Schedule Interruption: Our Condolences

In motherhood, life’s greatest tragedy is the loss of a child.  So, it is with great sadness and deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of the son of our writer, Amy Hillis, from Ohio, USA.  Today there will be no posts on the blog in memory of David, also known as Captain Snuggles.

You are in our thoughts today, little David.

“The light of a distant star continues to reach the Earth long after
the star itself is gone.”
~Author Unknown

We invite our readers to visit Amy’s blog today, Transplanted Thoughts, where you can read about the courageous, caring and tireless mother she is, and you can post your thoughts, prayers or words for her and her family directly.

We will resume posts tomorrow on the blog in Norway.

— World Moms Blog

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World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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WASHINGTON, USA: No Longer Sleepless in Seattle

Our first son was never a great sleeper. He is an intense little guy, and this carried over into the night for the first several years of his life.

As new parents, we fell into patterns of catering to whatever he needed in order to get back to sleep, whether that be offering a bottle or searching for a pacifier lost in the bedding early on, to holding his hand or rubbing his back until he fell asleep in later years.

He didn’t consistently sleep a solid 6 +hours until 18 months old, and he didn’t go to bed on his own until he was 3 ½, when we bought him a loft bed with the understanding that he had to be on his own, as we couldn’t sit by his side if he was 4 feet up (which he did agree to and has proven to be a fantastic sleeper ever since!).

We did try sleep training with him, meaning letting him cry it out as a baby, but he seemed to only ratchet up more. Each attempt didn’t get better, it got worse, and we gave up.

I just couldn’t see it through… (more…)

Tara Bergman (USA)

Tara is a native Pennsylvanian who moved to the Seattle area in 1998 (sight unseen) with her husband to start their grand life adventure together. Despite the difficult fact that their family is a plane ride away, the couple fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and have put down roots. They have 2 super charged little boys and recently moved out of the Seattle suburbs further east into the country, trading in a Starbucks on every corner for coyotes in the backyard. Tara loves the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping). And, when her family isn't out in nature, they are hunkered down at home with friends, sharing a meal, playing games, and generally having fun. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and sharing her experiences on World Moms Network!

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Travel Itinerary for Week of January 24th!

Join us in the city of Seattle of Washington, USA on Monday!  There, Tara B. will tell us how she got her 2nd child to sleep unlike her first in her post, “No Longer Sleepless in Seattle.”

Then, hop a flight with us to Oslo, Norway, where Asta Burrows give us more details about the incredible paternity leave in her home country.  Check out her post, “Paternity Leave in Norway”!

Wednesday, we take off for New Jersey, USA to meet up with Veronica Samuels.  And, on Thursday we head north to Toronto, Canada to hear from Kirsten Jessiman, our 1/2 marathon mom!

On Friday, Eva Fannon of Washington, USA leads us in our Friday Question discussion.  (By the way, did you catch last Friday’s about most embarrassing moments in motherhood?  They may make you laugh!)

World Moms Blog is having an international growth spurt!  This week on our Facebook Page we announced the addition of two new writers:  Ambre French, a French “maman” writing from Scandanavia (Norway) and Karyn Van Der Zwet, a “mum” writing from New Zealand.  You can check out their profiles on our Writer’s Page!

And, this week on our Facebook Page, we will be announcing, yet another, new international mother from India who is joining our writing team, too!

We are continually on the search for new international writers.  There are so many interesting stories in motherhood that we can learn from across the globe.  If you live outside the U.S. and are interested in writing for World Moms Blog, please feel free to contact us at worldmomsblog@gmail.com.

We also have some exciting administrative changes around the corner…with Veronica’s, second birth expected in March, we are in the midst of finalizing our new editing and administrative roles.  The blog must go on! Veronica is so appreciative that so many World Moms Blog writers are pitching in while she’s busy with her new baby, and for the continued support of all of our writing team to keep the blog going strong!

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World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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Friday Question: Most Embarrassing Moments?

This week we asked our World Moms Blog writers,

“What is your most embarrassing moment in motherhood?”

All we can say is…get ready to laugh (or cringe) with us!

Kyla P’an of Massachusetts, USA admits:

“My four-year old received a thoughtful but somewhat juvenile birthday gift from an elderly neighbor. The next time we bumped into the neighbor, I thanked her profusely for her kindness and told her how much my daughter loved playing with the gift at which point my daughter chimed in,’no I don’t mommy, remember, it was for toddlers so we gave it to Rachel’s sister?’ (oops!)” (more…)

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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NEW JERSEY, USA: Technology: Good or Bad?

It’s 3:30pm. My youngest son of five and I have just piled through the front door, bags of groceries in my hands and his lunch tin in his. He scrambles off to the kitchen, and the first thing he does is to not look for a snack. Instead, he starts playing a game on my computer at the corner of our kitchen.

3, 2, 1…There it is: “Can someone please turn on mom’s computer for me?”, he yells, banging his fists on my desk. There is something wrong with this picture, I realize. (more…)