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Acknowledgements

This journey would not have been possible without the support of my family, proffessors, and mentors, and friends. To my family, thank you for encouraging me in all of my pursuits and inspiring me to follow my dreams, iam especially greatful to my parents, who supported me emotionally and financially. I always knew that you believed in me and wanted the best for me. Thank you for teaching me that my job in life was to learn, to be happy, and to know and understand myself; only then could I know and understand others. Thank you my mother, Nakayemba Rose, for guiding me as aperson, a social worker, psychologist and teacher to finish my degree and giving me an upper hand in this process of book writing.

I must thank all social work Lecturers and professors at Muteesa 1 Royal university whom I have worked with in editing this book, and those who tought me all what I know in social science structures, thanks for showing me what it means to be a dedicated, each in their own unique way. Each of you have given of your time, energy, and expertise and iam richer for it: Lecturer Lwanga Edward Bita, Lecturer Luttamaguzi John Bosco, Dr. Tumukunde Aloysious, Prof. Mukiibi Prof Mutaawe Richard, Lecturer Lukyamuzi Daniel, Lecturer Nakiyemba Christine, My father Deogracious Kaggwa Kaganda, and to my teacher in social affairs, Madam Namuwulya Alice, thank you for supporting me through out this process and to helping me explore ideas about researching beautiful important social aspects.

I would like to give special thanks to my inspiring roll models, I owe a debt of gratitude to Lecturer Lwanga Edward Bita for his time and careful attention to detail in everything I know in social work. To teacher Lukwago Ibrah I thank him for his untiring support and guidance throughout my journey. To my Father Profesor Mutaawe Richard and My senior Friend Bwanika Kizza Rogan Elemegio, who encouraged me to peruse the degree in social sciences and psychology, you have mentored me for almost 15 years. To Mr. Luttamaguzi John Bosco, thank you for modling great teaching and furthering my thinking about Social work and family, Psychology, anthropology, social work theories, community rehabilitation, social work intervation, and many others, Mr. Lwanga E.Bita thanks for furthering my thinking about Socialogy, and statistics in social research, Mr. Mukiibi Andrew Adrian thank you for furthering my thinking about Gender mainstreaming, Research Methodology. Dr. Tumukunde Aloysious you modeled me in Social work courses.

To my roommates, thank you for listening, offering me advise and supporting me through this entire process, special thanks to my Muteesa I royal university friends; Baligabye John Bosco, Lukwago Wasswa Ibrah, Makumbi Bruno, Bbaale Muchafu Junior, Nabulonge Jackline, Marine Carine, Kyeyune James,  Nalinnya Shama, Akatusaasira Marion, Natulinda Prudence, Waliggo Kenneth, Luswata Shafik, Kizito Abdu, Okot Ben Weza, Eripu Bruno, Katushabe Gloria, Johanna Patronella, Namagembe Dorah, Humaya Swalehe, Nakabira Sohadu, Musimenta Sarah, Kwagala Betty, Erumbi Ritah, Kasibante Gilbert, Matovu Steven, Namatovu Safinah. Nakafuuma Lilian, Nambalirwa Diana. Nabbaale Shamim, Ssembatya Deo. Nannyonjo Hajarah, Kamya Adam, Eng Lumu Jessy Sserunkuuma. Faith Vero, The debates, coursework, chats, texts, exams advice, rides to tours, fun in lecture room, and general help and friendship were all appreciated.

To my village mates Lugemwa Brian, Kasekende Tonny, Kaggwa Mathias, Luswata Philip, Namukasa Rose, Ssembatya Bazil, Kizza Lwerimba Mujapan, Ssendago Rogers, Namuli Magret, Sserwadda Joseph, Lutaaya Lawrence, Mandoni,  Danio Kenzo, Kato emanuel, Muteesasira Lazarus,

To my OB’S and OG’s Kibaale Primary and St marys Ssanje Kabugo Gerald, Lumala John, Ssentumbwe Sharif, Ssentongo David, Ssekyanzi Anthony, Ssebadda Nichorus, Namugumya Mary, Ssozi Edward, Mutunzi Jude, Ssengonzi peter, Mugalula Lawrence, Kalita,  Luswata Erias, Namiiro Eveline, Kasembe Angella, Mulindwa Tonny, Nansasi Sylivia, Bamutengire Florence, Nakato Anella, Ojirot Isaac, Ssenyonjo Abdumalik, Paul Alpha, Mugera Rogers, Ampulire Steven. the list is endless.

