Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?
We live in Canada right now but Egypt is a second home for us as well. I was born in Jamaica.

What language(s) do you speak?
I’m a passive bilingual. I speak English & some French…I’ve been learning Arabic since  “forever”.

When did you first become a mother?
My oldest daughter is 13 years old…I have been a mommy for a very long time.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
My son (Rainbow) was born in October 2010 so I am on Maternity leave until October 2011, God-willing. I will go back to working full-time. I also teach my kids at home, even though they are a part of the formal education system here.

Why do you blog/write?
My hubby forced me to write when I was going through a depression. After a while I found it was a great way to keep in touch with 4 good friends from India, Ireland, the UK and Uzbekistan. Then when my son died, it was my therapy. It’s an outlet that has helped me through many tough times. My hubby’s family in Egypt also keeps up with our antics on my blog.

On the other end, I am a writer. My passion for writing about critical issues stem from the many years of studying Women & Gender Studies at university and being a Muslim woman in changing times. I used to share many of my thoughts and experiences in a blog about critical issues facing women but I write more privately now.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
I don’t know if I am very different from other mothers. We all have our heart-aches and hopes and our children are  (generally) the center of our worlds.

I am an un-schooling mom. My philosophy for learning is the world, nature, the universe. My classroom allows for my children to explore, to be at an advantage and be disadvantaged. It forces them to ask questions and compromise and always think about the bigger picture, which is more than a degree at the end of the day. I think they need this.

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
Not having control of what they see or hear. The great desire for material wealth and the lack of respect for older generations.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

I found WMB on Picket Fence.

This has been an original post to World Moms Blog by Salma of Canada.  Salma can be found on her blogs, Chasing My Rainbow Baby and the Imperfect Stepford Chronicles.

Photo credit to the author.  

Salma (Canada)

An Imperfect Stepford Wife is what Salma describes herself as because she simply cannot get it right. She loves decorating, travelling, parenting,learning, writing, reading and cooking, She also delights in all things mischievous, simply because it drives her hubby crazy. Salma has 2 daughters and a baby boy. The death of her first son in 2009 was very difficult, however, after the birth of her Rainbow baby in 2010 (one day after her birthday) she has made a commitment to laugh more and channel the innocence of youth through her children. She has blogged about her loss, her pregnancy with Rainbow, and Islamic life. After relocating to Alberta with her husband in 2011 she has found new challenges and rewards- like buying their first house, and finding a rewarding career. Her roots are tied to Jamaica, while her hubby is from Yemen. Their routes, however, have led them to Egypt and Canada, which is most interesting because their lives are filled with cultural and language barriers. Even though she earned a degree in Criminology, Salma's true passion is Social Work. She truly appreciates the beauty of the human race. She writes critical essays on topics such as feminism and the law, cultural relativity and the role of women in Islam and "the veil". Salma works full-time, however, she believes that unless the imagination of a child is nourished, it will go to waste. She follows the philosophy of un-schooling and always finds time to teach and explore with her children. From this stance, she pushes her children to be passionate about every aspect of life, and to strive to be life-long learners and teachers. You can read about her at Chasing Rainbow.

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