Working Mothers.

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

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

Things I Can and Can't Blame My Children For

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada
Dr. Carolyn Ee

People, not parents, struggle to find the time and energy to do the things they know they should. Anyhow, it struck me that there are some things I can (and will!) blame my children for, cheerfully, and some things that I resolve I will not blame them for. I want them to know I can prioritise what's important for my own wellbeing, so that they can learn from me.

Dear Daughter, You Can Be Whatever Kind of Mother You Want

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

You are entitled to feel fulfilled outside of the domestic sphere; you must never, ever feel guilty about this. You must love what you do or you will not be happy, at home or while you are working. You have so many wonderful choices ahead of you. Don't ever feel as though there is only one choice.

Why Mothers Need to Be Both Involved and Inspirational

Lori Gard | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

We all know that motherhood is a balancing act. A fine art of juggling many breakable plates whilst appearing like everything is under control. As was...

Peter MacKay Proves That Not Much Has Changed For Working Mothers

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

When Peter MacKay, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the comments that "women don't apply to be judges because they fear the job will take them away from their children," and that "children need their mothers more than their fathers," with one fell swoop, he handed successful working women some more unnecessary guilt, and made dads everywhere feel marginal, or even, optional, during the first few years of a child's life.

What I Really Want For Mother's Day

Kate Hilton | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

How many of us knew that we would love our children so much that it would terrify us, but that we would also resent the erosion of our independent personhood, and wonder why our husbands didn't feel similarly eroded? Or how much more often we would dwell on our failures than on our successes as wives and mothers

How Becoming Mayor Would Affect My Family

Karen Stintz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Stintz

It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyways. Being a working mother is a never ending balancing act. My children have always had a politician for a mom; I was elected to Toronto's city council before they were born. My chosen career -- and my choice to run for Mayor -- means that my life is, to a certain degree, public.

Finding Healthy Work-Life Balance in a Wireless World

Andrea Goertz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Work-life balance used to be a straightforward concept: you worked during the day and your evenings and weekends were yours. Today however, mobile technology keeps us constantly connected. In order to promote healthy work-life balance in a wireless world, companies need to create an environment that supports a new model: work-life integration.

So, You're a Working Mom... Big Deal

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

When did the term "working mom" come into the popular vernacular? I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why any woman with a job and children would describe herself as a working mom. My husband is a wonderful father, and great business leader, however, he does not refer to himself as a working dad. In fact, I don't know one man who works while raising a family and calls himself a working dad. So why do we?

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

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.

The Work-Life Balance Myth

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Some days I feel that I've succeeded in my work. Some days I feel that I've succeeded as a parent, or a spouse, or a friend, or a daughter. But I rarely feel as though I've succeeded on all fronts in the same 24-hour period. Do I have work-life balance?

Do What Gives You Energy and Drop the Rest

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's a fast-paced world and women work hard. We have homes to maintain, families to care for and demanding jobs. All this takes mountains of energy yet we continue to spend time on things that don't really interest or support us. It's time for women to cut to the chase and do the things that give us energy while getting rid of the rest.

Eight Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance for Women

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Lekushoff

In just a few short decades, the workplace has radically changed. Today, women constitute nearly half of the workforce. There have never been so many women in leadership positions around the world. And there has never been so much talk about being a woman in business. In fact, there has never been a better time in history to be a woman.

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."

Channeling Too Much Masculine Energy Made Me Very, Very Sick

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada
Betty Ann Heggie

As the primary breadwinner for my family, I worked full-time. I had two baby girls 18 months apart. In each case, I continued working until the day before I gave birth and returned to work a mere six weeks after. I committed myself to nursing my babies, even when I had to resort to expressing milk on the road.

Are Parent-Friendly Workplaces Really Fair For Everyone?

BabyPost | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Business
BabyPost

Parents are subject to the same questions child-free people are about their tardiness and absences. The difference is that, yes, parents have more reasons that this might happen. We can't make our four-year-olds walk to school themselves or walk themselves home from school, let themselves in and boil up some chicken soup. The issue is how employers treat these differences between employees' life styles.

What Has Kept Our Economy Strong, According To The IMF

CBC | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Business

More favourable taxation policies for families with two incomes and an increase in child-care benefits have helped bring thousands of Canadian women i...

My Six-Week Maternity Leave Was Best For My Lifestyle

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

It was my choice to go back to work six weeks after having my second child and I won't lie, this week was tough. That being said, I awoke each morning delighted to start the day, hit the ground running and engage in my life's work. I figure if nothing else, being excited to head to work is an important metric in my quest to design a tailored life.

The Real Threat to a Mother's Work-Life Balance

Natasha Koifman | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

A recent article in The Atlantic suggested a more "realistic" approach for women juggling motherhood and career: Have just one child. But I would hate for a woman to think that having just one child is the key to successfully juggling motherhood and career. The real threat to what we want in life is TIME.

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.

Dear Self: It's Okay to Have Imperfect Parent Days

Lori Gard | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's okay if your children think you are the meanest mother ever for hiding their iPods in their father's underwear drawer. Everyone is entitled to his/her uninformed opinion. It's also okay that your opinion trumps all others. Really, it's okay.

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.

Why Yahoo! Employees Should Be in the Office

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Business
Stephanie Knaak

I'm forced to admit that Marissa Mayer's decision to make employers work in office makes good sense, especially given that she is dealing with an under-performing workforce and low employee morale. If Mayer's two main tasks are to rebuild the culture of the organization and to increase revenues, getting employees back together in one space is a good start. That said, there is little doubt that flexible work arrangements and family friendly employment structures are crucial for the success of modern organizations. The challenge for employers is to find a way to offer family friendly work structures that are also good for business.