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

I live in Bali, Indonesia. I am originally from the US, but have been living abroad since 2005. Prior to Bali, I lived in Togo, South Korea, and Ghana.

What language(s) do you speak?

English and German fluently, and a spattering (enough to survive but not thrive) of a few other languages!

When did you first become a mother?

My son was born in March of 2007.

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

I work as a teacher.

Why do you blog/write?

I started my blog as a challenge to myself to record something inspiring every day during the Poem a Day challenge. I was in a bit of a slump, and feeling that the world was so full of negative things, so I decided to look for the good and make record of it in a sort of “inspiration filing cabinet.” Since then, the blog has evolved into an online journal. Usually, the blog posts come to mind and demand to be written, so I obey and do as the words tell me to do!

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

I am pretty adventurous and don’t limit what my son and I can do as much as some moms may. My son and I still travel the world and go on exciting adventures together. A lot of people told me I would have to give this up when my son was born, but that hasn’t been the case so far.

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

First, I am a single mom who is the sole provider for my son, which presents a number of challenges. But the thing I find most challenging is raising a peace loving son who lives by “old fashioned” values in a materialistic world that is inundated with representations of violence and aggression. It is often challenging to make certain that my son understands that violence is not okay, that we shouldn’t sit in front of a TV all day long, and immediate gratification isn’t necessarily best for us.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

My friend, who is the blogger behind Mama Mzungu, is a writer here; I read one of her pieces and became hooked!

Lady E can also be found on her personal blog, here. Please welcome her! 

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Erin M. Threlfall

Originally from the US, Erin has credited her intense wanderlust and desire to live around the globe to her nomadic childhood. Every two to three years, her father’s work with a large international company provided the opportunity to know a different part of the US (VA, OH, PA, GA, SC, NY) and eventually Europe (Germany and Italy) and Asia (Thailand and Japan). Though her parents and siblings finally settled down in the heartland of America, Erin kept the suitcases in action and has called Ghana, South Korea, Togo, Bali, and now New York home. Single Mom to a fabulous seven-year-old citizen of the world, she is an educator and theatre artist who is fascinated with world cultures and artistic practices. Her big dream is to some day open a school focused on well-being and inquiry based learning to meet the needs of all her learners. In the meantime, Erin and her Little Man Edem, plan to keep investigating theatre and influencing education, one continent at a time. You can read some of her ramblings and perhaps find the common thread by checking our her personal blog, telling all about This Life http://www.erinmthrelfall.com/

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