On Monday, we start off the week in Japan with Melanie Oda (hamakkomommy) who tells us a tale about how the beautiful paper theater is kept alive for future generations.  An interesting cultural read! Here’s an excerpt:

“Before the children he spreads out four boxes, each containing a different story. These are all old stories. Some are about mythical creatures, others about one (or several) of the myriad Shinto gods that many mistake for folklore. There is even a story about a Buddhist saint. He asks for a show of hands, and allows the children to choose the story.”

On Tuesday, did you know that poetry used to account for half of the fourth grade reading in school in the US 70 years ago, but now only accounts for a very small 3 percent? One of our original writers, Courtney Cappallo in Massachusetts, USA, tells us how she has brought back poetry in her home!

Later on Tuesday, we’ll stay in Massachusetts, for a second of a 3 part posting in our “Social Good” column by Kyla P’an.  Kyla was part of the World Moms Blog delegation to Washington, DC a few weeks ago for the UN Foundation’s Volunteer Summit.  She is going to write about our interview with Peg Willingham, Executive Director of Shot@Life!

On Wednesday, we are in Indonesia with Shaula Bellour. She’s recently moved from Dili, East Timor to Jakarta and says that there is a whole new world of “help” there.  Could you imagine being able to hire an entire staff to help you along with your day?  Iron your underwear?  Come see how Shaula decides to adjust!  On Thursday, we’re in Europe with Kristen Kolb in Switzerland.  She talks about how we moms really feel inside when our children are “overexerting” themselves. Her exact words were, “behavioral detour.” Come relate with Kristen!

We have a second post on Thursday! We will be learning all about new writer, Madpsychmum, who works at the Ministry of education in Singapore in her new writer’s interview!

On Friday, can you imagine being ridiculed at work by men for pumping breast milk for your baby? Wall Street Mama in New Jersey, USA tells us what it was like the first time around when she worked for a small bank on their trading floor in New York City.  She’s pregnant again and is trying to psyche herself up to be a pumping mom again after her maternity leave.  Let’s give her some support, mothers of the world!

On Saturday, check out the Saturday Sidebar with Eva Fannon, where the World Moms give their thoughts on an important topic, and chime in with your answers to the week’s question!

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The World Moms Blog Travel Itinerary is written by Kirsten Doyle @ Running For Autism (This week’s written by Jen Burden, filling in for Kirsten Doyle.)

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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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