To my OB’s and OG’s Kabale Ssanje, Baligabye John Bosco, Kakunini Alonso, Kyamukuuma Samuel, Ssuuna Dominic, Katende Edward, Muchunguzi Remigius, Sseguya Islam, Nantongo Ritah, Muwawu Ronald, Naava Jacky, Nanyondo Agnes, Stella Birungi, Nakiganda Milly, Rosha Kelly, Kabuye Dickson, Wasswa Ronald, Kasagga Hamza, Nangabi Aisha, Kasule Richard, Matovu David, Kambiaso Timothy, Musasizi Richard, Kalibbala Micheal, Munono Abdu, Matovu Isaac, Kiwummulo Joseph, Nantongo Josephine, Nannono Catehrine, Jerico, Nasolo Jacky, Kulwa maige, Noreen, Kiyimba John Bosco, Wasswa Francis, Kayondo Gerald, Muchunguzi Ezra, Kays, Kisuule Paul, Mulindwa Jorge William, Mutagubya Moses, Sabrano Ssabastian Ssentume, Muto Ibrahim. the list is endless. And to my friends scattered around the country, that you for your thoughts, well wishes/players, phone calls, emails, texts, visits, editing advice, and being there wherever I needed a friend.

To my brothers and sisters, Bukenya Richard, Namikyo Regina, Nabasese Jastine, Kannyana David, Namatovu Annet, Nabayunga Doreen, Mutaawe Julius, Messiah Anthony, Matovu Anthony, Nakyondwa Prossy, Mutaawe Emanuel, Lubega Talemwa, my Father Kaganda Deogracious Kaggwa, and my mother Nakayemba Rose, thank you to be there always, you raised me well and shaped me into a very important person.

To my family, RODI family headed by Prof. Mutaawe Richard and Prof. Londo Johnson, you are the reason why I finished my studies, no words can describe your presence in my life, and may God bless you all.

To my mentors at a work place PTMOF, Maama Ptmof, Mrs. Solome Nanvule, Mrs. Namuwulya Alice, Nagawa Mariam, Nakulima Winnie, Nakaweesi Agather, Nakalumba Salma , and mentors from Lwemodde, Speaker Bbaale Mudashiru, Chairperson Lusiba Mikidaadi, Mayinja Hassan, Nakamya Sylivia, Namuwawu Sylivia, Wetaka Neithan.

To my mentor Sue Taylor from United States of America, thank you for your guiding advice, thoughts, and building words, and all things you have done toward my life.

About the author

Lukonge Achilees is highly experienced social worker, psychologist, counselor/therapist currently working at Pelletier teenage mothers foundation (PTMOF) with the remarkable ability to create, discover and tell important social work articles that can teach us all the most important lessons in our families, health and our life. With Make me understand about family and health, he strives especially to help parents, children, students in social work learn how to nurture a health family. Providing them opportunities for getting help in matters concerning family, and to help students and parents understand their roles and responsibilities in upbringing a child, in a health environment.

Make me understand about family and health is a must read for everyone in the family, and those working with children like care givers, teachers, guides and others fall in that category. Lukonge Achilees takes the reader on a wonderful journey, balancing all family and health sections, good therapeutic technique, and family empirical styles during the trip. Given that Lukonge Achilees elaborated aspects required in nurturing a health family, and any reader using this resource should increase their understanding of how family works, and how to raise good children, and how to stay safe and healthy in the family system.

Make me understand about family and health is a fantastic book, well executed by a master! Achilees, systematically leads readers through every step of raising children, and provides examples for achieving a wide variety of specific goals.

Who this book is for

We all believe being a parent is one of the most important jobs we can do, but it can also be one of the most difficult and we all have had times when we are frustrated, confused and stressed by our children. Therefore,

This handbook is written for parents of young children, teens, youth, and adolescents.Students who are doing social sciences, those wish to join and those who are practicing it.

