Motherhood

How I'll Survive My Daughter's Transition To Daycare

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

One day I will turn around and you won't be sitting in the car seat behind me; you will be the one driving. That day is still far away, but this new path you are on is another step in that direction. Part of me wants to keep you close forever. I know this can't happen, but I feel the urge all the same.

Life With An Autistic Son Gave This Mom A Voice And Strength

Melanie Braga | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Adele noticed changes in her youngest son, Aidan, who was only 14 months at the time. The changes she noticed were: he completely stopped talking; he would not respond to his name; had many night terrors; made no eye contact and he would get much more frustrated.

A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I'm not saying we need helicopter rides, but we damn well need more than we have right now. We need screening, monitoring, therapy, child care and home care. And why not add PPD rehab to that list? I can't think of anything better to help moms who are severely suffering than a dedicated facility.

Embrace Your Children For Who They Are

Lisa Brookman | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Brookman

My son is not a "man's man." He's soft-spoken, creative, warm, demonstrative and sensitive teen. He's not rugged or tough and he doesn't excel at sports. He is extraordinarily artistic with an amazing flare for fashion and design. He is very demonstrative, a great listener and a wonderful friend.

Airplane Travel Tips For Expectant Moms

Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Parents

Whether you’re on a red eye flight or a quick hour-long jaunt, here are four tips to help you and your tiny passenger along the way.

I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD Rehab

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

Wouldn't that be nice? I don't remember being given the option. I do remember getting a weird look, being brushed off, handed a script and sent home. I can only imagine (fantasize) what rehab for postpartum depression looks like. A limo arrives at my doorstep and out steps Ryan Gosling. "Hey girl," he says. "We're going to PPD rehab."

How To Hang On To Your Marriage When You Have A Kid

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I never fully realized how much of a strain parenting would be on my relationship until my daughter arrived. Sure, in theory I knew that having a baby would change everything -- forever -- but I didn't really grasp just how much that extra person would alter the fabric and dynamic of our lives.

What Do You Do When Your Baby's No Longer A Baby?

Vedavati M. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

I've experienced different kinds of neediness in my life: My professional contacts have reminded me since you were 6 months old how badly I'm wanted back at work. Your father has patiently waited for me to become a friend and a wife to him again. Your grandparents have always missed spending time with their only child. But nothing like this.

Moms Around The World Reveal What Motherhood Is Really Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living

Get the tissues ready.

Moms Who Make Time For Exercise Set A Healthy Example

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Not only is it important for mothers to talk the talk and help instill these values into their children, but they need to be prepared to walk the walk. Many mothers are so busy taking care of their family they neglect their own well-being. In order to be at your best in every aspect of life, you need to invest in yourself first!

Organize Your Home To Cultivate Your Child's Independence

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Allison Weigensberg

Don't get me wrong, I love to do things for and with them, but I also want them to be independent and give them the confidence to know they have the capability to do these things on their own. It's not just their toys that need to be organized, other areas of your home can contribute to their autonomy as well.

Toxic Mothers Don't Deserve Your Time On Mother's Day

Lenora Thompson | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

Who doesn't want to be close to their mother, especially on Mother's Day? But for thousands it's just not possible. Being with Mom hurts too much. Her "love" is toxic. It causes too much emotional pain. No time is this more controversial and guilt-inducing than on Mother's Day.

Becoming A Special Needs Parent Changed Mother's Day For Me

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

My child was not developing like other children. He was beautiful, happy, but separate from us somehow. I was scared. We still celebrated Mother's Day, of course. I was still overjoyed to be a mom, his mom, yet now I felt I was failing him. A year after that when we knew he had autism, our celebrations took on a new turn.

7 Of The Most Courageous Mothers You Will Ever Meet

UNICEF Canada | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Wherever in the world UNICEF works, we see the same thing from moms time and time again -- they'd do anything for their children. Meet some of the mothers who overcame obstacles, battled distressing situations and made phenomenal sacrifices for their children.

The Day My Family Made Me Want To Quit

Laura d'Esterre-Musgrave | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Laura d'Esterre-Musgrave

I may not be at my preferred weight, and some days I may feel stressed and anxious, but my family is there for me, and I will be there for them: for my loving husband, my children and someday, their children. Quitting has increased my chances of being around for many more Mother's Days to come.

10 Etiquette Tips For Visiting Newborns

Melanie Braga | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Having a baby is a very exciting time for new parents and of course for their families. We can get so excited to see the new baby that we may forget our etiquette and how hard it is for new families to adjust to the beginnings of parenthood.

When Parenting Took Over Our Marriage

Vedavati M. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

We were co-parents living under the same roof. The hand-holding, affectionate, gregarious couple was a distant memory. Conversations were few and far between. When we talked, it was only about the baby. By the time she was a year old, we had stopped talking to each other directly.

My Daughter Taught Me It's OK To Be An Introvert

Tara Mandarano | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I see so much of myself in her; it's both heart-warming and heartbreaking. I don't want her to suffer socially like I did growing up, but I've realized I can't keep her in a bubble, either. Sometimes when I'm with her, my memory casts back to my own childhood, and I remember a fleeting instant in time when I was free to be myself without shame.

Accepting My Miscarriage Helped Me Heal

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

The emotional distress started to make me feel sick all the time and it came to the point that I just couldn't continue like this anymore. I decided that my first step to healing was to talk to people who have experienced the same type of loss, and by doing this it helped me realize that everything I was feeling was normal.

I Was Laid Off After My Maternity Leave

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

As I was preparing myself for my maternity leave, all I could focus on was bringing this new life into the world. I did not want to think about all the changes that were happening at my workplace and did not want to overthink the changes happening in my workplace. Why would I invest that extra energy elsewhere when I needed it for my baby? Besides I was going on maternity leave so I had to come back, right? Well, not quite.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

Stop Saying These Things To Pregnant Women

Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents

20 questions every expectant mother has heard time and time again (and again and again).

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression Strategy

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

There is a national crisis when it comes to the proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression and Canada needs a prenatal and postpartum depression strategy now before more mothers (and their families) are left to suffer unnecessarily.

11 Ways Motherhood Is Like "The Walking Dead"

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn't care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. "This is your favorite show? Isn't it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?" Quite easily, in fact.