Travel Itinerary for the Week of September 26th!

On Monday start the week in California, where we will hear from Polish Mom Photographer. This mom ponders the fact that her former milk-guzzling child is now refusing some major sources of dairy, and she touches on the age-old picky eater problems faced by moms everywhere.

On Tuesday, we head to Pennsylvania to hear from a new writer, Twinmom112. She writes a poignant post about growing up with an alcoholic mother, and how she tries to prevent her childhood memories from clouding her own experiences as a mother.

On Wednesday, we cross the Atlantic to visit with the Alchemist in India. This mom of an adorable little boy is an engineering guru – and yes, you can still be a guru even if you no longer actually practice the profession. She is also a writer, and always has interesting tales to tell.

And on Thursday we are back in the United States, with Galit Breen in Minnesota. Galit is a former world traveler, she is a wife, mom, dog owner and writer. She has gorgeous kids who do adorable things. And whenever you read one of her articles, you are guaranteed to be informed and entertained.

On Friday Eva Fannon leads us in the Friday Question. Be sure to check it out and chime in with your answers!

In writer interviews this week, on Tuesday we will hear from Diana @ Hormonal Imbalances from Texas.

Next week we can look forward to posts every day from Monday to Friday. Our weekly questions will be moved to a new column called the Saturday Sidebar.

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MINNESOTA, USA: Interview With Galit Breen

MINNESOTA, USA: Interview With Galit Breen

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

I live in Minnesota and no, I’m definitely not from here. I was born in Israel and ended up here through West Virginia, New Jersey, and California. How did I end up in the least temperate place ever? Love. It always comes down to that, doesn’t it?

What language(s) do you speak?

I’m fluent in English and Hebrew and did the requisite four years of Spanish in high school, for which I have almost nothing to show.

When did you first become a mother?

My oldest is seven years old. She was born in 2004 and is starting second grade next year. Sob, sniffle. 

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

I’ve run the gamut on this one! In the last seven years I’ve worked outside of the home and stayed at home. Right now I feel lucky to be at home with my little ones while pursuing writing. Sometimes I have a hard time balancing working from home and just being at home. (more…)

Galit Breen (USA)

Once upon a time Galit Breen was a TRAVELER. She met amazing people and ate delicious food. And all was well with the world. And then, she started her real life. She became a STUDENT earning a BS in Human Development and an MA in Education. She became a classroom and reading TEACHER. She met a man on the internet (when it was gasp-worthy and new) and became his WIFE. She became a MINNESOTAN shortly after that, and he still owes her one for that. But the biggest earthquake shake to her soul was becoming a MOM. The interrupted sleep. The crying. The diapers. The lack of sleep. Did she mention the lack of sleep? But there was also the attachment, the touch, the bungee cords to her heart. Sigh. So today her labels are woven together. Tightly. A wife of one! A Mama of three! And a brand new puggle owner! Of one, people. Just one new puppy, thankyouverymuch. To keep her grounded and to add to the lack of lack of sleep factor, she writes. She writes about Motherhood. Parenting. Spirituality. Feminism. Education. Books. Writing. Balance. And Chocolate. Her writing is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes heart-warming and always transparent. Galit is a columnist at TC Jewfolk and has been published in places such as Jewesses With Attitude, Kveller and Scary Mommy. She is honored to connect with you here, at World Mom’s Blog. Galit can be reached by E-mail galitbreen@gmail.com or Twitter @galitbreen.  And don’t forget to check out her personal blog, These Little Waves!

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Travel Itinerary for the Week of July 25th!

On Monday, we will be in Mexico with Dee Harlow, who will soon be undertaking the next in a series of moves. Dee and her family move with the kind of regularity that would drive most of us round the bend, and she describes how they manage to keep getting their stuff from one place to another.

We have a guest post on Tuesday! Jennifer D’Ambrosio of New Jersey talks about an issue that many of us struggle with every single day: balancing life with a busy job, a long commute and motherhood!

On Wednesday, we head over to Illinois to hear from Polish Mama on the Prairie. She has lost of interesting stories to share about her escape from Communism as a baby, her role as Mom in a bicultural family, and her quest to keep her Polish heritage alive for her children.

And on Thursday, we will be in Massachusetts with Kyla P’an. Kyla talks about keeping our self-identity when we become parents, not losing our individuality to our roles as Moms and holding onto our own dreams and aspirations as we raise our kids.

On Friday Eva Fannon leads us in the Friday Question. Be sure to check it out and chime in with your answers!

In writer interviews this week, we will get to know Galit Breen from Minnesota, and on Thursday we are profiling The Alchemist from India. Every writer interview reveals interesting tidbits about our contributors, and these ones are no different!
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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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Minnesota, USA: Raising Racism

“I don’t see color. Everyone is exactly the same in my eyes.” My heart sinks at the mere thought of these words that were considered best practice when I was in the classroom.

