Barbie I Can Be the Voice: Inspiring Our Daughters


My role as a mother doubled when my bundle of joy came out a girl. Not only am I a mom to this sweet child, but I am also her first female role model, her first look at women’s roles in society and her first guide to navigating through this world as a girl.

This is a big responsibility, because let’s face it, I’m not perfect. Thankfully I don’t have to be. Teaching my daughter to learn from her mistakes, gain strength from her accomplishments and pursue her dreams are just a few of the ways that I can guide her to being the best she can be.

I think about my influences growing up as a girl and of course my mom comes to mind. I’m not sure how she did it because I guess I’ve never explicitly asked, but I do know that I turned out to be a confident, well-rounded and independent woman who doesn’t always  take no for an answer. And I know I have my mom to thank for this.

With my daughter, I try to show her that women can do anything. She’s seen me take on some nerve-racking feats, like going to the mayor’s office for an interview for a blog post or getting ready for a feature photo shoot. She watches me play soccer every Sunday during the summer and floor hockey in the fall. She knows there are no limits just because we’re girls.

She watches me do my makeup and shares that she wants to be as pretty as me. To this I reply that she is already beautiful and that make up only changes the way you look; it doesn’t make you prettier.

With every choice I make and every action I do, I’m thinking about my daughter and how it translates to her. This is a big job we have; mothers of daughters but with some thought and guidance we can teach our daughters to be all that they can be.

Celebrating and encouraging women is something that has always been close to my heart. It’s not that we’re better than men or that we have more to celebrate, it’s that we’re still working diligently at solidifying the message our sisters of the past worked so hard to send. We are women, hear us roar!

I Can Be The Voice is a new campaign and website that will help Moms with the task of raising their daughters so that they are smarter, stronger, happier, and more fulfilled.  Canadian Parenting Coach, Terry Carson will provide perspectives, wisdom, and experiences with visitors who, like us all, want to become better at parenting.

Think girl empowerment, encouragement for young girls to be their own best advocates and helping your daughter to realize the scope of her inner potential. This is what you’ll find at I Can Be The Voice.

Join other moms with daughters share your voice and speak your mind. It’s said that every time you find your own voice, you help a girl find hers. Visit the Barbie I Can Be website to get involved.


Tomorrow (October 27)  will be I Can Be Day, where select Canadian schools will get involved by having in-class curriculum encouraging young girls to think and learn about their future career aspirations. Also, some of Canada’s most inspirational women will demonstrate how today’s girls can dream and achieve anything they want to be. What an amazing and fantastic initiative.

Who was your role model or inspiration growing up? How do you encourage your daughter?

Disclosure – I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

Fabulous Female Friday – Kelly Maher

Fabulous Female Friday

Fabulous Female Friday

Today I’m so excited to be featuring February’s first FF, Kelly Maher from FM96 and the Tucker & Taz show.

It seems like not that long ago that I was sharing the hallways of Regina Mundi with Kelly. We went to high school together and in the last year I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kelly again from time to time as we work in the same building. And just as in high school, Kelly always has the biggest smile on her face. Her smile is one that is contagious (you see what I mean in the picture below!) as is her laugh.  If you’re not already smiling you will be after chatting with Kelly. She’s a bright and energetic woman.

I admire Kelly’s dedication, motivation and desire to pursue her life goals. As you’ll read below Kelly has been persistent in achieving success and listening to her true self.

Please join me in getting to know Kelly better.

Kelly Maher from FM 96

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a true Londoner…born and raised. I am engaged to a really great guy named Daniel and we have a 7-year-old daughter named Alyssa. My first baby was my cat Sylla, She is 14 now and we hope she’s up for another 14!

Just over a year ago I landed a job with the Tucker and Taz show on FM96. It is truly a dream come true for me.

When did you become interested in radio and broadcasting?

Growing up I was always fascinated by the broadcasting industry so when I was in grade 13, I left Regina Mundi and went to Beal for the broadcasting program. It was there that I fell in love with radio and learned the basics of the business.

Can you share the story of your first on-air job?

I applied for the Radio Broadcasting College program right out of high school and I didn’t get accepted. I lost my drive and passion to be in the industry for a while after that and I just felt like it was such a hard business to break into. I ended up going to school to become a Dental Assistant.

It wasn’t until I was 26 that I decided to whole heartedly go after my dream of being a radio personality. I saw an ad for an on-air announcer job at the Bowling Music Network (Radio for Bowling Alleys across North America).
I sent them a resume; never heard anything back. Then I saw the job posted again a few months later so I tried again and got an interview. I ended up getting the job and worked there for 4 years.

“I couldn’t ask for better guys to work with!”

What’s it like working with Tucker & Taz? You’re a female who has to handle two crazy men!

I couldn’t ask for better guys to work with! Yes, they’re crazy but that’s why I love it…it’s never boring with them around. It doesn’t matter how tired I may be, they always make me laugh. Taz is just a riot 24/7 and Tucker just has that naturally funny demeanour and is never at a loss for words. The truth is that they are 2 of the nicest people I know.

How do you balance the busy life of a radio personality and a mom?

