One of the hottest topics amongst parents right now is the idea of "gendered parenting" or gender stereotyping. The question many parents grapple with is how to raise boys and girls to believe, from a young age, that they can be and do whatever they want; today and tomorrow.
Call it mother's intuition, but when our kids are in pain, no one knows how they're feeling more accurately than their parent. What we know to be true about our kids in our gut is now proven to be scientifically accurate through medical research. To best care for our kids, research shows that parents need to be empowered to advocate on behalf of their kids when they're in pain.
When my daughter was little, back to school shopping meant heading out to a store of my choice to pick out her first-day-of-school outfit. Sure, I let her choose which outfit she preferred, but ultimately I was in control. I don't need to tell you that by age 10 (or sometimes even younger), our kids' fashion tastes are already deeply influenced by pop culture and social media. The problem is what they may want to wear, based on the lack of great online role models, may not be appropriate for their age and stage.
Imagine watching your daughter train eight hours a day since she was a young girl, eventually rising in the ranks to compete in her sport. She makes the finals, and instead of you reading about her triple axle jump or the three goals she scored, media outlets report that "her ass is quality", that "she's built like a fire hydrant" or that "she's really hot with her curves and careless blonde hair". What if I told you those are direct quotes from media outlets about some of our top female athletes.
Rick Campanelli is arguably one the nicest guys in Canadian showbiz. Once referred to as Rick the Temp on MuchMusic, now he's a seasoned TV host on ET Canada, and recently joined 102.1 The Edge as a morning show host. Plus, Rick is also a very devoted dad of three.
You never know when you'll learn something new that will improve your life. A few weeks ago I was invited to the 2nd annual [Wo]man Cave event for a morning of shopping and shmoozing. Rather than pick up samples, I set out to learn something new from all the vendors. I collected my fave pieces of useful, eclectic information for you to scroll through.
When I was struggling with post-partum depression and feeling like the worst mom on the planet, I longed for a community of women who would make me feel less alone. Fast forward 10 years and YMC continues to be that (and more) for me, and hopefully for many other moms looking for validation, information, and a creative outlet. For the past decade, YMC has been written by and for moms. The breadth and depth of storytelling gets richer every year. So why not celebrate these strong written voices of moms?
Every day I am surrounded by inspiring people, both in real life and online. Sometimes I have a chance to hug them in person and tell them how their actions have moved me. Other times, an email, a tweet, or a "like" lets them know I'm with them in spirit.
My first real job was at McDonald's when I was sixteen. I had just moved back to the big city of Montreal to attend CEGEP after living on a horse ranch in the country. I was on a mission to earn some spending money to pay for my record-buying habit. My girlfriend had an "in" for me. She was already working at McDonald's and was loving the regular income. I painstakingly filled out my application and waited to hear if I had made the cut.
My inbox is cluttered with PR pitches for new products ranging from the benign to the inane. But this one in particular made my blood boil. Apparently there is a new trend for women to wear CORSETS which "visibly slims inches from your waistline while you wear it, while also making your bust and buttocks look more prominent." I'm not exaggerating. This is a direct quote from a PR pitch for HourglassAngel.com, which sells"shimmering high compression cinchers for the gym or under clothes."
For the first time in almost sixteen years, my husband and I are taking a vacation WITHOUT the kids. Can you believe it? When I was growing up, my parents used to take a vacation every year, gallivanting around the world, while a babysitter minded my sister and I. My husband and I have chosen to travel differently. We have always taken vacations with our kids, not because we had to, but because we wanted to.
Nine months ago I was given a chance to witness the evolution of one the world's most iconic brands. At Mattel Headquarters in Los Angeles, the team responsible for branding Barbie was secretly working on plans to transforming the very essence of who she is and what she stands for, and I was invited to join the first ever Global Barbie Advisory Board and be a part of that change.
I'm good at several things, but I am not a parenting expert. However, one thing I do have is the luxury of running a parenting website filled with great advice and insight — from parents of all stripes. Recently I was asked for advice from someone who is parenting a 14 year-old daughter. The question was about managing the transition to becoming a teenager — one who wants to spend tons of time with her friends.
If you're looking to book a vacation, you need to be on Twitter this Monday, November 30th for the #TransatAuction. Not only will you be able to bid on your dream trip in real time on Twitter, but all proceeds earned during this day long online auction go directly to SOS Villages. Not to mention, it's fun! This is what I call a win/win situation.
There are all kinds of trips being put up for auction, such as:
What a night! Champagne corks were popping in kitchens all across Canada as the YMC team (those who didn't have to be at parent/teacher night) were onstage at the Phoenix Club in Toronto, celebrating our huge wins at this year’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards (aka COPA awards).
Growing up as Erica Ehm's daughter can't be easy. People stop us on the street and tell my daughter how awesome I used to be on MuchMusic waaay before she was born. She smiles politely and rolls her eyes at me. She's a good sport.