Cindy Wanjiru Njuguna, 26, and her daughter, Comfort Wambui, nine, grace this month’s cover. Cindy is an entrepreneur and fashion stylist while her daughter is a standard four pupil at St.Christine Academy in Thika. Cindy runs an online shop where she sells curios and African print clothes.
WHAT IS YOUR PARENTING EXPERIENCE AS A SINGLE MOTHER?
I love being a mother. I got my daughter when I was still in school but with the help of my mother, I embraced motherhood and have loved every bit of it. Comfort is obedient, easygoing and bright. We spend a lot of time together and our bond is enviable. She is very free with me and we relate as friends most of the times. Although I am a single mother, I try as much as possible to fill the gap of her absent father by providing for her in the best way possible and also meeting her emotional needs. My family has always stood by me, something I am very grateful about. Comfort would like to be a university lecturer. She also loves fashion and modelling; a talent I have been nurturing over time.
GIVE US A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR CHILD…
Comfort is comical; she leaves people in stitches with her jokes. She likes imitating characters, which she does so well; it amazes me. She is a warm child and people generally feel happy when they are around her. We call her the ‘smile inducer’.
HOW DO YOU DISCIPLINE HER?
I don’t believe in physical punishment unless it is very necessary. Taking time and also reducing her privileges, like taking her toys and dolls away, limiting the time spent watching television and dialogue works for me.