NEW JERSEY, USA: Thank You, Claire Dunphy

On a typical Wednesday night, I’m getting home from work at around 8:30 pm, having a glass of wine, and watching the sitcom, Modern Family, with my husband.  By the time I get home, both kids are already asleep, and I’m exhausted after a long day.

This aforementioned day includes taking my daughter to and from a three-hour stint at preschool, while making sure my two-year-old son doesn’t cause grave injury to himself (or me for that matter).  Then, at 3:00 pm, the babysitter comes over, and I’m off to work until 8:00 pm.

I know that a lot of other women juggle much more than I do, but keeping two children clean, clothed and fed, while chipping away at the household chores, is more than I can handle sometimes.  That’s why it’s so refreshing to watch a show like Modern Family, where it’s okay to be a mom with imperfections. (more…)

Travel Itinerary for the Week of June 27th!

On Monday we are in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, to hear from Carol at If By Yes. Carol would probably have a hard time getting further than she is from her hometown while still being on Canadian soil, and she talks about the challenges that come with living far away from loved ones.

On Tuesday,we head to head to Arkansas, where Margie Bryant will have us reaching for the Kleenex as she writes about her beautiful son Elijah, who graced this planet for all too short a time.

On Wednesday, we are off to New Jersey to hear from Kally Mocho, mom of two lovely children. Kally and her husband believe in making the world a better place, as can be seen in Kally’s part-time social work and the fact that they met while helping underprivileged communities.

And on Thursday, we’re out west in California, where Polish Mom Photographer tells us an interesting story of a delicious Polish delicacy. We even get a recipe into the bargain!

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 Eva Fannon from Washingon on Tuesday. On Thursday we will be in Massachusetts getting to know Kyla P’an.
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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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Friday Question: Parenting advice for a first-time mom

This week’s Friday Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand.  She asked our writers,

“What are three bits of parenting advice you’d give a friend who was pregnant for the first time?”

Here is the advice some of our World Moms would give their friends…

Kally Mocho of New Jersey, USA writes:
“1. Read “Twelve Hours Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success” by Suzy Giordano. The title says it all.

2. Baby wipes can be used for so much more than just wiping your baby’s bottom. I use them to clean my children’s shoes. (It’s one item some moms can’t live without!)

3. Take all advice with a grain of salt (including mine). Everyone and their mother will tell you how you should handle your newborn. Only you will know what’s best for your child. Know that the advice given to you comes from a place of love, not judgment.” (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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NEW JERSEY, USA: My Family is My Home

In July of 2005, my husband and I purchased our first home.  The idea to purchase a home came to us four months earlier when we became pregnant with our daughter and were living in a one-bedroom apartment at the time.  I wanted to move before the baby arrived because our apartment was small, and I thought we would need more space.

Although it wasn’t necessary to purchase a house (after all, we could have rented a two-bedroom apartment for about $1300/month), we saw the home prices around us rising and rising, year after year, and we felt as though we would never be able to afford a home if we didn’t get into the market at that moment.  Well, obviously, we were wrong.  Hindsight is 20-20, right?

Before we began looking for a home, my husband and I sat down and crunched the numbers.  We concluded that we would be able to afford a home that cost about $250,000.  We began going to open houses and were incredibly disappointed.  The homes we could afford were in terrible shape and needed tons of work, and the ones we liked were WAY out of our price range.

It seemed a little strange and unfair to us that two college-educated working adults could not afford a decent home in a blue-collar town.  My husband had his doubts about purchasing a home at that time.  He didn’t think the home prices accurately represented the home values.  Instead of listening to his concerns, I came up with an idea that I thought was brilliant. (more…)

Travel Itinerary for the Week of May 2nd!

Meet us in India this Monday with the Alchemist!  She tells us what she has planned for her son for summer break.  How do you entertain your kids during the summer?

** Updated ** Tuesday, hop a flight with us to Seattle to hear from Tara B.!  Tara talks about how her good friend, Jen, has made an impact in her life.

Wednesday, head to the east coast of the U.S.A. to see what Kally Mocho has to say about her family and her journey to buy real estate where she lives in New Jersey.

Board a transatlantic flight on Thursday and meet us in Norway with Asta Burrows, our mum who admits to knitting in her spare time!

Don’t forget to join in the discussion on Friday with our Friday Question led by Eva Fannon!
In news, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto Canada on her marriage yesterday!  Check out her blog, Running for Autism, for all her latest wedding thoughts!

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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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NEW JERSEY, USA: A Mother Named Ama

On March 13, my mother celebrated her 69th birthday.  I am thrilled to still have her in my life, and I cherish every moment we spend together.  You see, two years ago she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.

On the day she received her diagnosis, she was immediately admitted to the hospital.  We had no idea what to expect.  I was eight months pregnant at the time and could not stop crying, day and night.  My mother spent Christmas in the hospital, making it the worst Christmas EVER, then she had extremely invasive surgery which left her in the ICU for days.

Once she was strong enough to undergo chemotherapy, she completed six rounds over a period of about 5 months and was cancer-free.  In the spirit of celebrating her recent birthday, I want to honor her by sharing the incredible life she has lived.

My mother was born in 1942 in rural Spain.  Her mother suffered from tuberculosis and was 47-years-old at the time of my mother’s birth.   Due to complications associated with the birth, my grandmother died two days after my mother was born.  (more…)