Editorial Board and Website
See also the MKB Board
Leanna is a stay at home mother to two sweet, funny, rambunctious boys and their adorable baby sister. She draws inspiration from the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith and tries to raise her Monkeys in a fun, spiritual, loving environment. She and her husband, who is from Costa Rica, are raising their boys to be bilingual and bicultural but more importantly to be “world citizens.” Leanna is the co-founder of Bahá’í Mom Blogs and founder of Multicultural Kid Blogs.
MaryAnne was raised in the United States, Guatemala, France, Bolivia, and Austria. Her first daughter was born in Scotland, and she now lives with her husband and their four children in Silicon Valley, California. You can find MaryAnne writing about parenting, crafts, and education at Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting.
Varya blogs at CreativeWorldOfVarya.Com (formerly known as LittleArtists.Blog.Com). She is a mom to 3 children, an early development specialist, a baby massage and perinatal fitness instructor, and a breastfeeding consultant. Varya has been living in China for the past 14 years working and raising her multicultural family.
Frances is a part-time blogger, mommy and wife of a beautiful multicultural familia. Shortly before her child turned 4 yrs. old she started blogging about discovering the world through her son’s eyes, hence the name of her blog. She loves doing things with her son, and became passionate about teaching him to be bilingual, and to identify with his multicultural identity. She writes about heritage, bilingualism, multicultural children’s book and global culture education with lots of hands-on activities and language learning ideas for kids.
She can be found musing at her blog Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes or on Instagram her new fave social media platform.
Rita Rosenback is the founder of the Multilingual Parenting site, author of “Bringing up a Bilingual Child” and a Family Language Coach helping multilingual families. She also gives talks and holds workshops for parents and teachers on the topic of bilingual children.
Former linguist. Maman to two little world citizens. Currently living in Germany (via the U.K., France and Portugal). I blog about life as a displaced multilingual mum.
Amanda van Mulligen is a freelance writer. British born, she was whisked off to the Netherlands on a promise of a windmill wedding and now raises three sons with her Dutch husband in the east of the country. She writes about her Dutch life on her blog ‘Turning Dutch’ and on the topic of highly sensitive children at ‘Happy Sensitive Kids’.
Monica Olivera is a homeschooling mami of two and freelance education writer. Her website, MommyMaestra.com, shares resources for Latino parents who homeschool or have children in a traditional school system. Monica is also the co-founder of Latinas for Latino Lit and the L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Kali took Spanish in college and fell in love with it–especially after spending time studying in Costa Rica & Spain and volunteering in Peru. Once graduated, she began sharing her love of Spanish through her blog (www.fortheloveofspanish.com) and by teaching Spanish to local homeschool students. This year she embarks on her first year of homeschooling her own children with the goal of raising them and educating them bilingually.
Amanda “Miss Panda” is raising her children to be bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. She has added Spanish to their family language adventure a couple of years ago. Amanda is a dynamic language instructor with over 15 years of teaching experience. She blogs at Miss Panda Chinese and shares Chinese language and culture resources with parents, educators, and homeschool families.
Maria Adcock is the founder of BiculturalMama.com, a site covering culture, parenting, food and travel. She is a first generation Chinese-American and corporate marketing professional turned freelance writer who lives in New York with her husband and two young children.
Aysh is an Indian expat who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She is a former Biotechnologist who is now a stay at home mom. She blogs at JeddahMom.Com about her expat life, travels, and adventures raising little world citizens. Aysh loves languages, cultures and crafts. She tries to bring her children up with a balance between faith, tradition and modern thinking.
Mariam Ottimofiore is a Pakistani expat, who has spent the past 15 years living abroad in the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and the UAE. She is the founder and writer behind the blog ‘And Then We Moved To’ (www.andthenwemovedto.com) where she talks about life on the expat trail, raising her two multicultural and multilingual children and traveling the world. You can follow her multicultural adventures on Facebook (www.facebook.com/andthenwemovedto), Instagram (@andthenwemovedto) and Twitter (@andthenwemoved2).
Lisa Ferland is the editor and publisher of the Knocked Up Abroad series and focuses on the cultural differences in pregnancy, birth, and parenting approaches worldwide. She has a Masters in Public Health and interest in global maternal and child health practices.
Former Members of the Editorial Board
Founding Member: Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories
Founding Member: Ute Limacher-Riebold of expatsincebirth.com
Jenny B of Spanish Playground
Monica of MommyMaestra
Aysh of Jeddah Mom
Crystal of Castle View Academy
Administrators are those that assist the MKB Board with special projects or social media.
Carrie of Crafty Moms Share
Lana of Smart Tinker
Eolia of La Cité des Vents
Kali of For the Love of Spanish
Olena of Bilingual Kids Rock
Hanna of HannaCheda.com
Julie of Globe Trottin’ Kids
Christa of Pura Vida Momsby