This handbook is for Therapists/Counselors, Teachers, Lecturers, Activists, and everyone working with children, youth, adolescents in families and community members.

It aims to give you a beater understanding of your child’s behavior and what is it that your child is trying to communicate through their behavior.

It also offers parenting tips and ideas on how to raise and nurture a good health child. It gives you a step-by-step guide for child development and parenting infants aged from 0-2 years, child development and parenting early childhood aged 3-7 years, child development and parenting of middle childhood aged 8-11, child development and parenting adolescents aged 12-24.

Consists of both theories and practical parts that take you through early child development techniques.

This books also aimed at anyone who experiences anxiety, stress, and depression, it looks into the causes, its effects, symptoms, and what to do to reduce it to a manageable level, it further draws some of research findings about stress, anxiety and depression caused during early stages that can cause negative impact of a child at later stages.

This books aims to teach family members how to treat themselves using home remedies and tips in preventing expensive diseases like Cancer, heart diseases, skin diseases, cold and flue, hepatitis B, asthma to improve health and reducing costs of treatment.

It further dig deep to understand right approach to combat HIV/AIDS and other Sexually transmitted diseases, importance of circumcision and attitudes towards it.

This handbook further aims to make us understand about our social family addictive behaviors like masturbation and its effects to our general health, drug addiction and its effects and practical guide to combat all forms of social family addictive behaviors

This handbook aims to make us understand about the importance of fitness, exercise, diet and nutrition at home, foods that we must eat on breakfast, lunch, and supper, for children and adults and food we must stop to take.

It teaches us therapy at home or in families, its importations, right time to see a therapist, domestic violence and its effects and a step by step guide to counseling and guidance.

Lastly it has go good classic stories for babies and children, it will help your little one to explore the hysterical wonders of the world through tales that can help to build their cognition and memory

From the experience

I consider parenting to be one of the most important and most enjoyable things my parents got to do in their life. So, I think about it a lot, read about it, research it, and I write about it. I think parental choices and attitudes matter a great deal in our children’s lives. Parents like my parent sometimes get bad rap, for sure we are accused of being too involved.

My parents are what researchers call a “child centric parent” this means they tend to put their child’s well being above their own well being. I call that evolution tomato-tomato I guess. Whatever you want to call it, recent research suggests that by putting our children’s well being above our own, we experience a bump in our well being as parents.

This development is big because on the other side of this argument is the idea that we have to put ourselves first in order to be good a parent and have a good family life. My opinion lies somewhere in the middle, as I as grew up seeing my parent love time with family, and friends, working, and going to the events. However, they have also been known to turn down an opportunity or event because it would take them away from their children for too long, after all their kids happen to be the coolest people they know on this planet.

Tell me about the study

The research actually includes two studies. In the first study, the researchers surveyed, parents on child centricism, parent styles and well-being. They found that parents, who were more child-centric, reported higher levels of happiness and meaning associated with parenting role. Taken at face value this gives with my parents’ experience of parenting, therefore they do enjoy spending time with their kids, don’t always love leaving them and would happily sacrifice for them

The first study relied entirely on self report and therefore could have been affected  in social desirability in how parents report. Therefore the second study used a diary reconstruction method. This basically means, the researchers asked the parents to walk with them through the previous day and related how they felt during each activity, for each activity like walking the kids to school, parents rated their positive effect, negative effect and sense of meaning during the activity. Not surprisingly, parents who were child centric reported higher levels of positive effect and meaning the lower levels of negative effect when they were involved in child care activities

In other words, child centric parents enjoy parenting, they are happy when they are parenting and they find parenting provides meaning and purpose in their lives

Here are my child centricism quiz

In measuring child centricism we go through series of items or tools, so be reviewing the questions below you will get the idea how child centric you are;

  1. my children are center of my life.
  2. the happiness of my children is more important to me than my own happiness
  3. my children are the most frequent topic of my discussion
  4. I don’t mind leaving my children to spend time with my friends (reverse the item)
  5. I would be willing to make almost any sacrifice for my children
  6. my schedule removes around my children
  7. the needs of my children come before my own.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Acknowledgement

Introduction

About the author

What is this book for?

