Stay at Home Moms

Hey Working Mamas: Daycare Isn't An Empowering Nod To Feminism

Lydia Lovric | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Lydia Lovric

You are not teaching your young child some philosophical lesson in egalitarianism. What you are actually teaching your child is that even if he or she would prefer to be with you, mommy's desire to be out in the working world (even at a financial loss) is more important.

Motherhood Has Given Me A Voice That Was Once Lost

Melanie Braga | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Many times I would put work above anything else as I became the "job." I didn't realize then that I allowed my job to define who I was as a person. For some odd reason I lost myself in the process of being dedicated and it took starting a family and getting laid off to realize it.

New Kindergarten Mamas, It's Time To Plan Your Next Chapter

Lisa Durante | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Durante

With the heavy lifting of baby-rearing behind you, now may be the time to head back to work. For those already working and no longer chained to daycare fees, perhaps it's a good time to go after a new career opportunity. Or, the empty house may have your biological clock ticking for just one more baby?

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.

5 Ways SAHM Can Turn Time With Kids Into Resume Gold

The Huffington Post Canada | Katie Dupuis | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Parents

Of course, this applies to SAHD, too!

I'm Not A "Stay At Home Mom," I'm A "Family Manager"

Angie Campanelli | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

As I sit here writing this post, coated in the slick, stench of black licorice fennel oil (for breast milk production), I can honestly say I'm more stressed now than before parenthood. And I know I'm not alone in this.

Working Mothers: Don't Confide In Your Boss

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

It is hard to be a working mother. There are days you just don't think you can manage everything on your to-do list. You may be tempted to confide in a colleague or you boss at work and unburden yourself, but here's a word of advice: Don't. Instead, call a friend, your sister, or your mother.

Working Moms: Why the Labelling Needs to Stop

Bianca Bujan | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

For some reason, society (and especially moms), get caught up in terminology. Moms are categorized as SAHM (stay-at-home mom), WAHM (work-at-home mom), or career mom, as though having a specific "mom label" denotes a certain level of superiority or accomplishment. In the end, regardless of our employment status, we are all moms

Sorry, Sweetie. Today, Mommy Is an Asshole

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

Not too long ago, a fellow writer wrote a beautiful, touching piece called, "Today, Mommy is Sad." It made me tear up, because it took me back to when I was pregnant for the second time and struggling to deal with my conflicting emotions. Today is a different story. Today, Mommy is an asshole.

As a Work-at-Home Mom, I Feel Caught in the Middle of the Mommy Wars

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

I don't judge my friends who work full-time (I'm completely proud and impressed by their success) and I don't judge my friends who don't work at all (I'm amazed by their patience and ability to put their careers on hold). The trouble is that moms feel the need to defend their position (myself included) whenever they feel it's being questioned, and sometimes it gets downright vicious. We've already established that there's no "perfect" solution that works for everyone, so it seems wrong that anyone has to compare themselves to anyone else (and feel guilty or insecure), but we're never going to get past it, it seems.

It's Okay To Be 'Just a Mom'

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What's wrong with being moms? What's so awful about this that we feel we need to shout at the world that we are so much more than moms, that we are so much more than everyone else? Fighting fire with fire rarely works and this is yet another case of it. If you were truly proud to be a mom, you wouldn't have to validate your choice on Facebook.

A Letter From a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother (and Vice Versa)

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

I know that you seldom have a hot cup of coffee or tea. I know that your attention is always divided, often diverted from a moment to moment basis, and you cannot ever count on completing a task in the one go. I know that you probably don't get any down time when you're on your own at home, unless you have a single child who still naps in the daytime. I know the challenges you deal with daily, usually with no peer support or backup. The toddler tantrums, the toilet training accidents, the food battles, the food on the floor, the crayons on the wall, the sibling rivalry, the baby that never seems to stop crying.

Because I Have a Baby, I'm Supposed to Enjoy Unemployment?

BabyPost | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
BabyPost

I am unemployed again. I'm scared we won't be able to pay the bills. I'm scared that we have set up a life that there is no way we can afford without a second salary, and a decent one at that. I'm scared that I am doing my son a disservice by pulling him from daycare to stay home with me, a mom who loves him dearly but prefers to not be a stay-at-home mom...

How You're Still Leaning In, Even if You're an 'Opt-Out' Mom

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

How can women who've "opted-out" update their skills and their resume after having been absent from the workforce for 10 years? While being at home with the kids likely won't replace the knowledge gained by working corporately, I would argue that being at home with kids could actually hone the following handy talents.

Caring For Your Kids Doesn't Have to Mean Neglecting Yourself

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

It's a hard job to be a parent. In all this hustle and bustle, preparation and execution, it's easy to lose yourself. You can always shower later. You can always get dressed later. But it's a short jump from it doesn't matter to I don't matter. And you do matter. You need to take the time.

The Health Benefits of Moms Going Back to Work

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

A recent survey found women who worked full time outside the home after having children had better mental and physical health by age 40 than those who had not. That may be because the reward system for moms at home leaves something to be desired. In that there really isn't one.

Is Being a Housewife Too High Risk?

Heather Magee | Posted 04.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

When does being a housewife become too high risk? Shouldn't we as women be able to head out into the workforce if all of a sudden we're the sole financial provider? As someone who lives in one of the most expensive cities in the world, I can't get my head around how women can walk away from their careers without a worry in the world. Isn't it irresponsible?

What's The Difference Between 'Working' And 'Stay At Home'? (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Living

For years, there's been a division between mothers in North America, between those who work out of the home, and those who don't. But as it turns out,...

Mother's DAY? I don't think so...

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Mother's DAY? Try The Year of Mom There is so much emphasis on the second Sunday in May, it's no wonder most of the time it ends up in disappointment...