How to get a spot in a $7 a day daycare

Posted by Saraline , Tuesday, May 25, 2010 6:16 PM

We have subsidized daycares in Quebec that charge $7 a day. That's fantastic. A $7 daycare is a wonderful lifeline for low-income families. But how do you get a spot in one?

If you're a parent in Montreal, you know how long the waiting lists are. They can be anywhere from two to four years long. Some people put their names on waiting lists as soon as they find out that they're pregnant. They call the daycares up and say, "Okay, I peed on a stick, can I put my name on the waiting list please?"

I recently found myself in a difficult position when I decided that I was going back to school. I had my son's name on waiting lists in my neighbourhood, but now I'm moving to a different town to be closer to my school. This was not something that I had anticipated when I was pregnant, so I was not on any of the waiting lists there. I put my son on the waiting lists for the $7 daycares in the area before I had even received my acceptance letter. It looked like there was absolutely no way that my son would get into one of these daycares before I started school in September.

Joining the chorus by not shutting the fuck up

Posted by Saraline , Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:17 PM

Canadian feminists have been pretty pissed off lately, and with good reason. Debra over at April Reign has a pretty good explanation about why we're angry:

Throughout history those who seek to reign despotically first seek to silence and disenfranchise the women, this current PM scrabbling after a majority like a junkie jonesing for a fix is no different. He started by all but completely destroying SWC and has continued to show disdain for women with quotes about “left-wing fringe groups” and Bush style gag laws on abortion for women in war-torn countries, and of course he continues to defund women’s groups and programs.

Cyberbullying not just for kids: moms get bullied too

Posted by Saraline , Wednesday, May 12, 2010 5:05 PM

Motherhood is supposed to be like apple pie and a warm hug. Wholesome. Dependable.

But online, it can be anything but. Right next to support groups on diaper rash and the terrible twos are mean girls, all grown up.

It's mom on mom cyberbullying and as the popularity of mommy blogging rises, so do the often stinging criticisms. [...]

Norie said Ally went through psychological bullying throughout school. It made Norie want to speak out to other mothers to prevent that humiliation from happening to their daughters. But going public triggered a wave of mommy bullying that shocked her even more.

"A lot of mothers called Ally a slut and a whore," she said. "It was a lack of parenting and we should have taught her morals and we should have taught her self-respect. Basically that I was a horrible parent and it devastated me because they know where to get you. Mothers go after your mothering."
-from the article Grown up mean girls: Mom on mom cyberbullies by Anna Wild

Happy Mother's Day

Posted by Saraline , Sunday, May 9, 2010 6:10 PM

I know that some people criticize Mother's Day as a commercial holiday, but we all like to feel appreciated once in awhile. This post is dedicated to my mom, a very strong and very brave woman.

My mom had me when she was only 17. She married my dad and took on a huge responsibility that many teenagers are not ready for. She never complained that she didn't get to have fun like other people her age. She got a job, she kept the house clean, and she took good care of me.

Brontë sisters power dolls

Posted by Saraline , Friday, May 7, 2010 6:15 PM

Thank you to my friend Sarah for sharing this wonderful video on facebook:

I don't really have anything to say about this aside from "Brontë sisters power up!"

Kathleen Hanna on leadership

Posted by Saraline , Monday, May 3, 2010 8:17 PM

A few days ago, somebody posted this interview with Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre in ontd_feminism:

In the interview, Hanna discusses how she feels about donating her zines and other papers to the New York University Library. More information about this is available in this article at Village Voice:

Eleven reasons to have a mommy business card

Posted by Saraline , Sunday, May 2, 2010 8:51 PM

As I've mentioned before, I'm fascinated by the idea of mommy business cards. I've been looking into this, and one website I found has a list of top 10 reasons to use your mommy cards:

1. New moms you meet and want play dates with
2. Contact info for Babysitter
3. Neighbors
4. Existing friends (the cards are just too cute not to share)
5. Put in holiday cards, birthday cards, thank you cards and more
6. When dropping off your child at someone’s house for a play date or birthday party
7. If your child is lost you can give out the card with their picture on it to help find them
8. Keep one in your suitcase or diaper bag in case it gets lost
9. Will make grandparents smile
10. Just for fun!

I have one more to add to this list:

11. It shows everyone that you're an important person; mothers are important people, too.

Children's tylenol recall and chocolate flavoured formula

Posted by Saraline , Saturday, May 1, 2010 5:21 PM

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has issued a recall for more than 40 over the counter medications for children. The recall includes children's versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl. The medications in question have been sold in 12 countries, including Canada and the U.S.

The recall is a precautionary measure and no children have had reported illnesses due to taking these medicines, but it's still pretty scary. More information about the recall is available here.

In other news, an infant formula company is now selling chocolate flavoured formula:

Mead-Johnson, the company that prides itself on its "decades-long patterning of infant formulas after breast milk," now goes one better. It sells chocolate- and vanilla-flavored formulas for toddlers, fortified with nutrients, omega-3s, and antioxidants.

Allow me to just point something out here.

"Decades-long patterning of infant formulas after breast milk."

Chocolate flavoured formula.

"Decades-long patterning of infant formulas after breast milk."

Chocolate flavoured formula.

And with that, I'll leave you to think about what the similarities could possibly be between breast milk and chocolate flavoured baby formula.

Carnival of children's literature

Posted by Saraline 5:04 PM

I submitted a blog entry to another blog carnival, this one dedicated to children's literature. I'm looking forward to reading the articles, it looks there's a lot of interesting stuff.