Body image and self love

Post-pregnancy baby body B.S.

You don’t need to get your body back – it didn’t go anywhere Story originally published in The View, July, 2017 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’s a tight white scar that marks the place where my c-section incision was, and my flesh over it is soft, like the half deflated balloon wasting away in my…

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Love letters to c-sections moms

Love Letters To C-Section Moms From Your Spouse: You’re A Total Badass KRISTEN THOMPSON • JUNE 23, 2017 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: She powered through. No interventions, no drugs. “She was a f***ing beast!” he says. He’s so proud of his wife, and in such awe of how she delivered their baby, that it’s all he can talk…

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How to get a bikini body – FAST!

Get a bikini body fast with guaranteed results 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. Take your favourite bikini from the drawer and put it on. This second step is optional, but I never skip it myself: Grab a razor of your choice (I use Bic) and take care of those pesky stray hairs. This should…

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Baby talk

When innocent comments sexualize kids Experts say calling kids ‘flirt’ or ‘heartbreaker’ can actually damage their understanding of sexuality Original story ran in Toronto Star on Aug. 21, 2016 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…

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A letter to my daughter

Dance like no one is watching My beautiful girl, You’re only 15 months old, but I’ve never known another person so full of life, so unapologetic, so unabashed. This, my little button, is why I love you. I have more reasons to love you than there are stars in the sky, and this is one of them. One day you will not live so carefree. You will tug on your clothes with a self-conscious frown. You will blush when someone…

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Our beautiful bodies

Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? Enough. Please I’m begging: Enough. Enough with the sensational magazine cover stories about celebrity pregnancy weight gain. As if this is news (it isn’t). As if it’s our right to stand at the grocery store checkout and gawk (it isn’t). As if what’s happened to these women’s bodies is unnatural (it’s not). For the record, none of this is okay:   Would we do this to someone we love? Would we take to…

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