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-1Post-baby body B.S. (The View)

I’m standing in the shower staring forlornly in the mirror, lifting and flattening my belly in an attempt to remember what it looked like four years ago, before babies. There are days when I look at this body and don’t recognize it. Read story


Love letters to C-section moms (from your spouse)

I get the excited phone call just after lunch: Baby is here! Everyone is healthy and happy. And of course the inevitable condensed version of the labour: No interventions, no drugs. I want to give them both a high five. I’m crying with happiness. But a part of me is also feeling like shit. Read more


Get a bikini body, fast

I wish I had known how easy it was to get a beach-body before now. Follow this simple three-step guide and you’ll be beach ready faster than you can say sand-in-my-pants. Read more

 


Kids Tune In To Adult Body Talk (Toronto Star)

As if getting the kids dressed and out the door weren’t enough of an ordeal, suddenly my 3-year-old flat out refuses to wear anything smaller than a 3T. “Hang on!” she says, raising a hand as I bring an outfit toward her. “Let me see the tag.” She inspects the clothing and furrows her brow. “This says TWO!” The clothing is rejected and a fight ensues. 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. Read more


img-4915Facebook needs your breastfeeding selfies

(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 breastfeeding pics I’ve taken in secret. 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. 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’ nursing tweet huge 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


Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 5.20.07 PMBoys will be be boys, and girls will be girls?

One of my biggest parenting pet peeves is the insane, almost obsessive propensity for the toy and kids’ clothing industry to market their products toward either girls or boys. Read more


1-e1406220995150Dance like no one is watching

My beautiful girl, I’ve never known another person so full of life, so unapologetic, so unabashed. One day you will not live so carefree. You will apologize for who you are. I’m telling you now, while you’re still young, not to feel ashamed. Read more


DSCF1782-1024x682Advice for myself, one year ago today

A year ago today I was a brand new mother and my world was a jumble of joy and fear. Looking back on those tumultuous, exhausting and emotional first weeks – and knowing what I do now a year into motherhood – here’s the advice I would have given that tentative and overwhelmed new mom. Read more


DSCF1661-1024x682When your body lets you down

I couldn’t give birth to my daughter. I tried, the midwives tried, the on-call doctor tried, the drugs tried. Even the hippie new-age hypnosis tracks tried. But for some reason, after days of labour, my body just wasn’t going to send my daughter down the birth canal Read more


shutterstock_498375941 Congratulations! It’s … pink!

We were part of a dying breed of parents-to-be who didn’t find out if we were having a boy or girl. We were willing to sit on pins and needles for nine months and let people guess for us (“you’re carrying high and forward, you are having a boy”). Read more


Pregnant and scale Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?

I’m calling magazines out. Us, People, Star, InTouch: congratulations, you are in the lucrative business of making women feel terrible about themselves. 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 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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. Read more

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