Saturday Sidebar: What’s for dinner?

Can you help a mother out?  World Moms Blog writer, Maman Aya asked,

“What’s your favorite go-to dinner dish for the family?”

And you know what? If it’s quick and easy, that’s even better!  Here’s a list from some of World Moms to start the conversation…

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“Home-made hamburgers. Not my favourite as such, but quick and the kids love them.”

Polish Mom Photographer of California, USA writes:
“We did invest in a slow cooker and it’s been an awesome time save.  It makes delicious meals (like barbecue pulled chicken or chili) with almost no effort.  Recipe for BBQ chicken here. ” (more…)

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NEW JERSEY, USA: A Lost Piece of Americana

My grandmother is in her 90s and lives only 35 minutes away from me by car in New Jersey, USA.  I don’t call her enough, and I don’t take my daughter over to see her enough.  It makes me feel guilty, but here’s why.  My day is filled with constant pressures of taking care of my daughter, “Mommy, I have to go potty”, “Mommy, I’m hungry”, “Mommy, I’m thirsty”, “Mommy, can you play frogs with me?”, “Mommy, can you make a play date with Ava?”, “Mommy, I don’t feel so well”,  etc.

Then, I have a husband who works ridiculously long days, which means that I pick up more of what’s supposed to be our shared household chores.  On top of that, I’m just trying to get through the day with my eyes open because I’m 4 months pregnant and struggling with fatigue.  And, I write when I get the chance to keep myself sane.

So, why the heck do I want to pick up the phone at the end of MY day to hear my grandmother complain about her arthritis and why I never call her on top of it all??  Sometimes I just can’t take anymore on my plate, and I’m too overwhelmed.  As everyone seems to say these days, “It is what it is”, right?  But then, I got to thinking about my grandmother’s life, and I had an epiphany…


Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post,, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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