kerr-Browne and her son Nkosi. Photo Noel Saldenha
Nataki Kerr-Browne, 29, never planned on being a single
mother. But when her once blissful marriage came to and
end less than a year ago, she knew she had to pick up
the pieces and find strength to nurture her now five-year-old
For the divisional manager of Marketing and Communications
at Eastern Credit Union, La Joya, St Joseph, who worked
extremely long hours, it first seemed like mission
Kerr-Browne said, You see, I didnt start off
as a single mother. I was married and never anticipated
this would have happened.
For Kerr-Browne there were definitely some serious adjustments
to make because there was a little one depending on her.
Nkosi was only four when she separated from his father.
The tremendous task of marketing and public relations
for the credit unions six branches fell on Kerr-Brownes
shoulders, and she was also pursuing a Masters in Business
Administration at the time of the divorce.
The challenge, she said, was to find a way to let everything
gel and come together. Because, really, you never
plan for these things to happen.
Evidently moving on with her life, Kerr-Browne smiles
and says, When things like these happen you have
to take it one day at a time. She said while the
adult might be hurting over the break up and is overwhelmed
with other responsibilities, as a parent they must remember
it is about making the child comfortable.
One thing that has helped Kerr-Browne deal so effectively
with single parenthood as a busy career woman is that
she has an excellent support system.
father, my rock, and Nkosis paternal grandparents
they are always there. That makes it easier for me. If
I have to study he goes to someones homedaddys
home, grannys home.
is also my sister. He stays with her sometimes and sometimes
I carry him with me to work when there is no one to leave
Kerr-Browne said its extremely important to also
have a strong network on the job.
Im tied up long hours in board meetings and Nkosi
comes to work with me, someone on the staff would feed
him, others throw an eye out for him to make sure he is
safe and comfortable.
She recalled having to pull two chairs together on occasions
in her office at nights for Nkosi to sleep while she finished
One other thing that has made it easier for Kerr-Browne
is that her daily activities are in close proximity to
Nkosis school St Xaviers Private is a stones
throw away from her work, she studies at Tunapuna and
lives at Trincity. This helps a lot with my time
management, she said.
Kerr-Browne, recalling when she had to tell her young
son about the divorce, said there is really no easy way
to do it. One thing in her favour was that Nkosi had grown
accustomed to being away from his father for weeks on
His father, Kerr-Browne said, worked abroad. So
this made it easier for him to adjust when we divorced.
But she still had to spend time breaking things down and
explaining to Nkosi what divorce meant, and trying to
make sure he knew how much she and his father loved him
although they did not live together anymore.
grandparents are always there to reinforce it too,
Kerr-Browne believes you should not let children suffer
because you and your husband cannot get along.
of how sour the relationship is between the both of you
dont let the children pay for it.
Although the separation can seem insurmountable in the
beginning, in the end once you have become adjusted it
becomes so easy, like routine, said the former San
Juan Government Secondary student who graduated with a
first class honours degree in English and history from
Kerr-Browne completed four years with the credit union
in June and is proud to be the youngest manager in the
credit unions history.
Her desire is to have another child, maybe two.
Im not seeing it right now. If its Gods
will and the right guy comes along, maybe. It will take
a lot though.