Tinne 271 x 240Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

My current home is in Belgium, in a rather small village near Mechelen. While I was born here my father and mother relocated to the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg shortly after my birth. From there they went on to what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and then next Rwanda. We returned to Belgium because of the unstable political situation in Rwanda and I have lived here ever since.

What language(s) do you speak?

In addition to my native Dutch I also speak French, English and have a rudimentary knowledge of German.

When did you first become a mother?

I became a mother four years ago when my eldest daughter was born. Then a mere 17 months later I gave birth to her little sister a.k.a. Baby Napoleon.

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

I work full time as a management assistant at a construction company.

Why do you blog/write?

I started reading and commenting on blogs before I started blogging myself. Basically I was looking for a new challenge, a new creative outlet and since I always liked writing, blogging filled the void neatly.

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

Well, I don’t really think I’m all that different from other mothers. I want my children to be happy and help them through life to the best of my abilities. I’m not a “helicopter mom” or “tiger mom” or an “eco-mom”. I can be rather strict with my children, especially when table and other manners are concerned, perhaps stricter than others.

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

Oh where to begin?! There is so much going on, so much to process. Raising children has always presented a delightful challenge to parents and community alike, because you will want to do the best you can to ensure your kids grow up to be healthy, normal human beings. For me personally the biggest challenge right now is balancing a full time job and having a family.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

Don’t laugh, but I found the site by clicking on a button on the website of the lovely Allison from Writing Wishing.

This is an original, first time post to World Moms Blog from our inaugural Belgium writer, Tinne. We’re so glad she clicked on Alison’s link!

The image used in this post is credited to the author.

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes

Born in Belgium on the fourth of July in a time before the invention of the smart phone Tinne is a working mother of two adorably mischievous little girls, the wife of her high school sweetheart and the owner of a black cat called Atilla. Since she likes to cook her blog is mainly devoted to food and because she is Belgian she has an absurd sense of humour and is frequently snarky. When she is not devoting all her attention to the internet, she likes to read, write and eat chocolate. Her greatest nemesis is laundry.

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