Q&A with Busy Mommy Emily Roemmich
The name of Emily Roemmich’s blog perfectly describes her: Busy Mommy. The mother of five kids, four of whom she and her husband adopted from Ghana, believes you can live with purpose in every (busy!) day. As an avid blogger, she writes about kid-friendly recipes, beauty, and travel for moms on-the-go. A big part of her blog is also centered around informing readers about products with purpose, like knit dolls whose purchase helps to feed hungry children in the U.S. and around the world.
We chatted with Emily about growing her family, raising kids to be involved in their community (locally and globally) and seeing difference as the key to empathy.
What inspired you to start the blog?
I started my blog over eight years ago as a way to connect with other moms. Life can become crazy and we often lose sight of what’s important. I write about anything I think other moms out there would want to hear about, but I approach it from an angle of social good. My family was involved in a lot of volunteering when I was growing up, and we helped settle refugees in our community. Some of my best memories are of eating dinner at an Afghani family’s house and going swimming with a newly-settled family from Africa. I’m thankful for all of those experiences; they’ve shaped who I am today.
How do you incorporate social good into your busy life as a mom of five? And how do you encourage your kids to be involved?
Incorporating social good into busy lives is what I enjoy sharing the most! We can make small changes by, for example, choosing what we buy to make a great impact. It doesn’t involve a lot of extra effort or money—and many people don’t realize that. I have a list of my favorite fair-trade food products on my blog that can be found in stores or online. When I buy gifts, I buy ones with a positive impact on society. As a family, we volunteer with our church in an inner city neighborhood and participate in child sponsorships, Kiva loans, and other global programs. When I see an opportunity, I try to take it—and have my kids participate, too. I think it’s important to teach kids about helping others both locally and globally.
How did you decide to adopt more children after having your own? What was the process like?
Our son had just turned five when we started the adoption process. It was really hard for him to comprehend everything until the kids actually got here. We saw it as a way to grow our family. When we first decided to adopt, we didn’t know we would become a transracial family. My husband and I were 24 years old when we started the adoption process, so it limited the countries we could adopt from. After meeting a few families who had adopted from Ghana, it sealed the deal for us. The adoption process took several years, so it gave us time to prepare and gain wisdom from other transracial families and older adopted children.
Do you have any practical tips for other parents on incorporating social good into our everyday lives?
Kids are curious about a lot: someone speaking another language, a woman wearing a hijab, or even how a family like mine is possible. Those are all teaching moments. We take the time to learn about other cultures and people, and I think it helps children to care for all people and want to do things like volunteering or supporting welfare projects. It comes down to celebrating differences with our children. When we can teach that our differences in race, culture, and life experiences are a good thing, our children develop greater empathy. It’s easy to donate money, but what will really create change is taking the time to get to know those we are donating to or volunteering for. Get out of your comfort zone and get to know others who might not look like your family or come from the same background.
So true. Thanks, Emily!