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Stuck with the kids? It need not be the horror it feels like

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When the government closed down all schools and sent learners home, it was deemed the best move to tame the spread of Covid-19.

To many parents, however, it has turned out to be a veritable nightmare! For those living in flats, children wake up asking to go out and play with their friends.

They have all manner of ideas about the games that they want to play that day. So, how do you explain to a three-year-old that they cannot

mingle with other children because of an unseen disease? They will ask questions and even after you have offered an explanation, they will still beg and cry to go out and play.

“The situation is even worse in the informal settlements. Picture a family of four living in a single room. The parents run small businesses and cannot afford to stay away from work. Do they lock the children in the house? No, they cannot. Further, the children are used to expansive playgrounds at school. It will be difficult to have them stay in the house. These are the gaps the government did not foresee and has failed to address,” says Daystar University School of Human and Social Sciences Dean Kennedy Ongaro.

Mr Gibson Anduvate, a sociologist and senior pastor at ICC in Nairobi, says parents need to find ways to keep their children busy and entertained.

“Being stuck indoors with no contact with their friends may trigger rebellion, meltdowns, anxiety and frustrations. Children are energetic and the experience can be daunting. As such, parents need to find common experiences that they can share with the children.

This could be games that they can play around the house together such as board games,” he says.

He suggests that parents allocate household chores to ensure that children are involved in the daily running of their homes.

With many parents working from home, there is the temptation to allow children to watch TV all day to ensure less distraction.

Parents can substitute normal TV programmes for channels that broadcast learning materials.

They can also buy videos with educational content. If you are working from home, Mr Anduvate suggests that this is a good opportunity to have conversations on various issues with your children.

For a lot of parents, children do not know the stories of how they grew up or what they went through. This will be a good time to walk children through their personal stories and speak to them on issues of faith to instil a spiritual foundation.

Ms Ann Wanjeru, a mother of two, says the fact that she is working from home and the children are also around has allowed her to learn more about their unique personalities.

“They are both in boarding school and, during the holidays, I do not get to spend as much time as I would like with them. Now, I am getting to understand them better. How they process conflicts and getting to learn about their strengths and weaknesses.

A few days ago, I realised that one of them actually sings very well. I will enrol her in a musical school when our lives are back to normal,” she says.

Another parent, Ms Roseline Amboko, is a banker. At the moment, she cannot to work from home, which means she is not able to supervise her three children.

“Before we go to bed every day, I ensure that we come up with a list of schedules of what they are to do the next day. My first-born is 15 years and she understands the reasoning behind avoiding physical contact. We have had days that they have gone against my instructions but the more I explain to them about the pandemic, the more cautious they become,” she explains.

Across the world, parents who are stuck indoors with their children are coming out on social media to share how they are keeping their little ones learning and entertained.

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Mum celebrates petrol station attendant who shielded her daughter at night

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“I will forever be grateful to this guy,” Kihangu Veronicah said as she shared a photo of a petrol station attendant who saved her daughter’s life.

Limuru mum celebrates petrol station attendant who shielded her daughter at night

Peter Elegwa worked the night shift that day. Photo: Shell
Source: UGC

The grateful mum narrated how Peter Elegwa shielded her daughter from the danger in the dead of the night after she failed to make it home in time.

According to the Facebook user, her daughter was caught in traffic past curfew hours on Saturday, November 28.

The driver of the matatu she had boarded decided to drop the passengers before they reached their destinations.

 

Limuru mum celebrates petrol station attendant who shielded her daughter at night

Peter, the man who watched over Kihangu’s daughter. Photo: Kihangu Victoria
Source: Facebook

The driver then turned away as he was not willing to spend one more minute on the God-forsaken road.

Kihangu’s daughter decided to trek the rest of the way despite it being pitch black outside.

It was around 10.30pm and the rain had started pouring so she had to consider seeking shelter while the rainfall subsided.

“She arrived at Shell Petrol Station and this guy sheltered her and provided my daughter with a seat as she waited for me to sort out her transportation,” the happy mum recalled.

Kihangu further explained that Peter made sure her daughter was safe till 11.15pm when a car was sent to pick her up.

She praised the kind employee and thanked him for his heart of gold.

by Tuko.co.ke


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Kiambu: Suspected thieves exhume body of COVID-19 victim four days after burial

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Residents from Kamirithu village in Limuru, Kiambu county are still recovering from shock after they woke up to an exhumed grave on Tuesday, December 1.

Kiambu: Suspected thieves exhume body of COVID-19 victim four days after burial

The suspected thieves dug up the grave of a COVID-19 victim. Photo: UGC.
Source: UGC

The grave of 15-year-old Ian Kamau who was buried on Thursday, November 26, after losing the fight against COVID-19 was raided by suspected thieves who were reportedly looking for any valuables that many have been buried with the victim.

According to the residents who condemned the bizarre action, the suspected thieves did not touch the remains of the teenager or his coffin but left the grave ajar.

“This is not good at all. Those people were just uncovering the wounds of the family which is already trying to move on,” one resident told the media.

Officials from the Ministry of Health who arrived at the scene together with police officers said they will investigate the matter as they filled up the grave.

The locals also asked the law enforcers to beef up security around Ian’s graveyard and to enhance the lighting in the public cemetery.

by Tuko.co.ke


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Fearless girl asks mum to start doing house chores, says she’s tired

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A video has emerged on social media in which a young girl could be seen arguing with her mother over house chores.

The girl expressed her dissatisfaction over the house chores her mother left for her. She asked why her mother does nothing in the chores and leaves everything for her.

She said she lays bed, cleans and arranges the house and told her mother to learn how to do these chores.

Young girl challenges mum over house chores

She told her mum not to kill her with house chores, adding that because she gave birth to her does not mean she should do nothing in the house. @mediagist/Instagram
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The girl told her mum to give birth to another child, adding that she would stop doing house chores in the house.

She said because her mother gave birth to her does not mean the latter would do nothing in the house.

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