Healthy Moms Blog
Have you been bitten by the Back to School bug yet? Are you feeling panicked by the barrage of marketing about just how “ready” your kids need to be, this month? Put your wallet away, sit back down, take a deep breath and relax. Make this August the time you take your own advice to “play outside” instead.
Being a Healthy Mom means something a little different to each of us. For lots of modern parents, though, creating a healthy home includes thinking about the environment around us. We may talk with our kids about recycling, bring our own bags to the store, read ingredients more carefully, and be a bit more conscious about what we put in our carts.
If you’re old enough to sing the rest of that ad jingle for hair remover, then you’re also old enough to remember Daisy Duke -- the TV bombshell who will forever be associated with her, ahem, ”cheeky” cut-off jean shorts. Even if you’re too young to have watched the Dukes of Hazard in reruns, you likely know who I mean. Short-shorts are back.
It’s hard to believe that only 1 or 2 generations ago, it was considered kind of radical to teach your daughters that we could “be anything we want when we grow up.” Free To Be You and Me was considered revolutionary and Sesame Street seemed like leftist propaganda to some. In my parents’ skinny row house in downtown Toronto, this meant that my sister and I could wear striped OshKosh B’Gosh overalls, just like our friend Gerry next door. It meant we could ride Big Wheels or roller skates down our little dead end street. And it meant that when we saw a doctor, it might be a woman, and she might be wearing pants.
Flash forward to 2017. Now I’m raising three kids in Toronto. I’m proud of the fact that we’re way past having to tell our kids they can do what they want with their careers. Tell my son to take the garbage out and you get “Well, that was sexist!” from his sister. “Fair enough! You can take the recycling.” Recently, though, I got zinged with one I hadn’t heard before: “Mom, are you assuming my gender?!”