Stay At Home Mom

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Why Do We Always Specify the Gender of a Stay-at-Home Parent?

Noting gender, when gender is irrelevant, happens even in the most progressive of milieus. The soundtrack of my current leave of absence has been my beloved CBC, and yet just this week, I heard a newscaster refer to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and another politician as "the two women." Really? How about "the two politicians," or "the politicians" or even just "the two"?
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"Repost This if You Are a Mom and You LOVE Your KIDS"

There is yet another chain message going around the Facebook ranks, this time involving moms. While I understand, and even support, what I feel the author's intended message is, I don't think that a poorly-written and typo-laden chain letter can sum up motherhood. So I'm forced to ask myself -- yet again -- why Facebook is so stupid.
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To-Do Lists 101: Getting the Most Out of Your Lists

I've never been very good at making lists. When I have been able to convince myself to make a list, it was rare that I was able to follow it -- until I became a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes a list can really help slow down the whirlwind. Here are some list tips from a person who doesn't do lists.
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I Don't Feel Guilty For Staying at Home

Well-meaning cashiers at the grocery store ask, "so, you have the day off of work today?" as they check out my purchases. I feel temporarily guilty that my husband makes enough money to give me this "leisure time." Just because some women work in stores or offices all day, and then cram in housework between the hours of 7-10 p.m., should I be doing that, too?

How I Ended Up at the Gynecologist With My Children

You're a mom, right? That means you can do everything. Your children tell you that in words, actions and love every day. You can do it all. And too many times, women think they should. But, I've found firsthand, there are some times when no matter how supermom you think you are, you should still leave the kids home.
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Since When Is Just Being a Mother Shameful?

Think on how many times you have heard clarifications to the "I'm just a stay at home mom" statement. "Oh but I volunteer too!" "I sell Tupperware!" "I have a blog!" The "us against them," view of feminism that Elizabeth Wurtzel preaches in a recent issue of Atlantic denigrates men and women. It is inflammatory and scandalizing without offering any sort of solution.
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Work/Life Balance, Or Lack Thereof

Balance? Sure. Whatever. Here's the truth: there is no balance. The truth is my needs change year after year and so do the needs of my family. Nothing is perfect. Nope. When I was a full-time stay-at-home mom with young kids, I went nuts. When I worked full time, I was so filled with guilt it nearly killed me.