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Mara Shapiro

Blogger, Parent, Community Manager

Mara Shapiro is a social media miss fancypants, blogger, mama and wife. Proof that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself, she's a former marketer and customer experience trainer who now practices Community Manangement and the fine art of wordsmithing. She shares inappropriate slices of life, recipes, books and products she loves at beniceorleavethanks.com, and is co-editor of BrazenWoman, a fabulous new lifestyle Blogazine specifically for women over 35. She has been a featured guest on CJAD Radio Montreal, The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Bonbon break, Blogher, Huffington Post live, SocialNorth, and CTV News Channel, and has been quoted on Brighterlife.ca, Rogers Redboard, in Today’s Parent, and The Toronto Star. Catch up with @ChickyMara on Twitter & Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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Justin Trudeau Is Our Next PM But He's Also Maggie's Son

This photo reminds me that Justin Trudeau is someone's child. That's his mother. Look at the joy in her face as she watches him in his moment of triumph. I see in her face how I feel about my kids and the great things I dream for them. It makes me tear up.
10/21/2015 12:30 EDT
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Fifty Shades of Grey Is Not About Domestic Abuse

Yes, there are elements in Fifty Shades of Grey that warrant discussion. However, we have to remember that these people are figments of E.L. James' imagination. She's no expert on the BDSM lifestyle and her scenes lack a certain accuracy. This is not what a healthy relationship looks like. You cannot fix a violent person with your love, nor is it romantic to be scared.
02/18/2015 09:33 EST
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When My Daughter Says 'Mom, Everyone Hates All the Jews Now'

As a Jew, I feel sorry for Palestinians. Their plight is awful. They're at the mercy of a government who would see them dead if it would further their cause. You can be PRO Palestine without being ANTI Israel. You can be against this war and not be Anti-Semitic. Try to remember that when you ask Israel to lay down their weapons you're asking them to walk right into a gas chamber.
07/29/2014 01:08 EDT
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How Rob Ford Taught My Kids Integrity

Once in a while it's refreshing for us to have an example of integrity, and of those stepping over the line getting called out for it. So, I say thanks to Toronto's erswhile mayor, Rob Ford, for providing me with some concrete examples of how not to act.
11/28/2012 05:44 EST
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Should You Tell Your Teen You Were a Wild Child?

My husband and I continue to debate one issue (well, besides every issue because obviously opposites attract). I'm not talking about Tomato Tomahto. I'm talking about how much to disclose. To our teenagers. About my wild child former self.
11/09/2012 12:18 EST
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Whose Fault is Our Culture of Bullying?

I can't stop thinking about Amanda Todd. Why she died, why nobody stopped the kids who were bullying her, how her cyber-stalker wasn't caught or prosecuted, why her parents seemed to be in the dark. I'm struggling because I want to lay blame. And I don't know where it should go.
10/19/2012 05:38 EDT