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I love writing, and I love journalism. I’ve worked for 11 incredible years in this industry, sticking my elbows out at crammed press conferences, interviewing amazing people, and sweating through tight deadlines. But in 2015 I said goodbye to the newsroom so I could freelance and blog, while being home with my children.

Stick around to check out some of my recent stories about WOMEN, GENDER AND MOTHERHOOD.

Interested in connecting about freelance work? Drop me a line at kristen.thom@gmail.com.


What you should never say to a C-section mom (Today’s Parent)

I’m not going to name names, but after my first c-section, someone had the gall to inform me I was lucky because I got to forego labour. It wasn’t the first boneheaded comment someone made about my C-sections but it was maybe the most presumptuous. Read more


IMG_0828‘Role-blurring’ a common reality for parents working from home (Toronto Star)

If you spent more than a nanosecond online over the weekend, you probably saw the video of a toddler video bombing her dad as he’s giving a Skype interview with the BBC. The first time I watched it, I laughed out loud. And then I cringed, because I’ve been there. Read more


Don’t call me “mommy”(Toronto Star)

Recently, I overhead a conversation between friends in which one told the other that I have a “mommy blog.” It’s a term I’m familiar with, but had never considered it might apply to me, and I found myself offended without really understanding why. “I don’t only write about motherhood,” I thought to myself. “And even if I did, why does my blog need to be qualified?” Read more


Patient sitting on treatment couchPregnancy and Infant Loss feature (Metro)

Metro News ran six stories about miscarriage ahead of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which aims to destigmatize miscarriage. These are the stories.

 


img-4915Facebook needs your breastfeeding selfies — a.k.a brelfies (Metro)

I have this secret stash of selfies on my laptop that I wish I could post online except they show too much nipple. Or more nipple than I’m used to showing off to Facebook friends. They’re pics I’ve taken of me breastfeeding, snapped in secret because I wanted to capture the moment for posterity, even though I figured it was maybe a weirdo thing to do… Read more


breastfeeding.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoToo old to breastfeed?(Metro)

There’s a large faction of people out there who are pretty grossed out by the idea of breastfeeding toddlers and preschoolers. Opinions range from: “It’s weird and makes me uncomfortable” to “it’s tantamount to pedophilia.” The latter opinion veers well into the realm of crazy. The former, well, I used to see the point there. I now know better… Read more


Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 6.34.09 PMTrudeaus’ breastfeeding tweet an amazing show of support for moms (Metro)

Our prime minister did something really cool this week, and I’m not talking about shirtless photobombs. He tweeted a beautiful pic of his wife nursing their son, Hadrien. The caption read, “Let’s support mothers who breastfeed anytime, anywhere.” He was throwing his support behind World Breastfeeding Week… Read more


Social media and competitive parenting (Toronto Star)

It happens almost daily: I log in to Facebook. I scroll through my feed. And I’m bombarded with photographs of babies from my mom group eating solids or sitting unassisted. Then I look at my own 6-month-old daughter lying like a blob and I feel a twang of panic. Shouldn’t she be reaching for toys and popping teeth, too? What’s wrong with her? Read more


When innocent comments sexualize kids (Toronto Star)

I’ll admit to having done something super cliché when I found out one of my best friends was expecting a boy after my daughter was born: I started planning our kids’ wedding. At their first play date — and let me emphasize that they were just little blobs lying on a play mat — I may have referred to him as Isla’s “little boyfriend.” Read more


487613049JN00044_2014_AOL_NMen who take their wives’ last names      (Toronto Star)

When Trevor Morrison took the unconventional step of taking his wife’s last name, he also broke the news to everyone in an unconventional way: by letting his wedding officiant introduce the newlyweds as “Mr. and Mrs. Morrison.” Trevor, 28, a student at London’s Western University, admits with a laugh that it was a huge shock to his unsuspecting parents… Read more


breastfeedingWe need to end breastfeeding shaming (Metro)

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this column because this has been said so many times. But, given the recent breastfeeding-shaming incidents at a Winnipeg mall and on a United Airlines flight, I guess it needs to be said again: Breastfeeding is not gross. It’s natural, it’s important and it’s really difficult. So it’s shocking to me that mothers are being shamed for doing it in public — and by other women. I nursed my daughter for 12 months. Sometimes I covered up, sometimes I didn’t, but I was always modest – as our most nursing mothers… Read more


Screen shot 2015-03-01 at 11.55.10 AMConfessions of a former Mean Girl on Pink Shirt Day (Metro)

It’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada — a national day to raise awareness about bullying — so let’s talk. Bullying education has come a long way since I was a kid. Students today learn that bullying takes many forms, from the physical to emotional, and they’re taught to recognize and address these various forms of abuse. It’s a conversation we need to keep having, as it’s easy for children — and adults — to ignore the types of bullying that don’t leave bruises… Read more


Ban Ki-Moon Meets With Malala Yousafzai At The U.N.The new (baby)face of feminism (Metro)

There’s a new face to feminism these days. It’s a youthful face, made up of girls fighting for women’s rights before they’ve become women themselves. Consider Malala Yousafzai, who has just become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was only 11 years old when she became a vocal activist for the universal right to education. Her rallying cry for children’s and girls’ equality is aimed at policy-makers. But, by virtue of her age, she’s inspiring fellow children…  Read more


Ghomeshi Charged 20141126It’s not about Ghomeshi, it’s about sexual violence (Metro)

Let me inundate you with even more Jian Ghomeshi analysis, because I think it’s important. In fact, I think it’s a matter of life and death. So before we turn the page, hear me out. Jian Ghomeshi has been charged and the case is in the courts, but this isn’t the time to turn our backs on the story. If we do so, it will end an important dialogue about sexual violence, and that puts women in danger… Read more

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