Post marriage parenting challenges:the case of former single mothers in githunguri a. C. K. Parish
Family institution has seen changes some of which have had and are having far reaching ramifications. Among them is the phenomenon of single motherhood status that defies the convectional perception of the family. Consequently, this status has dynamics and one can be exemplified by the inter-shift in which while some are moving from marriage to single motherhood, there are single mothers who are getting married. Taking cognizance of the primacy of family institution in parenting of the children, the present research investigates the impact such interchange has on this crucial role. The emphasis however is single mothers who are getting married. This was done in Githunguri Parish of A. C. K Church as a case study. The researcher has used more of qualitative principles with key informants giving in-depth information on the subject of study. This has been supplemented by secondary data from the library and internet research. The study commences by showing the values in Agikuyu culture that directly and indirectly came in handy in addressing the challenges of parenting role for former single mothers. The reflections are prompted by the researcher’s assumption that some of these values can still be applicable today. This is possible in Christian context as long as they are reconcilable with the Christian teachings and practices. Further into the study, the investigation shows the causes of single motherhood which is necessary if there is to be clear understanding of the single mother’s experiences when they get married. It as well shows that there are real post marriage challenges of parenting for women who get married while already having child(ren). However, in the xi attempt to find ways to deal with the challenges noted in the research, the role that Christian teachings and practices can play is sought. But, the research begins by seeking the response and in this case of A. C. K Church having been selected as the case study. Further, there is an attempt to reflect on how the Agikuyu traditional cultural values can be utilized harmoniously with Christian teachings, in attending to challenges of parenting confronting former single mothers. The point of departure is the inculturational theology which engages culture as valuable tool in evangelization by appreciating values that are not contradicting the Gospel. It therefore concludes by articulating these Agikuyu values that are useful in addressing the difficulties families comprised of former single mothers encounter while brining up their children.