Motherhood

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.

I Overcame My Body Loathing and Bought a Bikini

Brandee Foster | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Brandee Foster

Imagine a world where we didn't live our lives according to what the haters said? If we were comfortable to be free and confident in our own skin? I am not my tummy, or my stretch marks or any of my other flaws, rather, they are a part of me.

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.

My Past Disappointments as a Mother Don't Matter to Me Now

Shawna Scafe | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

My kids are now four, three and almost a year. I have three very different kids with three very different entrances into this world. I can say one thing: as the space between birthing babies and parenting kids widens, all of my past disappointments no longer matter. Eventually yours won't either.

Instagram Helps Mothers Bond

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

Aside from some wonderful mom friends in my real life, I've also found a mom community through Instagram. Turns out it's not just for hipsters at farmers' markets and it is scientifically proven to make your food taste better if you Instagram it! Yay Science!

Your Child Is How Old and You Are Still Breastfeeding?!

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Have you heard this before? Are you a dedicated breast-feeder to a toddler or older child? If so, you are not alone. I see many women in my office each week who continue to breastfeed their toddlers, sometimes while also nursing younger babies. Women who breastfeed "older" children are often stigmatized and looked at as strange.

6 Things I Will Miss/Not Miss About the Baby Stage

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Baby C is getting closer and closer to hitting his first birthday. I can't believe it, and because I know this is my last child, I'm feeling a little bittersweet. There are plenty of things I know I will not miss about the baby stage, but when I stop to think about them, I have to admit that I'll miss them, in their own way.

Letting Go of the Chase for Balance in Motherhood

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

There are always more chores, events, crying kids in a day than there are hours, hands and consolation waffles. Over time I'd come to see this doesn't mean I'm failing. It means that we aren't meant to do it all, rather we are meant to make choices about how we spend our time and energies.

Nurses Were Wrong About my Breastfeeding Problem

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

There's no question breastfeeding has its challenges. From the shape of mom's nipples to the neck rotation of the baby, it all has an impact. But I never knew what would kill our breastfeeding relationship would go undetected for so long, although it was right under my nose. Or rather my baby's nose.

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Half My Kids' Toys

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

So come this past January, our family of five started a mission to live with less (minimalism for rookies). I know it's not for everyone, but it is for us. Our first long drawn-out step is to "remove the excess" of belongings. Since January we have done two toy purges and reduced the kids toys by over half.

I've Realized I'm Not the Mother I Always Thought I'd Be

Jessica Blumel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Jessica Blumel

Before I had kids, I dreamed about being a stay-at-home mom. I loved the idea of having the whole household under control and making life easy for my husband by rocking the homemaker role. But as it turns out, I am happy in that role about one day per week and otherwise feel totally and utterly stifled.

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.

My Mother Taught Me the Most Important Lesson: How to Be Myself

BrazenWoman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

For better or for worse, my mom decided that being herself was more important than fitting in, even if that might have been easier. She has shown me the joy of being unashamedly yourself at any age, with no apologies. Perfection is not her goal, nor does she want or need it to be. She is, at nearly 80 years of age, truly herself.

This Mother's Day, I'm Acknowledging the Painful Side of Motherhood. Loss

Heather van Mil | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Heather van Mil

While Mother's Day is a celebration of love for many, it is a day of pain and grief for so many more. There are many faces of motherhood, some less obvious then others. There are mothers whose arms are empty; suffering from infertility, miscarriages or the death of a child. The world doesn't recognize them as mothers but they are and always will be.

The Only Thing I Want for Mother's Day Doesn't Have a Price

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

I am about to experience my 12th Mother's Day, and this year I want to share a secret to dads and kids everywhere about what us moms really want. I didn't realize it until my daughter gave me a gift this past birthday. It was simple, cost nothing, and has awakened me to what I really want in life.

Advice From Moms That Stand The Test Of Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living

No matter how independent you are, everyone needs a little motherly advice every now and then. In the video above, Glamour asks six elderly women t...

Unique Gift Ideas to Share With Your Mom This Mother's Day

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Mother's day is a special time. If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that I am really close to my mom and love to see her happy. Here are a few unique gift ideas that you can share with your mother!

Sorry, Sweetie. Today, Mommy Is an Asshole

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

Not too long ago, a fellow writer wrote a beautiful, touching piece called, "Today, Mommy is Sad." It made me tear up, because it took me back to when I was pregnant for the second time and struggling to deal with my conflicting emotions. Today is a different story. Today, Mommy is an asshole.

20 Quotes That Sum Up How Much We Love Our Moms

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living

If motherhood has touched your life in some way, you’ll know it’s not something you think about only once a year. Mother’s Day gives us all ...

Returning to Work Has Given Me a New Appreciation for Working Moms

Tally Abecassis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I don't want to read any more arguments about who has it harder, whose work is "real work," who is contributing more to society, or who is doing a better job ensuring her kids become stable, non-homicidal adults. I'm proposing a new form of Internet literature, where one group of moms singles out another group of moms for a job well done.

Superb, Original Gift Ideas for New Moms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

During my first year as a new mom, I came across, received and rewarded myself with some fabulous gifts that totally transformed my parenting experience. Although you're likely bombarded with gift-giving ideas, there's nothing like finding that one present that someone can't live without and didn't even know they needed.

Dear Baby Daughter, Here's What I Want You to Know About Life

World Vision | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
World Vision

This past year, I became your mother. As I watch you grow I'm amazed by the things you are learning, and the unique and spunky little person you're becoming. Already, I see you picking up so much from me and others around you, including the good, the hilarious and the not so great. I realize just how much of an impact I am having with the example I set.

To All Moms Struggling With Breastfeeding, You're Not Alone

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

This is for the mama who expected breastfeeding to be this magical, beautiful bonding experience, and has ended up crying tears of frustration, of despair, of pain, because it wasn't all of that. You. Are. Not. Alone.

Dear 'Selfish' Moms, I Admire You

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Campbell

Selfish is the ultimate insult you could call a mother. It cuts to the very core of what being a mother is, which is about giving. We give our bodies, we give our hearts, we give up careers, we lose friendships, we retire goals. We do this because the moment a baby is placed in our arms nothing else matters but the health and happiness of that little soul. We would sacrifice our own lives for our children. But who is looking out for the mother's soul?