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Why home parenting is the best option in Kenya

15 June 2016, 12:42 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - It seems the only safe way to be a mother in Kenya at the moment is if you choose to stay at home with your child until that moment they can actually take care of themselves.

What am I talking about?

I used to tell myself because I want the best for my kids and family I would have to go out and work and so what happens to the child? Hire a maid of course. It used to be simple, direct, to the point and served all our needs.

I just don’t mistreat someone’s daughter, give her a job and treat her like my own sister, she takes care of my kids, I pay her and my child is fine. Seems that was a foolish idea. It is emerging that you can actually not trust your house help. No matter how good you treat her, at the end of the day, if you leave you do not know what she is up to.

Oh wait, nanny cam. Right? Wrong.  At the end of the day, if she does something on a particular day and leaves, it has already been done and you cannot change it. There is no way you are going to win, you will find out about it but your child was collateral damage-they still got hurt.

You can no longer even trust your child to play on the streets or take themselves to school. Kenyan criminals have been watching too many movies and they have apparently upgraded their game. They are now stealing children from the road, demanding money like they think Kenyans have millions stashed somewhere and killing the child if the demands are not met. If you meet them, the child is still killed. Your child is not safe, the worst part is, it is normally the person you know and they know your business. And when you are thinking that the maid is safe, she will just come and tell you, they roughed her up and she might be in on it too. That is how it works. So your maid is not an option either.

Parenting has just taken a different tone for us because if you are not doing it personally, you have to be on your toes. Unless you really trust that person, and you know them, you cannot leave your child with anyone that you just picked from somewhere or someone sent to you.

I am thinking I might just end up living with some relatives and I just don’t like relatives, they are full of drama. Then they will start stories on how you are using them. My relatives are not good people, I hope that my husband will have better ones than the ones I have. Because as a parent, that might just be the only option we have if you are considering working and not staying at home. One person cannot comfortably earn enough to take care of a family in Kenya; with that 2.3 trillion shilling budget, we are about to have it rough as Kenyans.

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