Whether she’s pushing a stroller, pulling a wagon, bike-chauffeuring or wearing her little one in a sling, when a Toronto mama passes one of her own kind as she makes her way down the busy city streets, expect a warm smile or a knowing nod; after all, we are all in this together.  We know the sacrifices we’ve made to remain living within city limits with our kids.  Is it super convenient? No. Is it worth it? Abso-fucking-lutely.

So in case you need a reminder… here’s how to know for sure if you’re a bonafide downtown mama:

1. It freaks you out when people tell you they’re giving birth somewhere other than Mt. Sinai or Sunnybrooke.

2. You are suddenly appalled by the serious lack of wheelchair accessible subway stations on the TTC.


3. You can’t plan play dates with anyone who doesn’t live in your neighbourhood because traffic is so bad that by the time you get to their house, your kid has to nap again.



This is an excerpt from the article YOU KNOW YOU’RE A TORONTO MAMA WHEN… which originally appeared on The Rebel Mama.