Educating the system. From the N word to advocacy.

Last year an elected school board official in Ontario, Canada, called Charline Grant the N-word. Then that official refused to resign and blamed ‘old age’ and ‘dementia’ for her use of the N-word.  Charline battled the school board until a resignation happened and then she took it upon herself to run for School Trustee.  She’sContinue reading “Educating the system. From the N word to advocacy.”

Self love as told by an ant, a hill and a house for sale

It can be hard finding great children’s books right? I think I found one. I love books with a positive lesson. For me, the new book Anthill For Sale is about leaning to value and love yourself when others don’t. You can’t go wrong with message like that. And the illustrations are gorgeous too. @bigbellyubookco #PB #kidlit #amreading #parenting #family # love #childrenliteracy Read more

A chat with Black Moms Connection founder Tanya Hayles

When the boy child was 5 years old, he called me ‘Blackie’ and proudly told me that his friend from school told him that ‘Blackie’ was another word for Black people.  To say I was shocked, upset, angry was an understatement. That moment, that time the boy child called my a racial slur, was myContinue reading “A chat with Black Moms Connection founder Tanya Hayles”

Living Your Best Life While Doing Life Afraid

Imagine this…You are living in Atlanta, Donald Trump has just won the election. You are shocked, you are in disbelief. You look over at your young son, his Black life matters more than anything in the world to you. Like so many Black mothers in the US, you worry for his future, you stress atContinue reading “Living Your Best Life While Doing Life Afraid”

The Secret Lives of Black Mothers

When I scheduled this latest conversation for the Woke Mommy Chatter podcast. It was meant to be three people talking about the idea of achievement being equated to ‘acting white’ and the phrase ‘Oreo cookie’ that is hurled at Black kids who don’t fit the ‘stereotype.’   This episode does talk about that issue, but myContinue reading “The Secret Lives of Black Mothers”

Part 2: Not leaning in but not leaning out podcast with Brianne DeRosa

This week, I’m concluding my conversation with Brainne DeRosa, authour of the Red, Round or Green blog, about a recent article she wrote for Motherwell Magazine, ‘On not leaning in, but not leaning out.’ We continue our chat about flexibility in the workforce, compare notes on Canada’s maternity leave vs. America’s. We chat about raceContinue reading “Part 2: Not leaning in but not leaning out podcast with Brianne DeRosa”

The Push for Work Life Balance

I recently wrote an article about only having one hour a day to spend with my kids if I accept a full-time 9-5, no flexibility job. One hour. That is my reality, and for me, that is not acceptable.    Why is it that in a world (at least in Canada), where maternity leave hasContinue reading “The Push for Work Life Balance”

The Traumatic Three’s, Elsa and the Black Village gone wrong

Having a three year old sucks.  Anyone who tells you differently is either delusional or on a strong dose of Vicodin or likely both….because they have a three year old, or as that age is now commonly known- a ‘threenager.’ On episode three of the Woke Mommy Chatter podcast, I am talking to three fellowContinue reading “The Traumatic Three’s, Elsa and the Black Village gone wrong”

Searching for my own Wakanda

My own family tree is a network of blank spots and unanswered questions.