When Josephine was growing up, she and her siblings used to play school. She loved being a teacher. A young girl’s dream came true and there’s nothing she loves more than teaching. That and raising her family.
This is what she had to share with us.
Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?
Josephine: Two. A boy, 10 years old and a girl 4 years old.
Kenyan Mom: What experiences with your children are most memorable for you?
Josephine: My children have grown up together. They have been close and what amazes me is the lack of rivalry between them. For a boy and a girl, that is quite remarkable. Tony is always treating his sister so well. Of course, there is the occasional shoving around of siblings but overall, they are wonderful together.
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?
Josephine: Unconditional love. Tina once broke Tony’s toy and I knew all hell would break loose. It was Tony’s favorite toy. Tina has always been truthful and when she broke Tony’s toy, she ran to him crying saying that it broke. Tony gave her a scolding, which largely involved telling her that if she wants to play with his toys, she has to learn how to take care of them. Then a huge hug followed and they were friends again. That brought tears to my eyes. In hiding of course.
Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in your children’s breakfast trays?
Josephine:We are very traditional. Making ndumas and sweet potatoes over the weekend and uji. I let the children decide what they want for breakfast since everything is quite healthy.
Kenyan Mom:Balancing work and children, any tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?
Josephine: I am a teacher. I will always have papers to grade, or class to prepare for. One thing that is always a priority is dinner. We sit down as a family. My husband is very helpful and he takes care of the children’s homework. That leaves dinner for catching up with everyone’s day. We love this time. Take time out to be with your family.
Kenyan Mom: This is a wonderful tip. Independence is what we Moms seek for our children. How do you get your children to help around the house, thus fostering this independence?
Josephine:Everyone in my family has a chores roster. That includes my husband (out of his own free will) and my 4 year old. She is in charge of setting up the table and helping mommy cook. This I feel has been very wonderful in teaching the children to be responsible.
Kenyan Mom:Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activities do your children enjoy most?
Josephine: Tony is quite outdoorsy. You will find him playing football with his friends or swimming or camping. Tina will be singing and dancing with mommy.
Kenyan Mom: What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your children have in their snack box/plate?
Josephine: There are always healthy snacks in my house. Traditional ones. I also let the children indulge in biscuits and chocolate every now and then.
Kenyan Mom: Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your children?
Josephine: My husband and I are quite traditional. That means we are the ‘spare the rod’ generation. It has worked for us, and continues to.
Kenyan Mom:One last word to all of us Moms.
Josephine: You are a mom. You have been blessed beyond words. What more could a woman ask for? Every single day, thank the Lord for your wonderful gift. And pray for other moms and moms to be. Gratitude opens doors for more miracles.
Kenyan Mom: We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?
Josephine: These ones we choose as a family. It gets even better since we are all girls:
Margarine: Blue Band.
Cooking Oil: Kasuku.
Detergent/laundry soap: Toss.
Toilet Cleaner: Toss.
Air Freshener: Glade.
Bath Soap/Gel: Imperial Leather.
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