Motherhood

7 Of The Most Courageous Mothers You Will Ever Meet

UNICEF Canada | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

Motherhood Is Not A Free Pass To Be Rude

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

What? I totally said "Happy birthday" to your Facebook wall. That counts. I know we've been friends for 25 years, but my kid had soccer practice until 6 p.m., then the baby wouldn't stop crying, and I had to do laundry before I put them to bed. I know I didn't go to your birthday party, but with two kids under four years old, I haven't set foot outside my home for anything less than a coronation.

8 Ways To Simplify Your Child's Life (And Yours)

Tracy Gillett | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

Simplifying is vital not only for our kid's health, but also for our own. Simplicity is a rare gift in modern life. It's an obvious message, and when we hear it, we can't help but shout YES. Slowing down feeds our souls and nurtures our families. No matter what parenting style we practice, this topic unites us.

How I Am 5 Years After My Divorce

Her Magazine | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

5 years post divorce, after selling and moving out of my matrimonial home, I can say that I have survived, and made it through some of the toughest aspects of divorce. Establishing a new relationship with my son's dad was not an easy road, but we did it, and we definitely fare better than most. Despite all of the triumphs, there are some things that continue to be really, really hard post divorce.

I Had Never Heard Of HELLP Syndrome Until It Nearly Killed Me

Laura McKnight | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Laura McKnight

It should have been a moment for my husband and I to celebrate, to hug and kiss over. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Immediately after delivering, I cried out to the nurses about the pain in my stomach. It had gotten much worse. It had become unbearable. That's when I started to fall into a deep, confusing haze.

Parents Who Are Jealous Of Their Kids

Lenora Thompson | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

What normal parent would be insanely jealous of their own child?! I never expected it and I certainly didn't want it. But there it was: jealousy. As plain as the nose on my face. It all started just after puberty. I was fourteen when Mom first accused me of trying to "be cute" for my own father. Need I add that it wasn't true? But your Mommy is always right, isn't she?

We Can Stop The Mommy Wars By Not Raising Mean Girls

Tamara Goyette | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Goyette

The interaction of girls towards one another where they are nothing but mean. I'm left wondering why this is something we're found to be okay with. It's not funny. Girls are becoming more and more belligerent towards each other, and for some reason it seems like the world is okay with that. I've been wondering why girls, of any age, are so cruel towards each other.

Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's Complicated

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, I get livid.

I Am Not Sorry, I Am Judging You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

I am judging you if you are barking orders at your partner. That person is not your slave. Their role is to help you, support you and guide you. There was a time, before stress, when you were loving and kind, which is why you are together. Get back to that. Your life will be better.

Motherhood Is A Constant Challenge - And Not Just On Facebook

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

At the end of the day, the Facebook motherhood challenge doesn't make us measure ourselves in an unfair way. We do enough of that on our own. Is there anything wrong with singling out your mum friends to tell them you think they're doing a great job? Hell no. Am I proud to be a mum? Hell yes.

5 Lessons Play Dates Have Taught Me About Life

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

As time went on and I grew more confident in my mothering, I began to open up more when I would randomly meet other families at the park or the store. I craved adult company and conversation, but something always stopped me from suggesting we meet up.

It's OK If You Aren't Enjoying Your Pregnancy

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

People often talk about how much they enjoy being pregnant. The image of a smiling pregnant woman rubbing her belly comes to mind. However, I can't tell you how often women come into my office and talk about how they are not enjoying pregnancy; and that this feeling leaves them isolated.

What I Would Ask My Mom If She Were Still Alive

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

The first time I carried a child, I suddenly had this intense urge to be closer to my mom. It was hard going through a pregnancy and a stressful birth experience without my mother's guidance and support (cancer can quit now, OK?), and I keep coming up against questions I really wish I could ask my mama, but that must be left unanswered.