PART 1 CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING

Preparing for the baby: the story

Over view

CHAPTER 1 CHILD DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES

Introduction; overview of child development theories

Developmental channels and Theories of development

Developmental Stages milestones of child development

Sensitive periods in child development

Major child development theories and theorists

Sigmund freud’s psychosexual stages of development theory

Erik erikson’s psychosocial stage theory

Lawrence kohlberg’s moral understanding stage theory

Jean piaget’s cognitive development stage theory

Urie Bronfenbrenner ecological system theory

Conclusion.

CHAPTER II CHID DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING INFANTS (0-2 YEARS)

Infant development. How your baby grew and matures

Introduction

Infancy Physical development

Infancy physical development. Motor skills

Infancy physical development. Gross motor skills

Infancy physical development. Fine motor skills

Infancy physical development. Average growth

Infancy coginitive development

Infancy cognitive development. Language development

Infancy Emotional/social development. Emotional expression and understanding

Infancy emotional and social development. Social connections

Infancy Sexuality and body awareness development

Infant parenting: keeping your baby healthy and happy

Introduction

Holding and Physical support

Facilitating growth movement

Feeding and nutrition

How much to feed?

Expressing and storing Breast-feeding

Selecting and preparing bottles and how to feed

Burping and spitting up

When and what Solid foods to introduce?

Feeding solids and how to feed solid foods

How much to feed babies?

Weaning

Elimination and how to diaper, and penis and cord care

Sleeping, Bathing and soothing a crying baby

Hygiene and dressing your baby

Well baby Checks and immunizations

Common baby concern, teething, colic, cough and colds, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

Nurturing children, discipline, baby safety

Conclusion

Infant safety: keeping your baby safe

Introduction to infant safety

Playroom/nursery safety

Kitchen and bathroom safety

Fire/electrical, pet safety, and car safety.

Out door safety and preparing for the worst

 

CHAPTER III CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (3-7 YEARS)

Development during early childhood, toddler, and pre-school stages

Introduction: development during early childhood

Early childhood development average growth

Physical development. Fine motor skills

Early childhood physical development. Toilet training

Early childhood cognitive development. Introduction

Early childhood cognitive development symbolic function

Early childhood cognitive development intuitive thought

Early childhood cognitive development. Language development

Early childhood emotional and social development. Emotional expressiveness and understanding.

Early childhood emotional and social development. Reflective empathy

Early childhood emotional and social development. Aggression

Conclusion

Early childhood emotional and social development identity and self-esteem

Early childhood emotional and social development social connections

Early childhood moral development

Early childhood gender identity and sexuality

Conclusion

Parenting your toddler, preschooler, and young child.

Early childhood Toilet training introduction

Introduction to parenting your toddler, preschooler, and young child.

Early childhood feeding and nutrition

Early childhood sleep

Early childhood hygiene

Early childhood exercise

Early childhood love and nurturing

Early childhood, its important to encourage reading

Early childhood medical care

Early childhood mental care

Early childhood safety

Coping with transitions in early childhood: Getting a new sibling or remaining an only child

Coping with transition in early childhood. Going to day care

Coping with transition. Starting pre-school or kindergarten

Conclusion.

Early childhood toilet training

Early childhood toilet training introduction

The right time to start toilet training. Children’s readiness

The right time to start toilet training. Family readiness and red flags

Pre-toilet training in early childhood

Preparing the space for toilet training in early childhood

Toilet training friendly friendly clothing

Early childhood toilet training methods

Conclusion

How to deal with toilet training challenges? When traveling

How to deal with toilet training challenges? Constipation and fear of flushing

Bed-wetting, encopresis and enuresis

Conclusion

Disciplining your toddler, preschooler, and young introduction

Preventing early childhood misbehavior before it happens

The use of choice in early childhood

A step-by-step guide for how to discipline children in early childhood

Natural and logical consequences in early childhood

Combining choice and consequences in early childhood

Childhood time outs

Spanking in early childhood

Coordinating to provide continuity of early childhood discipline across caregivers

Lying in early childhood

Supportive communication in early childhood and discipline

Conclusion

Nurturing your toddler, preschooler, and young children

Introduction

Creating nurturing space in early childhood

Physical nurturing. Gross motor activities in early child hood

Physical nurturing fine motor activities in early childhood

Cognitive nurturing in early childhood

Social nurturing in early childhood

Emotional nurturing in early childhood

Cultural and spiritual nurturing in early childhood

Nurturing at home and outside.

