Katia Bishops: The Designated Grownup

Jan
09
2017

3 Reasons Parents Will Want to Watch "Sing"

Forget the Kids – Sing is the First Movie YOU Should Watch in 2017

Sing the Movie is great for parents

Everyone knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going, but what happens when the going hits the galactic fan and then gets all surreal with a shade of apocalypse on you? Where's my copy of “This is Not a Drill – Your Guide to Surviving 2016”?

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Dec
19
2016

I'm Tired. I Make Mistakes. I am a Mom, and I Work.

Kellyanne Conway's recent comment about "no working moms" in the White House helped me get closure

“I don’t understand why you’re making these mistakes,” she sighed, exasperated.

I can’t remember my answer. I’m sure I apologized (acknowledge your mistakes) and made some sort of a positive, reassuring statement (demonstrate that you’ve learned from this experience).

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Oct
23
2016

The 3 Best Gifts I Ever Gave Myself as a Mom

Three products and services that made all the difference in the world

Best gifts I gave myself as a mom

One of the side effects of aging, as it turns out, is realizing that if you really want something, sometimes you’ll just have to get it yourself. Gretchen Rubin elaborates on that concept in her book The Happiness Project when she discusses expecting praise (gold stars, as she refers to it) for the hard work she’s been doing as a mother and a wife. She talks about coming to terms with the fact that the praise will sometimes have to be self-generated.

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Oct
14
2016

I Didn’t Even Think I Was Sexually Harassed

On the emotional dangers of dismissing your experience because nothing TERRIBLE happened

I Didn’t Even Think I Was Sexually Harassed

The scariest thing is that I never even thought about it in sexual harassment terms until my husband shared an alarming statistic with me about the number of girls who experience assault in our home country. The numbers seemed unreasonably high and it got me reflecting on my own experience. I was never raped. Nothing TERRIBLE ever happened. It’s not like I was groped. Or was I?

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Aug
31
2016

Dancing with the Stars Replaces Empowerment with Message of “F*** You”

And other thoughts about Ryan Lochte's casting in season 23

Jul
27
2016

Try This DIY: Bring the Beach to Your Breakfast Table

An Easy, Parent-Friendly DIY for the Not-So-Crafty

Make a fun, beach-themed family breakfast happen right in your own kitchen! | DIY | YummyMummyClub.ca

Summer is all about DIY, as in "do it yourself, parents." As such, you may find yourself bending over backwards before even 8am as you try to come up with fresh ideas to entertain your children. Everybody loves the beach, but sometimes we don’t feel like spending two and a half hours negotiating the details of an outing and then three more hours getting everyone out the door - with sunscreen applied, no less.

So that’s when you bring the beach to your own breakfast table!

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Jul
26
2016

5 Life Skills That my Son is Learning by Trading Pokémon Cards

My son is into old school card trading, and it's not all bad!

My son is into old school card trading, and it's not all bad! In fact, it's teaching him life lessons. | YummyMummyClub.ca

The era of Pokémon is upon us, and I’m becoming a reluctant expert in damage points, energy, and Mega Charizard. The object of your child’s obsession is annoying by definition. “Please tell me more about your current obsession, because hearing about it twenty four seven just doesn’t cut it anymore,” said no parent ever.

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Jun
20
2016

So You’re Travelling to Europe With Young Kids! Now, Take Our Advice.

Making Sure Your Summer Vacation is Memorable for the Right Reasons

Travelling to Europe with young kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Last Monday we came back from two and a half weeks of vacation in Italy with our two sons, three and seven years-old.  A lot of people we’ve met on our trip or talked to beforehand called us “brave” (a euphemism for cray cray) for doing this. While two little boys may not be the perfect candidates for appreciating Italy’s rich history, architecture and art, we had an unforgettable experience travelling with them. There is, however, always room for improvement. Below is a list of some of the mistakes we’ve made during our trip.

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May
10
2016

Google Doodle Chooses Doormat and Depressing Shoes as Mother's Day Image

Google Doodle Parties on Mother's Day Like It's 1959

Google Mother's Day | YummyMummyClub.ca

My seven year-old recently asked me the following question:

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Apr
27
2016

It's Time to Spring Clean Your Résumé!

Making your Résumé More Concise and Reader-Friendly

Spring Cleaning Your Resume | YummyMummyClub.ca

Do you have a spring cleaning routine? Perhaps a more relevant question would be “do you have SPRING?”  While so many of us still can’t see the spring for the snow/rain/single digit temperatures, others are thrilled to be unfollowing their winter gear and comfort food in preparation for warmer weather. Spring, after all, is about feeling lighter. Those among us, searching for jobs will, no doubt, feel invigorated about pursuing their job search in a non-polar vortex reality, but what about their résumés? Don’t they deserve to feel lighter too?

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Apr
20
2016

That Time I Ended Up Giving Birth With No Epidural. Twice.

