Blog Posts by Hilary Hagerman

  • We want to know: Do you have to be married to have a lasting relationship?

    Maybe it's the beard that keeps them together? (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)Maybe it's the beard that keeps them together? (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
    Goldie Hawn has been with Kurt Russell for 32 years, but they’ve never tied the knot – and they don’t plan to.

    In a recent interview with Porter magazine, the 69-year-old actress opened up about her relationship.

    "A lasting relationship isn't about marriage. It's about compatibility and communication," she said. "And you both need to want it to work. If one person does not want it to work, it isn't going to work. Intention is the key. It's also about not losing yourself in each other. Being together, two pillars holding up the house and the roof, and being different, not having to agree on everything, learning how to deal with not agreeing. Everything's a choice."

    At the same time, Katherine Woodward Thomas writes in Glamour that “serial monogamy is the new marriage.”

    Woodward Thomas goes on to explain that “just as it was the norm in our mothers’ generation to marry once, it’s now just as common to not mate for life.”

    With over 40 per cent of first marriages, 60 per cent of second

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  • Canadian singer Sarah Blackwood and crying son kicked off flight

    A photo of Sarah Blackwood and her son, taken last year (Sarah Blackwood/Instagram)A photo of Sarah Blackwood and her son, taken last year (Sarah Blackwood/Instagram)
    Canadian singer Sarah Blackwood says she was kicked off a United Airlines flight on Wednesday because of her crying two-year-old son.

    The Walk Off The Earth singer, who was understandably furious about the experience, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to voice her anger:

    According to the Toronto Star, the

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  • Amputee the latest to claim she was turned away from Cannes for not wearing heels

    Julianne Moore at the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere (Getty Images0Julianne Moore at the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere (Getty Images0
    Once small step in heels...one giant step backwards for equality?

    The Cannes Film Festival is already under fire for reportedly turning away women who aren’t wearing high heels from films. And now, another report has surfaced that makes the archaic wardrobe requirement seem even worse.

    A Danish film producer and scriptwriter, who has her big toe and part of her left foot amputated, told the Telegraph she was stopped multiple time by festival officials at the “Sea of Trees” premiere last week.

    "It is ridiculous," says Valeria Richter, who has been coming to the festival since 1998. "We are all working women who walk up and down the streets of Cannes all day doing business. They cannot force us to wear heels. We put on the dress and make an effort to be formal and festive, but to demand heels is not right."

    Richter added that a colleague of hers who has metal in her foot was also turned away, as was a friend wearing sandals with a small heel.

    Richter also told BBC that the incident

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  • 10 things you probably didn’t know about McDonald’s

    McDonald’s recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over the past several decades since the first restaurant opened in California, there’s been a lot of ups (pizza!) and downs (when they took pizza off the menu). In honour, we rounded up 10 things you might not know about the fast food giant.

    You've got Canada to thank for the McFlurry


    Yes ,it's true. Our favourite ice cream treat has Canadian roots. The McFlurry, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was created in the small coastal town of Bathurst, N.B. by franchisee Ron McLellan. Apparently McDonald's "fell in love with its creamy and crunchy taste" and added it to their regular menu.

    McDonald's started as a barbecue joint

      
    McDonald’s isn’t exactly known for their killer BBQ, but that’s how they got their start. In the 1930s, barbeque was huge across the south and western parts of the United States, so naturally when the McDonald brothers opened their restaurant, they had a smoke pit out the back. The original menu

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  • You told us: These are the hardest parts about being a mom

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    Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means it’s time to pay tribute to the mom in your life. And while we know motherhood is extremely rewarding – we also know it comes with its own unique set of challenges.

    For Mother’s Day, we wanted to recognize the it’s not always easy – so we asked our readers: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?

    Here’s what they had to say:

    "The worry about your kids is probably the worst part of motherhood. And each stage of a kid's life brings a whole other set of worries. From wondering if they are being bullied at school, or if they are OK in the playground, if they are getting into trouble, if they will ever get past the horribleness of adolescence, etc. But when I doubt my skills as a mother, which is often, I then look at it from another angle and think: they may not be good at everything, but they are good people. I look at my kids as adults now, and although they are not perfect, none of us are. In the words of the wisest mother I know (my mother in

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  • 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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