Conclusion.

CHAPTER IV CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING MIDDLE CHILDHOOD (8-11 YEARS)

            Nurturing your middle childhood

Introduction

Child feeding and nutrition

Components of healthy meals and importance of water

Child sleeping, and managing children’s insomnia

Child hygiene and appearance

Preventive health care, dental and vision car, sun safety,

Common childhood illnesses

Middle Children safety

            Introduction

Automobiles, walking and biking safety, stranger danger, leaving children home alone, out door safety, swimming pool safety.

Middle Children education

introduction

Education and schools,

Engaging with teachers, the school, other parents and the educational process

Helping children get their home work done

Handling school related discipline incidents and planning in advance for school closings and sick days.

Middle Child discipline and guidance

Introduction

Choices and consequences

Grounding children and sticker charts

Children cores, nurturing and children’s need for privacy

Dealing with difficult middle childhood issues

Introduction

Dealing with life’s tough topics like death, parents’ divorce and remarriage, step parenting, blended families, moving to new house, fitting in and peer pressure,

Teaching in children social skills,

Cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs at home,

Romantic crushes and questions about sex

Sibling rivalry, encouraging children to support one another by diverting direct competition, and handling manipulative or aggressive children

Bullying and peer abuse and prejudice.

Conclusion

CHAPTER V CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND PARENTING ADOLESCENCE (12-24)

Child development theory. Adolescence

What is adolescence? And an introduction to adolescence development

An overview of adolescence development

Adolescence physical development

Adolescence cognitive development

Adolescence emotional development

Adolescence social development

Adolescence moral development

Adolescence sexual development

Middle to late adolescence ages (15-22) the age of romance

Conclusion

CHAPTER VI CHILDREN AND INTERNET ADDICTION IN FAMILIES

Introduction to Internet addiction

Symptoms of Internet addiction and Internet addiction treatment

Children and media issues

Types of media, its benefits and challenges

Managing and controlling children media usage as a parent at home.

 

PART II    UNDERSTANDING HEALTH AT HOME

CHAPTER VII FITNESS, FOOD DIET AND NUTRITIION

Introduction

What is fitness, diet, and nutrition

Get to know that sitting just 1 hour hurts your heart.

Learn ways to sit less if you have a desk job.

Ways exercise and practicing yoga makes you look and feel younger

Starting fitness and exercise at home for free, home guide.

A look at dieting myths before you make a decision

Top food that you shouldn’t miss in your home and why?

Top tips for cheap and healthy eating

Top unhealthy food on the planet that you should avoid right now.

CHAPTER VIII   HIV/AIDS and STDS AWARENESS IN FAMILY

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

           What is HIV/AIDS?

Facts about HIV/AIDS worldwide.

How parents and caregivers talk with their children about HIV/AIDS (how do I begin to talk with my children about HIV/AIDS)

Talking with infants and toddlers (0-2years), talking with preschool children (3-4years), talking with young children (5-8 years), talking with preteens (9-12years) talking with teens (13-19 years)

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDS)

Questions and answers

Circumcision

Questions and answers

CHAPTER IX CANCER TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT

Home pathetic approach to cancer treatment

What is cancer?

General causes of cancer

20 types of cancer its causes and prevention using home remedies.

How to fight off 6 man killing cancer

Questions and answers

PART III  STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION MANAGEMENT AT HOME         

CHAPTER X STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION MANAGEMENT AT HOME

Stress management

What is stress?

Is stress a big issue?

Causes of stress

Effects of stress

Coping up with stress

Anxiety and depression management

What is anxiety and depression?

What triggers teen depression

Signs and symptoms of teen depression

Types of teen depression

Depression in adults

Causes of adult depression

Signs and symptoms of adult depression

Treatment for anxiety and depression

Research facts about stress, anxiety and depression

Did you know?

