For those of us with a pre-covid mat-leave under our belt, we remember the old-school way of making mom-friends: Mother Goose, the park, starring at a mom through a rack of clothes at Walmart until she made eye contact with your messy bun…. Honestly, it was harder then. There were so many uncertainties – so… Continue reading 5 Fun outdoor ideas to socialize with New Friends
We all have big feelings and it seems like right now we are experiencing them more than ever. For kids these emotions can feel overwhelming and without the skills to identify and manage them they can lead to negative experiences. The following are some tips to help your child with these big feelings. Identify and… Continue reading 7 Tips to Help Kids Identify and Manage their Emotions
Halloween is just around the corner! Try this Halloween Hunt as a fun activity for your kids at home! A treasure hunt leading to a bag of goodies (toys, books, treats - anything you want!) - what more could a kid want this Halloween? Here are 10 Spooky Clues we've put together. (If you think… Continue reading Halloween Hunt
By Megan Day, MS, CLC It is all too easy to take on the role of martyr. The archetype of mother as a martyr has screwed many of us up royally. What do you think of when you think of a martyr? I’ll tell you what I think of: a pushover, a selfless saint, a… Continue reading Mom the Martyr: Here’s the Problem With That
“Just go play!” I growled between gritted teeth for the fifth time. I wasn’t doing anything of importance that required my child to ‘go play’ but it was the only thing I could think of saying. I swept the floor and she asked once again to help me or watch me or play with me...it… Continue reading One Actionable Step I’m Taking to Stop Mom Burn Out
Emma 2011Wyatt 2015 Before I had kids, I always thought of childbirth as a natural, magical and joyous experience. Yes, I knew it was going to be extremely painful but I also thought I had a pretty high pain tolerance. I was excited about giving birth. It was going to be the happiest and most… Continue reading Trauma after childbirth
I wish I found Sitterhood sooner! I’ve basically been on MAT leave for the last 3 years, my 2 girls born 15 months apart. Yeah, crazy right? To top it, I’m also new to living in the Hamilton area so I didn’t have many “mom friends” around in the thick of learning/supporting how to be… Continue reading A Sitter’s Perspective
‘Do you want to swap days to take all the kids?’ We didn’t know each other very well yet. All we knew is that we both had two kids, relatively the same ages, and we were both drowning with the responsibility of being stay at home moms. Her words were exactly what I needed to… Continue reading I Couldn’t Do It Alone and Neither Could She
A village wasn’t something I needed before I became a mom. Before kids – I got by with a little help from my friends. A group of girls that had had my back since the 9th grade. They knew everything about me. Well, almost everything. And those things – the things I struggled with and… Continue reading Modern Mothering + The Importance of the Village
While I was on maternity leave with my son, I struggled to find a balance between caring for my kids, managing the household, and caring for myself. I know. “Caring for myself.” I’ll wait while you laugh. More than anyone, moms know that “caring for yourself” falls so far down the priority list, that it… Continue reading Asking for help shouldn’t be so hard
Hey mama, first of all congrats on your new addition and here’s to you for bringing new life into our world! Being pregnant and then delivering a baby no matter how you do it – C-section, or vaginal is no easy feat. There are challenges to both and listen you are a warrior princess that… Continue reading Just had a baby? Here’s what you need to know!
A few years ago, I learned a really valuable life lesson that I would like to pass on to you. I had a mom friend who had an amazing network of friends. She had mom friends to vent with about her struggles, mom friends who were in-the-know about the latest baby items, and mom friends… Continue reading How to create a network of amazing mom friends!