The key to my sanity is napping. I get up at 3:30 a.m. so in order for me to function as a Mom, I need to nap for about an hour every afternoon. Also Daniel has been extremely supportive and sometimes he has to be Mr. Mom.

What’s your favourite thing about being a mom?

My favourite thing about being a mom is the unconditional love that I have for my daughter. She makes everything in my life have meaning and because of her I strive to be a better person every day. I also like being a mom because I have an excuse to play in the doll house and sing Hannah Montana karaoke every once in a while.

What’s your next goal?

My next goal is sort of work in progress. I have only been doing this job for a year so I am still trying to become an integral part of the morning show. I’d also like to do more work within the community. I would like to get out to more events and support some great causes.

“There’s never a crowd on that extra mile!”

What advice would you give to women in regards to pursuing their dreams?

If you are chasing a dream, say YES to all opportunities that will help you move in the direction you want to go even if it just seems like a small move.

Take the crappy jobs that no one else will do, even if the pay sucks.

Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.

Anything is possible if you believe in yourself. If a door is opened for you, kick it down; work harder than you think you ever could. There’s never a crowd on that extra mile!

What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod?

I just got the New Rihanna album “Loud”, been listening to that lately.

What’s the last book you read?

I seriously need to get back into reading! Wow, the last book I read was about 3 years ago. Eat, Pray, Love.


Thank you again so much to Kelly for being City Mom’s Fabulous Female.

Catch Kelly weekday mornings from 5:30 to 9:30 on 95.9 in London or listen live at FM96.

City Mom

Fabulous Female Friday – Katrina

Fabulous Female Friday

Fabulous Female Friday

This is the second instalment of the bi-monthly FFF feature on City Mom.

This week I am featuring a fabulous female known as Kat. Kat is a rock star in my opinion. She is one of those women that seem to have time for everyone and everything. I don’t know how she does it but she continues to support Canadian women, fellow bloggers and her family alike.

Kat is the author of a fabulous blog called Kat’s Confessions and the creator of an online community for moms called Canadian Moms. As I said, I don’t know how she does it but she continues to amaze me each day. You can always count on her for advice, support and an ear for listening.  She is a bright, enthusiastic woman and I am proud to feature her today as City Mom’s FF!

Please join me in getting to know Kat better:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a mom/step mom to four children, wife to an adorable man for 10 ½ mostly wonderful years, a retired nail tech (my wrists couldn’t take it any longer), an avid reader (when I have the time) and a proud Canadian. I love any music that I can sing along to (even though I am really bad!), dancing, and anything sparkly!

2. Describe your motivation behind Kat’s Confessions.

I didn’t even know what a blog was until I joined a site for moms not realizing it was for blogging moms. Once I figured it out, I began visiting their blogs and I was hooked. I used to enjoy writing so I thought I would give it a shot. I created Kat’s Confessions and have had a lot of fun with it since!

 3. How did Canadian Moms come about?

I have met a lot of excellent women as a member of various international “mom” communities. I truly enjoyed it but I found there were a lot of times that Canadians were left out of conversations and events. If Canadians posted anything that didn’t apply to other countries it could get a little ugly.

I decided I wanted a place where Canadians could connect, participate and not worry about the content not applying to them. I also felt that Canadians get a little lost on the Internet and I really wanted to showcase all of the amazing things Canadians are doing. I started a site and eventually asked Tanya from Little Village Naturals to join me. Together we created a couple of sites for Canadians as well as ran Canadian Moms until time zones and personal schedules made it difficult to continue together. Since then she has continued with the other projects while I continue with the Canadian Moms community.

4. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of Canadian Moms?

The community has become a very warm, friendly and supportive place to connect and network with moms, Mom Bloggers and Mompreneurs. I hope to continue building on that whether we stay at the 272 members or continue growing. I plan to bring in new events to bring the community closer as well as increase exposure for members that blog or own a business. My biggest dream right now is to one day have our own conference. It would be great to come together and get to meet each other offline. I love hearing what the women would like to see and hope the suggestions keep coming. Together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!

5. What is your favourite thing about being a mom?

Playing! There is nothing better than going skating, swimming, pulling out the Wii/Xbox or just goofing around as a family. I love listening to their sweet giggles and seeing their happy faces. My kids help me remember life isn’t always so serious.

6. What do you find most challenging about being a mom?

Taking time for me; it’s easy to forget I am not only a mom but a woman with hopes, dreams and goals that don’t have anything to do with being a mom. I have to remind myself to balance my mom duties and taking a little “me” time.

 7. Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?

I don’t have one person that I can say has been the biggest inspiration in my life. I have been blessed enough to have a number of special people who have inspired me in different ways. I would never be able to put one above the other.

 8. What’s the last song you listened to on your iPod?

She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

 9. What’s the last book you read?

he last book I read was Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper for a book review.

 10. What advice would you give to a new mommy blogger?

Write for you, write from the heart, and have fun with it! Don’t let worrying about stats take the joy out of blogging. It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and that really sucks the fun out of it in a hurry.

 Thank you to Kat for agreeing to be this week’s FF!  And don’t forget moms…you don’t need to be a blogger to join Canadian Moms.  It’s a great place for support, friendship and giveaways!  All you need is to be a mom and Canadian!

City Mom

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