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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.


-1ABOUT RUNNING WITH SAFETY SCISSORS

I 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.

 

WITH A LITTLE OF JOURNALISM SPRINKLED IN

Running With Safety Scissors is one part parenting blog, and one part journalism blog. And because so much of the writing I do for newspapers and magazines focuses on parenthood, this site is the perfect landing place for my professional writing.

 

WHAT MAKES RUNNING WITH SAFETY SCISSORS DIFFERENT

What I offer is a blog for adults who also happen to be parents. It’s a blog for anyone who is adulting through trial-and-error. And yes, adulting is a verb.

So if I’ve finally found the perfect spill-proof, chew-proof sippy cup, I’m going to tell you about. If I’ve discovered the easiest play dough recipe, or had a parenting epiphany, or need to metaphorically flip a table or two because taking a stroller on Toronto’s streetcars is a flipping nightmare, 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.

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.


INTERESTED IN CONNECTING TO TALK ABOUT FREELANCE WORK OR SPONSORED POSTS?

I am passionate about writing, and about the career I’ve worked hard to build in journalism.

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.

I can be contacted at → kristen.thom@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by!


 

2 comments

  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.

    Thanks,

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

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