Sarah Hughes has been helping out behind the scenes at World Moms Blog. Read her interview to learn more about our newest contributor in North America!
Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?
I live in New Jersey, U.S.A. but I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. After high school my parents moved us to the suburbs and I have been loving them ever since. The town I live in is about 10 minutes from Philadelphia (A.K.A. The City of Brotherly Love).
What language(s) do you speak?
English and toddler. I have become fluent in toddler and find myself constantly translating.
When did you first become a mother?
My son Derek was born in 2008. He is turning 6 next month and it is turning me into an emotional mess. He becomes more and more independent every day. He recently got new furniture in his room and has stopped asking to sleep in my room. Yesterday I found Derek with his bedroom door shut. When I walked in he was building Legos at his desk and I envisioned him 10 years from now at that same desk studying for school. I also have a 3 1/2 year old, Hayley. She is fierce, sassy, lovable, huggable, determined and a momma’s girl.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
I work full-time outside of the house. Most mornings I wish I could just stay home with my kids, play all day and stare at them because I know this time is limited. However, I need to work so I do. The rest of my time is devoted to my kids (A.K.A. I have no grown-up social life).
Why do you blog/write?
I try to use my blog as a platform to get out what I think other mothers would be interested in. I am very interested in maternal and infant health so I try to promote both in my writing. My family also likes to have fun, play and go on adventures so I try and share what we are up to!
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
First I have to say I think most mother are doing what they feel is best for their children. In my case, I am proud to say that my children come first in my life. I believe I was born to be their mother. In my world they are my number one, top priority. I do what works for them and us. My daughter Hayley has never ever slept in a crib, some might think it’s ridiculous BUT I work all day and we make up for our time apart while cuddling at night! I also try and teach my children the importance of being kind to others. I incorporate it into our daily lives. For example, when Derek has a new classmate I always make him find out their top 3 favorite superheroes. I remind Derek what it was like for him to be new at a school and how it’s a kind gesture to make other kids feel less alone.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
I think it’s easy for kids to get lost in the daily shuffle. I think it’s hard to have two full-time working parents that then have to cook dinner, clean up, get baths done, pjs on and time for sleep. I am constantly reminding myself to slow down, sit down and just BE with my children BECAUSE above all else, I am their favorite toy!
How did you find World Moms Blog?
A friend of mine had shared World Moms Blog on Facebook a few years ago. When I was coordinating my first Promise Walk for Preeclampsia and trying to find blogs that would publish my pregnancy story in an effort to raise awareness, I reached out and Jen Burden, World Moms Blog Founder, was lovely as could be and gladly published my post. Jen and I then crossed paths after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore and collaborated on some relief efforts. Jen is inspiring and asked me if I would be interested in applying to become a Shot@Life Champion, um, yes, thank you, and I applied. I love the community of bloggers and readers that are World Moms and I am so proud to be one today!
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