What language(s) do you speak?
I’m a passive bilingual. I speak English & some French…I’ve been learning Arabic since “forever”.
When did you first become a mother?
My oldest daughter is 13 years old…I have been a mommy for a very long time.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
My son (Rainbow) was born in October 2010 so I am on Maternity leave until October 2011, God-willing. I will go back to working full-time. I also teach my kids at home, even though they are a part of the formal education system here.
Why do you blog/write?
My hubby forced me to write when I was going through a depression. After a while I found it was a great way to keep in touch with 4 good friends from India, Ireland, the UK and Uzbekistan. Then when my son died, it was my therapy. It’s an outlet that has helped me through many tough times. My hubby’s family in Egypt also keeps up with our antics on my blog.
On the other end, I am a writer. My passion for writing about critical issues stem from the many years of studying Women & Gender Studies at university and being a Muslim woman in changing times. I used to share many of my thoughts and experiences in a blog about critical issues facing women but I write more privately now.
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
I don’t know if I am very different from other mothers. We all have our heart-aches and hopes and our children are (generally) the center of our worlds.
I am an un-schooling mom. My philosophy for learning is the world, nature, the universe. My classroom allows for my children to explore, to be at an advantage and be disadvantaged. It forces them to ask questions and compromise and always think about the bigger picture, which is more than a degree at the end of the day. I think they need this.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
Not having control of what they see or hear. The great desire for material wealth and the lack of respect for older generations.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
I found WMB on Picket Fence.
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