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Monday, March 10, 2014

American parents around the world?

Last summer, we featured a series about Motherhood Around the World...

We talked to mothers who were raising their children in Norway, Japan, Congo, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Abu Dhabi and India, and their observations were surprising and fascinating. It was a pleasure to learn about these cultures and get incredible tips and insights into parenting.

This spring, I would love to do another round of this series and feature more mothers around the world. We're looking for American or Canadian parents who are living abroad; and we're also looking for non-American parents who are living in the United States. Do you know anyone who fits either description? If so, we'd love to chat. Please email americanparentsabroad (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you so much! xoxo

(Top photos of my parents with us in France)

81 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

(PS In case you're wondering: As I've mentioned before, we're speaking to American mothers living abroad–versus mothers who were born and bred in those countries—because we want to hear how motherhood around the world compares and contrasts with motherhood in America. It can be surprisingly hard to realize what's unique about your own country ("don't all kids eat snails?"), and it tends to be much easier to identify differences as an outsider. Thanks!!!)

Jennifer said...

Joanna, would love to know who else is on your team! You mention "we" a lot, but we only vet see posts by you. Inquiring minds want I know :)

Niken said...

i'm not a mother yet, but i really enjoy this series :)
i live in bali, and i have friends who have kids from different countries, and it's interesting to see how they raise their kids.
also, my heart melts every time i look that pictures of your family.

Unknown said...

I love this series!

Danielle Wilson said...

Aspiring Kennedy is a great ex-pat blog by a new mom!

Lauren Ashley said...

I loved last summer's series and can't wait for this one as well. I'm an American mom to be living in California, so I'm not much help here. But I always look forward to your motherhood monday posts. xo!

Courtney W. said...

I am so looking forward to this series! I am fascinated by the differences in parenting, specifically in Europe (hello, Bringing up Bebe) and can't wait to hear more American's viewpoints on this topic.

Courtney W. said...

Oh, yes Aspiring Kennedy is a good one to reach out to! http://www.aspiringkennedy.com

Anne said...

Yes, I'm so glad you're continuing this series! Sooo interesting. I wonder about the inverse too - foreign mothers raising their children in America. How eye-opening would it be to hear their perspective?

girlseeksplace said...

I'm not a parent and I don't know anyone living abroad, but I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I loved last summer's series.

lucinda smith said...

my siter - living in bolivia - has an amazing story about raising her two little ones in south america. i sent an email with more information. looking forward to following the serires though (and catching up on the precvious ones!)

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Lindsey Cox said...

We are a military family living in Germany, I love it here but it feels like living in a different country on weekends,

livablecambridge said...

love this series!
Also would be interested in foreign
parents in America and what THEY make us notice and reflect on about American parenting...

Alice said...

i loved the series you did previously, excited to see how this one turns out. I lived abroad before having my son and i still fantasize about packing up and living somewhere fresh. But we did A LOT of moving (7 times in 7 years) before our son was two so i am thinking it would be a hard sell around here!

http://www.whimsical-girl.com/

Shelley Orr said...

I love this series! Please continue them. I find them so fascinating.

Joanna Goddard said...

hi jennifer! right now, it's just me writing and producing the posts, but i work with stylists and photographers and other awesome people sometimes, so i get in the habit of saying "we." :)

Erin W. said...

So glad this series is coming back! I loved it!

Jeannie Lorenz said...

One of my best friends (originally from Texas) is living in Munich with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.
Let me know if you would like to reach out to her.

bananastand said...

yaaaaay! my favorite.

Alexa said...

i loved this series and am thrilled to hear of its return! i would also be interested to hear the perspective of foreign mothers raising children in america.

kiwiandpeach.com said...

Absolutely loved this series last year. I'll third Lauren at Aspiring Kennedy. She would be great. There is also Kelly over at Wild Wandering. They've lived a few places with their littles but are currently in Paris.

Andrea Enright said...

This is such a wonderful series. I can't wait for it to be back! I will try to pass this info along to my cousin who lives with her family in Panama!

Cha Gupta said...

Joanna - I adored your prior series and look forward to the next one. And here's another idea for you: what about interviewing American mothers in differnet cities (or small towns) in the U.S. Experiences may not be as diverse as those of ex-pats abroad, but I'm sure there is still alot we can learn from one another stateside. Cheers!

D+I+A said...


