Meet our Featured Mom this week.
Kenyan Mom: How Many children do you have?
Kenyan Mom: What experiences with your child are most memorable for you?
Yvonne: On 21st March 2012 at around 2pm after being in labor for almost 20hrs and having to undergo an emergency C-Section as my daughter was coming face-first, I remember holding my daughter in my arms and feeling a warmth I had never felt before. In that moment, as tears streamed down my cheeks, I knew I was blessed beyond measure. My exhaustion was gone, the worry gone.. With her I was born afresh. To date I find it hard not to stare at her.
On 26th March, 2012, Nana peed on me and as if that was not enough, she pooped on me, I remember holding her in my arms for a while before I cleaned her up. I was just prepping her for her shower.
On 28th March, 2012, my angel’s umbilical chord stump fell off. I was super excited, I kept the little peg for so long afterward it became awkward! lol then the body peeling began. More joy.
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?
Yvonne: My daughter has taught me patience. I now know that some things take longer to do e.g me waiting by her side to see her smile, sit down and achieve every milestone. She has taught me to love differently, unconditionally and expect nothing in return.
Kenyan Mom: Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. What’s in your baby’s breakfast tray?
Yvonne: Breakfast. My daughter attaches some seriousness to her morning breasfeeding. In her tray is breast milk and some good play.
Kenyan Mom: Hahaha! That is the perfect breakfast at her age! Good play included. Balancing work and children, any 2 tips that you would give us Moms that works for you?
Yvonne: Whatever the engagement, treat it with seriousness and happiness. Everything done with joy often has an amazing outcome. But whatever you do, children will always be there. Work sometimes comes and goes so remember your priorities.
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?
Yvonne: Wow, I am not there yet but I manage to get my daughter to play with her toys or sit and watch me getting things done around the house. At least she has a knowledge of the importance of what I am doing when I do not have her in my arms.
Kenyan Mom: Hey, I had to ask… Besides, sitting her down and she watches you as you carry on in the house goes a long way. Any child, from toddling age has an activity they gravitate towards. What extra-curricular activity does your child enjoy most?
Yvonne: My daughter is still young but she loves the feeling of motion when in a car, she laughs and smiles.
Kenyan Mom: What is your rule regarding snacks and what would you prefer your child have in their snack box/plate?
Yvonne: As a snack when my daughter gets there I would like her to have more fresh fruit than junk, that way am sure she will be healthier.
Kenyan Mom: Brilliant choices. Instilling discipline. Are you pro or con ‘Spare the rod spoil the child?’ What other methods work for you and your child.
Yvonne: Talking to children is always a better option, it helps them understand why they are being punished (in the event of punishment). It is something I would like to practice when my daughter gets to that age.
Kenyan Mom: One last word to all of us Moms.
Yvonne: As moms we hold a generation that needs to be nurtured and loved. We hold the future, to shape it into the best future we can.
Kenyan Mom: We all have products that we cannot do without in our houses. What product do you prefer?
Yvonne: Oh yes!
Margarine: KCC Butter. It is a healthy option and it tastes great.
Cooking Oil: Rinsum. Made from pure sunflower oil which is low in cholestrol and therefore a healthy option.
Detergent/laundry soap: Toss aloe vera. I love the smell and it does not bruise my hands while I wash.
Toilet Cleaner: Harpic. Cleans up my toilet really well and there are various scents to choose from.
Air Freshener: Glade. They have some amazing fragrances to choose from and the scent lasts long.
Bath Soap/Gel: Dettol. It has great disinfecting properties.
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