Why Some Moms Feel Invisible After Giving Birth

Caitlin Boudreau | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Caitlin Boudreau

"How's the baby?" you're asked constantly. "How's she eating/sleeping?" It doesn't take long for you to notice the monumental shift in focus, from you -- the glowing, pregnant woman -- to the baby. That seat that people jumped to offer you on the bus? Taken. It's touching to feel such warmth and interest towards your newborn, don't get me wrong. But how about we save some of that for mom?

In My 8-Year-Old Daughter's Shoes

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

I'm doing my best to teach her that it's alright to be honest with me about her feelings, even if it means that mine might get hurt. I hope that I'm doing it right, and that I don't forget that I was once in her shoes, and that my mother was once in mine.

Overparenting Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Overparenting, over-managing, over-involved. This is how we would describe our generation of parents. It comes from a good place of course -- we love them and want to protect them. We want them to be the best in whatever they undertake. But what are we really protecting them from?

How Writing About Being a 'Drunk Mom' Changed My Career

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

I drank while taking care of an infant. I was full of fire, ready to tell my story. The book got published; it became a bestseller; I received lots of praise, but also lots of criticism and even the occasional death threat. One of the most challenging and interesting gigs that Drunk Mom brought on was ghostwriting somebody else's memoir. We recognized each other beyond our differences. We were both addicts.

WAHM: 5 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

Bianca Bujan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Working from home can be rewarding in many ways, but it's important to see beyond the daydream before making the decision to change your career. Do your research and take the time to plan before you commit to a new lifestyle. Remember that there are always pros and cons to all sides of the working world -- do what works best for you and your family.

We Are All More Than Just Moms

The Purple Fig | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents
The Purple Fig

I can't spot a single one-dimensional woman for miles. They don't exist. This woman, who lives and breathes only for her kids, who is defined by the existence of her children, doesn't exist. The only women I see today are women who slip in and out of being a friend, a partner, a professional, a creative, the house CEO, all the while being the best mothers they can.

An Authentic Role Model for Motherhood

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Katie Zeppieri

To all new and expecting mothers Tara encourages you to: "Get connected. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to carry a mother so don't be afraid to reach out to someone walking the same journey. We can walk together because our children need us to be the best mothers that we can possibly be."

Work-Family Balance Isn't Just an Issue, It's a Movement

Eva Pomeroy | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Pomeroy

In our effort to gain rights for individuals, one significant collective was left out of the equation: family. But change is afoot. Something new and exciting is happening in feminism and it's about children and their care. In academia, the need to address childcare has been called "the unfinished business of feminism" and "the unfinished revolution."

5 Reasons First Playdates Are as Terrifying as First Dates

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Tamara Schroeder

There may not have been the stress of wondering about first kisses at the end, but I found I had to carefully navigate other potentially sensitive obstacles, like joking about Calliou being sent up to Netflix from the seventh circle of hell. In other words, I learned first play dates didn't differ all that much from first dates.

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom

Her Magazine | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Single mom accurately depicts how I feel a lot of the time because I am alone during the times I actually have to parent. For the times I need to discipline, do homework, have tough conversations, navigate hurt feelings, get to the bottom of behavior, I am the one and only parent in my son's presence.

Problems All Of Us Moms Can Relate To

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Parents

Being a parent is all magic and sweetness... right?!?!?

9 Underrated Milestones of Early Childhood

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Typical milestones are not the ones I celebrate with excited texts to my husband and best friends, or give my kids gleeful celebratory hugs over. In my own experience -- and I think that four kids under the age of seven counts as experience -- these are the baby and childhood milestones that are really worth celebrating.

How My IVF Nightmare Can Help You Avoid One

Rhonda Levy | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Rhonda Levy

Fertility clinics with low or average success rates, and those not in step with the most recent scientific advances, faced a conflict of interest. Their patients would be more likely to become pregnant with the help of their more competent and cutting-edge competitors, but the clinics would be more profitable if they did not direct them there. With this new found insight, I no longer thought of myself as an IVF patient and began to consider myself an IVF consumer.

Dear Daughter, Guard Your Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

There will be lies, false claims and misrepresentations. There will be promises made that might not endure the test of time. Words spoken that will prove to be short-lived and disappointing. Arrangements agreed upon that will not necessarily be followed through. This is the reality of the passage of time and growing up.

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.