Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 11th 2014 Contents news
May 11, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
In response to the overwhelming demand for
the ANR Robinson special tribute publication in
the T&T Guardian on Friday, the public is
advised that a limited supply of this publication
will be on sale at $2 each tomorrow at the
Guardian offices, 22-24 St Vincent Street, Port-
of-Spain; Chancery Lane, San Fernando; Mid
Centre Mall, Chaguanas.
People who are interested can contact the
subscriptions unit. Stocks are limited.
Sherwin Millington knows all too well
what it is like to be a mother.
Since Millington s common-law wife walked
out of the family circle four years ago, he has
been raising his three children single-hand-
Every day, Millington, 41, ensures his chil-
dren are fed, the house is spotless, the clothes
are washed and homework is completed.
Millington has been both mother and father
to his three offspring Lishaughn, 13; Shondell,
12; and Sharona, nine, since 2010. It s a job
he takes great pride in doing.
Today, while millions of children around
the world will be showering their moms with
gifts and love on Mother s Day, Millington
said he plans to spend the day simply, sur-
rounded by his little ones.
At 5 am, Millington generally rises from his
bed to prepare breakfast for his children and
get them ready for school. Then he rushes to
work at Marper Farms in Plum Road, Man-
zanilla, where he does odd jobs. After putting
in eight hours of work, Millington returns to
his Plum Road, Manzanilla, home to prepare
dinner and clean the house. He also ensures
that the children do their homework.
Millington admitted these duties were once
performed by his common law wife, a stay-
at-home mom, but after she left, he had to
pick up the slack.
"This was something I had never bargained
for. I really got a rude awakening when I
realised what I was faced with. At first it was
difficult, juggling work and seeing after the
kids. But in time, I learned to adapt."
Millington said he was now an expert in
whipping up meals, cleaning his home, and
doing the laundry; and he even plaits his
daughter s hair once a week.
My children are my strength
On weekends, Millington said, the children
are given chores which teach them respon-
sibility and how to manage a home when they
become adults. Millington s eldest son
Lishaughn helps in the kitchen, while Sharoda
washes the dishes and sweeps the house.
Shondell would clean around their yard.
"Just recently, I started to show Sharoda
how to braid her hair. Daily, they are learning
to do things on their own, and I could not be
He said his whole life is focused on his chil-
dren---his pillars of strength.
"I don t even go out the road to lime as I
used to. Being both mom and dad to my kids
really changed my life. It is not easy being a
single parent, but the rewards are gratifying."
Millington said he also tries to impart moral
and spiritual values in his children.
"When they step out of line, I am not afraid
to crack a belt or two on them. I do not believe
in sparing the rod and spoiling the child. If
my children do something wrong that dis-
pleases me, I would first talk to them. If they
fail to listen, then the licks would follow. I
don t want my children growing up out-of-
A blessing in disguise
His dual role has won him nothing but
praises and admiration from his friends, neigh-
bours, family members and co-workers.
Though Millington s children see him as
the perfect role model and provider, he said
he can never take the place of their mother.
Millington admitted that his relationship
with his children s mother was not the best.
"We had real pulling and tugging at home,"
Millington recalled, while sitting on a wooden
bench in front of his home.
"Then one day, I was sitting in a hammock
under the house when she come and say she
leaving me. I did not put up a fight."
Thinking he would not have been able to
raise the children on his own, Millington said,
he took them to a female relative hoping she
would have taken care of them.
Millington said the relative advised him to
give the children up to the State.
"I couldn t turn my back on my flesh and
blood. I chose to keep my children, and to
this day, I have no regrets. Probably this was
a blessing in disguise."
Mr Mom from Manzanilla
...'This was a blessing in disguise'
Millington holds a
pot of water, as
up the fireside at
their family home
on Friday. PHOTO:
Sherwin Millington confronts his older
son Lishaughn, as his sister Sharona
tackles him during a soccer match,
while their brother Shondell looks on.
ANR Robinson supplement
on sale at Guardian offices
Links Archive May 10th 2014 May 12th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page