Heather van Mil

Dec
11
2016

A Mother's Lament

Why are we still struggling for equality in 2016?

family and feminism

This one goes out to all the moms. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, a work outside the home mom, or maybe all of the above! Despite the fact that it is almost 2017, moms everywhere are still under incredible pressures to be and do all. Moms still get judged for every little failure, while Dads are praised for the smallest contributions. 

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Oct
31
2016

What to Do - and How to Help - When Your Child Has a Bossy Friend

There are ways to help your child navigate the "bossy friend" waters

How to help kids with bossy friends

My 7 year-old daughter is bossy — at least when it comes to her little sister. At least once a day I find myself telling her “You are NOT your sister’s mother!”

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Oct
03
2016
Apps for marking baby milestones

Shopping for a baby book was one of my favourite things to do when I was pregnant. I loved looking through my baby book with my Mom, and imagined having the same ritual with my children. Always looking for an excuse to spend hours in a bookstore even before I was pregnant, I scoured the shelves, flipping through book after book until I found the one that was just right for my precious bundle. 

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Sep
08
2016

On the Idea of Raising Our Girls with "Ladylike" Behaviour

I cringed as I heard these words coming from a mom in the next car over

On the Idea of Raising Our Girls with "Ladylike" Behaviour | YummyMummyClub.ca

“You are such a PIG! It’s hard to believe you’re a girl sometimes, I swear!!” 

I cringed as I heard these words coming from a mom in the next car over as I was dropping my girls off at summer camp one day. 

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Aug
10
2016

If Your Doctors Aren't Tech Savvy, You Need to Tell Them About This

Jump on the digital health bandwagon and get your family organized!

If Your Doctor Isn't Tech Savvy, You Need to Tell Her About This!

Life can be crazy busy when you’re a mom juggling work, school, kid activities, and managing everything at home. Add a health problem to the mix and suddenly  all of those balls you were keeping in the air have just caught fire. We're at a new stage in time management with more and more families ditching the cute “mom calendar” in favour of digital technology that keeps everyone on track.

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Jul
28
2016

How to Be Spontaneous This Summer Despite Working at Home

Four ways to calm the kids' chaos while keeping your deadlines in check.

Four ways to calm the chaos while keeping your deadlines in check. | YummyMummyClub.ca

There are many things I love about being a WAHM (that's work at home mom, for those in the know). There is almost never a traffic jam in my commute (unless I have to go anywhere near the bathroom - one is just NOT enough for 4 people)! Every day is casual Friday, and yes casual means pyjamas and/or a bathrobe.  Plus I can multi-task with the best of them, getting in a load of laundry, a quick workout and catch up on my latest Netflix addiction all on my lunch break! All of those perks start to lose their shine once summer rolls around, though. 

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Jul
20
2016

Stomach Aches Can Be Life-Changing: One Mom's Story

How to Get Out There and Start Playing Again

If Chronic Stomach Pain Is Holding You Back, You Need to Read This. | YMCHealth | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you're a mom who suffers from unrelenting stomach problems, I feel your pain (literally!) I’ve spent countless hours making lists of pharmacies, and locating public bathrooms on maps within walking distance of the various attractions for family events. Not your typical vacation planning list, but one that was vital for me to make it through a family trip. In situations when you're traveling or having fun with your family, spontaneity goes right out the window. Needless to say, my stomach problems had affected my entire family.

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Jul
09
2016

School's Out for the Summer, But Should Formal Learning End?

What formal education options are available for kids who want or need it during the summer?

Is Summer Education Necessary? | YummyMummyClub.ca

The final school bell has rung for kids across Canada, and parents everywhere are making their summer plans. Vacations, summer camps, road trips and lazy days at the beach might all make the cut, but is school on the list? 

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May
31
2016
How to Raise Bee-Friendly Kids in a Bee-Friendly Environment

This scene is a common one for parents...you're outside enjoying a beautiful day playing in the sun with your kids when a you hear a blood-curdling scream. The culprit? A bee has flown too close to the action, scaring your little one. Sound familiar? Many kids have some level of apprehension around bees and other insects, but they play such an important role in our lives. Consider this: a whopping 33% of our food is made possible by bee pollination. No bees means saying goodbye to many of your favourite fruits, vegetables, nuts, and even your coffee.

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Parent Like No One is Watching | YummyMummyClub.ca

There’s been a lot of buzz these days about some of the choices parents make, and those who judge them.

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