DSC016171. Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

Currently, I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and three children (ages 1, 2, and 4).  Our family is constantly on the move because we are a U.S. Foreign Service Family.  We just returned to the U.S. after nearly four years in Bangkok, Thailand, where both of my daughters were born and my son grew up, and will be moving to Krakow, Poland in the summer of 2015.  I was born and raised in Florida, but I spent my high school years in Singapore.
2. What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai — some better than others!

3. When did you first become a mother (year/age)?

I first became a mother at the age of 31, when my son Logan was born (2010).

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

It was always my intention to continue working after I started my family (previously I was a U.S. diplomat serving in Mozambique, Venezuela, Sudan, Washington, D.C. and Thailand), but after the birth of my first child, I knew instantaneously that I wanted to be home with him — and other children we might have — in order to nurture them and watch them grow.  I was fortunate to be able to make the choice to stay at home and although some days are more challenging than others, I’ve never regretted the decision to leave my career in order to be at home with my children.

5. Why do you blog/write?

I write for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, I enjoy writing.  I’ve always written – whether in a journal, for major publications, or on my blog.  I express myself best when I write. I love being able to chronicle our family’s journey around the world on my blog, Toddle Joy.  I also enjoy being able to inform other parents about traveling with their families to places that we’ve lived and visited.  I love discovering new vacation spots and/or activities and being able to share that with others!

6. What makes you unique as a mother?

I  like to be on the go.  Whether it’s traveling to a new location or checking out a new local museum, library, or park, I like to be out and about.  I think my children have followed in my footsteps, because they cannot bear to be home for more than a few hours at a time before they are ready to get out and explore too.  Luckily, my husband’s job affords us the opportunity to move around the world to new locations every few years.  Suffice it to say, we never get bored.  It’s perfect for us!

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

I like to encourage my children to be outgoing, courageous, and inquisitive.  I feel like there are some places in the world where they can do that freely and I don’t need to worry about their safety.  In other places, I worry more about their safety.  I want them to be able to trust others, but also have a sense of street smart about them.

8. How did you find World Moms Blog?

A dear friend of mine, Ana Gaby Turner, introduced me to World Moms Blog.  We lived together in Thailand and are now both in Washington, D.C.  We’ve shared many of the same overseas experiences and have children the same ages.

These interview questions were answered for World Moms Blog by Loren Braunohler. Photo credit: Loren Braunohler.

Loren Braunohler

Loren Braunohler is a former U.S. diplomat turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. She is a world traveler who avoids the cold (don't ask why she is currently in Poland). Former assignments have included Mozambique, Venezuela, Australia, Sudan, Thailand and Washington, D.C. She enjoys running, although she probably enjoys sleeping even more. Loren blogs about her family's international adventures and parenting at www.toddlejoy.com.

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