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Trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance suddenly feels like more work than work or life itself.
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They work around the clock, literally.
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"When do I call myself a stepmom?" "When do I show up for events?" "When do I get involved in logistics and planning?" When do I... when do I... when do I? Questions that all went unanswered, as I had nobody to ask. Without fail, one of the big ones came up each year up in time for Mother's Day.
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As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about the role my mom has played in my life. So when I stumbled across a photo of a little boy in Northern Armenia with a toy sewing machine, it took me straight back to sitting at the kitchen table with my own model, as my mother carefully pieced together a fabric masterpiece.
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Involving children in meal preparation provides a wonderful opportunity for them to discover new foods and teaches them to become more self-reliant in the kitchen. Getting kids in the kitchen can also help with many important life skills, like reading (the recipes), enhancing math skills through measuring out ingredients or increasing/decreasing the number of servings in a recipe, and even basic science by learning about how ingredients like salt, baking powder and flour work together.
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We all only have 24 hours in a day. And, for us mamas (and involved papas, too), much of our time is consumed by our little people -- caring for them, feeding them, and everything else they may demand of us. It's a lot to do and if you're working eight or more hours a day outside of the home, there's substantially less time to do it all.
For many of us, the weekend flies right by and before we know it, we start gearing up for the week ahead. Well, we have a little something up our sleeves that will help get you through your weekday dilemmas with our 10 amazingly delicious lunch recipes. Now you won't have to wait for the weekend to roll around to enjoy a hearty meal. You'll be too excited for lunch to even think that far in advance!
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Why are parenthood and professionalism so often at odds? In the almost seven years that I've been a parent myself, I've struggled with this dynamic. Having to call in sick because your baby is puking or your sitter didn't show. Hearing whines and whoops as the soundtrack during business calls. These sorts of things are highly frowned upon in the business world.
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One of my bigger struggles as a professional organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and look at it.
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You're up early and you're up late. And in the middle, you seem to be running. Running to the office, to meetings, to soccer games, to the grocery store, to the dentist, to the PTA meeting, to the birthday party for ... well, you can't even remember who the birthday party is for. You say yes to everything, because you're a team player. Try saying these five things instead.
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No longer able to spring out of bed, we're getting our days started later. This leaves us with less time to get everyone ready, fed and out the door on time. It also means there's a lot more frenetic energy bouncing around our house.
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Women are busier than ever and new moms are often left feeling overwhelmed and not quite like themselves. So as a busy women on the go how do you keeping up with the latest trends? For so many Moms getting dressed in the morning is a dreaded act and is only made more difficult by the five minutes we are given to get ourselves ready for the day.
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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.
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Before becoming a mom I didn't even know there were "mom groups." I don't mean the groups you can find on Facebook or at your local community centre. I mean the divide between stay-at-home moms (SAHM) and working moms. This got me thinking...How are my relationships with my working-mom friends? Was it different?
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?
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A bunch of rad actresses tweeted breastfeeding pictures we've taken on set, at auditions, at rehearsal or at home with the aim of taking nursing out of the shadows and promoting our ongoing efforts to increase awareness and prompt actual change within our industry.
By staying engaged in a way that didn't take me too far from my baby girl at any given moment, I felt a greater sense of control over the situation.
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Yes, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau asked for help. And with that request, a firestorm has ensued that has attacked her station. I don't mean her ambiguously political role as the spouse of Canada's prime minister or her status of privilege. I very much mean her standing as a working mother.
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The duality of the roles we play in our lives, as professionals and as moms, wives and daughters is something that most women accept. What we've rejected thankfully, is that we notion that we need to adopt masculine archetypes at the office and feminine personas at home to be successful in each respective domain.
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After I announced my first pregnancy at work, the head of my business took me aside and said these words to me: "I know you're pregnant and I want to be sure you stay healthy, but unless you tell me otherwise, I will not lower the bar for you."
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"You made me dump out nearly two weeks worth of food for my son."
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These Stats Canada survey results might surprise parents.
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"I'd work out if I didn't have kids." Many of us have thought this, or possibly said it out loud... and actually believed it. While there is no denying that adding "raising a healthy and functioning human being" into your life schedule adds a bit of pressure, the fact is that exercising is one of the best things you can do because you have kids, not in spite of them.
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Creating work environments that reflect the reality that both women and men are working and raising children is critical to not only women, but to the competitiveness of the economy. We are not maximizing the talent pool when 50 per cent of the population is absent from the vast majority of leadership roles that shape our economy.
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.
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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.
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Most of the adult children of working mothers that I spoke to felt they actually thrived due to their mothers' careers, learning invaluable skills, such as resilience and work ethic.
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As both a taxpayer and a stay-at-home mother, I am upset with the Trudeaus on so many levels. Not only is the Prime Minister clearly a hypocrite, but the fact that his wife (who seemingly does not hold a full-time job) requires not one, but two nannies is offensive no matter your political stripe.
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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.
Working from home can be rewarding in many ways, but it's important to see beyond the daydream before making the decision to change your career. Do your research and take the time to plan before you commit to a new lifestyle. Remember that there are always pros and cons to all sides of the working world -- do what works best for you and your family.