A Not So Serious Look at My Unintentionally Natural Births

Giving birth with no epidural | YummyMummyClub.ca

It’s a good thing I don’t keep neat little notebooks with pros and cons lists and other things I imagine people with a birth plan would tackle. Had I kept such a notebook with a birth plan that included Epidural, I’d be one chagrined camper in the spring of 2009 and summer of 2012. This was when I experienced childbirth without Epidural and it was... owie. I know that people with a plan sometimes struggle greatly when it falls apart.

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Apr
08
2016
MIscarriage and Disability Leave | YummyMummyClub.ca

To put the bottom line first, I'm grateful for the recent decision made by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to treat one woman's miscarriage as a case of disability. If the ensuing shift in disability law which CBC alludes to will indeed occur,  then going on a disability leave when you miscarry could become a reality.

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Mar
02
2016
Is Your Child a Chatterbox? | YummyMummyClub.ca

Something unusual happened on our drive back from our weekend away. I could hear myself thinking “how come it’s so quiet in here?” It wasn’t a pregnant kind of silence either, one that precedes a fierce “WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG?” toddler tantrum or a toy fishing rod poke in the driver’s eye. No, it was a much eerier, unchartered territory of the real deal, Dead Silence, something that parents don’t get to experience very often.

Especially not parents of chatty kids.

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Indian detergent commerical will give you the feels | YummyMummyClub.ca

My husband is nothing like Wash My Green Shirt and Fetch Me Some Coffee dad in the ad. He is a hands on dad who once, when we had just moved in together, remained completely unmoved when I shared this new revelation with him from a lecture I attended: couples shouldn’t strive for a 50% - 50% kind of arrangement, they should each be putting in 100%. You see, he had already arrived at this conclusion himself.

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Feb
19
2016

Have We Started Sacrificing Animals for Likes?

Baby Dolphin Dies When Bunch of Idiot Beachgoers Pull it out of Water for Selfies

Beachgoers leave baby dolphin for dead | YummyMummyClub.ca

Some days I wish that there was an app that would screen my feed and omit the stories that are too much for me to handle. Like the one about the baby dolphin that died of dehydration when it was being passed around on the Santa Teresita beach in Argentina for selfies and photographs.

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Jan
24
2016

Why We Should Stop Using the Term “Struggling Moms”

And It’s not because the struggle isn’t real

Why the Term "Struggling Mom" Needs to Go Away | YummyMummyClub.ca

Let’s just get with the times and ditch the term “struggling moms” once and for all. I mean, it’s 2016, for God’s sake.

No, it’s not because the parenting struggle isn’t real. Parenting, and motherhood in particular, might be the realest struggle that ever struggled and it’s precisely because of that that we should stop. Let mommy explain.

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Dec
29
2015

Why Canada? An Immigrant's Answer

An Immigrant's Answer to the Question That Syrian Refugees Arriving in Canada Are Bound to be Asked

An immigrant to Canada answers the "Why?" | YummyMummyClub.ca

January will mark the ninth anniversary of my immigration to Canada with my husband. Nine years of answering the question "But why here? Why Canada?"

The Syrian refugees arriving in our country these days may not be expected to address such a question for obvious reasons, but I'm certain there will come a day when someone detecting a foreign accent will innocently pose it and they may or may not be prepared to respond. I'd like to offer my own answer. And I'm going to be completely honest this time.

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Lily Rose Depp | YummyMummyClub.ca

My social media feeds were flooded with Paris on Friday just like yours were, I’m sure. Messages of support and words of bewilderment, hope, and despair were sent traveling up my phone screen to make way for older posts and updates, as feed chronology dictates. In moments like these – when you know what’s on everyone else’s mind - so many of us experience a sense of connection to something larger - humanity, if you will, and pardon the cliché. It’s a pretty powerful feeling completely lost on some of us.

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Nov
06
2015

Parenting Bravely - You Can Do It!

Four Principles That Help Minimize Anger and Impatience When Communicating With Kids

Parenting Bravely - Four Principles That Help Minimize Anger and Impatience When Communicating With Kids | Toddlers | Mindfulness | YummyMummyClub.ca

About two years into becoming a mother of two (and about five years into not sleeping), something in me must have snapped. I began watching myself, the same way you would a stranger, as I behaved in a way that was completely unnatural for me. I didn’t recognize nor like the uptight persona I was observing. With her clenched teeth, impatient hissing, occasionally raised voice, and distorted anger grimaces, she reminded me of that parent who behaves like they took a wrong turn somewhere and landed on parenting.

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Nov
01
2015

Why Caitlyn Jenner is Not My Woman of the Year

The RIGHT Reasons to Criticize This Choice

Rumour has it that Caitlyn Jenner is going to be the Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year and this writer has a strong reason why this shouldn't happen. | Celebrities | YummyMummyClub.ca

Let's start with the bottom line just so there's no misunderstanding.

Caitlyn Jenner. 

Woman? Absolutely. Of the year? Not so much. 

Although it won't be officially announced until November 3rd, online media is reporting that Glamour Magazine will be honouring Caitlyn Jenner with its Woman of the Year award - a choice that sends many an eyebrow aloft. And not just for the wrong reasons. 

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