Rossie: We met at East Assembly Church in Nairobi in 1998 where we were both actively involved in the youth ministry. Charles was the youth leader while I was serving as a committee member. We also served together in a ministry dubbed Worded, which involved acting in schools and churches. After my graduation from the United States International University (USIU), I secured an internship at Junior Achievement – a non- governmental organisation – where Charles was working at the time. A deep friendship was ignited, which led to marriage a few years later.
DESCRIBE YOUR MARRIAGE
Charles: Our marriage gets better with time. We share a strong bond that helps us appreciate the similarities we have and find strength in our differences. We have learnt to live together and grow in love.
WHAT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE OF PARENTING?
Charles: Being a parent is both a privilege and a responsibility. We use different parenting styles since our sons, Jeremy and Benjamin, are different. We grow in our parenting skills in much the same way as they do – one day, one milestone, one step and one experience at a time. A lot has changed because we no longer just think of ourselves but we have a responsibility of bringing up two boys.
Rossie: We train, teach and model good behaviour to our children. We also rectify wrong behaviour in them when we notice it. We base the teaching and training we give our children from the bible, as we believe in its teachings on disciplining children.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER PARENTS?
Rossie: Both parents should learn to make choices that allow them to be there for their children when they are young. This is a great challenge because many parents are out trying to make a living and provide for their families. Parents must be intentional about spending more time with their children, especially in their formative years.