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New Beginnings…

Friday September 8, 2017
A hotel in Toronto surrounded by boys, baggage and mess.

Dear Kate,

Another summer done.  This one felt long to me, not in long and lazy kind of way, but in a I never really started the summer sort of way, if you know what I mean? I think it’s because in the background was this big change since tomorrow morning  we head out to San Francisco.

A big change – especially for my boys.

But less so for me – R & I  moved back to Toronto in 2008 and this stint has been the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, ever.

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CBC Tapestry: How To DIY Your Kids Spirituality

I’m always looking for data based ways to provide my three boys with more tools to (hopefully) both help their mental wellness and their  ability to live mindful lives.

Never an easy task but often especially challenging  since we are doing it without the structure of organized religion – so it was great to have the chance to chat with Ali Hassan about his own experiences on this similar journey.

This piece first ran Sunday July 27, 2017 on CBC Tapestry. Read more…

CBC The Current: Talking Mandatory Paternity Leave

CBC The Current

I love this show- and the national conversations it starts.

I’m also in awe of the host – Anna Maria Tremonti - and so having the chance to speak with her about the incredible impact that mandatory paternity leave would have was both nerve wracking and quite cool.

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How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America

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This piece was first published in Fast Company on November 18, 2016.

I’ve never been able to sit through a full episode of The Apprentice. President-Elect Donald Trump’s management and communication style flashes me back to my own three-month stint working with a boss like that.

It gives me an instant migraine.

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Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

R & the boys at the local pool

R & 2 of the boys…

This post was first published in The Huffington Post  on June 17th 2016.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to say this: I regret the name of my last book, The MomShift: Women Share Their Stories of Career Success After Kids, because for the past year or so every time I say the title I feel like I am unintentionally further sidelining dads from the conversation and issue of work, parenting and care.

And that’s the exact opposite of what’s needed.

While Canadian dads are more involved with family life than ever before, currently, only one in 10 eligible Canadian fathers claims parental-leave benefits (a number that has held constant since the mid-2000s).

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Doors still hard to pry open for moms re-entering the work force

“Reva Seth, author of The Mom Shift, agreed that battling the stereotype of the uncommitted mother remains a top priority in helping to pave the way for women to return. “Since I published The Mom Shift, the reality is that in the boardrooms and hallways of Canada’s organizations and companies, the progress on women being able to enter the work force easily after an extended break really hasn’t changed much at all,” Ms. Seth acknowledged.

However, she remains optimistic that change will happen once men, specifically senior-level baby boomers, continue to seek better work-life balance. “Ironically, these guys are most likely to be the change agents that will benefit returning working moms,” she said.”

This piece by Leah Eichler was published in The Globe & Mail on June 3, 2016.

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Redefining The Legal Practice

Reva Seth

Pictures from the bottom looking up not a good idea.

This piece first appeared in The Western Alumni Gazette. 
As well the irony of me commenting on shifting trends in the way law practiced (given how my brief my own legal career was) is not lost on me.  It does however make me laugh.

Reva Seth, LLB’01, forcing profession to deal with career-family disconnect

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Here’s How “Metric Parenting” Can Help Relieve Working-Parent Guilt

Art with & by Boy 1.

Art with & by Boy 1.

“We track our fitness goals, nutritional intake and spending but few of us track our parenting activities in quite the same way.” Here’s why we should. 

This article was first published in Fast Company on March 9, 2016.

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Canada’s Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Boy 1 seems like  9 going on 19. Shriek.

Boy 1 seems like 9 going on 19. Shriek!

“Adolescence is the optimal time to be deliberately, positively and proactively shaping norms on gender and care.”

This piece first appeared in The Huffington Post on March 8, 2016.

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What fathers need from bosses, peers and partners to be better parents

Dad 1 & Boy 2

Dad 1 & Boy 2

Last fall, Anne Marie Slaughter came to Toronto to speak about Unfinished Business.  She was amazing. Among her most interesting points was her call for a “male movement.”  Intrigued, I hosted a post event discussion with six men currently exploring this issue.

This piece first appeared 

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