Parents impart in their children certain qualities that we carry on in our lives. Itâ€™s no wonder girls grow up being likened to their mothers and boys their fathers.
I know one attribute that my father left in all of his children was to make sure we reserve Sundays for church regardless of where we are, what we were doing the previous night and how we feel. I used to hate waking up some Sundays but it eventually became a habit and I am thankful I got to learn that.
Reading through the interview of Dr Mary Shawa, PS for gender, child development and social welfare, I had a feeling of some kind of de-ja-vu. She talked about the fact that she has her parents to thank for her successes. In sharing her life, she said her parents taught her courage, diligence, hard work, sharing and to put God in front of everything as recipes for success.
What stood out for me was the fact that she talked about being taught punctuality as well. Now thatâ€™s something that most of us struggle with many times, especially women and I wonder why?
It reminds me of a sermon I heard by one Dr Zacc Kawalala in which he was teaching about being truthful and faithful servants of God. He said the demeanour of children of God also counts. He said you will show you are a Christian by being the best you can be at what you do in the office, showing up on time and knocking off when you need to.
Some will say this is usually because women like to get the attention they get when they walk into a meeting or to a dinner party late. Whatever the reason, women have a tendency to be late and it could be a gene passed to us from our mothers.
So what can we do to make it on time and not be in the spotlight? Do what those who always turn up early do? Check the clock several times. It also helps to set your watch a little ahead of time. Make proper estimates of the time needed to complete a task i.e. getting ready and stick to that estimate.
The supplement also contains material on maternity leave and our fashion pages are featuring a tribute to Donna Summer, the queen of Disco. There is a lot more featured in this supplement so relax and read on.