I’ve come to the conclusion that there is nothing more awkward than the first post in a blog. You’re trying to set the tone for your site, establish credibility with the reader, while maintaining the balance of being knowledgeable on the topic but still approachable.
It’s… a lot.
So this is the part where I get that out of the way.
For those of you that know me, you will know that my life, for better or worse, orbits around all things French. And for those of you who have been around for a while, you’ll know that I used to live in France and had a pretty great blog detailing my life (and often misadventures) spent overseas.
Unfortunately, this blog was deactivated several years ago when Twitter acquired the site I was working with, ultimately leaving my blog without a home. Subsequently, I lost all my content in the process.
At the same time, life was taking a real “hands-on approach” in the growth department. Navigating the waters of being a single parent and processing the unimaginable grief after a death in the family were all consuming. I was in no way able to access those creative parts of my brain needed to write.
So, I took some time off. 7 years to be exact.
And while those 7 years were good and necessary, I did find myself craving this again. “This”, of course, being writing.
I make no attempt to hide the fact that our life looks a lot different than most people’s. I am a single parent to my son, who is half-French, half-American. And while his father and I live in two different countries, on separate continents, I am doing my best to raise our son to be bilingual, growing in both cultures and identities, while living Stateside.
When I moved back to the United States, one of the most challenging things to adjust to was the feeling of being isolated, though not in the physical sense. It was the feeling that no one could understand what I was going through that was deafening. I desperately scoured the internet for blogs about raising international children as a single parent. And much to my dismay, there wasn’t a whole lot out there.
So, I decided to create one myself.
What follows is an honest depiction of what it is like to raise an “international” child as a single parent. From teaching your child a second language, to practical information, like advice for a trip to Paris- the subjects will vary, but will always have a French flair- just like my life.
Finally, it is my hope that in writing this blog, I am able to help anybody who may find themselves in a similar situation with international custody and parenting. As a disclaimer, I have to state that I am in no way a replacement for a lawyer, and that any facts presented here are based on my individual case. However, I hope if you are in need of somewhere to turn, that this provides a good jumping off point from which to begin.
I hope you enjoy what you find here, and I look forward to sharing more with you as the months go by. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you here again very soon!