Mum, one job I want to succeed in

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 00:00 |
Christine Khasinah-Odero a mother of two is careful to watch out for parental burnout. Photo/PD/SYLVIA WAKHISI

 Kwach Wakhisi

Christine Khasinah has a warm, friendly and quite humorous personality that has captured the hearts of many mums and mums-to-be who get to interact with her through Supamamas.

Supamamas, an events and marketing company aims at inspiring, informing and connecting mums with experts, brands and other mums for them to be the best they can be both in their personal and professional lives.

And even as she helps mums navigate the journey of motherhood, Christine has also learnt a lot through the experiences she shares with other mums 

Finding balance

“Motherhood is a calling and a great gift to any woman. Personally, it has been fulfilling.

Seeing children grow with confidence has been rewarding and enjoyable with both my boys,” says the mother of two boys aged 10 and two years

She adds: “The top job I would want to succeed at is being a mum. Hence for any challenges that come my way, I try my best to overcome them and always put any frustration I have aside while focusing on the well-being of the children. I focus on their happiness”.

As an entrepreneur, Christine says she often has to put in more hours, which sometimes makes her feel guilty for not spending enough time with the children.

“As a busy mum, I started focusing on spending quality time with them since sometimes quantity time can be tricky.

The other challenge I experienced, especially when the children were younger was feeling overwhelmed — with so much to do and many roles to play.

In as much as you may have a career or a business to run, you have to find a way to ensure that your children and family at large feels your presence in their lives,” says the 39-year-old. 

Delegating duties

“Having a good house help, who is like my right hand person, has been a reliever as she ensures that the home runs on a schedule and the children are well taken care of.

I find that structure and a good support system does help. However, I am proactive in carrying out certain roles around the home and like doing them well.

In case I’m away, my house help and children know what to do and this has helped keep things in check and even made them to be responsible.”

According to Christine, motherhood has taught her patience, courage and it has certainly made her work harder.

Tight bond

Even as she brings up her children, there are several tips she has employed. “There is no way any one can be a perfect mother.

But what I know for sure is that I am doing my best. Making the moments count and intentionally carving out time to spend with them is the most important thing any parent can do.

Listening to them at their level and expressing interest in what they like and nurturing it has seen me create a tight bond with my children.

For example, my eldest son likes football hence I engage him in matters football. He has enrolled in a Football Academy as a way of growing his talent and passion,” she says.

With several roles to play, Christine is quick to point out that there are times she has had to watch out for parental burnout.

“I manage the stress by practicing self-care so that I’m able to parent effectively with good vibe and joy, which helps me to have happy self-assured children,” she says.

“We love spending time together reading books, movie nights, going for football matches as well as travelling,”she reveals.

Her word of advice to other parents is: “Be intentional and model good behaviour.

Your children are a reflection of the environment they are being raised in. Your children will mirror your behaviour, and it’s important for us as parents to model those virtues we want our children to have such as kindness, helpfulness, hard work, honesty among others.”

The one gift she hopes to give her children is confidence. “I want them to believe that there is nothing they can’t achieve if they put their mind to it and the worst is not to try.

I want them to have good life skills to help them navigate through life beyond being book smart,” she says.

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