Faridah Nabukenya, Founder Member of Home Aides Services (HAS)
Getting a professional babysitter or nanny has remained a nightmare to most families in Uganda considering horrifying experiences of torture, neglect and abuse that babies and children have encountered in the hands of such inhumane babysitters.
It is against that background that several mothers have preferred to take care of their own kids despite a busy work schedule rather than leaving them in the hands of horrible nannies. Some mothers have actually resorted to taking their kids to Day Care schools all in the fear of risking the lives of their beloved children.
However, mothers’ prayers could have been answered after a one Faridah Nabukenya, a resident of Kireka, Namugongo Road started Home Aides Services, a professional nanny and trainer agency providing 24 hour home care services in Uganda and East Africa at large. Our reporter, Justine Namara conducted an interview with Nabukenya, the Director General Home Aides Services. Home Aides Services offices are also located in Kireka on Namugongo Road.
Caregivers make sure children are healthy and safe, equip them with the skills and resources to succeed as adults, and transmit basic cultural values to them. caregivers offer their children love, acceptance, appreciation, encouragement, and guidance. They provide the most intimate context for the nurturing and protection of children as they develop their personalities and identities and also as they mature physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially.
Babies whose needs are met quickly and warmly (e.g., feeding, changing, holding/cradling, and soothing them) achieve a crucial developmental task. This bond of affection between parents and children is necessary for a healthy parent-child relationship, and also extends to relationships between children, their siblings, and other family members (e.g., grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc) and caregivers.
When infants attach successfully to their parents and caregivers, they learn to trust that the outside world is a welcoming place and are more likely to explore and interact with their environment. This lays the groundwork for further social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Research has found that relationships between caregivers and youth that:
Are warm, open, and communicative;
Include appropriate limits, and
Provide reasoning for rules for behavior
are associated with higher self-esteem, better performance in school, and fewer negative outcomes such as depression or drug use in children and teenagers.
In addition, cross-cultural differences in parenting are strongly related to the attitudes, beliefs, traditions, and values of the particular culture or ethnic group within which the family belongs. These parenting practices are also related to the social and economic context in which these families are situated.