Just in time for Mother’s Day, trending topics and revealing confessions to get mom laughing, thinking and fired up
I want all the perks of maternity leave — without having any kids.
In one headline, Meghann Foye, author of Meternity, united the parenting world with a single head shake. In a bold, yet arguably brilliant marketing move by the chick lit author, Foye discussed her feelings behind her novel with the NY Post. ‘The more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a “meternity” leave — which is, to me, a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn’t revolve around their jobs.’
Foye also said she felt ‘envious’ of women who get to go off on maternity leave and can let their personal lives ‘take center stage’.
‘It seemed that parenthood was the only path that provided a modicum of flexibility,’ she argued, saying those without kids miss ‘socially mandated time and space for self-reflection.’
She concluded: ‘Bottom line: Women are bad at putting ourselves first. But when you have a child, you learn how to self-advocate to put the needs of your family first. A well-crafted “meternity” can give you the same skills – and taking one shouldn’t disqualify you from taking maternity leave later.’
Does Foye have a point or is she out of her mind?
TakePart’s Gillian Sheldon and Savvy Auntie Melanie Notkin sound off!
Plus, what do moms reeeeally want? Today.com contributor Sarah Maizes has the answer!
And, what’s the buzz in the mom community? Multiple Mayhem Mamma, Samantha Kemp Jackson joins Kim and Jackie for Broad Topics.
Gillian Sheldon is senior vice president, marketing of Participant Media’s digital hub, TakePart, which serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved.
One of the forces behind the game changing TMZ.com and subsequent TMZ TV, Sheldon helped to create, manage and execute the operation of the highly successful entertainment brand. She began her career in local news in Seattle, working as an assignment editor, producer and wannabe traffic reporter. With two weeks’ notice, Sheldon took a leap of faith and headed to L.A. to launch the syndicated program “Celebrity Justice” with Harvey Levin. There she was able to leverage her skill as a news producer with her innate ability to connect people to grow the “CJ” brand beyond its time periods. Following “CJ,” TMZ was born.
Following TMZ, Sheldon oversaw several digital properties for Telepictures Productions, including momlogic.com and ExtraTV.com. Post that nearly 10-year stint at the studio, she served as vice president of celebrity programming for BUZZMEDIA (now known as SPINMEDIA), working with highly successful and visible pop culture brands like Celebuzz, Idolator, Buzznet and the personal blogs of such celebrities as Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and launching the first site for Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Most recently, Sheldon served as the supervising producer, digital at Sony Pictures Entertainment for “The Queen Latifah Show.”
With a diverse background in digital media, TV, programming, marketing and public relations, Sheldon brings years of experience and a wealth of contacts to the entertainment landscape.
Sarah Maizes is an award-winning author, comedian, and parenting & lifestyle humorist. She is the author of several humor books including “Got MILF? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great and Rocking a Minivan” (Berkley/Penguin Books) and several picture books for children including On My Way To The Bath (Bloomsbury) and On My Way to Bed, a New York Times “Bookshelf Pick.”
Sarah is also a regular contributor and “humorist-at-large” for TODAY.com. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, KTLA, ABC News’ Nightline, NBC Nonstop News, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” and HUFFPO LIVE, and her work has been featured in many major media outlets including Los Angeles Magazine, MSNBC.com, E! TV’s “Fashion Police,” More.com, Glamour.com, MarieClaire.com, Momtourage.com and Mom.me.
Proudest accomplishment? Writing for E! Online’s “Fashion Police” blog only three weeks before Snookie’s PR woman called to complain.
Samantha Kemp-Jackson aka “Multiple Mayhem Mamma,” is a successful parenting writer, blogger, public speaker and frequent media spokesperson. She regularly discusses the various triumphs and trials of parenting via her blog, Multiple Mayhem Mamma as well as on various media outlets including The Huffington Post, Reuters , CTV Canada AM and CBC Radio among many others. Since starting her blog in 2011, she’s regularly appeared in the media, dispensing parenting advice and insight to advice-seeking moms and dads nationally. Having children of the most diverse age range ever, her “claim to fame” is that she’s a rare breed of folk who has the dubious distinction of having raised children in four decades: the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and the ’10s.
Most recently, her story was profiled in the November, 2015 edition of Toronto Life as well as on Canada AM, where she is a regular guest as part of the program’s “Parenting Panel.”
In Samantha’s professional life, she’s a strategic, senior-level communicator, writer and media relations expert with 25 years of professional experience working with both the public and private sectors.
She’s also a lover of all things tech, and has built her Communications career on providing media relations and public relations counsel to clients primarily within the Technology sector. With almost a decade of PR agency experience, she is known for her media relations savvy and writing and runs a successful Public Relations and Writing consultancy, Triple M Communications. Social Media is an integral part of her professional and personal life as evidenced by her large Twitter following (follow Sam at @samkj27).
Melanie Notkin is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, marketer and a leading voice of childless, and often single women.
Notkin uncovered the growing demographics of childless women and given them a voice. To celebrate modern aunthood, in 2008, she founded SAVVY AUNTIE®, the multi-platform lifestyle brand for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids. In 2014, Notkin introduced Otherhood, the modern, growing demographic of women who, despite their deepest yearnings, remain single and childless as their fertile years wane.
Before developing Savvy Auntie, Notkin was an award-winning, senior level interactive marketing and communications executive for global Fortune 500 companies, including The New York Times and American Express, as well as L’Oréal. She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she was born.
Notkin is a Savvy Auntie and Auntie by Relation (ABR) to a number of wonderful children who are the loves of her life. She is also an Auntie By Choice (ABC) to all of her friends’ kids, who come in a very close second. Notkin resides and works in New York City. You can find Melanie at Twitter.com/SavvyAuntie, Facebook.com/SavvyAuntie, Youtube.com/SavvyAuntie and of course SavvyAuntie.com.