com

    • Hi Nduta, I would love to feature you! I’ve been in your position, so I know what you are talking about. I have sent you an e-mail. Talk soon :)

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