Blog Posts by Hilary Hagerman

  • We want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

      
    We want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

    It’s almost Mother’s Day – and that means we’re all getting ready to celebrate all the great moms in our lives. And while being a mom is an extremely rewarding job – we also know it comes with its own unique set of challenges.

    While Mother’s Day is all about appreciating the moms we know – it’s also about recognizing the challenges they face.

    With that in mind, we want to know: What’s the hardest part about being a mom? What is something that people don’t often appreciate? What is the one thing you wish people knew ? Let us know in the comments and you could be featured in an upcoming blog.

    Watch the video below for a glimpse at what Mother's Day looks like around the world.

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  • You told us: Best parenting advice for second-time parents Will and Kate

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    Well that was fast! In the early morning hours of Saturday, the Duchess of Cambridge entered the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital in London. Less than three hours later (at 8:34 a.m.) she had given birth to an adorable baby girl: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, or, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

    While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to be doing a pretty solid job at raising nearly-two-year-old Prince George, we know that adding another baby to the mix can change everything. Last week, we turned to Yahoo Canada readers to glean some advice for the second-time royal parents.

    Some said to make sure to cherish every moment with both children.

    “Just give your children lots of love and attention. Lots of hugs and kisses and tell them you love them every day. [The] most important thing is to listen to them (not just hear them but actually listen). Spend as much time as you can with them because they grow so fast,” says user Cheryl.

    Other users cautioned to make sure

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  • Princess Charlotte: How was the name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana chosen?

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    Royal baby no.2 finally has a name! On Monday, two days after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to an 8 lb. 3 oz. baby, Kensington Palace announced the little princess’s name.

    "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,” reads the official statement.

    "The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge."

    Nothing too surprising there – Charlotte and Elizabeth were both top picks, with Diana a little further behind. But what actually goes into choosing a royal baby name?

    According to experts, it’s really not as complicated as it may seem.

    “We might go to 1001 Best Baby Names, but the royal family goes to the family tree,” explains royal expert Victoria Arbiter to CBS News. “There’s not a requirement to name after a member of the royal family, but William and Kate by nature are very traditional.”

    So while they’re not required to name the baby Victoria or Elizabeth or Charlotte, you

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  • We want to know: What parenting advice do you have for Will and Kate?

    Prince George's little brother or sister will soon arrive! (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)Prince George's little brother or sister will soon arrive! (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
    The #GreatKateWait round two is in full swing!

    With increasing activity outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital in London combined with reports that the Duchess of Cambridge is already well past her due date, royal enthusiasts are on high alert for baby no.2.

    Baby name publicity stunt outside The Lindo Wing on May 1. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)Baby name publicity stunt outside The Lindo Wing on May 1. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/Getty Images)
    Will and Kate have broken the royal mold countless times when it comes to parenting Prince George, but how will they adapt for their second child?

    With that in mind, we want to know: What parenting advice do you have for the royals as they prepare to welcome Georgie’s little brother or sister? How does parenting change with two kids? Let us know your experiences in the comments or by tweeting @YahooShineCA.

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  • We want to know: Was Baltimore 'mom of the year' Toya Graham right to slap her son?

    On Monday, amidst the Baltimore riots, a mom made headlines when she saw her son on TV throwing rocks at police and “turned up to spank him home,” in the words of a local news outlet.

    Authorities praised Toya Graham for slapping her 16-year-old son, and many people turned to social media to dub her “mom of the year.”

      
    "I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that,” she explained to media.

    Many parenting experts agreed that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures

    ““While hitting and swearing at a child aren’t the preferred parenting practices, best practices don’t apply in the midst of a crisis,” Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, told Yahoo Parenting. “You wouldn’t ask your child politely to step out of the way of a moving car.” 

     But Graham’s actions didn’t come without criticism.

    Mom of the year or this is how violence is learned?” asked one commenter. 

    “Don’t [confuse]

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  • VOTE: Kate Middleton’s top 10 pregnancy looks

    It’s almost time for royal baby mania! The supposed due date for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s second baby is imminent – and media and baby enthusiasts have already begun to set up around the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

    While her second pregnancy may not have sparked as much of a frenzy as the first, we’re still eagerly awaiting the arrival of little Princess Alice…or Prince James…or whatever name Will and Kate end up going with.

