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Motherhood in Kenya: “How I Successfully Balance Work and Family” -Fanne Mwambi

Fanne Mwambi

Fanne Mwambi is a 30-year old mom of two beautiful daughters aged 6 years and 2 years. Fanne works as an Administrator in a PR firm, and doubles up as a part-time writer for The People Daily newspaper. She is also a blogger, and the Managing Director & Editor of an upcoming children’s art/writing magazine called ‘Pebbles’. As a communication enthusiast, her world revolves around art and writing.

Fanne had a chat with Mummy Tales writer SYLVIA WAKHISI on life, work, family and motherhood. And how she balances it all. Read on…

Fanne with her adorable daughters.
Fanne with her adorable daughters.

Sylvia: How Has Motherhood Been Like for you? 

Fanne: It’s really been a journey. I must admit that I’m one of those people who had no idea what I was getting into when having my first child. It has since been a learning curve for me, with motherhood having taught me so much –and I continue to learn every day. Being a mom has made me become a better person. It has made me discover who I am, and what I would want to do for the rest of my life. It has really changed me.

Sylvia: Are your Daughters Alike? Or so Different?

Fanne: Every child brings out his or her own personality from birth, but it’s amazing how this can cause a lot of conflict yet make my girls so close. My eldest daughter, Patience, is outgoing, cunning and a bit of a sadist. Her sister Raine on the other hand is an introvert, cool and confident. Seeing them collide and still stand up for each other is the ultimate highlight of my life.

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Sylvia: As a Working Mom, how do you Balance Career and Family?

Fanne: My number one rule is to keep the two separated as much as I can. However, it is a given that family comes first. Work can wait. My children cannot. That is my basic principle, hence I try as much as possible not to carry work assignments home, or any negative moods I may have picked up in the course of the day to home.

When at home, I put my phone down and let all emails or calls wait if they are not too urgent. However, while at work, I am always available to receive any call from my house. I nonetheless make it clear to my family that it needs to be something worth calling for so that it doesn’t interrupt my work schedule.

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Sylvia: What Activities do you Engage with Your Family During your Free Time?

Fanne: My daughters are still very young so we like engaging in playful activities. Other than taking part in indoor games, we go for swimming; take the girls out to skate, ride fun trains, get their faces painted and many more.

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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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