Kikuyu Family And Marriage Traditions

October 19th, 2015 / / categories: Family /

The Kikuyu are very interesting people. They hold on to their traditions and beliefs very strongly though outwardly, you would think that they do not. The family is the central and most important unit in this community. This includes the nuclear family surrounded by the extended family in one compound. When one takes a wife, the wife does not belong to him unless he has paid the dowry. In fact, if nothing is paid, this is like eloping. Even the children that you will have, though they might bear your last name, they traditionally belong to your wife’s family. If she happens to die, she or her children cannot be buried in your home, whether you have lived together for a day or fifty years.

When a couple gets the first child if it is a girl, it is named after the guy’s mother. If a boy, he is named after his father. After you are through with naming guy’s parents, you start naming the lady’s parents. The children’s names interchange. The first girl is named after the man’s mother, the second daughter after the wife’s mother. In case you get a set of twins, both can only be named after the same line. You cannot split them and name them after the two sides.

Circumcision is a must for every man who is above the age of thirteen. It is a taboo for one not to go through the cut. In ancient times, even the girls were circumcised but the practice has so far died out. Men do not associate with uncircumcised boys, ‘kihii’, as they are called. In a family, the men are served first before the boys and women. The best is given to them and once they are satisfied the rest is shared among


Healthy Eating for New Mothers

October 18th, 2015 / / categories: Mother & Babies /

Healthy eating for new mothers – A diet to keep you and your baby fighting fit

So, you’re a new mother and the joys and the trials of childbirth are now behind you. You’ve spent months living with a figure that has changed beyond all recognition and now you want a little of the healthy ‘old’ you back to be able to help celebrate the joys of your new status.

Getting the lithe figure of pre-natal days back is a prime concern and so you decide to do this as quickly as possible and cut out a lot of your pre-natal diet. Not a bad idea in itself, as eating a little less is never a bad thing, as you’ll have recently been eating for the needs of you and your baby, but below are a few key dietary pointers to bear in mind for you as a new mother.

Having gone through pregnancy and the concept of ‘eating for two’, it’s sometimes tempting for new mothers to either continue with the same diet, or to lose the post-natal shape by crash-dieting. The simple approach is to do neither of these, but to follow a sensible and simple diet embracing a few essentials.

Let’s begin by assuming you’re breast-feeding; it’s the best way to ensure your baby’s health and growth, help keep your weight down and will make you feel good at the same time. An ideal diet for a new mother includes all of the following:

Fresh fruit and vegetables- Remember the ‘5-a-day’ principle as these food groups boost your iron absorption and are great for improving vitamin C levels which will reduce the risk of minor health complaints,

Lean meats (particularly red meat and liver) as these raise the iron levels in your bloodstream which often decrease during childbirth. A small aside is to

For children, proper growth and development is a paramount concern. This is especially true to young athletes. Since the opportunity for injury is statistically higher in their demographic, care should be taken when dealing with sports related injuries. Fortunately, there is a dedicated field of professional physicians and surgeons ready to assist in these types of situations. Paediatric orthopaedics deals in sports related injuries and it is important to aspiring athletes in a number of ways.

What is Pediatric Orthopedics?

It is the study of bone growth and joint health in children. Furthermore, physicians and surgeons are trained to diagnose and treat injuries involving breaks, fractures, and other musculoskeletal problems that may arise harm. The growth of bones and joints within children is the main priority of this field. The specialists are trained to repair these problems and calculate the lasting effects on the skeletal system. Without proper care, simple fractures can cause serious health effects later on in life; such as bone deformities and even bone spurs. Moreover, if healing does occur in a satisfactory manner, the threat of juvenile arthritis could be manifested. It is vitally important that any damage to bone structure be cared for by these kinds of specialists.

Why is it Important?

Care for bone damage is important in children because it can disrupt natural growth and development; and it can prevent the potential harms mentioned earlier. For example, in the cases of sports injuries, such as a fractured leg, without a bone specialist an infection could set in. The infection can cause the child life threaten consequences; like bacteria reaching the blood stream and infecting major organs. If a surgeon is needed to repair an injury, then the risk is multiplied due to the installation of metal pins into the

In Scotland, the Boarding Schools Association wants to offer places at their schools for problem children as they are convinced that a similar scheme already operating in the UK has been of great benefit to vulnerable children there. Reactions have been mixed and some parents are concerned about infiltration of drugs and other problems which boarding schools have. This is one scenario where parenting is removed from the home and placed in the hands of caregivers and /or teachers and there are implications for child development.

The same arguments could be applied to sending problem children to military schools in the USA. Parents often get over this problem by following a behavior modification course which will give them the strategies to deal with problem children without actually having to send them away from home. I knew one parent who wanted the option of a military school for her six-year old son!

Let us look at another problem children scenario. The parents’ influence on a child is enormous and once parents are aware of this, they seek to be good role models for their children. The young child or toddler will model his behavior on yours and that also has implications for the type of person you will look for when looking for as babysitters or people to look after your children. Your behavior when having a difference of opinion with your spouse will also be noted and any violence or aggression on your part will have a negative impact on the child’s development. If you are loving and consistent in all your relationships within the family group and even outside it, this will be a great role model for the child to follow. Statistics speak for themselves as the number of problem children from broken and troubled homes far exceeds


Types of children insurance plans

October 16th, 2015 / / categories: Children & Parent /

Today all those who wish to systematically save enough for the future of their child consider buying a children plan. These plans help you to save up for the future of your child in the most affordable manner. Looking at the overwhelming response child plan have received from consumers, the market offers you two kinds of plans to invest in endowment based child plans & child ULIPs. Let’s take a look at both of them. In both the cases, the plan works in the similar manner, you need to pay a predefined premium towards the plan for a certain period of time. On maturity the plan pays out a lump sum or portions of the sum assured at regular intervals, as per your requirement.

Endowment based children plan largely depend on how the insurer performs. So if the insurance company generates profits from the investment & gives you a share, then the value of your investment grows. The profits are h&ed to you as bonuses. So if you want a better return on the investment, then you have to depend on the bonuses h&ed out to you. The policy mostly invests in debt products.

Child ULIPs on the other h&, form a more lucrative option to invest in. This instrument largely invests in equities. The risk it carries is evened out if you continue the policy for a longer duration.

Under this children plan, investors have the option of choosing from different kinds of fund as per their risk taking capacity. A child ULIP plan that invests your money 100% into equity is an aggressive fund, whereas a plan that invests only in debt will be a conservative plan. You have the liberty to choose any of the plans offered to you & even switch between the