TV par­ents in North T.O.

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The par­ents: Cather­ine Reit­man, cre­ator, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, writer and star of CBC’s Workin’ Moms, & Philip Stern­berg, pro­ducer and ac­tor on the show Home: De­tached home at Lawrence and Yonge Kids: Liam, one and a half, & Jack­son, four

After liv­ing in L.A., what’s Toronto been like?

Philip: There is an ease here. We work stupid hours, but peo­ple do re­spect the hol­i­days and the three-day week­ends. Peo­ple def­i­nitely em­brace fam­ily time more. There’s a lit­tle more hu­man­ity. It’s a beau­ti­ful qual­ity when you’re try­ing to raise good peo­ple.

What do you like about your ’hood?

Cather­ine: We love the peo­ple in the area. We moved from L.A. two years ago. It’s got a re­ally nice fam­ily feel here that we find ground­ing. Philip: It’s not nec­es­sar­ily as hip as down­town, but it’s got a lot of char­ac­ter. There’s a lot of great fam­i­lies in the neigh­bour­hood who are like-minded and hard-work­ing and smart.

Thoughts on lo­cal health care?

Cather­ine: Com­ing from Amer­ica, we’re as­tounded at how amaz­ing the Cana­dian health-care sys­tem is and, in par­tic­u­lar, our pe­di­a­tri­cian has been. I just adore her. She’s a work­ing mother her­self, and I’ve been floored with her gen­eros­ity with my boys, who seem to catch ev­ery­thing un­der the sun.

What’s a con­stant city par­ent strug­gle?

Philip: Crosstown traf­fic. If there’s a snow­storm or some­thing, it takes me about an hour to get home, and then I miss din­ner with the kids. You’re ne­go­ti­at­ing with peo­ple to come pick up your kids or meet them at the house.… It’s a hu­mil­i­at­ing, con­stant chal­lenge that work­ing par­ents have to face.

Has school in Toronto been a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence?

Cather­ine: We love the school we’re at, and he loves it too. We can’t wait to get his brother in. His brother is with a nanny, and he comes to set a lot — in fact he threw up on set all over Mommy when she was in full wardrobe and about to shoot a scene. Now ev­ery time he comes to set, the crew goes, “Uh-oh.”

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