CANADA: Married With Children

I did it! After ten years of living in sin, the births of two children, and a seventeen-month engagement, I succeeded in walking down the aisle without tripping over my wedding dress (a dress that was made by my mother-in-law and was wayyyyy prettier than the one that English chick wore when she married that prince dude).

The week leading up to my wedding day was pure chaos. I had a never-ending list of last-minute details to take care of, and these weird little crises kept popping up where I least expected. I suspect that I spent most of that last week looking wild-eyed with panic with my hair sticking up in tufts, where I kept grabbing it to rip it out of my head.

With everything that was going on – the last-minute ordering of flowers, the finalizing of seating charts and printing of place cards, the wrapping up of guest favours, the steady influx of out-of-town guests – my biggest concern was for my children. How were they going to cope with this big day? (more…)

Kirsten Doyle (Canada)

Kirsten Doyle was born in South Africa. After completing university, she drifted for a while and finally washed up in Canada in 2000. She is Mom to two boys who have reached the stage of eating everything in sight (but still remaining skinny). Kirsten was a computer programmer for a while before migrating into I.T. project management. Eventually she tossed in the corporate life entirely in order to be a self-employed writer and editor. She is now living her best life writing about mental health and addictions, and posting videos to two YouTube channels. When Kirsten is not wrestling with her kids or writing up a storm, she can be seen on Toronto's streets putting many miles onto her running shoes. Every year, she runs a half-marathon to benefit children with autism, inspired by her older son who lives life on the autism spectrum. Final piece of information: Kirsten is lucky enough to be married to the funniest guy in the world. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to check out her YouTube channels at My Gen X Life and Word Salad With Coffee!

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Two Halves Do Not Always Equal a Whole

When I became a stay at home mom 5 years ago, I knew it was the right decision for me. I had been working in a recruiter role with a heavy sales component and worked around the clock. I am the type of person who gets totally engrossed in her work. I also am kind of a perfectionist control freak.  So I knew once I had a child, I would want to be able to focus 100% of my time and attention at home and not feel pulled in multiple directions with work. With how I am wired up, I had a hunch I would make myself miserable if I felt like I was always only giving partial attention to work and partial attention to my baby. (more…)

Tara Bergman (USA)

Tara is a native Pennsylvanian who moved to the Seattle area in 1998 (sight unseen) with her husband to start their grand life adventure together. Despite the difficult fact that their family is a plane ride away, the couple fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and have put down roots. They have 2 super charged little boys and recently moved out of the Seattle suburbs further east into the country, trading in a Starbucks on every corner for coyotes in the backyard. Tara loves the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping). And, when her family isn't out in nature, they are hunkered down at home with friends, sharing a meal, playing games, and generally having fun. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and sharing her experiences on World Moms Network!

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Kids and Technology

Technology. We all have it. We all use it. Some of us more than others. I’ve recently taken an inventory of all of the gadgets that we own and have come up with the following list:

1 desktop computer, 2 laptops (1 functioning, 1 going to laptop heaven), iPad, 4 iPods and 1 iPod touch soon to be added, the Wii, Playstation 3, PSP, Nintendo DS, 3 mobile phones, 3 iPod docks, 1 TV and DVD player.

I used to be proud, back in the day, that we only had 1 TV and DVD player. Once in a while we would put a movie in and watch. That was the extent of the technology in our home. Now, of course, things have changed… (more…)