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

I currently live in Illinois outside of Chicagoland.  I was born in Wroclaw, Poland and moved at age 1 to Austria to flee Communism with my parents.

We lived in a hotel in a village in Austria for about another year before we finally were taken by the Catholic Church to Maryland, where we lived in the inner city for a couple of years before moving to the suburbs of Maryland.

What language(s) do you speak?

I currently speak Polish and English.  I have had little opportunity to speak the German and French I knew as a child but am working on re-learning them again.

When did you first become a mother?

At age 25 my husband and I had our first child.

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

I am a stay-at-home mom.

Why do you blog/write?

I want to capture my story and heritage for my children.  I also want to inspire others, Polish or not, to travel, reconnect with long-lost family, celebrate their heritage and family history.  It’s also an added bonus that I have connected with others who share a similar story to my own.  Of course, I would also love to become a writer for newspapers, etc.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

I speak more than one language, married a man who doesn’t share my heritage and whom I met and started dating when I was still in high school.  I also try to parent the way my grandparents did, using cloth diapers, holistic cures (such as amber teething necklaces, tea for tummy aches, different foods for particular needs, etc.), cooking from scratch, doing local volunteer work, etc.  I’m also a Polish National Catholic.  But then, we are all different in our own ways, aren’t we?

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

There are so many, it’s difficult to list.  Our own family’s challenges include our being a bilingual, bicultural family, and my husband being American.  Also, we are trying to keep my heritage alive for my children in an era when so many other cultures are coming naturally into our lives all around us.

We want our children to be proud of who they are, but also still respect others and treat others with kindness.  I don’t want them, however, to grow up becoming “push-overs” or being disregarded for being girls or any other reason either.  So, it’s a delicate balance.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

My dear blogger friend, MomPhotographer, told me about you.

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This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Kasia Price, a Polish-native in Illinois, USA.  You can find Kasia writing at Polish Mama on the Prairie.

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