Lessons From A Mother of Five

Being a mother of five has taught me some very valuable life lessons. First and foremost, despite what I used to think, kids come with their own opinions and agendas. Second, being a parent is the hardest thing I have ever done. And third, as a parent I have learned that adults don't always know what they are doing or how to do it. Ha ha! Can anyone relate?

There are a few things I have learned along the way about raising emotionally healthy children…albeit through much trial and error.

Do you BABY your Baby?

Some of the greatest advice that I received after the birth of my first child was… Don't over BABY your baby.  I wish I could kiss the woman who gave me this little treasure. But alas, she was probably one of the cute little old ladies in the grocery store who stopped to take a peek at my new little one.  Why would I take some crazy advice from a stranger at the store?  Well, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

How Becoming a Parent Changed my Outlook on Health

How Becoming a Parent Changed my Outlook on Health

Before becoming a parent, good health was definitely a priority for me, but it was more about superficial reasons like wanting to look good in a swimsuit. Sure, I knew that I would have more energy if I worked out regularly. I knew that eating a cleaner diet would result in clearer skin. I knew about the benefits that I would gain from living a healthy lifestyle, but they just didn't resonate with me like they did when I knew I was going to become a parent.

The Absent Parent

It wasn't that I had a bad parent, I just had a young parent. Actually both my parents are young. My mom was only a junior in high school when she had me and she, herself, grew up in a horrible home life setting. Her father was absent and her mom was mentally absent. She learned how to raise herself and get things she needed on her own.

Healthy Choices Today, Healthy Children Tomorrow

I am honored to be a part of the Million Moms Challenge, linking millions of moms to mothers in developing countries throughout the world. No matter what country we live in, what we do for a living or whether we are married or single, the one thing that is constant for mothers worldwide is our unconditional love for our children. We all want the best for our children and will do whatever we can do to make their world a better place.

Breaking the Spell: Can the Turkana Be Freed from Hunger?

Breaking the Spell: Can the Turkana Be Freed from Hunger?

Turkana, Northern Kenya, Africa (Photo Credit: Alissa Everett)

By Phyllis Nyambura/ AMREF 


The story of The Turkana is marked by irony. In the mid-18th century a group of energetic warriors decided to break off from the Karamajong community in north-eastern Uganda and migrate to the Turkana area, in Kenya which was green with pasture and mostly uninhabited. It was ‘a land of milk and honey’, and they flourished.

Tips for Raising a Healthy Baby

There are so many times in your life that people will give you unasked for advice, but never so much as when you have a new baby. Trust yourself! And don’t be afraid to ask for what you need, do your own research and second-guess what you’re being told. Here are some of the things I’ve done in my own family that I feel have made a big difference in the health of my children.

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