Quick link: What It’s Like to Be An American Mom Raising Kids in Djibouti, Africa

This one is up at Babble.

I almost didn’t share this. I actually didn’t, for about a week. I’m not a fan of certain things in the piece that were edited. But. My name is still on it, I guess it is good to get readers’ eyes on a piece. So, I’ll share it.

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(I can’t be the only writer who feels this way after a piece comes out…any thoughts? Maybe a topic for a future blog post, clearly I need some fresh ideas!)

I have been a parent now for 15 years. But for 13 of those years, I have lived thousands of miles away from my hometown in the American Midwest, in what’s known as the Horn of Africa (Somalia and Djibouti). As a result, most of my actual parenting experiences come from raising kids here in Africa, which has broadened my cultural awareness, to say the least. But I do still have loads of American friends, and go back frequently to visit myself, so it’s safe to say I’m still very much clued in to what U.S. parents are experiencing.

Is parenting the same on both sides of the world? Sure, when it comes to the foundations of love, security, and provision. But as for the day-to-day stuff? Nope.

Here are just a few of the major differences I’ve learned while raising my kids Djibouti…

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