Daily Dish: Be Brave Not Bland

Tricia Guild, OBE is the Founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild in the United Kingdom. Since 1970 she has been known for her bold use of contrasting colours in interior design and related interior products and furnishings such as fabric, wallpaper and paint. In the per-Internet era when people relied on books, magazines and TV [...]

Why DID She Wait to Have a Child?

The collective vitriol against women in their later years of fertility for their hope in being able to conceive is what’s getting old, while our happy optimism is keeping us 40-somethings young – and dare I say, wrinkle-free. Melanie Notkin, SavvyAuntie.com This month you won’t have to look too far before you will come across [...]

Motherhood, Depression and Social Policy in Canada

A day does not go by when a Stay at Home or Working Out of the Home mother does not find a news story telling her what she is doing, not doing and feeling.   We live in an era when findings from studies – well designed or not – are easily disseminated by way of social media links, [...]

Daily Dish: And Then There Were Three

For some time now I have had a feeling of amazement every time I encounter a woman who has had two or more children within the span of a few years. What an accomplishment! What an effort! What an undertaking! What a blessing! I first had this feeling when I was still a barely out [...]

Let's Talk: Are You a Part-time Mum?

Do you ever wonder what people mean when they ask “So you’re a full-time mom?”    Are they thinking how nice that is for you and your children?  Are they wondering about the career you left behind – at least temporarily?  Are they wondering why you aren’t working part or full time? Are they wondering why [...]

Being the Good Mum:  Everyone's Got an Opinion

“After the break, you won’t want to miss this story.” Here we go again. Peter Mansbridge and his crew dishing up another story that’s trending about the modern mom.

*Mums avoiding radiation in their child’s milk

* Mums using harnesses for their toddlers

* Mums enrolling their children in expensive preschool programmes

* Mums and potential mums using fertility treatments

The story rolls and gross generalizations are served up – packaged up within a glossy presentation. Canadians everywhere roll their eyes.

These days it seems everyone’s got an opinion about mothers and what they should and shouldn’t be doing. “News light” stories can be found when you turn on your TV, a talk show, or crank up the computer. Even if you avoid the journalist looking for a story, if you’re a mum of young children the following bits of advice have probably come your way by of colleagues, friends, family members and even strangers. They cover all manner of topics and aren’t necessarily the sexy topics featured on the evening news.

No stone is left unturned.

Get [even more] gorgeous, mum!

There she is in all her loveliness stepping out here and dashing off there.  The news is all aflutter about the engagement and upcoming marriage of Kate Middleton to Prince William.  If pashminas, pearls, tailored tweed jackets and Tiffany jewellery are your passion, Catherine (as she is now known) is your fashion muse. As more [...]

Pushing back

Ask any woman in her sixties or seventies and they will tell you that they used cloth diapers on their children.  They also made their own baby food.  A woman in her seventies or older will probably also tell you that she nursed her child and did not use formula.  Ask a parent living in [...]

Babies - The Documentary

We all started out as babies.  Maybe this is why  most of us have some level of interest in the lives of babies.  Perhaps we also had younger siblings, cousins and friends.  We may have our own children or we are an aunt or uncle to other babies.  What’s not to love about babies?  It [...]

Motherhood Over the Years

When was motherhood ever simple? While many women are juggling the challenges of full-time, demanding careers and motherhood these days, motherhood in years gone by was equally strenuous. Women raised large families on humble household incomes. There was no child-rearing help available from the husband, few household conveniences and the birth process often took place [...]

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