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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…

Mindfulness and meditation need to be part of Canada’s mental-health strategy

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This oped was first published in The Globe & Mail on June 29, 2017.

Pro athletes, celebrities, Fortune 100 CEOs and Silicon Valley billionaires have rhapsodized on how meditation and mindfulness are the most effective tools for health, personal performance and well-being since, well, exercise. Like yoga and running before it, mindfulness tools and meditation programs are now big business – with popular apps like Headspace, the Mindfulness App and Buddhify receiving tens of millions of downloads.

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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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Ignoring the gap

I found this on my phone I love it but I can't remember where I saw it or who it's by. Ideas?

I found this on my phone I love it but I can’t remember where I saw it or who it’s by. Ideas?

Thursday October 26th
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Kate – I finally managed to do it – get a letter up again!

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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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I explained tampons – and it was a moment.

A happy tampon.

June 28, 2016
A Hotel Deck

Dear Kate,

Since turning 40 my never all that well organized life/in-box/to do list seems to have reached a new level of chaos – hence the unintended mini sabbatical on letters….oddly I regularly think letters to you that I don’t end up writing.

Lots going on -but what comes to mind today is that I had one of those rare parenting moments: when good intention meets the realization that actually in midst of the all demands it creates, parenting is also an incredible social impact opportunity.

It’s something mainstream culture actually needs to talk about more – because it would help us re-frame and value care so much more than we currently do.

All of this from a tampon commercial.

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It’s Ok For It To Be Messy…

Yes, on a flight I gave my kid chocolate milk in a bottle.

Yes, I gave my kid chocolate milk in a bottle to stop the crying on a long haul flight. I was totally judged for this move btw.  I thought they’d be grateful for the quiet.

Sunday May 8, 2016

Hey Kate,

I actually had a completely different letter lined up for you – but today, Mother’s Day, in my most relaxing moment so far (everyone left the house after lots of shouting and bickering) I realized I wanted to talk to you about something else entirely…

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Here’s What Companies Lose By Skimping On Mental Wellness Programs

Bryce Canyon at sunrise. This was good my mental health.

Bryce Canyon at sunrise. This was good my mental health.

This article was first published in Fast Company on May 4th, 2016.

By one recent measure, companies are now pouring over $70 billion a year into corporate training in the U.S., an investment that’s been growing at record rates in years following the recovery from the last financial crisis.

But there’s one area that most of those resources will barely touch: mental wellness. That’s despite growing evidence of a serious need for employers to step up and take better care of their employees’ mental health.

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