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I live in northeastern Brazil, slightly below the Equator. I have lived here for most of my life, but I was actually born in the USA to a Swiss father and a Brazilian mother of native descent.
What language(s) do you speak?
I speak English, Portuguese, French, and a little Spanish.
When did you first become a mother?
When I first became pregnant I was 24 years old. It was not planned but turned out to be the best gift ever. My son is now going to turn 7, and I also have a four-month old daughter.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
I am a stay-at-home working mom! 🙂 I am presently working on my doctoral thesis in environmental international policy, and I also do some technical translating on the side.
Why do you blog/write?
I LOVE to write! My plan is to someday become a fulltime writer (or at least part time mom/part time writer! J).
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
I’m certainly not the typical mom. For one thing, I never wanted to be a mom, but in the end this seemed to have a positive twist. When I see other women that are somewhat disappointed with motherhood despite having dreamed of it their entire lives, I realize that what helped me fall in love with motherhood was not having that many expectations. Thus, being a mother is something I work on daily, sometimes with painstaking awareness of the process, yet never ignoring my intuition. I’m also interested in many things that are not considered very “mainstream”: raw foodism, Waldorf education, attachment parenting, extended nursing, reiki…
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
I think there are several challenges to raising a child in today’s world. Stopping to live a quieter, simpler, and more peaceful life in the midst of so much rushing. Recognizing our connection with nature and being a living example of that connection to our children. Showing them that the world is good, beautiful, and true (as you would say within a Waldorf perspective), despite everything else.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
I found the World Moms Blog while reading another blog (“The Parenting Passageway” I think, but I don’t remember for sure).
Do you have any questions for EcoZiva?
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by EcoZiva from Brazil.
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