Our Featured Mom this week – Norie Ngunjiri. A kindergarten teacher and mom of one girl.
Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?
Kenyan Mom: What experiences with your child are most memorable for you?
Norie: The day my little girl said Ma’a. That was mama. It was magical!
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?
Norie: I am lucky to be surrounded by children. So not only do I learn from my baby, I also learn from my class. How they fight and make up and move on is always admirable. Of course they will keep reporting each other but they never hold grudges.
Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in your baby’s breakfast tray?
Norie:Weetabix and a banana. It ensures that she is rearing to go until snack time.
Kenyan Mom:Balancing work and children, any 2 tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?
Norie: Working with children has taught me how to balance. Children are my work, so I never find any of the two neglected.
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?
Norie:After school, I spend quite some time with my baby girl. We cook and clean together, she sets the table and though she is young, she understands the importance of helping around and putting her toys away.
Kenyan Mom:Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activity does your child enjoy most?
Norie: Running. Collecting objects. So long as these do not clutter the house, I never stop her from doing it.
Kenyan Mom: What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your child have in their snack box/plate?
Norie: I am quite liberal as far as snacks are concerned. This is because I believe in baby-led weaning. My baby picked this up quite well and between fruits and crisps and milk, she is able to mix quite well.
Kenyan Mom: Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your child.
Norie: My child, and indeed my class know and respect punishment. They will get time-out where they will sit at a corner for a given period of time. I also use the same at home. Trust me, no child wants to be isolated. They get in light pretty quickly.
Kenyan Mom:One last word to all of us Moms.
Norie: Being a mother is a gift. If not for the learning, for the responsibility of bringing up another human being. Nothing can come close or is as satisfying as that. Enjoy the journey and be kind to yourself. It will not always be easy but you will get there.
Kenyan Mom: We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?
Norie: I have the standard collection:
Margarine: Prestige Margarine
Cooking Oil: Rina Sunflower Oil. Very light.
Detergent/laundry soap: Ariel.
Toilet Cleaner: Harpic
Air Freshener: Glade
Bath Soap/Gel: Lifebouy
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