Working Mothers.

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.

My Prayer for Moms Around the World on Mother's Day

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Cheryl Hotchkiss

On Mother's Day, I look at my kids and think how blessed I am. Not just because I've had a chance to raise them, with all of the love, pride and fun that brings to my life. But because doing so has been a joyful experience. I've been able to nourish them, keep them warm, and send them off to school in the morning.

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

Tally Abecassis | Posted 04.17.2015 | 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.

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

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 Best Tool This Mom Has in Her Arsenal? Post-it Notes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My life as a working mother is dependent on Post-it notes. Put chicken in Crock-Pot. Pick up after band 4:30. Fill in hot lunch order. These bright sticky notes are literally strewn all over my desk. I shudder to think what would happen to our life without them.

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.

When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer I Became a Caregiver

Heidi Wilk | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Heidi Wilk

Six years ago, my husband Matthew was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, the most common and deadliest of brain cancers. As Matthew's primary caregiver, I've come to recognize that coping in the face of a terminal illness is a learned skill, and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what works.

Would Your Daughter Want Your Job?

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

If you ask your daughter (or son for that matter), if they would want your job or your life and they pause, maybe you should too. Just because you can do the impossible, doesn't mean you need to. A wise woman said, "I wasn't there all the time but I was there when it mattered most."

What Successful Working Moms Really Talk About

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

The point is that working moms need a village to be successful. They need short-cuts and tips that make life easier. With precious little time at home, it's things like swifters and crockpots make a difference. If you don't have a support system that can help you find the things that can help you feel like a better mom, build one. It's worth it.

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.

Things I Can and Can't Blame My Children For

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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."