NORWAY: Being a Role Model…a What?

I am a mother of one little girl of 15 months. I am in the early stages of motherhood, and among the trillion questions my new life brings, there is one that is starting to be present on a daily basis. Here it is:

Whether I “like” it or not, I am one day (please not today) going to be a role model. How does one define a role model, and how does one accept that who you are is good enough?

During this first year I concentrated on how the baby is, how my marriage was doing, and I did my best to survive the transition from two to three in the house. I wasn’t really concerned about what I did and how I did it, as long as I managed one day after the next.

But suddenly, this little ball of love is starting to walk, to express herself, to see and interpret what I am doing. Does this mean I already have to be aware of what I am doing in front of her? I sort of knew this day would come, but I DON’T KNOW IF I AM READY!

I have very basic and obvious determinations regarding bringing up my child. I want her to be polite, well-behaved, healthy, respectful of others, be a good citizen, be a good friend… All in all, be a good person.

Now, I am wondering if I have to be this person first… (more…)

Travel Itinerary for the Week of April 11th!

We start off on Monday in New Jersey with Veronica Samuels, who is keeping busy with her newborn daughter and a proud new big sister! Veronica talks about having fun in the garden with a helpful child.

On Tuesday, we head off to Norway, where transplanted French mom Ambre French discusses the challenges of being a good role model for our impressive youngsters.

***Updated***On Wednesday, we’re back in the United States with South Carolina mom Maggie Ellison. Maggie reflects on the loss of her beloved pet, Thea.

On Thursday, we board another international flight, this time to remote East Timor, where Shaula Bellour is raising her kids in the island life! If you get a chance, Google East Timor – it looks beautiful!

And Friday, Eva Fannon in Seattle reports on this week’s Friday Question!  We encourage our readers to join the discussion by answering the question in the comments section.  Come join in on the fun!

We are thrilled to welcome a new writer, Kelley from Laos! Look out for her writers profile, which will be posted soon!

The Captain Snuggles Blood drive got off to such a great start that organizers Amy Hillis and Kirsten Jessiman decided to extend it. Until April 20th, you can roll up your sleeve and donate blood in memory of Amy’s late son, David. Even if you’re not medically able to donate, please spread the word. For more information about the blood drive, go to the Captain Snuggles Blood Drive page on Facebook.

We look forward to having you travel with us this week!

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Our World Moms Blog logo was designed by the creative Erica Joyner Designs in Virginia, USA.

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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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Travel Itinerary for the Week of April 11th!

We start off on Monday in New Jersey with Veronica Samuels, who is keeping busy with her newborn daughter and a proud new big sister! Veronica talks about having fun in the garden with a helpful child.

On Tuesday, we head off to Norway, where transplanted French mom Ambre French discusses the challenges of being a good role model for our impressive youngsters.

***Updated***On Wednesday, we’re back in the United States with South Carolina mom Maggie Ellison. Maggie reflects on the loss of her beloved pet, Thea.

On Thursday, we board another international flight, this time to remote East Timor, where Shaula Bellour is raising her kids in the island life! If you get a chance, Google East Timor – it looks beautiful!

And Friday, Eva Fannon in Seattle reports on this week’s Friday Question!  We encourage our readers to join the discussion by answering the question in the comments section.  Come join in on the fun!

We are thrilled to welcome a new writer, Kelley from Laos! Look out for her writers profile, which will be posted soon!

The Captain Snuggles Blood drive got off to such a great start that organizers Amy Hillis and Kirsten Jessiman decided to extend it. Until April 20th, you can roll up your sleeve and donate blood in memory of Amy’s late son, David. Even if you’re not medically able to donate, please spread the word. For more information about the blood drive, go to the Captain Snuggles Blood Drive page on Facebook.

We look forward to having you travel with us this week!

— World Moms Blog

Our World Moms Blog logo was designed by the creative Erica Joyner Designs in Virginia, USA.

World Moms Blog

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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Friday Question: How do you keep your child(ren) happy on a long trip?

Do you have a trip coming up soon?  Then this post is for you!  This week’s question came from one of our writers, Ambre French, who asked… 

“What are your tricks/ tips for keeping your baby or kiddies busy/quiet/happy during a long trip?”

Here are some of our writers’ responses …

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“Little bits of food in tight spaces work well – add bits of cheese to a packet of raisins for example. It takes them a bit longer to get the things out, but they’re motivated because it’s food!

We also play car-cricket, where each type of vehicle has a value and a truck or trailer means it’s the next person’s turn. Sometimes I read a chapter book in installments.” (more…)

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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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NORWAY: The Fine Dance of Parenting

I have just experienced that feeling of “thank God there are two of us,” which is automatically followed by a rush of respect for all the single parents out there. I am not talking about being able to go out while your other half can stay home with the kids, or being able to share sick days, or being able to share childcare pickups and drop offs; although just writing this list gives me greater appreciation for my other half who is there to share the joyous, yet sometimes challenging role of parenting.

What I’m talking about are those moments where you just can’t take it anymore.  Just writing about my experience makes me feel almost ashamed, but these real life parenting moments do happen – to all of us I’m sure.

It’s beyond any reasoning, when all the love, patience and understanding fly out the window; when all the books and all the best advice seem like insignificant nonsense and when you are beyond common sense, alone in the world, no light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me go back in time and share with you how a perfectly sane, relaxed and happy young mother transforms into a frustrated and completely clueless role model void of all parenting self-esteem…. (more…)

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Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post, ONE.org, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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Travel Itinerary for the Week of February 28th!

We close off February on Monday with Kyla P’an in Massachusetts. Kyla talks about the challenges of raising kids and maintaining her sanity while her husband travels on business!

On Tuesday, we go to New Jersey to hear from Veronica Samuels, who has recently discovered that she’ll be becoming a second-time Mom somewhat sooner than she had thought!

On Wednesday, we head off to Washington State to spend time with Eva Fannon, a working Mom who loves travel, the great outdoors, and of course, being a parent!

On Thursday, we fly across to Norway, where Ambre French talks about what it’s like to have those days that are just too much!

On Friday, Eva Fannon leads our Friday Question.  Don’t forget to check in and join in the conversation with our World Moms Blog writers!

We grow through word of mouth.  Help us spread the word about our blog by passing on our link, and be sure to weigh in on the questions posed by our writers throughout the week!

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Our World Moms Blog logo was designed by the creative Erica Joyner Designs in Virginia, USA.

World Moms Blog

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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