Friday Question: What are the top 3 qualities you want to instill in your children?

This week’s Friday Question comes from World Moms Blog writer DC Blog Mama.  She asked our writers,

“In 15 words or less, what are the top 3 qualities you want to try to instill in your children?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Kirsten Jessiman of Ontario, Canada writes:         

“1. How to listen.

2. How to be compassionate.

3. How to share.” (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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CANADA: Married With Children

I did it! After ten years of living in sin, the births of two children, and a seventeen-month engagement, I succeeded in walking down the aisle without tripping over my wedding dress (a dress that was made by my mother-in-law and was wayyyyy prettier than the one that English chick wore when she married that prince dude).

The week leading up to my wedding day was pure chaos. I had a never-ending list of last-minute details to take care of, and these weird little crises kept popping up where I least expected. I suspect that I spent most of that last week looking wild-eyed with panic with my hair sticking up in tufts, where I kept grabbing it to rip it out of my head.

With everything that was going on – the last-minute ordering of flowers, the finalizing of seating charts and printing of place cards, the wrapping up of guest favours, the steady influx of out-of-town guests – my biggest concern was for my children. How were they going to cope with this big day? (more…)

Kirsten Doyle (Canada)

Kirsten Doyle was born in South Africa. After completing university, she drifted for a while and finally washed up in Canada in 2000. She is Mom to two boys who have reached the stage of eating everything in sight (but still remaining skinny). Kirsten was a computer programmer for a while before migrating into I.T. project management. Eventually she tossed in the corporate life entirely in order to be a self-employed writer and editor. When Kirsten is not wrestling with her kids or writing up a storm, she can be seen on Toronto's streets putting many miles onto her running shoes. Every year, she runs a half-marathon to benefit children with autism, inspired by her older son who lives life on the autism spectrum. Final piece of information: Kirsten is lucky enough to be married to the funniest guy in the world. Connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter @running4autism. Be sure to check out her personal blog, Running for Autism!

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Travel Itinerary for the Week of May 9th!

It’s the day after Mother’s Day on Monday for some countries of the world.  Get ready to start off your week with some deep thoughts on motherhood by Veronica Samuels from New Jersey, USA.  She will have you thinking in her post, “Catapulted by Mothers!”

Tuesday, join us for a flight to New Zealand with Karyn Van Der Zwet!  Talk about topic changes.  Get ready to talk about boobies!  (And yes, you read that right.)

Wednesday, we head to the southern USA to hear from Maggie Ellison in South Carolina. She watches a child and has come across an obstacle to her own children’s summertime fun.  This post is sure to get us all talking!

And on Thursday, our Scheduling Editor, Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto, Canada, is back to the blog from getting married!!  We can’t wait to hear what she has to say!

Don’t forget to join in the discussion on Friday with our Friday Question led by Eva Fannon!
Special thank you to Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand who shared a link with us about the best places in the world to raise children.  How does your country rank?
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of the world who are celebrating today!

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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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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!

— 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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SPECIAL POST: What are YOU doing this week?

Want to feel good about yourself this week?  Want to feel like you’ve made a difference in the world?  Want to do this by helping others?

 

You can make a difference!!!

 

Donate blood.  This week.  Locally.

In memory of Captain Snuggles.

(Please.)

 

This week Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA and Kirsten Jessiman of Toronto, Canada are hosting an online blood drive for Captain Snuggles, Amy’s son who has recently passed away.

We think what they are doing is great.  And, we want to support them and their selfless cause, so we are passing on the information to our readers to join in, if you can!

Check out the Captain Snuggles Blood Drive Facebook Page for more details.  You can donate locally!  Also, check out Amy’s post, “It’s Almost Here!” on her personal blog for even more details.

— World Moms Blog

Photo credit to http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcobellucci/3534516458/.  This photo has a creative commons attribution license.

Jennifer Burden

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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CANADA: Here Come The Bride’s Children!

I seem to have a knack for doing things backwards. Where most people choose a career, go to college, and then get a related job, I went to college, got a totally unrelated job, and then decided what career I would actually like.

Where most people meet a guy, fall in love, get married, and have kids, I met a guy, fell in love, had kids, went through relationship difficulties, fell in love again, and finally got engaged (watch from about 4 minutes). And now, ten years and two children after meeting my soul mate, I am less than five weeks away from marrying him. (more…)

Kirsten Doyle (Canada)

Kirsten Doyle was born in South Africa. After completing university, she drifted for a while and finally washed up in Canada in 2000. She is Mom to two boys who have reached the stage of eating everything in sight (but still remaining skinny). Kirsten was a computer programmer for a while before migrating into I.T. project management. Eventually she tossed in the corporate life entirely in order to be a self-employed writer and editor. When Kirsten is not wrestling with her kids or writing up a storm, she can be seen on Toronto's streets putting many miles onto her running shoes. Every year, she runs a half-marathon to benefit children with autism, inspired by her older son who lives life on the autism spectrum. Final piece of information: Kirsten is lucky enough to be married to the funniest guy in the world. Connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter @running4autism. Be sure to check out her personal blog, Running for Autism!

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