I really love your blog, but like a few commenters above, I would be interested in hearing from non-American women and their experiences in America ( or elsewhere). Don't get me wrong, the other series was interesting, but it would be nice to wider the scope to include non-American (and ideally, non-Western perspectives).
Just a thought.

Rachel S said...

YAY!! I can't wait for this series to return! LOVE IT!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I really hope you get parents who are living in Argentina. I was enchanted with the way children are treated and raised in Buenos Aires.
I wished ( for just a minute) that I my children were small again and I could do it again, but in Buenos Aires.
( clue : good manners/speak more than one language)

kateOD said...

Yay! My favorite series - I shared your last one with my Infant & Child Development class (I am a Psych professor at a small college)

Jus said...

love this series! I responded last time and have just sent off an email for this round. We are American parents living with our four children in New Zealand. Prior to this move we lived in western Kenya for two years as well.

Trish said...

Yay! Loved this series.

Jess said...

I adored this series last year and am thrilled that you will be doing it again.

Vanessa said...

I WAS living in England (for 7 years) though I just moved back to the States this November. I gave birth to my first born over there in July... some "interesting" experiences.

Abby said...

Hooray! I loved this series last summer and can't wait for more!

Jane Doe said...

I'm a former expat and a member of an American expat group on FB. I'll share this link with them to see if anyone is interested. There are some lovely people on there.

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Lauren Teresa said...

This was a great series, and I'm looking forward to round 2. Thank you for providing content that is diverse and insightful. I look forward to your posts every day.

CinthyaG said...

Joanna, your son Toby looks sooo much like your dad. I really enjoyed the MM series and cannot wait to read them again.

Girliest Nerd said...

OK, so you did add
"Joanna Goddard said...
(PS In case you're wondering: As I've mentioned before, we're speaking to American mothers living abroad–versus mothers who were born and bred in those countries—because we want to hear how motherhood around the world compares and contrasts with motherhood in America. It can be surprisingly hard to realize what's unique about your own country ("don't all kids eat snails?"), and it tends to be much easier to identify differences as an outsider. Thanks!!!)"

However, if you DO solicit stories from people who actually were born and bred in the country of origin the readers will be able to figure out the differences, minus any biases from a storyteller perspective. People born and raised in a country will be able to offer far more insight and accuracy into their own culture. You just have to ask them questions and listen to their answers and then be able to critically evaluate how their culture is different from a North American's. It's really possible!

Sigh.

Kelly Rae said...

I sent a email off to you. I'm not yet a expat but our family is moving to Glasgow in mid April. We will be there minimum of 18 months and I would love to talk about our experience.

I'm not sure how long you will be doing the series but it sounds fabulous!

Christa Tubach said...

I absolutely loved this series! I'm not a mom yet, but hearing about all of the cultural differences is SO interesting to me! I can't wait for the next batch :)!

xo
Christa
www.gardeniasandmint.wordpress.com

Mina said...
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Mina said...

Loved this series! So excited to read more.

MelanieKPrice said...

Hi Jo. I sent you an email with the contact info of a friend of mine living with her family in Germany. She is jazzed to tell her story.

And I love this series. So sweet and eye opening. Have a wonderful day!!

Joy Acoustics said...

I can't wait for a new motherhood series! I hope you won't let us wait for too long.

Your Romanian fan,
http://joyacoustics.blogspot.ro/

Donna said...

This made my Monday!! I love your original series and so excited who will participate in this one!

xoDonna
www.soyouagree.com

Aaron Bennett said...

I live in Ghana with my six kids. Might have a few items to contribute.

The Reeds said...

I loved this!! I have so many friends who fit in this category, I used to and may in the future but sadly don't right now.

I am definitely going to pass this on!
Georgia

이성화 said...

I loved this series! Can't wait for more stories from mummas and Daddies?!

Joanna Goddard said...

yes! we are also planning to interview non-american women living in the US. great minds think alike :) we already have a list of people, and if you fit the description and would like to be interviewed, we'd LOVE to hear from you! thank you so much!! xoxo

Livyb said...

The picture of you and your sister is fabulous!! Toby looks just like you all! Just like you.

Beth Endres said...

We moved to New Zealand when my son was 2 years old. He's now 14. Happy to talk with you about parenting in New Zealand!

Jocy said...

I am obsessed with this series, Joana. So please keep them coming. As an expectant mother (who until last year lived abroad), I so curious about how parents make it work. Because, contrary to many Americans' beliefs, it is possible to raise a family abroad.

Marine said...

