5 Pieces of Advice for Mothers Who Run Businesses from Home

5 Pieces of Advice for Mothers Who Run Businesses from Home

I've been remiss in posting on this web site. My business is in a growth phase and my workload has increased until I'm able to establish processes and pass some of the responsibilities to my team. Last week Benchmark Email contacted me and asked if I would guest post on their blog in honor of Mother's Day. I thought their "Mothers on Marketing" series would be appropriate content to link to from this site. Benchmark Email offers online email delivery software for a monthly fee. You can read my guest post here. Continue reading

Bad Romance on International Women’s Day

Bad Romance on International Women’s Day

I've been trying to craft a post in my head the past week knowing that International Women's Day was upon us, but it never got from my head to the blog. When I saw the following video, I knew I had to share it. I am neither an avowed Republican or Democrat. I'm new to voting in the USA and certain policies on both sides of the political divide disgust me, but I have a particular distaste for the journalists who push their own agendas. As a viewer, I want impartial reporting, but that seems to be non-existent. Where is the equality, fairness and compassion for our fellow human beings? Is it Continue reading

12 Ways to Be a Better Parent in the New Year

12 Ways to Be a Better Parent in the New Year

It's a new year and many of us consider our personal goals or our career goals, but have you considered your parenting goals? Here are 12 parenting tips that will enhance your relationship with your child this year. Be consistent. No matter how tired or fed up you are, consistency is key for long-term parenting ease. The less consistent you are with your children, the harder it will become to parent them in the future.  Learn to be consistent when your children are young.  If you say you're going to do something, do it.  By the same token, never threaten anything that you can't or Continue reading

I Don’t Like My Children Right Now

I Don’t Like My Children Right Now

The following article was from a column I wrote and was published in the Wasaga Sun on July 30, 1997. I don't like my children right now. Now that you've finished gasping and thinking terrible things about me - I'll explain. I love my kids. They're the best thing that's happened to me, but at times they are also the worst. Every parent has secretly thought this, and many have hidden those feelings out of guilt and remorse for thinking it. My youngest has been sick with yet another childhood disease. He wakes up continuously throughout the night, too sick to know what he wants. Continue reading

Hypothetical Children Behave Best

Hypothetical Children Behave Best

The following article was from a column I wrote and was published in the Wasaga Sun on July 16, 1997. Growth Spurts I was a better parent when I didn't have children. My hypothetical children never tantrummed in public. They were incredibly polite. They were never out of control. They didn't climb on the dinner table when we had company. They were model citizens in restaurants. Nothing escaped my eagle eye. After visits by family and friends who have children, my husband and I would lay in bed discussing what we would do differently. Our children were perfect. Now that we have Continue reading

One Long Hard Look in the Mirror

One Long Hard Look in the Mirror

I read two excellent posts today that I wanted to highlight because the same considerations have crossed my mind. The thought process usually begins with "What the hell are they thinking?" and ends with me shaking my head and trying to ponder how so many archaic sexist attitudes are still considered the norm in our society. Although I have chatted briefly with MIWomensforum on twitter, I've only discovered her blog The Midlife Feminist today. In the post I'm referring to she discusses how it seems the women's movement has come full circle and we're back to where we began with women Continue reading

Scrubbing The Sticky Floor

Scrubbing The Sticky Floor

Failure is a means to spur us on to create something better. Something more successful. When I realized my marriage failed to provide me with what I needed to be a happy, whole person, I spent a lot of time thinking (much of it in bed) trying to determine what I could have / should have done differently. I knew I should have kept a career. I knew I should have controlled my financial future. The problem is, when your first baby is born, common sense seems to be replaced with a mind numbing need to nurture. Going back to work and leaving my baby with a stranger felt like it would have Continue reading

TED Talk: Reinventing Feminism

TED Talk: Reinventing Feminism

Sometimes the models of a meaningful life are in our own kitchen... You can catch presenter Courtney Martin and many other smart writers over at Feministing.com Continue reading

Where Would You Be?

Where Would You Be?

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn't too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the president's secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, "why was he so interested in talking to you?" She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, "so if you had married Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and fathering is a very important stage in their development." David M. Gottesman The sexiest, most interesting men alive, are not the ones with six packs for abs, nor the men who are driving flashy cars and carrying thick wallets. They're the fathers who have embraced their roles and are fully responsible for the impact they wield on their children's lives. They're the men who realize that mothering shouldn't be a 24 hour job - and jump at the chance to spend time with their children. Men, who do so, because they've found Continue reading