Canada Mothers

There Are Fewer Moms In Canada's Job Market Than Other Rich Nations

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Business

Workforce participation rates of Canadian mothers varied considerably depending on the province.

To The Mother I Met At The Beach, Thank You

Lori Gard | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

As I watched you with your sweet babies, realizing how difficult this stage of life is for mamas like you, I felt a twinge of sadness come over me. Your children are still at that stage of life where they want YOU and you alone. You have the monopoly on their attention and love.

Canada Child Benefit A Game-Changer For Women And Children

YWCA Toronto | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
YWCA Toronto

It is historic -- the benefit provides targeted support to low and moderate income families across Canada. According to the minister of families, children and social development, it is projected to slash child poverty rates in this country by a record 40 per cent.

Parenting Is Not A Burden (No Matter What My So-Called Friends Say)

Vedavati M. | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

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.

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.

20 Things Moms Want To Hear (Not Just On Mother's Day)

Amy Gibson | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

This Mother's Day, make her day extra special by taking the time to tell her how much you care. For all that moms do day in and day out and how much they have done over the years, they deserve to know how much you appreciate them.

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.

Don't Leave Mother's Day Until The Last Minute

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

Mother's Day is this Sunday. In amongst all the details of working, living, and being a mother myself, I'm determined to take time to think about what my mother would really like this year. Thinking about my mother's interests -- and about the memories we share together -- has given me a lot of inspiration for this Mother's Day.

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.

Lessons In Kindness From A Two-Year-Old

Tracy Gillett | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

I ponder how much kinder our world would be if we were able to maintain our own child-like innocence and act more on instinct rather than learned conventions. If we responded from a place of authenticity rather than politeness. If we were wholeheartedly dedicated to the ones we're with, tending to their needs honestly, rather than worrying how others may judge us.

Miscarriage, We Are Not Alone

Christine Johnson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

I had a life growing inside me that is no longer, a life that didn't get to meet his or her parents or big sister. This happens to so many women, EVERY SINGLE DAY and now it happened to me, to us, to our family, and I want to share, I have the right to share.

This International Women's Day, Think Of Syria's Mothers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"Bravo, sister. I honour you. I would do anything to take away some of the pain that you've experienced. And I know that I'll never understand what you carry around inside. But your children -- they're so beautiful. And you've used all of your resources -- your love, your patience, and your creativity -- to keep them alive and healthy. You've taught them when there was no school and comforted them when there was nothing comforting to say. You've made 'home' in camps, tents, and on the side of the road. I will do whatever I can, through my donations, through my prayers and through my writing, to help carry your children to safety and happiness."

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?

How To Balance Wellness And Family

Lisa Davidson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Davidson

I know that feeling of saying goodnight to your little one and just wanting to collapse on the couch... As parents we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we let our own health slide. That needs to change.

2016 Is The Year I Kick My Addiction To Work

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Last night, my husband spoke the three most terrifying words in the English language. "Take a break." I was horrified. My blood ran cold. "But, but..." "No buts about it. Take the day off. Why don't you have some fun?" he suggested, smiling. Fun? Fun!? I drew a blank. And that's when I knew I had a problem.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

The 5 Best Gifts Working Mothers Give Their Children

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

If you are a working mother who is struggling for the perfect gift, rest assured that you are giving your children gifts every day. Not only are you an invaluable role model for them, you are teaching them talents that will last their lifetimes.

Combat Mom Bum In 20 Minutes

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

You know the bum I'm talking about, right? A little saggy, a little flat, a little wider than what it used to be. Mom bum. The fact is the body changes, often permanently, during pregnancy. With each subsequent pregnancy, it can change more and more.

BLOG: 15 things I learned after 15 years of parenting

Lori Gard | Posted 07.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Parenting is, of course, the most consuming, challenging and exhausting task that I have ever involved myself in. Some days I ask: "What were we thinking???" And on the other days, I just don't ask. Speaking of "we," I readily admit that marriage is a very close second in this listing of difficult things known to humankind.

Doctors Performing C-Sections Shouldn't Make Unnecessary Cuts

Her Magazine | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

Three weeks after my third C-section, I decided to take off my bandage and I was truly horrified. I saw a 2nd incision above my previous C-section scar. What on earth was this OBGYN thinking? I was shocked and angry and really felt violated. I was exhausted and excited to meet my baby, and it really didn't occur to me to remind the doctor on call to cut over my previous C-section. You would think this was common practice and that there were notes in my file about my discussions and expectations for this procedure. Was he careless? Was he disrespectful? Was he in a rush? Was it just easier for him to make a new incision?

Dear Daughter, Guard Your Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 07.09.2016 | 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.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

How Is Your Relationship With Your Mother-in-Law?

Jenna Em | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Why is there a tendency for daughter-in-laws to have bumpy relationships with mother-in-laws? It's understandable that conflict can arise when two different ideologies collide. Ideologies about child-rearing, domestic chores, finances, "wifely" duties, working outside the home, personal appearance, "husband care" and so on.

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

Jessica Blumel | Posted 05.12.2016 | 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.

Celeb Kids Pay Touching Tributes To Their Famous Moms

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

On Sunday, May 10, many famillies celebrated Mother’s Day. As tradition, Time Magazine asked celebrity moms to write open letters to their kids. Fro...