Canadian Living: Online / Family

It’s painful, messy, labour intensive and stressful. No, its not childbirth, but getting through the holiday season when you have children. You may have heard that Christmas is really all about children. It is. It’s all about them. They’ll tell you so themselves. It is very easy to get swept up in the consumerism and overzealousness of the holiday period, in the eternal quest to...

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

Is there anything harder than being a working mom? One of those moms who puts in her 9 to 5 (or longer) at the office, rushes around to pick up kids and chauffeur them to doctor’s appointments, soccer games, piano lessons…you get the drift. Writer and stay-at-home mom Kathy Buckworth might argue that harder yet is transitioning from powerful workplace player to full-time stay-at-homer. She...

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Why doesn’t dad help out? Cleaning, diaper-changing and other chores dads avoid Canadian Living: Online / Family

Now that you’re a full-time stay-at-home mom, weekends tend to look a lot like weekdays, with one notable exception: on weekends, you might have a handy sidekick to help with the children and the house. In theory. In reality, you have a surly, “Is it really my turn/it’s not fair” kind of overgrown au pair who completes domestic and childrearing jobs as a favour to...

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20 funny secrets from a stay-at-home mom Canadian Living: Online / Family

1. The title “stay at home” is a passive-aggressive term. There is nothing flattering, glamorous or remotely attractive about the word “stay.” “Too Much Woman to Be Confined to a Cubicle Farm” works better. 2. Apparently, you are expected to be “at home” for some parts of the day; particularly those parts when children under the age of 12 are in your care. 3. Repairmen...

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