Moms are asking, “Should I leave my job during the pandemic?” – Parents Article

Instead of “leaning in,” we’re being forced to lean out—and I’m worried about what that means for our careers long-term.  Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, I’ve been noticing a worrying trend among the women in my social circles: moms who were able to keep their jobs at the start of the shutdown are now dropping out of the workforce. Every time I log on to my neighbourhood Facebook groups, I see more and more posts from panicked women asking for…

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We thought we had co-parenting down—then the pandemic happened – Parents Article

Co-parenting is tough in the best of times, and the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has made things a little extra weird around here. “Kids! Daddy’s here!” I yell up the stairs, trying to lure them down from their screens. Daddy, a.k.a. my ex-husband, stands on the front walk waiting patiently. We have a quick catch-up through the window screen as the kids put on their shoes and coats to hang out with him from the porch—at a six-foot/two-metre distance.…

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If your kids are alive and fed, you’re doing just fine – Parents Article

There are no best practices for parenting, working and living through an international crisis. You need to function in whatever way works best for your family. It was only hours after my province, British Columbia, announced schools would be closed indefinitely that my Facebook feed was flooded with colour-coded home-schooling charts. The ones that explained how to break up the day between outdoor time, independent reading, kitchen science experiments and backyard art. Mom groups were filled with queries about homeschooling…

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The tattoo I got at age 21 was the only parenting advice I needed – Parents Article

Photo: iStock Photo When I was 21, I walked into a tattoo studio in downtown Toronto on a grey spring day to keep an appointment with a man in a sparkly electric-blue apron. It took roughly half an hour for him to ink the best parenting advice I’ve ever received across the inside of my left wrist. Back then, starting a family couldn’t have been further from my mind. I was a single university student with a part-time job selling…

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I love being a SAHM, but I’m over asking my husband for money each week – Parents Article

Photo: iStock photo My first memory around money is my mom telling me that if my dad asked if my outfit was new, I should say no, even if it was. My dad worked and made the money, and my mom was a stay-at-home mom who spent it. She spent it on the mortgage, the groceries, and the things we needed—but she also sometimes had to hide her decisions and her purchases. My parents never talked about their finances in front…

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The most loyal employees ever are working moms with good bosses – Parents Article

In the decade since I first became a mom, I’ve had good bosses, bad bosses and a few halfway in between. The bad bosses scared me because I’m a single mom and I have mouths to feed and limits on how much work I can do. The halfway ones left me wary because I was never sure where I stood. And the good ones? They have had my undying loyalty every time because anyone who appreciates a working mom gets…

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How Much Does A Family Vacation Cost? – Happy Traveler – Single Mum, Parents Article

Happy Traveler asked this question to Sally Black, founder of Vacationkids.com a family travel agency and author of the book “Fearless Family Vacations”. She is also the Director of Travel Agent Initiatives and Training at The Family Travel Association. QUESTION: How Much Does A Family Vacation Cost? This is probably the number one question we get at vacationkids. If folks don’t come right out and ask us, it’s usually the number one question weighing heavily on their minds. We always…

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Millennials Dig Travel Agents – Happy Traveler – Single Mum, Parents Article

There is much talk about Millennials and how they are influencing the travel market. As the largest living generation at the moment, they have received their fair share of focus from the tourism industry and any others that want to buy into their attention. Are they worth the focus? Let’s take a look. Millennials work to live, not live to work. They also like to travel frequently. As travelers, Millennials are an adventurous demographic that seek authentic experiences, fueling their love for…

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