Mother’s Day Feature: The Hardworking Sheila Kibanyu
May being the month to celebrate mothers and appreciate them, MumsVillage reached out to mums in our community, to share their parenting experiences as we #CelebrateMum. This is Sheila Kibanyu’s story.
What childhood experiences shaped you the most? What did you learn from them?
Playing. I loved playing so much that I often got into trouble especially for doing chores late. I learnt to socialize and make new friends, a trait I cherish to date.
How would people who knew you in school describe you?
Intellectual, Playful, hardworking and smart.
How have you raised your children similarly to how you were raised? What have you tried to do differently?
My little one is just weeks old so I can’t say much since I don’t recall this phase in my upbringing.
What traditions did your parents pass on to you that you passed on to your child/children?
Prayer, Kindness, Humility, Integrity and fortitude.
What three words would you say represents your approach to parenting and why?
Love, care and correction.Loving and caring for them with my all. Instilling discipline through correction and if necessary use the rod.
What are some of the most rewarding (and/or challenging) aspects of being a parent for you?
The fact that we are alive and healthy is motivation enough; though I love seeing my baby cross various Milestones. Challenges are plenty to a new parent especially the sleepless nights, but I don’t let them wear me down.
What was the most rewarding (and/or hardest) period of your career/entrepreneurship journey?
The most challenging part of my career path was tarmacking for almost two years. In such scenarios with bills piling up and no income, one gets desperate.
The most rewarding career move was getting a new job that paid better soon after losing my previous one without notice or fault.
What are your thoughts about your current line of work?
I’m very fulfilled. I love my job and do my very best at it, seeing that I love diversity and numbers.
What do you think the world needs more of right now?
Values. If people were ethical and thought like humans first in place of their needs, wants or what they stood to gain; cases like rape, poverty and murder would exist only in history books.
Is there something that you wish you had experienced that you haven’t yet experienced?
Travelling in an aeroplane.
At this stage in your life, what are some of your best family memories?
My wedding day, the day we welcomed our child into this world.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received from your mum? #MumWasRight
Trust in God that things will get better no matter how grim they seem now. Tough times don’t last but tough people do.
Happy Mothers Day!
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