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Motherhood in Kenya: “Parenting Each of My Children Comes with Different Experiences” -Edwinah Orowe


Edwinah Orowe is a Kenyan mother of three: a daughter aged 9 years, a son aged 3 years, and her lastborn daughter aged two months. In this article, Edwinah shares with us a few insights into her motherhood experiences.

Children are Different

“Motherhood is special in so many ways. I have learned the need to appreciate how different my children are, and to make sense of the different stages of life they are in. They are unique in their own ways and they need me in different ways.

My 3-year-old son for example is very observant and he will say stuff like: Mummy, am I your friend? Mummy, how are you doing?” and other such questions arising from a curious and inquisitive young mind.

My 9-year-old daughter has grown and is all about her, and how mummy can help her with different stuff. She’s intelligent and I admire how she’s growing into a beautiful young lady.

Talking about my youngest daughter, it’s a few minutes after 1am as I type this out, whilst rocking her as she won’t stop crying. I appreciate that that’s the stage I’m at with her right now 🙂

“Raising my three children is an everyday learning experience; teaching me that it’s important to purpose and be more deliberate about how we engage each of our children.” -Edwinah Orowe

Helicopter Mum

I have also learnt to be patient with things and also to be more relaxed… something that I didn’t know how to do before. I have accepted that I can’t be a helicopter mum hovering over the skies of my kids and expecting to see everything they do and guide them in everything. Because some things just will happen and I need to let them happen…

It Gets Easier with Each Child

And then the last realization; which is not really a lesson, but which I nevertheless thought to share is that by the time you are having your third child, you are better prepared to handle the experiences that will come along with that. You can handle situations ten times better maybe because not only have you learnt to relax, but also because you have confidence in the work you have done with the previous two children. Also, it could be because God makes the third child and fourth child, fifth child etc an easier child.”

So those are Edwinah’s lessons learned so far in her motherhood journey. How about you? What important lessons have you learned as a mom that you’d like to share with other moms? You can inbox me or write me at maryanne@mummytales.com

Thanks for reading and I wish you a blessed year ahead!

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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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