4mothers1blog began as the collective work of four Toronto women who met in a Momoir Project writing class in the fall of 2009. 4 mothers became 3, and we now invite a guest writer to make up our fourth as we weigh in on parenting issues big and small. Inspired by each others’ voices and perspectives, the women of 4mothers1blog explore the ins-and-outs of raising boys (
nine between the three of them), motherhood, and the joys (and frustrations) of family life in the city. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Chandran was born in Malaysia and raised in Toronto. She is married and the mother of three boys, 9 and under. She is currently taking a leave of absence from her paid work as a lawyer to tend to her brood. Drawn in the extreme to natural living and the power of slow, Carol manages to incorporate them into her life in the not-so-extreme.
Nathalie Foy is the mother of three boys, 13, 9 and 6, an avid reader and a former instructor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. She and her husband and sons live in downtown Toronto. 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 7, 6 and 4). 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.
Our photos were taken by Sara Beasley and by Leigh Tynan at Modern Baby. Thanks for making us look good, ladies!