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Father’s Day Feature : Tim Banda, Cool Dad!
As an annual tradition around Father’s day, MumsVillage reached out to the dads in our community to share their parenting experiences and tips as we #CelebrateDad. This is Tim Banda’s story:
1. What childhood experiences shaped you the most? What did you learn from them?
Seeing how hard my parents worked to provide the very best of us instilled the hardworking values in me. My parents also took us on holiday in very nice places, even out of the country, which helped shape my world view.
2. How would people who knew you in school describe you?
Very competitive, sporty, social, and maybe, cunning.
3. How have you raised your children similarly to how you were raised? What have you tried to do differently?
My parents, like most African parents, were strict and emphasized on academic excellence above everything else. I see myself being liberal and I encourage my daughter to be who she wants to be. However, I silently encourage her to be a doctor and save lives.
4. What traditions did your parents pass on to you that you passed on to your child/children?
Going to church on Sunday was a must for my parents. This, I have passed on to my daughters. Although the mum thinks it is her agenda.
5. What three words would you say represents your approach to parenting and why?
Liberal – I encourage my daughters to pursue their dreams.
Fun – I ensure we have fun wherever we can.
Instilling character – Please, sorry and excuse me is a must in my house.
6. What are some of the most rewarding (and/or challenging) aspects of being a parent for you?
Seeing the girls blossom to be ‘little’ divas and responsible girls is the most rewarding.
Fear of raising her in this crazy world. It makes me anxious.
7. What was the most rewarding (and/or hardest) period of your career journey?
Moving from employment to start my own business was quite hard. It was one journey full of bumpy rides but seven years later, it is the most rewarding thing that I ever did.
8. What are your thoughts about your current line of work?
Working in the communication field is very exciting and being able to help companies streamline their communication with all their stakeholders is very fulfilling. I also have very dedicated and exciting colleagues that I work with.
9. What do you think the world needs more of right now?
The world needs honest, hardworking and transparent people who deserve everything they own. The corruption that we cry about every day, especially in Kenya, would be a thing of the past.
10. Is there something that you wish you had experienced that you haven’t yet experienced?
Having a property in a nice area of town in the names of each of my daughters. I am still working hard at it.
11. At this stage in your life, what are some of your best family memories?
Going on holiday together and also dropping the girls to school.
12. What message would you like to share with your family?
I love them very much. They mean the world to me!
13. How would you like to be remembered?
The cool dad/husband, who raised his children well, provided for them and offered them security.
Happy Father’s Day!
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