Maternal depression more likely at 4 years than 1 year

Depressed parents may hinder child school performance

Kids needs father when mother is depressed

Father’s depression can also influence child’s health

Chronic child illness tied to adult mental health problems

Early child mental disorders linked to longer physical problems

Strong dad-child bond may buffer against mums depression

Child abuse linked to adolescent self-injury

Being bullied increases likelihood of self-harm

Simple assessment identifies teen at risk

Increases openness improves everything.

Therapy at home

A story from Pricilla

Benefits of therapy and tips to know when to see a therapist

Mindfulness basic therapy

Antisocial behaviors

Drug addiction in families

Masturbation and its effects

PART IV CHILDREN CLASSIC STORIES.

Two flogs

On the way to the sun

The flog prince

The hare and monkey

The hare, lion and leopard

The bad girl

Lenny the flying inventor

The ass’s shadow

The hungry mouse

The crooked hyena

The donkey and little dog

Love and time

The miser

The snow queen

The stonecutter

Resources, references, and other sources of this book

Index.

This book will be on market soon, I am sorry for the delay but it’s coming. Interested ones to get your copy reach me via archileeslukonge@gmail.com

Praise for
MAKE ME UNDERSTAND ABOUT FAMILY & HEALTH

Lukonge Achilees is highly experienced social worker, psychologist, counselor, with the remarkable ability to create, discover and tell important social work articles that can teach us all the most important lessons in our families, health and our life. With Make me understand about family and health, he strives especially to help parents, children, students in social work learn how to nurture a health family. Providing them opportunities for getting help in matters concerning family, and to help students and parents understand their roles and responsibilities in upbringing a child, in a health environment.

Make me understand about family and health is a must read for everyone in the family, and those working with children like care givers, teachers, guides and others fall in that category. Lukonge Achilees takes the reader on a wonderful journey, balancing all family and health sections, good therapeutic technique, and family empirical styles during the trip. Given that Lukonge Achilees elaborated aspects required in nurturing a health family, and any reader using this resource should increase their understanding of how family works, and how to raise good children, and how to stay safe and healthy in the family system.

Make me understand about family and health is a fantastic book, well executed by a master! Achilees, systematically leads readers through every step of raising children, and provides examples for achieving a wide variety of specific goals.

Who this handbook is for

We all believe being a parent is one of the most important jobs we can do, but it can also be one of the most difficult and we all have had times when we are frustrated, confused and stressed by our children. Therefore,

This handbook is written for parents of young children, youth, students, therapists/ teacher and adults. It aims to give you a beater understanding of your childs behavior and what is it that your child is trying to communicate through their behavior.
It also offers parenting tips and ideas on how to raise and nurture a good health child. Consists of both theories and practical parts that take you through early child development techniques.

This books also aimed at anyone who experiences anxiety, stress, and depression, it looks into the causes, its effects, symptoms, and what to do to reduce it to a manageable level, it further draws some of research findings about stress, anxiety and depression caused during early stages that can cause negative impact of a child at later stages.

This books aims to teach family members how to treat themselves using home remedies and tips in preventing expensive diseases like Cancer, heart diseases, skin diseases, cold and flue, hepatitis B, asthma to improve health and reducing costs of treatment.

It further dig deep to understand right approach to combat HIV/AIDS and other Sexually transmitted diseases, importance of circumcision and attitudes towards it.

This handbook further aims to make us understand about our social family addictive behaviours like masterbation and its effects to our general health, drug addiction and its effects and practical guide to combat all forms of social family addictive behaviours

This handbook aims to make us understand about the importance of fitness, exercise, diet and nutrition at home, foods that we must eat on breakfast, lunch, and supper, for children and adults and food we must stop to take.

Lastly it teaches us therapy at home or in families, its importatance, right time to see a therapist, domestic violence and its effects and a step by step guide to counseling and guidance.

