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

I live in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, a farming/manufacturing city of roughly 34,000 people. I did not grow up here but very close; half an hour away in a tiny town called Tweed with a population of 1,800 people. Everyone knew who I was growing up, not only because of the size of the town, but because my father was the manager of the liquor store (popular man).

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English and some sign language. I used to be fluent but just like any language when you don’t use it you loose it. We use it with our daughter quite a bit who can now tell us, at 15 months, with sign, when she’s hungry, thirsty, wants certain objects, a bath, etc. However, I would be lost in a conversation.

When did you first become a mother?

April 12, 2010 I became a mother to a beautiful daughter and my heart exploded.

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

I work full time and am grateful for the ability to do so. While on maternity leave I struggled with PPD and found that work, a sense of accomplishment in my job, and socializing really brought me back to my sense of self. I give credit to every SAHM, it’s a hard job, a very hard job.

Why do you blog/write?

Two reasons.
1. I have a million things running through my head all the time and it causes me anxiety, doubt, panic, and sometimes depression. Blogging helps me put my thoughts somewhere. It helps me sort  my words out, express myself, and connect with people who are in the same situation. They support me, encourage me, and I do the same for them.

2. In my personal life, work life, “real life” I often feel as though I’m interrupted a lot. We all get interrupted, and we all butt in to others’ conversations, it‘s common, however, I find myself very sensitive to it. Blogging allows me to have a voice. A place where I am not interrupted. A spot where there are no voices raising above mine to quiet my opinions. On my blog I am heard.

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

This one is difficult. Every mother is different from the next. None of us are the same. I’m trying to figure this out just like everyone else, and with the support and encouragement of the network of mom’s I have found through blogging I’m a little bit more confident.

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

Social Media is a huge challenge, it presents many obstacles, road blocks, and opportunities to our children that must be handled with care. Sexual relationships must be explained at a young age and with so much detail, I fear some children are too young for the information that they need to have. Peer pressure and bullying is affecting almost every youth so the pressure to raise our children with self confidence and the self esteem to stand up for themselves is huge.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

I read Robin of Farewell Stranger’s first post on here, and I was very impressed. I’m so happy to be apart of this team.

This is an original, inaugural post to World Moms Blog by our new writer in Canada, Multitasking Mumma.

The photograph used in this post is attributed to the author.