All posts tagged The MomShift

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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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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Plan Your Career For When Your Kids Become Teens

Boys 1&2 dressed B3 as a "hipster".  Tweens loom.

B1 & B2 dressed B3 as a “hipster”. Tweens loom.

I loved working on this article. Interviewing Anne-Marie Slaughter  was such a pleasure, having  Kiristin Stewart contribute an additional bonus and it gave the chance to explore a topic that I’ve been thinking and talking about a great deal over the past few months as I see the needs of my own three boys rapidly shifting.

This article first appeared in Fast Company on Tuesday January 19, 2016.

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What working moms can teach us about the Uber economy

This piece was first published on July 16th, 2015 in The Boston Globe. 

This week, in her first major speech outlining her economic platform, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton highlighted one of the most pressing economic issues of our time: the changing world of work and the transition to the gig, or contract, economy.

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Birth Stories.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom  is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Friday May 11th

1:30 am

Dear Kate,

Eleven years ago tonight – I was alone with my eldest son for the first time in the maternity ward of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

I was 29 and it was 8 days till my birthday.

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Infertility treatment might be the new maternity leave

I was featured in a new piece from the Globe and Mail’s Leah Eichler that looks at work and infertility treatment. Read more…

The Globe & Mail: Book Review

This was one of my favourite books reviews – the title says it all.

It first appeared in The Globe & Mail. 

Book offers a brash new take on working moms

I have two friends in different cities. They don’t know each other but they represent opposite sides of the working-mother conundrum.

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Oh f*ck it’s messy…


Snapshot that captures my life at the moment: things in the works, but its messy.

Sunday September 27, 2015

2:45 pm , lobby of a tutoring place in downtown Toronto

Hey Kate,

It’s come to this – typing up a note while waiting for boys 1& 2 to do a tutoring assessment, in between so many different lists scattered around me, emailed to me (from me), typer on my phone, on stickies. Family+ the new world of work + a creative career is just so messy.  Confession: I fantasize about the simplicity of the straight forward job at times.

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