About & Contact

Hey, my name is Kristen. I’m a writer and a freelance journalist from Toronto and living in Kelowna, B.C. I’m also a wife and mom to two little girls. I hide in the bathroom to eat chocolate.

About Running With Safety Scissors

DSC_0490+2I started this blog in 2013 as a writing outlet while on maternity leave from my job as a newspaper editor.

Mat leave was isolating and overwhelming. Action-packed and boring all at once. I missed writing and connecting with people, and I suddenly had so much I wanted to talk about.

So I started blogging: about how I couldn’t get my kid to eat my painstakingly-made baby food; about how shitty it was to have an emergency c-section; how I was paranoid my kid could see (and antagonize) ghosts.

And suddenly people started sharing my posts, and asking me to write more. I had found a community of people who were also fumbling through parenthood with humour, sarcasm and lots of coffee.

What Makes This Blog Different

What I offer is a blog for adults who also happen to be parents.

So if I’ve finally found the perfect sippy cup, I’m going to tell you about. Likewise, if I’ve discovered the easiest play dough recipe, or had a parenting epiphany, or need to rant about taking a stroller on the streetcar, I’ll write about it here.

And if I have written a news story about allergies and kids, with interviews from experts who have provided me with science-backed research, I’m going to publish it here, too.

I try to tackle all of it with balance, compassion and humour. That’s what I love about blogging and journalism, and that’s what I love about Running With Safety Scissors.


I am passionate about writing. In 11 years, I’ve covered stories on every topic imaginable. And as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve found that I gravitate toward stories that deal with women’s issues, health, social justice and urban living, as well as motherhood and raising daughters.

If you want to know a little bit more about my background in journalism, head on over here to my journalism page.

If you are:

  • A publication interested in connecting about freelance writing opportunities
  • An entrepreneur interested in having your story or business featured in a sponsored post
  • Or a a business that would like to discuss copy editing or marketing to the media, don’t hesitate to email me here → kristen.thom@gmail.com, and let’s chat!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Hi,

    Hope I am through to the right person?

    I am a producer for Here and Now, CBC’s Toronto local afternoon show, and I came across some tweets from you about being an AirBnB leader.

    I am looking for a host who can speak about why AirBnB is such a great opportunity – would that be you or would you know of anyone?

    If so, would you be available for an interview today between 5 and 6pm for 5-6 minutes. I can chat with you in advance to make sure you are comfortable with everything.


  2. You rock! Glad you’re doing this. Love the writing! Cheers, M

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