• They'll sugar coat it by saying "Hiyo chakula ulipika last time ilikuwa mzuri sana si utupikie tena."
• You will have tea for breakfast, tea after having lunch, and tea in the afternoon as you still make tea for the evening.
There is a habit that every Kenyan mother has; all our mothers have the same way of disciplining especially if she the typical African mom.
If you ask around your close friends you'll see that there are certain ways that every mom treated their child.
You'd think all mothers went to the same school of parenting as they have the same skills and ways of getting you straight as they would like.
However, we love our mum and we are grateful for the way they raised us, and without them, we would not enjoy our childhood, partly.
Here are some of the common things that our mothers said or did that we look back at and we are grateful that we made it through;
• Calling you for no reason
Most mothers if not all always want to make sure you are doing something, they will be in the sitting area calling you from upstairs just to ask you to hand them a remote.
They never care if you are busy or not, your world has to stop so you can cater to them.
They see no wrong in that, I mean their excuse is that they brought you into this world and that is enough reason for their action.
• Borrowing money, no return
When your mum says she needs some money you are going to help her.
Now, lending your mum one there is an obvious code that asking for your money back is not going to happen.
So, when you lend your mom just know that you will never get it back, at least for some moms.
• Make tea
There is an unconditional love for tea in African homes; there is tea for every hour of the day.
You will have tea for breakfast, tea after having lunch, and tea in the afternoon as you still make tea for the evening.
Therefore, you will be in the kitchen making tea and dare you to ask why you have to make tea when you just had some, then hell will break loose.
• When your relatives call
Is it only moi that whenever your mum is on a phone call with one of your distant aunties they pass you the phone to speak?
Every one of us has experienced that forceful call that is passed our way, and remember saying no will only cause chaos; you just pick up the call and act excited to hear from them.
• Cook us a meal the way you do
African moms are veterans of manipulation, she will say the sweetest thing to you just to use you.
Remember that one time you cooked some good meal that your mum was taken aback; well they use that as an excuse to have you in the kitchen making a meal for the whole family.
They'll sugar coat it by saying "Hiyo chakula ulipika last time ilikuwa mzuri sana si utupikie tena."
You'll fall for it because you want her to be happy but are you happy though?
The opinions expressed in this article are the writer's own. Do you agree or disagree?