The Impact of Mentoring

My mentoring began informally, when I was four-years-old and my mother said to me, “Be a good girl.” At that age being good meant steering clear of the sugar bowl and not making faces at strangers. I made it my mission to always make an effort to earn that pat on the back from my mother for a deed well done. Looking back I now realize that my mother’s guidance has influenced my choices over the years. I always assess a situation and try to make the best decision.

My parents were both teachers and they insisted on hard work and discipline. They took us to church every Sunday and brought us up on Christian values like trustworthiness, loyalty, patience, and forgiveness among others.

My mother taught me to always do my best. For her it did not matter what other people accepted from me. She seemed to always know what I was capable of and she demanded that I strive for it.

She would tell me to laugh when something was funny because as she said, “life is so full of hardships! This encouraged my positive attitude towards life. My mother told me to always be kind even when it was difficult to be kind.

My dad taught me the value of hard work as he added to my work load by giving me additional tests. From him I learned that education was a life-long process. He encouraged me to pursue higher education. And now having earned my first degree, I am currently pursuing my masters. My father also saw to it that I was financially literate by teaching me how to live and work within a budget and to save my money. Parents can be great mentors!

Wanja Waihenya
Mentorship Assistant
The Family Group Foundation