What Is A Cosmopolitan Mom?

Cosmopolitan /ˌkɒzməˈpɒlɪtən/ 

1. (noun) A person who has lived and travelled in many countries, especially one who is free of national prejudices

2. (noun) Having interest in or familiar with many parts of the world 

3. (adjective) Free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.


Would I describe myself as a cosmopolitan?

Not yet.

But it is something that I aspire to.

What's more, I would love for my three kids to feel at home in the world.

I have spent most of my life traveling.

We started with short jaunts then graduated to long road trips. We served on mission trips and I performed on a couple tours as a teen.

My grandparents are travelers so my parents became travelers. When they grew up, my siblings and I joined them. Their curiosity for the world planted a seed in my soul and their enthusiasm encouraged it to grow. That little seed of wanderlust grew into crazy adventures all over the world.

The more I experience the world, the more I think being a true cosmopolitan is different than visiting places and crossing them off your list.

Being a cosmopolitan mom is about introducing your family to the world.

It's about seeing what is different and realizing that different is not only good, it's exciting.

Its about seeing, meeting and enjoying all the wonderful types of people in the world. Its about finding the good and pointing it out.

It's about exploring where you're at, no matter where in the world that is.

For me becoming a cosmopolitan is a journey of growing into my identity. Tsh Oxenreider says it best "We are still crawling the earth and chipping away parts of us that no longer fit...".

As I learn to be in the world I am also learning who I am as a person but also as a mom. I'm learning alongside my family and from them as well.

The cultures we experience shape how we think, how we eat, what we wear and the rituals in our every day life.

Traveling is about going out into the world to see what it was to offer. Then we bring home little details of a place and make them a part of our lives

May we love deeply and raise little ones with curious minds and compassionate hearts.


Our ideas about how to experience the world with our little family are constantly changing and evolving. For a while, it may be full-time travel with a month in each place and maybe at some point, it will look like having a home base and traveling frequently from there. No matter what, we will continue to meet new people, taste new foods and learn how to love the world we live in.

I’d love to hear what it looks like to be a Cosmopolitan Mom in your own life!

Travel has taught me the blessing of ordinariness, of rootedness and stability. It can be found anywhere on the globe. It’s courageous to walk out the door and embrace Earth’s great adventures, but the real act of courage is to return to that door, turn the knob, walk though, unpack the bags, and start a kettle for a pot of tea. In our rituals of bread making and wine tasting, tucking our kids in bed and watching stars flicker from a chair on the back patio, we are all daring to find ourselves at home somewhere in the world.
— Tsh Oxenreider in "At Home In The World"