Where in the world do you live?

I live in Napier, on the sunny east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. After a major (7.8) earthquake in 1931 the centre of Napier was rebuilt in the styles of Art Deco and Art Nouveau and has become something of a tourist destination. http://www.artdeconapier.com/

There are plenty of wineries around too. 🙂 http://www.hawkesbaynz.com/Visit/Wine–Food/

(Come in February – the kids are back in school and the weather is warm and settled.)

And, are you from there?

I grew up in a country area called Tutira, 50km north of the city, on a sheep farm that my Dad managed. There were 75 kids in the school and 9 in my year group. I had to go to weekly boarding school, here in Napier, for my high-school years from the age of 12. I lived away from here for 17 years and then returned when I was pregnant with our eldest son.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak only English. New Zealand is still pretty monolingual despite Maori also being an official language now.

When did you first become a mother?

I became a mother when our eldest son was born on the 6th January 2002. We now have three boys aged nine, six and 21 months.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?

I am at home. I tried working (I’m a teacher) when I was pregnant with our second child, but found it horrendously stressful and unpleasant. (Kudos to those who manage both at the same time with small kids.) I’m currently trying to figure out how I can work from home and still be the Mum I want to be.

Why do you blog/write?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, and use my blog to share some of the reading I’ve been doing over the past six years and some tricks I’ve learned.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

I think I’m a lot more systematic in my approach to mothering than many other mothers. We had some behaviour issues with our eldest son when he was younger, despite following traditional parenting advice, and I wanted to know why. I am now a lot more aware of how I parent and the consequences of my actions. We’ve turned our eldest’s behaviour around and parented a highly-sensitive baby into a self-assured six year-old. Something is working!

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?

I think protecting our children’s childhood is the biggest challenge. Playing is hugely under-rated in many circles, as is the importance of being able to spend a long time in ones own imaginative world. I think reclaiming these will be the next big thing in parenting.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

I think I found World Moms Blog by trolling through the WordPress search engine. I am so pleased I did.

What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?

I love connecting with other mothers from around the world and I’ve found this group to be really supportive. It’s great to compare and contrast our experiences and it’s also great to share our triumphs and challenges.

You can find me at my blog  http://kloppenmum.wordpress.com or follow me on Twitter @kloppenmum, and I’ve recently joined Facebook too: Karyn at Kloppenmum.

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Photo credit to Karyn’s friend Sonny. 

Karyn Wills

Karyn is a teacher, writer and solo mother to three sons. She lives in the sunny wine region of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in the city of Napier.

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