My Travel Diary/Journal

THE JOURNEY TO KASENSERO LANDING SITE BY LUKONGE ACHILEES

8th July 2011. Departed at 7:00am by bus. Arrived at 12:30 pm

I was raining when I reached St Mary’s senior secondary school Ssanje at around 6:30 am I thought I had missed the bus to kasensero, but to my relief the school bus was waiting at the gate

It was along journey of six hours as the bus stopped at many places on the way, after sweltering heat in Kakuuto subcounty, I felt good to experience pleasant weather when the bus entered Kyebe subcounty. The beautiful hilly land scape was a treat to my eyes.

I hadn’t expected cold weather in kyebe subcounty in July when everywhere else in the country a strong heat wave was prevailing. It got colder as the bus climbed higher and higher.

I started feeling suffocated as the number of students increased. The bus was stopping at each and every village on the way to load students who failed to come at school in time even though there was no space to stand inside. The door way was packed with students.

I was getting crushed in the corner of the passenger seat in the first row to the right. The student next to me called Kabugo Gerald was thin but the one in the window seat wasn’t, the only fresh air was closed, giggling school girls were learning over my seat. All of the sudden I was overcome by a strange numb feeling in my body and I had difficulty breathing.

I started feeling dizzy and light headed immediately I told my friend next to me called Kabugo Gerald to move ahead in the seat and other guy to open the window. Seeing my discomfort, the guy had moved away, I took several deep breaths the fresh air although cold soon made me feel better.

It was 10:23 am when the bus reached Misozi and Ssekaningo hills bus stand. It is a small place embedded with beautiful sceneries and overrun with tourist. To make matters worse it was it was a weekend!

Personally I had thought of staying at ssekaningo Tourism development hotel but there were no rooms there, but finally I got a room at hotel misozi heights. It wasnt worth the expensive tariff which was most definitely inflated due to the cute short age of hotel rooms everywhere. The bed linen and the towels didn’t smell fresh and there were no English music channels on the television. Thankfully I had carried a towel with me I immediately set out to find another hotel room. I didn’t like the bus stand area and we followed the road uphills that led to Kase as it was Nick named by locals but real name is Kasensero Landing site hotel

Kasensero Landing site hotel offered a great view of fresh water body Lake Victoria. This lake covered three countries Uganda Kenya and Tanzania, and it is the largest fresh water body in Africa and world wide. It was formed by both upwarp and down warp. The hotel offered great view of the mountains in west

I hadn’t ate anything since breakfast. So I stopped for chicken soup at one of the small restaurants near by. After the meal, I started my search for the room in the near by hotels, I was disappointed as one After another I got the same negative reply. And then I was walking away from one hotel, one guy called out to me saying there was a room looked very nice and comfortable and the tariff offered to me was almost half the price of the one where I was staying.

Our tour bus had around 60 class mate students immediately after bus stops, students disappeared to explore what they like to explore, others formed groups of friends, some moved alone. My next destination place was to be Hilton and the bus departed to that place from Kasensero Ssekaningo hotel.

The hotel owner had ordered coffee for me after few sips, I felt something solid in my mouth my tongue rolled over what felt like a seed. I removed it from my mouth and my eyes widened. It was one of the creepy crawlies abounding the region, I had seen them in my room too. In my life I had accidentally eaten around hundreds live ants, kissed alive cockroaches, had water from pot with more than two dozen like earthworms, their larvae and what not inside and still survived. So I didn’t give the creepy crawl my Thought. Another cup of coffee was brought in, this time with a paper napkin covering it.

We planned to spend two day tour at Kasensero, and it was 8:30 pm when I climbed down the road back to the bus area to check my classmates after calls failed due to poor network there wasn’t much to see around but found Brian who told me that other students are okay went to their specific destinations, some went to moon sights, Hotels, games, sports venues others moved to river Nile for rafting others to mountain climbing areas and valley scenes.

Fortunately I found a cyber cafe and spend more than an hour there, I wasn’t aware that all the shopes had already downed their shutters till I asked the young cafe owner about the closing time. He just smiled at me and said I was okay and I could sit till my work done

It had rained on our last day from the room I got a lovely morning view of foggy pair Ssekaningo and Misozi hills sorrounded by a thick dense forest of pines, red cedar, mahogany, Mvule eucalyptus, acacia, and many other tropical tree species in the west.

