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It’s been quite a week for hot topics in the parenting world. Here are the 5 things that have got us talking around the office this past week:

1. Measles
Of course measles is still the number one news item affecting families, as the number of confirmed cases rises to eight in Ontario and 10 in Quebec. While tempers flare in the pro-vax and anti-vax camps—with posts like this one slamming anti-vaxxers going viral—a new Angus Reid poll suggests the majority of opinion is firmly in the pro-vaccination camp. It found that 74% of Canadians believe people who are against childhood vaccines are ‘irresponsible.’ Interestingly though, in Quebec where the number of cases of measles is highest, only 45% of people believe vaccines should be mandatory for school attendance. By contrast, in all other provinces, 61% to 71% said they believed childhood vaccines should be required for school.

We’ve read some great blog posts on the issue, including this insightful piece by Savvy Storyteller Rebecca Keenan at Playground Confidential. And we were also really moved by a post called “I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles.” Some things to think about on your way to find your family’s vaccine cards to make sure everyone is up to date.

the grief we dont talk about

2. Miscarriage
Also among the most read Savvy Stories posts this week was this moving post on pregnancy loss by Stacy Blair from 27th and Olive. The Grief We Can’t Talk About created a lot of conversation about why so many of us still feel compelled to hide miscarriage from the world. We encourage you to check it out, it’s a wonderful read.

baby led weaning

3. Baby Food Guidelines
Our food editor Jan Scott is expecting her third baby any day! And a lot has changed since 2002 when she last fed a baby! Jan decoded the new infant feeding guidelines released last May, which turn on its head the old-school norm of starting baby only on fortified baby cereals, and instead suggest incorporating iron-rich foods such as meat, eggs and legumes as first foods.

Thanks but no thanks

4. Saying No to Gwyneth
We think we’ve had enough of Gwyneth Paltrow telling us what to do and that was never more clear than this past week when she announced to the world that she’s better than us at having reproductive organs. Our sister site thebabypost.com had a few choice words for the Goop founder in “Thanks, but No Thanks, Gwyneth.”
Now onto something a little less cray-cray:

Happy valentine's day

5. Valentine’s Day
While we may not wish to steam our nether regions we can all get behind making Valentine’s Day a family affair. And since it falls on a Saturday this year, making Valentine’s Day crafts and treats is a perfect way to celebrate together—and stay warm inside, too. Check out our 30 Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes, Crafts and Projects.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our families to yours!

Your friends at Savvy HQ

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I suppose I always understood that all good things must come to an end, but it’s much different to agree with something in theory than to live it. I am living it now.

After close to ten years of building, growing and managing SavvyMom with one of my best friends, business partner and co-founder, Sarah Morgenstern, we are stepping away from the business and handing the reigns over to our trusted team and new owners.

I can’t help but think back to the fall of 2005 when we launched our first newsletter to all of our 50 subscribers. Incidentally, that first edition was written about Mabel’s Labels (big shout out here to Julie Cole and the amazing women behind that business), one of Canada’s great mompreneur success stories. We worked together in my cramped home office with no other team members than my black lab (affectionately nicknamed ‘Smelly Kelly’ by Sarah) who liked having her voice heard during important conference calls. Our team grew and we finally moved to our new offices on Bayview where we learned to put a lot of IKEA furniture together.

Fast forward to 2014 and it’s definitely an exciting time for SavvyMom Media now. We have grown into one of the largest and most influential digital mom magazines in Canada. We have a huge following of readers (that’s you!) to our newsletters, site visits, social following and blog network, and we’re grateful for the loyalty and trust you have shown us over the years. You refer us to all of your friends, you send us great ideas, you visit us at events, and you participate in contests and surveys. You tell us when you’re happy with our work—and when you aren’t. We fed off your input and adjusted while we grew to meet your needs. Everything we did, we did with our readers in mind because we understand that without your loyalty and trust we had nothing. Our readers are our lifeblood at SavvyMom and Sarah and I want to thank you for helping us create and build SavvyMom to what it is today.

You can look forward to lots of exciting new changes ahead—an updated brand, site redesign and new editions are all in the works. It’s going to be a great new chapter for SavvyMom and we hope you’ll enjoy every minute of it—and continue to provide feedback to ensure that the team stays on their toes.

So forget what I said about endings in the open of this post—it’s all about new beginnings.  We know you’ll love it—keep sharing SavvyMom with all your friends and as always, stay savvy!

Have a good week…

Minnow

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