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During my pregnancy and right after birth there were a lot of "warnings" about the havoc my little monster would create. How I wouldn't be able to function without sleep. How I would have to recalibrate. How I'd need to discipline. Heaps upon loads of advice on how to keep the baby from inconveniencing my routine, at any cost.
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After six years of writing about hot topics in parenting, I have read many studies, talked to countless experts and quoted hundreds of news stories. During that time, my family has grown a collective six feet, and aged from preschoolers and kids to teens and tweens. And I want to be honest when I tell you that despite the thousands of hours I have spent reading and researching parenting, I still have no idea what the hell I am doing.
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We will all make thousands of recommendations over our lifetime. Statistics and experience show word-of-mouth is the number one purchase influencer with 70 per cent of our brand mentions coming with a recommendation. After all, how did you meet your hairdresser, your dentist or find the perfect restaurant on your last jaunt?
Irate mommies chastise Rebecca Eckler for relying on nannies, encouraging Rowan to ditch school, outsourcing Rowan's bike lessons, and for avoiding changing Holt's smelly diapers for months. What these mommies don't get is that at the core of Eckler's unconventional parenting, is her extreme love for and devotion to her children.
There are mom blog conferences to attend, frozen dairy-free treats to eat, muffin tops to buy, funny mom blogs to read and videos to share. I'll start with BlissDom, Canada's national blog conference that SavvyMom is participating in this weekend.
It was another busy week. We announced our top 75 Most Influential Canadian Mom Blogs, parents were fighting on the sidelines and everyone's talking about the 'Jolie gene.' See what else caught my att...
Remember the days when we were worried about our kids catching a glimpse of the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated? Apparently, if your kids are over the age of 6 and use the internet, it's likely they have seen much worse.
Thanks to Hallmark, everyone's Mother's Day thoughts are consumed by gifts. Luckily, our stable of bloggers have diversified the conversation. So while you're scrambling to remember what kind of flowers your mamma likes best (or busy worrying your kids won't remember), think of what Mother's Day means beyond a price tag.
I've been knee deep in the blogs lately so I'm paying a lot of attention to what's hot in that space. Diaperless parenting trends, mom blog conferences, innovative dads and a bathroom reno all caught my attention this week.
The Boston brothers, the Dirty Dozen, Kmart's cheeky ad campaign and some solid advice for parents and children -- all caught my attention this week.
It's almost Easter -- meaning spring is just around the corner -- and that's reason enough to celebrate for us. See what amazing and inspiring ideas our bloggers have to celebrate the spring season -- from entertaining and baking to crafting and decorating. There's something for everyone in our gallery of 21 Easter Crafts and Recipes.
One parent who knows how to shake it is the First Lady, Michelle Obama. You want to watch her dance on YouTube. The clip shows her performing The Evolution of the Mom Dance with Jimmy Fallon on his late night show in honour of her 'Let's Move' campaign.
If you're a parent looking for insightful and entertaining information about raising children, you've never had more options at your fingertips. While our forebears had to be content with Dr. Spock a...
Lately I've been struggling with writing about my boys. When I first started blogging they were young, a toddler and baby. Now they are older, boys with opinions and experiences all their own and those stories no longer belong to me -- they belong to them. I wonder if by writing those stories, I'm taking something I have no right to.
Three months ago we welcomed a baby boy into this world. Our second child. I feel that as a blogger I'm obligated to tap into these days of infancy, that I should be mommy-blogging to the extreme, documenting the experience for all to share. Where is this pressure coming from?
I planned to write about Christmas today. Specifically, what I want for Christmas. But it doesn't seem right when that's not at all what caught my attention this week. What's in my head and my heart, on my Facebook feed and Twitter stream, in my inbox and in so many conversations I have had is the horrors and devastation from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of last Friday.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder of what we're grateful for -- like a long weekend, good food and our families. We hope you enjoy some of these simple Thanksgiving recipes and craft ideas. Be warned -- there are a lot of delicious dessert recipes ahead (but we didn't leave out the brussels sprouts).
Hell hath no fury like mom bloggers on a warpath, as Calgary DJ and blogger Buzz Bishop learned when he mentioned he has a favourite child. I am not going to bother too much weighing in on the response. What it does highlight is the minefield that personal and parental blogging can be. Words can hurt so every time I think about a new topic for my blog, I wonder: Am I strong enough to take the heat from those that may disagree with me? Controversy might give you lots of hits, but are you tough enough?
Think on how many times you have heard clarifications to the "I'm just a stay at home mom" statement. "Oh but I volunteer too!" "I sell Tupperware!" "I have a blog!" The "us against them," view of feminism that Elizabeth Wurtzel preaches in a recent issue of Atlantic denigrates men and women. It is inflammatory and scandalizing without offering any sort of solution.
Turn back the clock this summer to an easier, laid back, simpler time in life, where kids got away from the screens and played with bugs, folded paper into boats and let their imaginations run wild. Here are some ways to get those kids away from their iPads!
Why do men generally avoid reading parenting blogs? Men may not find a parenting blog written by a woman to be of continuing interest (due to content and topics), but there are blogs written on parenting by men. Which further begs the question, in light of the fact that there are male-authored parenting blogs, why are there not more men reading parenting blogs written by men?
There are as many kinds of mothers in the world as there are kids -- and discovering this is as easy as typing "mom blogger" into Google. With more than 4 million mom blogs now in North America, the i...
Many bloggers have relationships with brands in the form of an ad on their website, running a Twitter chat contest, or doing product reviews. But now they're looking for more lucrative opportunities to act as the brand voice, or spokesperson. Here are their top three mistakes!