As teachers, we discussed treating all students the same way- because it sounded right, and should have felt right. They’re all the same! I love them all! I’m equitable, dammit!

But, as I was leaving the classroom to stay at home with my children, this trend was ending. It ended because it was wrong. (more…)

Galit Breen (USA)

Once upon a time Galit Breen was a TRAVELER. She met amazing people and ate delicious food. And all was well with the world. And then, she started her real life. She became a STUDENT earning a BS in Human Development and an MA in Education. She became a classroom and reading TEACHER. She met a man on the internet (when it was gasp-worthy and new) and became his WIFE. She became a MINNESOTAN shortly after that, and he still owes her one for that. But the biggest earthquake shake to her soul was becoming a MOM. The interrupted sleep. The crying. The diapers. The lack of sleep. Did she mention the lack of sleep? But there was also the attachment, the touch, the bungee cords to her heart. Sigh. So today her labels are woven together. Tightly. A wife of one! A Mama of three! And a brand new puggle owner! Of one, people. Just one new puppy, thankyouverymuch. To keep her grounded and to add to the lack of lack of sleep factor, she writes. She writes about Motherhood. Parenting. Spirituality. Feminism. Education. Books. Writing. Balance. And Chocolate. Her writing is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes heart-warming and always transparent. Galit is a columnist at TC Jewfolk and has been published in places such as Jewesses With Attitude, Kveller and Scary Mommy. She is honored to connect with you here, at World Mom’s Blog. Galit can be reached by E-mail galitbreen@gmail.com or Twitter @galitbreen.  And don’t forget to check out her personal blog, These Little Waves!

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Travel Itinerary for the Week of July 18th!

On Monday, we start the week in Minnesota with Galit Breen. Galit discusses a topic that was touched on here a couple of weeks ago that many people are all too afraid to open a dialogue about: race relations. Specifically, she talks about ways to educate our children about the differences between people.

On Tuesday, we will have our first post from Dr. Jeanelle Marshawn of Arizona. This busy mom of teenagers has lots of interesting stories to tell. She is fluent in American Sign Language, and she is endeavouring to make the world a better place through her non-profit teen foundation.

On Wednesday, we head on over to Massachusetts to hear from Courtney Cappallo. Courtney talks about a question that moms have agonized over since the dawn of time: how do you know when you’re done having kids?

And on Thursday, we will visit Amy Hillis in Ohio. It has been a while since we had a post from Amy because she’s had some very heavy loads to deal with in her life, and we are very happy to welcome her back. Last week she reintroduced herself in her writer’s interview. This week she will dive back in with a regular post. Welcome back, Amy!

On Friday Eva Fannon leads us in the Friday Question. Be sure to check it out and chime in with your answers!

While our regular posts this week are all-America, our writer interviews are international. On Tuesday we will profile scheduling editor Kirsten Doyle from Toronto, Canada. On Thursday we will get to know Alison Lee from Malaysia.

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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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MINNESOTA, USA: Your Compliments Might Be Damaging Their Self Esteem

Kayli and I sit side by side at our kitchen table.

Her hair glistens auburn and I think, You’re so pretty.

She cracks a clever joke and I respond, You’re so funny.

She completes her assignment and I smile, You’re so smart.

On the surface these are words of love meant to hold her close. But digging a little bit deeper and thinking a titch more long-term, these are impossibly high standards that no one –no one– can live up to.

I learned this lesson in college when I studied how efficiently words mold.

I learned it again in graduate school when I read everything that I could get my eyes on about self-esteem.

I learned it yet again as a teacher when I took courses about building student confidence.

And I forgot it all once I became a mother. (more…)

Galit Breen (USA)

Once upon a time Galit Breen was a TRAVELER. She met amazing people and ate delicious food. And all was well with the world. And then, she started her real life. She became a STUDENT earning a BS in Human Development and an MA in Education. She became a classroom and reading TEACHER. She met a man on the internet (when it was gasp-worthy and new) and became his WIFE. She became a MINNESOTAN shortly after that, and he still owes her one for that. But the biggest earthquake shake to her soul was becoming a MOM. The interrupted sleep. The crying. The diapers. The lack of sleep. Did she mention the lack of sleep? But there was also the attachment, the touch, the bungee cords to her heart. Sigh. So today her labels are woven together. Tightly. A wife of one! A Mama of three! And a brand new puggle owner! Of one, people. Just one new puppy, thankyouverymuch. To keep her grounded and to add to the lack of lack of sleep factor, she writes. She writes about Motherhood. Parenting. Spirituality. Feminism. Education. Books. Writing. Balance. And Chocolate. Her writing is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes heart-warming and always transparent. Galit is a columnist at TC Jewfolk and has been published in places such as Jewesses With Attitude, Kveller and Scary Mommy. She is honored to connect with you here, at World Mom’s Blog. Galit can be reached by E-mail galitbreen@gmail.com or Twitter @galitbreen.  And don’t forget to check out her personal blog, These Little Waves!

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