I’ve been published on YMC!

I’ve been published on the YummyMummyClub again! This time we’re talking about how to #momthevote
Check out my article here


As we all know, there are very few moms in politics. Granted there are very few women in politics, whether they be moms or no. I have pondered the many reasons why women in our country enter politics far less often than men.


There are so many factors, but I believe the biggest to be the one that stops me short. It is simply far too great a sacrifice of my role as a mother. The long hours, the instability, the travel… Of course today’s men with children at home are making great sacrifices too. That may be why our public offices are filled with grey-haired grandfatherly types.


I don’t think any of the reasons that women are absent on the floors of legislative assemblies are insurmountable. Most of which can be overcome in time. I have to believe that.


Why IS it so critical that women become involved in the legislative process? Why IS it so important to vote? If we DON’T make our voices heard, we will continue to see policies incongruent with the needs and values of families. If we don’t stand up and stick our necks out, we can expect the same old boys’ club to prevail in our political forums.


For me the question has become HOW can I be involved while still maintaining my own family’s balance? Perhaps one day it will seem appropriate to step into the ring. Perhaps one day I will find the solutions I am looking for around how to make it work. In the meantime, I must get involved in some other way.


I have chosen to support two candidates in this federal election. One is the candidate for whom I will vote on Election Day. He’s a fantastic family man with values that closely align with my own. The other is a female candidate from a neighboring riding. Megan Leslie has been a remarkable Member of Parliament and speaks to the values of my family. She is doing what I so wish to see many other women doing.


How exactly can one person support women in politics? How can women, and especially moms, become engaged in the electoral process?


I began with information gathering. I have found this to be time-consuming and at times confusing.


There are many ways to become engaged. Going out to forums to meet the candidates in person, seeing how people present publicly is valuable. But I like to get to know the candidates. They are seeking to serve us and should willingly welcome the opportunity to speak with constituents in person. In the past I always waited for the candidates to come to me, canvassing at my door – only to meet very few this way.


In a federal riding there can be in the vicinity of 70,000 constituents. A federal election campaign lasts 35 days. Realistically, they are not going to make it to my door. But I can go to them! Every candidate has a campaign office. I don’t think you can find a more welcoming place than a campaign office.


Once I identified my pick, I became more engaged by supporting their campaign. There are so many ways to do this, from following their tweets and status updates and sharing with friends, to making campaign donations, and volunteering on the campaign doing anything from data entry to foot and phone canvassing to delivering signs.


As I mentioned before, I am a busy mom. I have two girls age 7 and 10. The only way I could find time to support my candidate(s) was to bring them along. They have helped me stuff envelopes, attended rallies and are a part of the everyday conversation about election activities. I can think of no better way than to encourage better representation of and by women (and their families) than to raise them up to be actively engaged!

Wanting to connect with other bloggers?

From YMC: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/get_to_know_fellow_bloggers_before_the_party?s=newsletter081210

Here’s what to do:

a) Cut and paste the quiz onto your blog.

b) Delete my answers (after carefully studying and committing each to memory. What?).

c) Answer the questions (feel free to embellish and totally make stuff up. I do it all the time).

d) Tweet a few of the bloggers you’d love to get to know better and invite them to play along.

e) In the comment section below, leave a link to your blog where you’ve answered the quiz questions.


1.    Did you attend Blogher10? No (didn’t know anything about it until just days prior – I am SO behind in the blogging world, even though I’ve been blogging for years)

2.   Are you attending BlissdomCanada this fall? I’m considering it, but it’s unlikely unfortunately.

3.    When are you at your blogging best – a.m. or p.m.? Evening works best for me, but I blog whenever I can find a moment to myself.

4.    How many blogs do you have? (Include the links)

1. http://ceilidhontherun.com

5.  What technical skill would you like to learn to improve your blog? Photoshop.  Haven’t even attempted to go there yet.

6.    Do you prefer the sound of silence or does action abound while you blog? Music to help keep the sounds more constant.  A sudden barking dog outside while working in silence is a huge distraction!

7.    Do you include the names of your family in your blog? Sometimes

8.    Do you post pictures or videos of your children? Only on password protected entries/pages

9.    What’s the grossest thing you’ve spilled on your keyboard? Hummus.

10.    Ever posted something you wrote while intoxicated? Hmmmm, not for a e very long time.

11.    Do you go back and edit old posts just because you can? Only for typos, if I happen to be rereading.

12.    Have you ever suspected somebody took something you wrote and pawned it off as their own? No.

13.    Does your spouse read your blog? What do they say about it? I belive only when I send him to a specific entry, but not sure otherwise.

14.    What’s something cool/positive/unexpected for you, that has resulted directly from blogging? My cretive juices have started flowing again, just as I hoped they would.

15.    Link to a post (or two) which demonstrate your writing style:

Is beauty skin deep?

Life can change in a single moment.  Sometimes it take s along time to see the results.

16.  Name a blog(s) that makes you exclaim, “Damn! I wish I’d written that!”

Still new to following other bloggers, I haven’t had that moment yet.  I find a lot that write of topics that interest me, or have a style I admire – but I would never attempt to duplicate they are just so unlike me.

Some of my favourite bloggers that I follow:

Halifax Broad

Sweet Salty Photoblog

Thanks for playing!