Month: May 2018

Wordless Wednesday: No Working Mom Guilt

Wordless Wednesday: No Working Mom Guilt

Heels are packed. Gotta love cozy shoes for travel. Heading to #The6 for the day, home ce soir. Speaking on work life balance and I absolutely love my job. I’m proud my boys see me working at something I’m passionate about.

One time-management life hack I’ll share here: The Ideal Work-To-Break Ratio is 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. Have you mastered this scientific brain productivity ratio?

People who have mastered this ratio will thrive more because the brain functions well in spurts of approximately one hour of high energy, followed by 15-20 minutes of rest or lower energy expenditure. Share it with your kids too entering the exam period.

Redshirting: Holding Them Back To Get Them Ahead

Redshirting: Holding Them Back To Get Them Ahead

It is called “redshirting.” Perhaps you have heard of it.

“Redshirting for young children refers to the practice of postponing entrance into kindergarten of age-eligible children in order to allow extra time for socioemotional, intellectual, or physical growth. This occurs most frequently where children’s birthdays are so close to the cut-off dates that they are very likely to be among the youngest in their kindergarten class.”  (Wikipedia)

In simpler terms, ‘redshirting kindergarten’ is holding you child back one extra year before sending them to kindergarten. Instead of entering kindergarten as a 5 year old, if your child is on the cusp of the grade cutoff, that is, one of the youngest children in the grade, you would hold him or her back one year, and he or she would enter kindergarten as a larger, more developed, 6 year old.

Celebrating Motherhood

Celebrating Motherhood

This is our 9th Mother’s Day together on WomenOnTheFence.com. I have paid tribute to my incredible mother and mother-in law and to my two beautiful sons (that I owe my mother title to). I have also paid tribute to the many stories of mothers who have endured and overcome, who have experienced tragedy and triumph, and who have come out on the other side with grace and resilience.

For this year’s post, I have decided to pay tribute to women everywhere, and merge Mental Health Awareness Week with Mother’s Day.

So, let’s start with mental health awareness, shall we?

Here is a photo of my health and wellness panel from last weekend’s I Am: A Conference For Her.

This week especially, during #MentalHealthAwareness week, it felt relevant to stop and pause and do a few things:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Erica Diamond Brand Ambassador For Lisette L Montreal

ANNOUNCEMENT: Erica Diamond Brand Ambassador For Lisette L Montreal

I am finally able to reveal some exciting news– I am the new brand ambassador for Lisette L!

It all started last year with a fashion show. I walked the runway of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada charity fashion show, and was lucky enough to wear what has been called, “The world’s most flattering pants.”

We’re talking pants and collections worn by Oprah, Martha, Eugenie Bouchard, Venus Williams and many more!

When I met Lisette Limoges and put her pants on, seen here, I knew we had to find a way to collaborate.