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Archive for October, 2011

Mommy Connections

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 by:

Being a work-at-home mom allows for some amazing bonding time with my girls. It blows my mind that next year Kyla will be in full-day kindergarten and we won’t be spending all our days together. It makes me happy and sad that she is growing up and becoming so independent. Ryah will begin a preschool program next year as well and she will be away from me three mornings a week (tear). I am so happy that being a Mommy Connections Director caters to my needs and allows me to spend this precious time with my girls.

Mommy Connections has an amazing support system, Carol (see below) refers to her directors as the Dream Team. I cannot say enough about this group of amazing and talented women. The words of encouragement and willingness to offer suggestions that come from this group is overwhelming. We are all there to support each other and cheer each other on.

Carol is the President and Founder of Mommy Connections and since 2008 she has grown Mommy Connections to over 24 chapters in North America. I am both honoured and proud to be a part of this organization. For more information about Mommy Connections and Licences opportunities go to www.mommyconnections.ca you can also email carol@mommyconnections.ca

Having it All

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by:

Last spring I was asked if I’d like to become a Mommy Connections Director. After a lot of soul searching I decided it was a good move and I bought the license. I am now the Program Director for Mommy Connections Mississauga South.

What a great decision! It is the best job I have ever had. Working as a Mommy Connections Director combines everything I loved about my old job and none of the pressure. I get to use my business skills to run Mommy Connections Mississauga South and stay home and raise my two girls.

A day in the life of me a Mommy Connections Director might find me waking up with the girls; fixing them a hot breakfast; then off to the park or a play date for the rest of the morning. I can receive email on my phone so I can respond to anything important while the girls are playing. We then have lunch and Ryah goes down for her nap. Kyla will do crafts or watch TV while Mommy works. I check my website stats, update my status on facebook and look for pages and businesses that I would like to partner with. I also make calls and send emails in the afternoon in an effort to finalize the program agenda.

One of the major struggles of this job is finding ways to market the program to Moms. I have never worked so hard in my life all while having a super fun time. I know my kids are well taken care and they love having me home. Kyla started a co-operative nursery school this fall. With my old position I would never have been able to enrol her there because of the duty days and extra work involved in this type of school. On my duty days, I get to experience the school day with her and her friends. What an amazing experience for both of us.

The Big Change

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by:

I was due to go back to work in the summer of 2009. I had found a wonderful home daycare for Kyla. She started going twice a week in July 2009. She spent her time there doing crafts going to the park and having the best time with her two friends Dillon and Lucas. It made the transition back to work a little bit easier knowing she was happy in her new setting. During my maternity leave the company I was working for made some changes to the sales force and my job went from full time to part time. I was completely fine with four days a week as I had just found that I was expecting my second child (surprise). I went back in mid July 2009 and I worked for only seven months (that was nice); during those seven months I started to wonder if I could do my job and have two small children. The sales meetings away from home, the long hours and stressful work were just not interesting to me anymore. On my days off, I loved being home with Kyla.

In March 2010 I had another beautiful girl Ryah. Life was amazing with my two girls, but something was weighing heavily in my mind. I was dreading my return to work day and I had a hard time trying to relax and enjoy this maternity leave. I started taking a couple courses online in an effort to learn a new field of work that would allow me to work from home. I grew restless of this and thought that there was nothing out there for me to do. I was going to have to go back to the job that I had once loved but had grown to dread.

Then, in January 2011 a decision had been made for me. The company I had been employed by made some more changes and they let the whole sales force go. I was both happy and sad. The only career I had known was gone, done, and finished! I had a short identity crisis (a whole week) and decided that I needed to focus on my kids. I could stay home for a while and not worry, that was a nice thought­–for a few weeks.

Making Mommy Connections

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by:

Three years ago I was out for a walk with Kyla and my dog Griffin. I met another mom with a baby boy just a few months older then Kyla. We soon met a few other neighbourhood moms and the “Alderchicks” were born.

We started meeting every Friday for coffee. We would go for beautiful walks through the neighbourhood–the convoy of strollers was hilarious. I looked forward to Fridays; I loved spending time with these women and their babies. Our group slowly grew to 21 moms and it is still growing. Most of us had our second babies around the same time so we were able to spend another maternity leave together. While we were on our second maternity leaves, we met some first time moms in the neighbourhood. One of those moms was Karen–the Mommy Connections director for Toronto West.