In the east of my door room I got a lovely view of Lake Victoria’s pounding waves and it’s view was Fantastic at around 7:30 am, I explored the beauty of the landing site, the beauty of coastal erosion feature at the shore of lake, like caves, lagoon, cliffs, bays, Portugal holes, stacks, stumps, headlands, small islands in the middle of lake and deposion features like sand beaches, tombolo, spits, bars, and many others was a treat to my eyes.

I loved the way waves were pounding toward the shore as they swash and backwash off the shore, boats were covered by fog and precipitation caused by waves oscillation, I saw large tilapia and Nile perch the common fish fought in the lake, that try to dive fathers held by fishermen, I saw fishermen landing their boats and others throw their nets into water body, I asked and they told me that there is over 40+ fish species in the water and methods they use to catch fish are gill netting, the common one, hook method, basket and those they use to preserve fish are Sun drying, smoking, refrigeration, salting and canning,

At Around 9:00am I went to swim, Sun bathind and boat ride, it was all fun, then I decided to contact Gerald and John to go to the river ramifications point where river Kagera from Tanzania and Rwanda pour water to Lake Victoria it was. A distance of 8 kilometers from Landing site, reaching there, I was amazing to see the historical river where Rwandans poured during Rwanda genocide, it was beautiful to see the meanders and river features like flood plains, u shaped valley oxbow lakes since we were at its lower stage or its mouth, I expected to see it’s delters and estuaries but it doesn’t have. I further observed the water hythinth and it’s breakers.

From there we joined our friends at the agreed restaurants and finally we departed.

My Travel Diary/ Journal

Things to do every time you travel

Venture beyond the tourist spots. Safety is important but your curiosity should be satisfied so it would be a good idea to venture the places where other tourist dare not to.

Use public transport. If you want to get get the local feel of the city there is nothing better to do than use public transportation like buses, train etc

Buy your souvenirs from authentic local shops. Go to local markets and see the local goods being sold by the local traders. This is the best way to bring home genuine local moments that would remind you of your adventure.

Write down everything.

Have your meal at personal recommended restaurants, it is ideal to ask around

Exposure beyond your original destination. An excursion to a city or town outside your original itinerary is highly recommended

Learn the local language

Spend a day in a neighborhood

Enjoy the local night life

Get lost and have fun. Though it can be scary to be lost in a strange place it can also be fun and challenging. So try to leave the map for one afternoon and explore on your own

Give yourself a challenge. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone, your plans may be good but you will not have the best experiences unless you stray away from what you are used to. So eat , do and see new things and make the journey a truly adventurous one.

My Travel Diary/ Journal

Travel has the potential to be widely fulfilling. It exposes you to new cultures, different perspective and unique experiences. The further you travel the more you are pushed out of your comfort zone and the more you learn about your self and the world around you.

Why write my travel diary?

Reflect more. Look back and reflect what you have learned and apply it to other parts of life.

Remember more. Like cultures, customs, people, observations from the surrounding.

How to write a travel diary/Journal

Plan your trip. Things you want to do like, cool restaurants you want to eat from, hike you want to go or different sights you want to see, write down whatever is on your trip check list

Write down what you imagine it will be like expected local food to be bad and it turned out to be delicious, you imagined the town to be small but you found out to be large, you thought you would be more comfortable with language and many others.

Write during your trip

It is easier to remember things when they are fresh in your brain

How did you feel during your visit to local market?

What did you smell taste and hear?

Did you learn something new from the person you spoke too?

Where you surprised by the clothes people were wearing?

What was the view from the top of the mountain, rivers, plains, vegetation and more. Then add pictures

Write about your trip after you leave

What was it like?

What did you learn?

What disappointed you?

Other journals important ideas

Ask yourself the following questions

Why are you going?

Write about your expectations

What are you going to do?

The sight you are going to see?

The food you want to taste?

Write about the people

Did you meet any new one?

Did you make any new friends?

Where the local welcoming?

Did you learn something new from the stranger?

What did you like most about the trip?

What did you like the least?

Write about yourself

Write a travel guide

What would you have changed the place you visited?

Where do you want to go next?

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