Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I have lived in Reno, Nevada since 2006. I was born and raised in Fremont, California.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, and can communicate with American Sign Language. I have taken both Spanish and French courses.

When did you first become a mother?

I was 22 when I had my son in 2006, although it was probably a year later when I really started feeling like a mother.

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

I currently work outside of the home as an administrative assistant for an environmental consulting firm here in Reno. In addition to that, I am also a Tupperware consultant and freelance editor.

Why do you blog/write?

I have always been a writer. I have been writing stories since elementary school. I love writing. I started my blog as an attempt to get myself into the habit of writing on a regular basis. Now I use it as a sounding board for some of my fiction writing, as well as a way to track my life as a mother and my son’s childhood experiences. My blogging has also helped me join a community of writers and parents that I can share my experiences with.

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

I used to think I was completely different from most mothers. But the more I meet and talk to other moms, the more I realize that we are so much alike. We all have insecurities in how we are as parents, and we all want the same thing – healthy and happy children.

Something that might set me apart is the honesty between my son and me. I have been open with him about a lot of things, including my struggle with depression and my divorce from his father. I have told him the truth about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. We have honest discussions about death and other topics some people deem the “tough stuff.” It’s not always easy explaining certain things to a 5-year-old, but we always work through it all. I leave myself open to his questions and concerns.

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

I feel the abundance of technology in our lives today is both a blessing and a curse. I love how connected I can be to people in different parts of the world. I have family spread out, and we are able to keep in contact via smartphones, e-mail, Facebook… but I’m afraid there is an impersonality that could affect my son’s generation. With everyone connecting from behind computer screens, I’m afraid they will miss out on the beauty of face-to-face connections. There is so much moreΒ  you can take away from a conversation in person than over the Internet, because you can see facial expressions, body language, and the tone of someone’s voice. So while I don’t view technology as any sort of evil, I do worry that my son might miss out on something important in human development and interaction.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

I found World Moms Blog through several bloggers I follow on Twitter, including Alison Lee, Robin Farr, and Carri Brown.

This is an original, first-time post to World Moms Blog from our new writer in Nevada and single-mom of one, Unintentionally Brilliant. You can find more of her writing on her personal blog, Unintentionally Brilliant.

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Roxanne (USA)

Roxanne is a single mother to a 9-year-old superhero (who was born 7 weeks premature), living in the biggest little city and blogging all about her journey at Unintentionally Brilliant. She works as a Program Coordinator for the NevadaTeach program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Roxanne has a B.A. in English from Sierra Nevada College. She has about 5 novels in progress and dreams about completing one before her son goes to high school.

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