Moments of Motherhood: On becoming a SAHM

Today at the Armchair Mayor News, I talk about the tough decision parents have to make when the mother’s maternity leave is over and they have to return to work:

Here in Canada we are privileged to be able to take a year off of work after our baby is born to raise them and adjust to life as a parent. In other countries, there is no guaranteed maternity or paternity leave and parents sometimes have to return to work in as little as 12 weeks, unless the company they work for provides other benefits.

This column is not one to boast about how lucky we Canadians are when it comes to taking time off work. More so, it is about how hard the decision can be to either go back to work or to become a stay-at-home parent.

When you start to break down the financial numbers, sometimes heading back to the office doesn’t make any sense… [continue reading]

Moments of Motherhood: On travelling with a toddler

Today at the Am News, I talk about the joys of travelling with a 2-year old.

Here’s a snippet:

Travelling can be a stressful endeavor when you’re doing it all by yourself, or even with one other person. You have to plan out your trip accordingly to make everyone in the travel party happy: From the type of accommodation you want to stay at to where you dine, and what sights to see along the way.

However, when you throw a toddler into the equation, all reasoning goes out the window and is left on the side of the Coquihalla Highway. Forget blazing a trail with no pit stops and sleeping while someone else drives. Aside giving birth to them, travelling with your toddler can be one of the most eye opening experiences you’ll ever come across. [Continue reading …]

 

Moments of Motherhood: On protecting a child’s innocence

Today at the Armchair Mayor News, I talk about the difficulties of explaining bad things to kids.

Here’s a snippet:

There’s a period in our children’s lives when we are capable of protecting them from nearly anything that may cause them harm. From the flu to poor fashion choices, the modern world has made it so easy that to be safe seems like a given.

Eventually there will come a time when you can no longer protect their innocence. When they go off to school they’re at risk for learning the truth about the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus, or they may forget to wash their hands after sharing a just coughed-on toy.

Those examples are small compared to some of the other truths that are out there. Innocence is lost little by little every day a child grows older, but depending on how we explain things that happen throughout their lives, it can potentially make them a better person later on in life. [Continue reading …]