Welcome to Blovebirds- A Global Nomad’s Home, a blog dedicated to parenting world citizens. The term ‘Blovebirds‘ was uniquely coined by one of my children as an homage to our nomadic lifestyle. You can read more about that here.
I was named Wakanyi at birth, after my maternal grandmother, but everyone calls me Waks, which I find endearing. You can call me Waks too because even the lady I last spoke to at the checkout counter at our local grocery store this morning? We just became Facebook friends and she now calls me Waks too.
I enjoy making new friends, which is a good thing because our family exists in a perpetual nomadic state. We expatriate and repatriate around the globe on different continents. So far we have hauled excess baggage, pregnant belly and toddlers in and out of seven countries. Once a friend in the Philippines described me as a human butterfly because as soon as we became good friends, we hugged goodye and I flew off to another faraway land, to set up another temporary camp.
I am the mother to four children, a wife, a trained journalist and a certified children’s writer with an MA in Global Education. I am currently researching my favourite topic- folktales from Africa- and investigating what moral values are universally acceptable to promote global citizenship education.
While being a mom is what defines me best, I can’t yet claim to have risen through the ranks aboard the Mother Ship. Quite frankly, my children outsmart me in wit, musical and tech skills. As I continue working on being the authoritative matriarch, it has been shocking to watch how quickly the years have passed since the first baby I birthed more than a decade ago. This year our two girls and two boys celebrated their 13th, 11th, 8th and 5th birthdays.
When not researching folktales, or reading the latest parenting research, I enjoy baking and crafting with my family as it is in these shared special moments that I truly witness the power of storytelling. Over the years, my experience raising four children has led me to a strong belief that there is a correlation between oral storytelling and emotional resilience.
In our home, we share stories all the time- while cooking, while watching TV, while traveling and every night when going to bed. It is in these mini storytelling sessions that the children reveal their worst fears, laugh out loud, discover their hidden talents or ask philosophical questions about life.
As a little girl growing up in Kenya, I was always fascinated with the stories that were told to us by our grandmothers. These grandmothers served as the custodians of our traditions and indigenous knowledge and took pride in passing down our heritage. You can read more about that here.
As an older mother now, I find myself often creating characters for my children’s bedtime stories that would reflect the values that I would like them to inherit. They are usually fictitious characters, some so otherworldly that my children giggle and laugh at their incredulous personalities. But secretly, those characters represent real lessons from my grandmothers.
I would like to connect with you on this personal blog because having eperienced motherhood between diverse cultures, I think I am onto something about parenting a future generation of resilient and culture-wise global citizens. There’s a good chance that the only reason some of our children meander off unpleasant directions is because they lack a fanbase for their oratorical storytelling sessions.
This blog will be filled with stories that touch on life lessons about parenting our future world citizens while sharing tips on how to break down cultural borders to feel at home anywhere in the world.
Lots of love,