4mothers1blog began as the collective work of four Toronto women who met in a Momoir Project writing class in the fall of 2009. Inspired by each others’ voices and perspectives, the women of 4mothers1blog explore the ins-and-outs of raising boys (
ten eleven between the four of them), motherhood, and the joys (and frustrations) of family life in the city. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 mothers became 3, and we now invite a guest writer to make up our four as we weigh in on parenting issues big and small.
Carol Chandran was born in Malaysia and raised in Toronto. She is married and is the mother of three boys, 6 and under. She is currently taking a leave of absence from her paid work as a research lawyer in order to tend to her brood. Drawn in the extreme to natural living, the power of slow, and all things sustainable, Carol manages to incorporate them into her life in the not-so-extreme. She also finds it strange to write about herself in the third person.
Nathalie Foy is the mother of three boys, an avid reader and an occasional professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. She and her husband own a house in downtown Toronto, a house in apparently constant need of repair. She has a parallel existence in a perfectly tidy house staffed by happy house elves. Nathalie’s favourite thing about living in Toronto is being able to hear 10 different languages on any trip through the city. Prior to moving to Toronto in 1997, Nathalie lived in Liberia, Nigeria, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, England, Egypt, Ireland and Japan, with a four-year stop in Montreal for university. Hearing languages she does not always understand makes her feel at home.
Nathalie also blogs about books at http://nathaliefoy.wordpress.com
Beth-Anne Jones is a mom to three sons (ages 5, 4 and 18 months). Her favourite things are spending time with her boys, including her husband, reading a good book in a hot bath, beautiful stationery, silent car rides and fresh flowers. She is always striving to “have it all”, lead a simpler life, and find her inner zen . . . but manages to come up just short. Imagine that. Beth-Anne’s written work has appeared on the Yummy Mummy Club website.