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Telling if you are ready to be a mother

20 September 2016, 19:03 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - If you have already had one child you are ready. Baby sitting and taking care of siblings is not ready because the parents are still around to take over your shift. Parents don’t get a break; even while they are not in the same city they cannot do anything without first thinking of the child.

I was going through my albums and saw a picture of a pretty baby girl; for a minute I was nostalgic until I remembered how broke I was and it is not even end month. Then and there the baby fever was squashed before it could prosper.

Babies are not a joke and they are cute only up until they cannot do things for themselves, once they are three that is when you know you should have planned. They become savages that you want to get away from.

My colleague had a bit of his own drama the other day. His wife travelled on business; they are a young family so no maid to leave the child with. He had to take the child to the wife’s sister. On the particular day I got to witness the drama of being a parent; the child had decided he was done being with those relatives that had to take care of him while the mother was away.

People who have never had their own toddlers normally assume that because it is a child you can control him or her. Trust me, a child that cannot talk will let you know they are done and you will not be confused as to what they want.

The child threw a ruckus until my colleague had to go pick him up-midday- he was not done with work and his is a demanding job. The guy had to go pick the child up and bring him to work. It was all calm initially, he rolls the chairs around and I am thinking, ‘Oh, as long as he was with his dad, he was okay!’


I am not even sure if we had lasted ten minutes. He sat down and he was done being at work with the father; he started screeching and rolling on the floor. The guy closed shop early that day and had to take the kid home with him. As that child was crying on the floor I just started laughing while they both looked at me and I told the guy, ‘You ask me why I am yet to settle down and have little sh**s of my own. Well, your child is a prime example’ and he just had to agree.

This is how I know I am not ready for parenting. This mind numbing fear is a good contraceptive for me and it helps me with regulating the type of male equipment that gets near me. I am not ready, then he is also not ready! You already know the answer.


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