Stay at Home Mothers

How To Insult Every Mother With A Single Phrase

Lynn Morrison | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

The phrase "I don't know how you do it!" really grates on my nerves. I know that the speaker means well, but I equally realize that they aren't thinking through the ramifications of what they are saying. "I don't know how you do it" is truly one of the most insulting phrases attached to motherhood.

Why It's Important to Work Out When You Have Kids

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Gee

Moms are riddled with guilt. Guilt about lack of time. Guilt about the food we're putting on the table. What happens next? The workout you planned to do gets waylaid because you feel guilty about leaving your kids once again. Here's the thing, though. There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life when you have children, and many of them benefit both you AND your children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Returning to Work Has Given Me a New Appreciation for Working Moms

Tally Abecassis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I don't want to read any more arguments about who has it harder, whose work is "real work," who is contributing more to society, or who is doing a better job ensuring her kids become stable, non-homicidal adults. I'm proposing a new form of Internet literature, where one group of moms singles out another group of moms for a job well done.

Dear Working Father: Here's How You Can "Pay" Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

As a woman and a mother, who has been both a SAHM and working mum, here's a few suggestions as to how you can really repay your beautiful wife. I apologize in advance if you are already doing all of this. You sound like a great guy, so it's quite likely that you are. If you're not, here's what you could do.

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.

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

The Mommy Wars Tear Us Apart When We Should Band Together

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

These Mommy Wars, which have for their purpose to conquer and divide women, rather than unify us in our quest for familial happiness, could instead be a stepping point for women to finally empower each other despite and as a result of great ideological differences.

How To Create a Standout Resume After Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Going back to work after taking time off to stay at home with your kids can be a daunting experience. By following these six tips, you can fill the resume gap with the unique skills you developed while staying at home and be on the way to landing your dream career.

6 Ways to Own Going Back to Work After an Absence

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Once upon a time, you decided to take a few months away from your career to spend time with your new baby, or tend to a sick relative, or start your own business. Perhaps those months turned into years and you now find yourself wanting to return to the workforce. Don't despair. By following the six steps below, you can take control of the back-to-work process and will restart your career in no time.

This CEO Quit a 100 Million Dollar Job to Spend More Time With His Daughter

Amanda Reaume | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Living
Amanda Reaume

While there are some dads speaking up, why aren't more of those 46 per cent of fathers who feel they aren't spending enough time with their kids lending their voices to the cause of work/life balance? Just look at what happens when public figures take time off to spend it with their families.

Would You Consider a Relationship Contract Over a Marriage?

Marina Adshade | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Divorce rates are soaring, or so the story goes at least. One proposition is to take the long-term commitment out of marriage and, instead, have marriages that automatically expire after a fixed term of three or four years.

Why I Am no Longer a Stay-At-Home Parent

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

Children are an incredible paradox. They bring so much joy, so many tender moments, so many blissful times when you're just enjoying them, and they're enjoying you, and you're laughing at something funny your toddler said, or something adorable your baby did. And then there's the other 23 hours and 30 minutes of the day you have to get through.

The Mother of All Mothers

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

Growing up in the 50's and 60's, my mother Lillian was primarily a "stay-at-home"mother. It's not that she didn't have high aspirations for her future, as she dreamed of being a dancer. However, times required she go to work directly after graduating high school as a bookkeeper for a dress manufacturer, her professional dancing dreams dashed.

Income Splitting Is Dragging Us Back to the Past

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

The Canadian government has put forth a policy reduces the tax burden on one-income families making it easier for one parent to stay home. The CCPA opposes this policy because it incentivizes staying home, which they say takes us back in time to the 1950s when women stayed home and men went to work. Apparently that was a terrible time in history. I disagree. I'm the product of a 1950s family and my children, raised in the '70s and '80s, are the recipients of a mom staying home, too. I'm quite comfortable stating that I turned out alright and my children seem okay.

What Mothers Want

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

One educated mother, an Ottawa-based engineer on maternity leave, explained: "If there was some magical guarantee that I could quit my job now, and in five years still get back into my profession, I would leave the workforce until all our children are in school, no question."

How Feminism Has Failed Our Children

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

Women have been brought up to believe that they have the right to pursue their own goals and dreams without any consideration for those around them. As a result, we have women having babies who almost immediately hand the child off to a daycare worker or nanny so that they can return to the office in order to feel fulfilled.

SavvyMom Roundup: Mommy Wars and Advice from Gwyneth

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's all about mommy wars this week. That's what caught my attention. 1. The mommy wars show no sign of dissipating despite the progress we have mad...

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.

The Hardest Working Moms Stay Home

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I do not want to pit one mother against another. But, I am tired of the lack of respect we show to moms who choose to stay home and raise their children, prepare their meals, and attempt to make their homes a sacred place for their family. I have no doubt that these women rarely think of their work as sacred. But it is.

5 Celebrations of Moms From Around The Web

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

According to a recent survey, Canadians would pay their moms an average salary of $161,287 a year for all their hard work. When asked what qualities a Mom of the Year should possess, the answers were several -- being loving, compassionate, hard working, fun loving, a mentor, sacrificing and charitable.

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,...