I made an intentional choice to read to my daughter starting from the moment that I learned I was pregnant, and promised to make sure that the stories we read together were ones that she could see herself represented in.

By: Kristina Dapaah

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Around the time that I first found out I was pregnant, I decided to start reading to my baby while she was in my womb. I got the suggestion from an article on babycentre.com that outlined the benefits of reading to babies before and after they are born. The piece went on to talk about the literacy advances children who are read to from infancy may experience. All of this information was enough to help me commit to having a daily story time with my daughter. But, I knew that my…


Black women and other women of colour have repeatedly been erased from data collection, research, policy efforts, and representation across all sectors. The result is a world that uses them, but is not designed for them.

By: Yalinie Kulandaivelu

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

If you have been following the news over the past year, you’ve likely heard about the lack of data that the Canadian healthcare system collects on Black Indigenous, and other people of colour, as well as refugees and immigrants. A lack of data essentially renders large swathes of the population invisible. It also results in the inability to prove that problems exist where these populations are concerned. …


Like almost a quarter of Canadian women, I identify as a mom navigating a postpartum period plagued with worry and sadness. This is my story.

By: Kristina Dapaah

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Trigger Warning: If you have experienced postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety (or) are dealing with any type of anxiety and (or) mood disorders, please note that this piece will describe symptoms while outlining a personal experience of a mother in the postpartum period dealing with anxiety.

The postpartum period can pull you so far away from yourself and the life that you knew , and make you believe that you have no way of moving forward. I shared this sentiment in an Instagram post recently and was met with women who…


Supporting Black youth in entering STEM fields is more than just outreach programs for children and youth. Resources and programs supporting their journey from elementary school to post-secondary studies and careers are important for success.

By: Yalinie Kulandaivelu

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Designing a better world for Black women requires Black girls and women’s involvement in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and levels of organizations and decision-making. Achieving this vision will require resources and support for Black youth as early as toddlers to post-doctoral and career-level stages.

Involving children in STEM activities and learning in the early years is one of the most important ways to set them on the path of considering STEM as a career. Age-appropriate activities during the early years and primary school ages ensures children identify…


This Mother’s Day, I invite you to take some time to mother yourself. Give yourself the love, care, and compassion (and whatever else you need) that you deserve.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Disclaimer: For those of you who have experienced any kind of trauma or abuse at the proverbial, or in some cases, literal hands of your mother that has resulted in a fractured relationship between you, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge you and your experiences, whatever they may be. However you have chosen to deal with your experience is valid and respected. Please know that you are not alone; you are loved and supported.

Mother’s Day is typically a day where a mother’s loved ones (e.g. their…


In the past, I’ve shared tips on how to move through difficult situations, but now I would like to take a moment to create space to honour the uncomfortable emotions.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Mama, how are you?

Since the last time we connected, I feel like things were starting to look up; spring arrived, the patios were beginning to open up and then, BOOM — everything was taken away. We were hit with the news that we were going into yet ANOTHER lockdown; what the Ontario government is calling the “emergency break” lockdown (similar to the lockdown we had over the Christmas holidays). What is this, the 3rd lockdown since March 2020? I’ve lost count…

In addition, the Peel Public Health Unity…


With spring just around the corner, we are eagerly looking forward to the brighter days ahead, and invite parents to think about this time as a period for emotional renewal.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

I know that we are STILL in this pandemic, BUT places are slowly starting to open up again, AND guess what?! Spring is around the corner! That means BRIGHTER days are ahead — THANK goodness! …


This International Women’s Day, we want to highlight a few of the important contributions made by Black women to the advancement of equity in healthcare.

By: Amy Gill (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), which aims to celebrate women’s achievements in order to forge a gender equal world by calling out inequality. This year, the campaign theme of #IWD2021 is to #ChooseToChallenge, which is centred on challenging gender bias and inequality with the overarching goal of creating an inclusive world. In the past, Black women have been excluded from the healthcare field. Black women not only face inequalities due to gender-based biases, but they also have to endure race-based prejudice and discrimination. This is…


News of the COVID-19 vaccine has been met with apprehension among Black communities. A brief look at historic events will provide some insight as to why this is the case.

By: Nicki Reid, Bilingual BA

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

TRIGGER WARNING: This blog references historical events that contain medical violence; please read at your own discretion.

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is now underway in Canada. Some view this vaccine as the answer to their prayers or the thing that will bring them one step closer to resuming a life of normalcy, while others are apprehensive about receiving the vaccine. Skepticism about the vaccine appears prevalent in Black communities; despite the fact that COVID-19…


Pearl Cicci has built an incredible business from scratch, all on her own, and embodies the modern-day entrepreneur. Read about her journey, and discover some resources for Black entrepreneurs!

By: Amy Gill (Mommy Monitor’s Youth Subcommittee)

Originally published here: Mommy Monitor’s Blog

Starting a new business is a daunting and overwhelming task for many aspiring entrepreneurs, and Black entrepreneurs face unique challenges that can hinder their growth and success. In fact, the New York Post found that 80% of Black business owners said they faced significantly more challenges getting their business off the ground due to their race and 85% said they had to overcome more obstacles than their non-Black business owners. A staggering 59% said that they faced racism or bias when they were starting their business, and…

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