In this episode we sit with the Kgobokoe family talking about the impact of raising our genies as a couple. As stated by the setswana idiom ‘sedikwa ke ntja pedi ga se thata’ which is more aligned to the ‘it takes two to tango’ or ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ narrative. According to the Kgobokoe, parenting begins with the relationship of the mother and father where they illustrate or lay the foundation of a good relationship where they communicate, love and respect each other and genies mimic those behaviors from their parents. They also compared parenting with pottery because a potter shapes, molds and form artwork made out of clay with their steady, same applies to parenting genies need to be shaped and molded with steady hands so that at the end of the day parents get to produce the type of a human being they wish to see their genies become. The Kgobokoe shared that according to them a genie is someone who can say their mind instead of being caged into limiting beliefs of parents or other older people. Genies should be allowed to explore and find themselves by being given space to use their own thinking and question things that are questionable. Genies should be allowed to express themselves in a respectful manner its okay for them to not agree with their parents but should always remember to be respectful. It is important for genies to have both parents parenting them because each parents plays a different role in the genies’ life and this also enables parents to share responsibilities to ensure that the life that is being brought up has a fighting chance in this world. The growth of a genie needs both the masculine and feminine spirits because they both play different roles in the upbringing of the genie.
Yummy quotes from this episode: At times our genies can be a great medicine to parents when going through a rough patch and they also give great advice when listened to. When you need to learn you must teach. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode and that it helps you to be more welcoming of help with raising your genies because it really takes a village. Please share it wide and far, and also share with is your thoughts in the comment section. Thank You.