I loved this series the first time around - I'm really excited to see more of it!

amelia said...

loved this series. also, you (or your sis?) look EXACTLY like toby on the left in the bottom picture! uncanny!

amanda of "marshalls abroad" is a mama living in japan, and i think she did a recipe for you a few months ago?

looking forward to reading more about parenthood around the world :)

Little Hiccups said...

I'm an Australian Mum (can't bring myself to change that to Mom!) living in California so I guess I fit the bill. Even though America and Australia aren't all that different culturally I have definitely noticed a lot of little things that seem quite foreign to me, especially now that I'm pregnant with my 3rd and dealing with the American health system! LOTS of major differences there!
I'll drop you a line but in the meantime here's my blog which features my family's adventures here in California :) http://www.littlehiccups.net/

Kristina said...

I am so looking forward to a continuation of the series, I loved the previous stories.

Kristina does the Internets

mamamgeni.com said...

Yay, more Motherhood Around the World! I am an American mom living in Kenya, and I would LOVE to contribute! I've sent you an email!

Cara Birkholz said...

what a fascinating idea. I will definitely be checking up on this :)

tatum said...

Hi Joanna! You've already heard from me :) Can't wait for this upcoming series! I love, love, loved it last time around. You are so keen on bringing up topics on your blog that are so interesting and really make us think. I often think there is so much "fluff" out there, but not on Cup of Jo. Hugs xoxo

Alison G said...

I'm a 43 year old American woman who's been living in Austria for 14 years, but I'm not a mom so I don't quite fit the profile. However, if you're ever looking for the non-parent take on being an expat, I'd be happy to add my two cents.

Sabrina Sadeghi Millecamps said...

see http://www.mummyinprovence.com/ for a similar discussion!

Niki* said...

Just sent you an email! We're a Canadian family living in Shanghai and have gone through quite a few challenges being here! Oh man...a few. :)

Trista S. said...

Hi Joanna! Is your friend Esther going to talk about her Amsterdam experience? We are thinking of moving there, and I'd love to hear about her experience as a parent there.

Lauren Baum said...

So glad this is starting up again!!! I so enjoyed the first series!

Jennifer said...

I loved the first round of this series so much! I passed this link along to my sister, who knows many international families living here in the states. She and her India-born (and raised) husband are expecting their first child this month - a cross-cultural marriage series would be fascinating as well. She always has amusing stories about their differences.

Pam said...

american mom living in paris with 4 kids!
love reading about expats!

Marina said...

Yay! This is my favorite series!

coco said...

it is so romantic how your dad touches your mom's hand.

Kelly Kong said...

I love this series. Thank you for bloging about all the ways children are raised around the world. I'm always looking for a tip or way to look at parenting in another light.

Natasha Davies said...

Hi, my hubby and I are British expats now living in California. We have an 8 month old baby girl, ironically born on the 4th of July. My blog is www.itsbettertolookup.wordpress.com if you want to check it out. My post about how I became an expat is http://itsbettertolookup.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/how-i-became-mrs-davies-the-expat/
Let me know if I can help you.
Thanks!

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cynthia said...

I also suggest Lauren at Aspiring Kennedy! Another one that came to mind would be Christine at http://almostfearless.com/about/
I tweeted her this post. :)
Looking forward to reading this series!

katie lee said...

We are moving with our 3 year old to Italy in the fall. Think it will be a great change of pace!

SolariC said...

I love your American Parents Around the World series - I'm so glad you're continuing it. Since your blog also touches on relationship matters quite frequently, perhaps eventually you could do a series on what it's like to be married to someone from a different country. That's another topic I've always been curious about.

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Gray'sMom said...

I'm a new mom with a 8 month old son. I currently live in Bermuda and was in London prior to here. I'm American and my husband is English. I have a few things to contribute if interested.

Jennifer Aldridge said...

Hi Joanna,
I am a working American mother of a crazy, awesome 2-year-old boy living in Wiesbaden, Germany. I juggle mommy-hood and a career as Public Affairs professional for the U.S. Army here. I would love to share my exerpeince here.

Bi said...

I love this series. I'm mother in Bulgaria, i have 1 year old baby boy, and reading this post with exsitement.

Manya said...
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Manya said...

Hi Joanna. I'm a mother living in Greece.

Manya said...

Hi Joanna. I'm living in Greece.

KrisTS said...

I'm a Canadian living in South Africa ... would love to be in the series.

Muhammad Akbar said...

i like it :)

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