Elizabeth Wichenje is a beautiful mom to a three year-old daughter called Kito. Married to Nicko, 33 year-old Elizabeth is a lecturer at a local university where she teaches German. I met Elizabeth three weeks ago during one of Supamamas monthly events –where we were learning how to cook. You can see more photos of that here.

On that day, I learnt that Ugali can be cooked by adding the following ingredients: cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, milk, grated carrots, butter/margarine, a pinch of salt and of course water and unga. I had no idea that could be done –and called ugali. Well, I tasted the ugali and it tasted more like cake. It wasn’t bad though! Though I wondered if my family would ever try that kind of ugali if I made it for them. How about you? Have you ever tried cooking ugali with cinnamon or any other spices? Or would you try it out?

Elizabeth with her family.
Elizabeth with her family.

Anyway, as we got chatting with Elizabeth, talking about kitchen stuff, we also got talking about our motherhood experiences and I asked her if becoming a mom changed anything about her.

“Before I had Kito, I was very ambitious and my life was well-planned. I was very organized and knew what I would be doing next, where and how. After she came, I noticed that my life slowed down and now I am not able to clearly determine every aspect of my life like I used to. And that’s also okay, as my daughter has taught me all about patience, love and prayer and gratitude. She has brought so much joy and happiness in our lives,” she told me with such cheer in her voice.

This is how the ugali cinnamon looks like after it's done. Didn't taste so bad by the way -because it tasted like cake. Not ugali.
This is how the ugali cinnamon looks like after it’s done. It has been cut up into small pieces. It didn’t taste so bad by the way -because it tasted like cake, which I didn’t mind.

So anyway, Elizabeth also shared with me her top three pieces of pieces of motherhood wisdom:

Pray for your children everyday. Pray for their health, their fears, their character. Teach them to pray too and believe in God.

Show your children affection. Hug and kiss them plenty. You can never overdo on affection towards your child.

Create opportunities for more ‘yes’ than ‘no’. For example, when baby is playing with water yet they shouldn’t be doing so, instead of saying: “Don’t play with the water!” you could instead say: “Hey look at that cute toy over there. Come, let’s go play with it.” What I mean is that you should always try to offer an alternative instead of a ban.


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Such lovely nuggets of wisdom coming from a lovely mum. How about you? What pieces of motherhood advice would you like to share with fellow moms? Email me on

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