Mary Grace shares her perspective on raising globally minded kids whether or not you travel or are an expat. SPOILER – you can do it wherever you live! She also tells the stories of her 3 different births and how much she learned about relaxing and letting go with each of them.
Mary Grace’s experiences with birth have taught her that, just like in motherhood, not everything is going to go as planned and you have to be able to release your own desires.
We get into some of her practices for intentional, globally-minded living and raising kids who are open to the experiences of others around them instead of believing that their way of life is the only or best way.
**Mary Grace wanted to point out that her use of the term “regular” culture during our conversation is a way of speaking that prioritizes and privileges the dominant culture and that is not what she intended to do.
In This Episode:
How growing up with foreign exchange students and living abroad impacted her worldview
Using our window of influence with our kids to share our values
Finding what works for your family – it doesn’t matter what works for someone else
Being so set on having an unmedicated birth with her first and assuming the hospital staff wouldn’t be supportive
Feeling like a failure because of having an episiotomy
Badge of honor culture and “natural birth”
Having pneumonia and a broken rib during her 3rd birth
How birth is a picture of motherhood as a whole
How to create a global home no matter where you live
Not Traveling With Your Kids? – Blog Post
Childbirth Wisdom – Book
Birthing From Within – Book
Life Roots Collective – Northern Michigan Doulas
About Our Guest:
Mary Grace Otis is the host of The Global Mom Show podcast, which helps mothers connect with global ideas and teach their kids to do the same. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, a former expat and development worker, and a freelance writer for nonprofits and businesses. She’s lived and worked abroad in Germany and India, and now she makes her home in the U.S., where one of her goals is to stay connected with a global view of life. Grab a copy of her free guide 10 Ways to Create a Global Home–No Matter Where You Live, and join her free Facebook group to learn from more globally-minded women.
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