I have always been a modest person, and I think I got that from my mom. It may have been a generational thing (she was born in the 1940s), or a cultural thing (she was born and raised in South America).
In any case, I remember that once I got a little older (maybe around first or second grade?), I wasn’t allowed to take baths with my brothers anymore, and I was always instructed to get dressed and undressed in the bathroom, by myself, behind a closed door.
This stuck with me, and as I have aged, I have continued to be a demure person…whether it be at the doctor’s office, in the shower and locker rooms at the gym, or even in the privacy of my own apartment.
Enter labor and childbirth… (more…)
Last week we returned from a wonderful holiday in Australia. After many months of island life we couldn’t wait to experience the delicious food, plentiful shopping, fun family activities and spend time with dear friends.
Immersed in exciting Lonely Planet listings, I didn’t give much thought to the re-entry process. Australia doesn’t feel far away (the Dili-Darwin flight is only an hour), but I found it really interesting to watch our family re-adapt to developed-country living.
It’s all about perspective. (more…)
In the fall of 2007, when our daughter was just 16 months old, my husband studied the fall semester of his two-year Masters of Business Administration program abroad in Beijing, China. He left in September, so he could settle in and get the majority of his fall semester completed. Then in November, my daughter and I planned to join him for the last two months.
As most mother’s know, traveling with kids can test your moral fiber.
So, imagine the daunting prospect of a solo, 14-hour, transpacific flight with a “lap infant” (meaning, in order to fly our daughter over for free, I had to risk traveling with her on my lap if the flight was full). My biggest tests were: my lap infant was actually an active and inquisitive toddler and the flight was full.
But desperate means call for desperate measures. (more…)
We start this week off with a new writer, Kyla P’an from Massachusetts, USA! Kyla writes about traveling to China with her 16-month old daughter. Check out her post on Monday!
Tuesday, we fly out to the south Pacific and land in the country of East Timor with Shaula Bellour!
Wednesday, travel with us to the west coast of the USA to check in with Eva Fannon in Seattle!
And Thursday, Sunny Springer, our Japanese-born American mom from New Jersey, USA, returns to the line-up!
Also, meet us for our Friday Question, “What is your most embarrassing moment in motherhood?” Should be another fun one!
Look out for the announcements of two new international writers to World Moms Blog soon — we are growing! Thank you for “traveling” with us and helping us spread the word about our blog!
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This week we asked our World Moms Blog writers…
“Fess up, moms! Any white lies you want to admit to telling your children?”
The ladies, as usual, did not hold back…
Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto, Canada writes:
“My top three:
– If you keep pouting and the wind changes, your face will stay that way.
– The monsters went away because I punched them in the nose.
– Yes, I also have to go to my room when I say a bad word.” (more…)