MASSACHUSETTS, USA: New Year’s Resolutions

In America we  follow the Gregorian calendar.   The last day in the month of December we celebrate the beginning of a new year at the stroke of midnight.  Many Americans participate in the popular New Years custom of making a commitment to a personal goal or reforming a habit.  We refer it as a “New Year’s Resolution.”

I made a few resolutions last year and ended up for the most part sticking with them.  Nothing too outrageous, mind you.  One of my resolutions was to expose my two young daughters to yoga.

I followed through with my commitment by reading up on books on yoga for children.  We bought the girls each their own purple yoga mats.  My style of teaching them was based on a yoga book and my prior experience with yoga. (more…)

Courtney Cappallo (USA)

Courtney Cappallo is a mom of two girls, ages 7 and 4-years-old. She is living her dream life by residing on Cape Cod and being able to stay at home with her two little beauties. Courtney is currently homeschooling both of her daughters for 2nd grade and preschool, respectively.

Courtney uses a mix of Classical Education and Montessori. She is a strong believer in teaching to the five senses. Courtney’s homeschooling efforts are unique, as she uses the latest technology of the Smartboard. She is also taking on the task of learning Spanish as a second language, as well as, teaching her two children and husband Spanish.

Prior to becoming a homeschooling teacher, Courtney was the Director of Marketing for Simon Property Group, which is the largest U.S. real estate company. Courtney was Simon’s Director of Marketing for the Burlington Mall, Arsenal Mall and Cape Cod Mall. Courtney is a graduate of Villanova University and is proud of her small town roots from growing up in Oxford, Pennsylvania, which only has two traffic lights! She can be found making homeschooling lessons and more at Table of Four !

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CALIFORNIA, USA: Cooking with the Kiddos

I studied business in college. Little did I know that I would one day become a short-order cook! Or, at least that is how I feel. With two young children and a husband who works a lot, I spend most of my days in the kitchen.

Thankfully, I love to cook! And not to brag, but I am a pretty good cook…except for the night I served “rubber chicken”, as my husband called it.

I haven’t always been good in the kitchen. When I first met my husband, my idea of cooking was dumping a bag of frozen vegetables in a wok and giving them a toss and – Voila! Dinner!

He referred to my meals has “human food” as there is “cat food” and “dog food” – something one would eat purely for survival. Thankfully, after many years together and many issues of “Bon Appetit”, I have found my inner chef — who still overcooks the chicken from time to time. (more…)

Angela Y (USA)

Angela Y. is in her mid-thirties and attempting to raise her two daughters (big girl, R, 3 years; little girl, M, 1 year) with her husband in San Francisco, CA. After spending ten years climbing the corporate ladder, she traded it all in to be a stay-at-home mom! Her perspective of raising a child in the city is definitely different from those who have been city dwellers all their lives, as she grew up in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) surrounded by her extended family. Angela Y. and her husband are on their own on the west coast of the United States — the only family help they receive is when someone comes for a visit. But, the lifestyle in San Francisco is like no other for them, so there, they stay! This exercise conscious mom is easily recognized, especially when she is riding around her husband-built bike with two seats on the back. And, when she’s not hanging out with the girls, you can find Angela Y. in the kitchen. She loves to cook for her family, especially dessert, and then eats some herself when no one is looking! Sneaky, mom!

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CANADA: An Eighth Of An Inch

They said he would never talk, that he would be trapped forever in a world in which language was beyond his reach.  He would never laugh and play with other children, he would never understand what his birthday was all about, and he would never feel excited about Christmas.

They told us that he had limited capacity to learn, that as other kids his age surged forward in reading and math and problem-solving, he would inch forward agonizingly slowly, falling further and further behind.  Big phrases like Severe Cognitive Impairment were used.  He probably wouldn’t make it as far as high school, and he was unlikely to ever hold down any kind of job. (more…)

Kirsten Doyle (Canada)

Kirsten Doyle was born in South Africa. After completing university, she drifted for a while and finally washed up in Canada in 2000. She is Mom to two boys who have reached the stage of eating everything in sight (but still remaining skinny). Kirsten was a computer programmer for a while before migrating into I.T. project management. Eventually she tossed in the corporate life entirely in order to be a self-employed writer and editor. When Kirsten is not wrestling with her kids or writing up a storm, she can be seen on Toronto's streets putting many miles onto her running shoes. Every year, she runs a half-marathon to benefit children with autism, inspired by her older son who lives life on the autism spectrum. Final piece of information: Kirsten is lucky enough to be married to the funniest guy in the world. Connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter @running4autism. Be sure to check out her personal blog, Running for Autism!

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NEW JERSEY, USA: Keep It Rockin’

I have one of the worst memories of anybody I know.  I can be with a group of friends who will be talking about a hilarious event that happened in high school or college, one that I may have played a vital role in, and I have absolutely no memory of it.

I want to remember it, because it sounds awesome, but for some reason I don’t.  My husband refers to me as the guy from the movie “Memento.”  You know, the one who has to tattoo notes on his arms because he has no short-term memory.  That’s me, without the tattooing. (more…)

Travel Itinerary for Week of January 10th!

We start off the week in New Jersey, USA with Kally Mocho, who talks about important music moments in her life and how she’s trying to recreate them with her children.  Be sure to check out her article on Monday,  “Keep It Rockin’!”

Tuesday, we fly north of the border to Toronto, Canada for Kirsten Jessiman’s, “An Eighth of an Inch”.  In a place where she found herself dealing with the initial diagnosis of her son’s autism, she found optimism.  A very inspiring read!

Wednesday, we travel to the west coast USA to meet up with the hip A. Roselyn in San Francisco! And Thursday ,we take the red-eye out east to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to check in with Courtney Cappallo, our home-schooling mom!

World Moms Blog writers admit to the little white lies they’ve told their children on Friday.  You won’t want to miss that one!

See you again on the blog for another fun week!

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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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