    While we wait, we decided to take a look back our 10 favourite outfits Kate wore during both pregnancies. Vote for your favourite, and we'll announce the no.1 choice next week.

    Jenny Packham off-the-shoulder gown

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    The dress so nice, she's worn it thrice! The Duchess absolutely loves this stunning Jenny Packham gown, and we love how the ultra-flattering shaped worked during pregnancy, too.

    Hobbs Dalmatian-printed dress

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    She may be in line to be the future Queen of England, but Kate isn’t one to shy away from a bold print, as evidenced by this

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  • A cake fit for royalty: Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite chocolate cake recipe

    Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday with cake in 1989. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday with cake in 1989. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
    You can’t beat a royal family tradition – especially when it involves cake.

    On Tuesday, April 21, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 89th birthday. With a rare week off from official engagements, the royal reportedly spent the day quietly celebrating with family at Windsor Castle.

    According to Queen Elizabeth II’s former personal chef, Darren McGrady, the queen loves to celebrate her birthday in the same way we do: with chocolate cake. And not just any chocolate cake – the same recipe she’s requested for the past 80 years, which reportedly dates back to Queen Victoria’s chef.

    If it’s good enough for the queen, it’s good enough for us. Here’s the recipe for Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite cake, courtesy of Eating Royally.

    Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Chocolate Cake:

    The sponge:

    • 6 egg yolks
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 oz
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  • You told us: It's OK for your spouse to come before your kids

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    Last week, a writer made waves when she wrote an article saying she loved her husband more than her kids. The story was a controversial one, but some people did think she had a point.

    This past Thursday, we asked Yahoo Canada readers: Should your spouse ever come before your kids?

    Some said: absolutely not.

    There is no questions about it, the children must always come first, no matter what, for both parents,” writes user Manon. “If a dad accepts that his wife prefers him to their own children, then he is a very selfish man.

    “After 49 years with my husband, I care more for my children,” says Jana. “[The] relationship with my husband can be changed, but my children are first and this cannot be changed…the bond for me is unbreakable.

    Some said it depends on the timing of things.

    “Your children always come first, then when they are adults then hubby comes first,” says Feduppery.

    Many users pointed out that the love you feel for your spouse and the love you feel for your children is

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  • We want to know: Who comes first: Your spouse or your kids?

      
    “I love my kids and I would do anything for them. But I love my husband more.”

    It’s a phrase not uttered often, but one writer is saying it’s the mantra she lives by.

    In a recent article on YourTango, Amber Doty writes: “Eight and a half months into our marriage, while we were still getting comfortable in our roles as husband and wife, we suddenly became mom and dad. I won’t say that our son was poorly planned—we were both anxious to start our family—but I will say that in hindsight becoming a mother in the same year that you become a wife is not for the weak.

    The first year of our son’s life was the most difficult of our marriage to date and it is also the year I learned a very important lesson: My husband must always come before our children."

    She goes on to say that in a recent survey, half of experts polled believe that wives should prioritize their husbands over their kids.

    Unsurprisingly, many parents are less than impressed. But does Doty have a point?

    “There’s no question that

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  • We want to know: Do celebrities' imperfections make you feel empowered?

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    There's no doubt that Chrissy Teigen is one of the realest celebrities out there. She’s frank, hilarious (remember that time she documented drunkenly making a cake on St. Patrick’s Day?) and not afraid to put haters in their place.

    Earlier this week, the 29-year-old model made waves when she posted this photo to Instagram with the caption: “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!”

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    The photo has racked up a whopping 110 thousand likes on Instagram– and it’s still gaining momentum. Positive comments have been flooding in for the past couple of days:

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    And in the same week where Pink basically broke the Internet when she fired back against people who slammed her weight, it seems like the body-positive movement is stronger than ever.

    On the other hand, on Tuesday, plus-size fashionista and Skorch magazine founder posted a photo of her in a swimsuit with the caption: "THIS IS NOT BRAVE."

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    She has a pretty good counterpoint -- but still, it can be hard

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