Opinion

Top 10 blog posts of 2015

It's been a big year for our blogs. Find out which posts resonated with you the most in 2015.

According to our numbers, these are the blog posts that resonated with you the most over the past year—from debates about French immersion, mom haircuts and bullying.

10) What makes a working mom? 
Favourite line: “An office job is work. Parenting in and of itself is work. So, if this is about the time and effort we put in, aren’t we all working mothers?”
Blog: Odd Mama Out
Written by: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Published: February 5, 2015
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9) 7 survival tips for stay-at-home moms
Favourite line: “Being a stay-at-home mom was nothing like I’d imagined and I often struggled with the decision to lean-out when it seemed like so many moms who were leaning-in had it all figured out.”
Blog: Run-at-home mama
Written by: Jennifer Pinarski
Published: July 21, 2015
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Gillian, Jen and Isaac share a happy moment together. Photo: Jen Pinarski

8) How I accidentally got a mom haircut
Favourite line: “When I went back to work, to a new job, in April, I taught myself a side rope and an inverted braid to wear in place of the pony—I call the look my “professional ponytail” because it’s a little more polished but takes all of three minutes to do. Hilariously, it’s how I wore my hair, more or less, in grade 10, so I’ve actually gone backwards in time.”
Blog: Type A baby
Written by: Katie Dupuis
Published: August 26, 2015
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It took 45 minutes to get the cut to this state for a holiday party. The baby was unimpressed.

7) Yes, I judge parents who spank their kids
Favourite line: “I’m not a perfect parent. I’ve been ashamed of my actions towards my kid many times. I empathize with people who are overwrought and sometimes feel like spanking is their last resort. But I’m not OK with it.”
Blog: On our minds
Written by: Emma Waverman
Published: September 17, 2015
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6) I’m not ashamed of my infertility
Favourite line: “I don’t think people expect to have difficulty conceiving. Why would they? Babies are everywhere; the world is full of adorable, chubby, cooing little ones and all their accoutrements. I see them all the time. I pass an empty stroller outside a coffee shop and it hurts.”
Blog: On our minds
Written by: Wendy Litner
Published: April 18, 2015
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5) 4 things I wish I’d known about full-day kindergarten
Favourite line: Although Gillian was already a spirited child and I was accustomed to her temper tantrums, nothing could have prepared me for how frequent—and intense—her tantrums would be once she started kindergarten.”
Blog: Run-at-home mama
Written by: Jennifer Pinarski
Published: August 18, 2015
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Five-year-old Gillian. Photo: Jennifer Pinarski

4) 8 things I wish I’d known about French immersion
Favourite line: “Some kids thrive, and many schools do an incredible job creating an authentic French environment. But that didn’t happen for us.”
Blog: On our minds
Written by: Emma Waverman
Published: August 31, 2015
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3) An open letter to the kids bullying my daughter
Favourite line: “Last year, my daughter sat at our kitchen table, painstakingly making Valentine’s cards for every single one of you. She spent an hour working with scissors, markers and glitter glue. Armed with her treasured creations, she left home with a bounce in her step. When she handed you your card, you looked at it. You snickered. Then you crumpled it up and practiced your free throw into the garbage can.”
Blog: On our minds
Written by: Shandley McMurray
Published: March 4, 2015
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2) I want my kids to know it’s OK to masturbate 
Favourite line: “I want my daughter to understand her body and her sexual desires and needs. I want her to know that sex—whether it’s with herself or a loving, respectful partner when she’s emotionally mature enough—isn’t dirty or bad.”
Blog: On our minds
Written by: Jackie Gillard
Published: May 11, 2015
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1) I had a drug-free childbirth—and it scarred me
Favourite line: “Someone else may have been proud that they made it through with no drugs, but I was not. People have told me they’ve forgotten their labour and delivery experience almost immediately after giving birth. I remembered mine vividly, too vividly, for a very long time after.”
Blog: Odd mama out
Written by: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
Published: May 13, 2015
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