Motherhood (and fatherhood too!)

First day of school and all the feels

The Love-Hate of Back-to-School By Kristen Thompson. Originally published in The View The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and little people across the city (and their parents) are preparing for a milestone I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for: the first day of school. As I type the word “school”, I’m getting choked up. Had we stayed in Ontario, my four-year-old would be about to start Kindergarten. And while I’m relieved to have this extra…

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Feeding my picky eater

Why feeding my family is the parenting task I loathe most Story originally published in Today’s Parent on June 21, 2017. Read online version here “I’m just giving her anything she wants to eat and we’re not going to fight it.” My husband issues this fait accompli while reaching into the maw of the fridge for the leftover mac and cheese. He already sounds defeated by our inevitable dinnertime showdown with our preschooler, and it hasn’t even begun. It’s been…

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Mother’s Day without your mom

  When Mother’s Day is a Reminder Of Loss Many people find this time of year difficult as they are reminded of their mothers who passed away Original story published in the Toronto Star on May 12, 2017. Read online version here. We have a new Mother’s Day tradition, and it’s bittersweet. You see, we’re not able to celebrate with my husband’s mother. She passed away four years ago, when I was pregnant with our first baby. As long as…

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On miscarriage

Opening Up About Pregnancy Loss A collection of all our stories on miscarriage Miscarriage: Life After Loss (Essay) My miscarriage came to me in a dream. I was at a friend’s house and was in her washroom when suddenly piles of blood came gushing from me. I screamed for my husband and he threw open the door and gasped at the site of so much blood. Then I woke up. As it slowly dawned on me that it was all…

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On c-sections

Giving Birth the Unconventional Way A collection of all our stories on c-sections Love letters to C-section moms (Essay) 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 What you should never say…

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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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Cellphone neglect: what I’m really doing on my phone

Cellphone Neglect, Busy Parents and the Judgment of Others Article originally published in The View In Mission, June 2017 I’m at the pool watching my three year old in her swim lesson, and occasionally checking up on my one year old in the gym’s drop-in daycare. I can hear my daughter shriek with laughter and my eyes look up to find her splashing with her classmates. Then they slide back down to my phone, where I’m emailing my editor –…

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What not to say to someone who’s just had a c-section

13 things you should never say to a C-section mom “All that matters is you had a healthy baby.” Uh, no Today’s Parent Magazine. Published March 20, 2017. Read online here 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. And it wouldn’t be the last. But it was maybe the…

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Let them be

Patient Parenting – Part Oxymoron, Part Life Goal I’ve been struggling with feelings of overwhelming frustration lately, mostly when it comes to my kids. My preschooler gets the brunt of it, because three year olds are difficult – as far as adults are concerned anyway, and therein lies our issue. She thinks and feels and acts exactly how she should at three years old. Our problem is that I haven’t mastered the art of understanding why she behaves the way…

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Mother’s Day gift guide

 What New Moms Really Want On Their Special Day Original story and gift guide published in Metro on May 5, 2016   I barely remember my first Mother’s Day. I was four weeks into my new gig as a mom, walking around in a fog, exhausted and overwhelmed. Then one little ribbon-wrapped box from my husband turned that all around. Inside was a silver necklace with a circle pendant. On one side was my daughter’s name, on the other side…

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