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3 posts from November 2008

November 12, 2008

Riding the Waves

Apparently there's a gender gap when it comes to economic worries. That's the scoop from the American Psychological Association, who found that 84 percent of women -- as compared to 75 percent of men -- had fears about what the future might hold for the U.S. economy.

If you want to cause a near panic, try yelling "breastfeeding mother" in a swimming pool in Toronto. Apparently, that's enough to scare some people silly.

November 10, 2008

BabyTime: Good Time

Askme I just spent three whirlwind days at the BabyTime show in Toronto. I spent part of my time hanging out in the Ask Ann Douglas kiosk (picture Lucy's "The Psychiatrist is In" advice stand -- but without the 5 cent fee). The rest of the time, I led rounds of pregnancy bingo, baby bingo, or parenting bingo. Parents competed for the chance to win fabulous prizes -- those fabulous prizes being copies of my books (I was the one providing the prizes: what do you want?) -- and a good time was had by some/most/all.

It was a fun way to spend a weekend. I got a chance to visit five relatives and one friend in my so-called spare time (that spare time occurring before 10 am or after 7 pm each day, you have to understand).

And today....well, today I'm totally exhausted. But it was totally worth it. I can catch up on email and the rest of my life tomorrow.

Before I left town on Thursday, I blogged at ParentCentral.ca about baby planners (the baby-world equivalent of a wedding planner) -- and, over at Yahoo! Canada, I wrote about the importance of reacting with compassion, not judgment, when tragedy strikes a family with a troubled teen.

November 03, 2008

Game Plan: Family Emergency Mode

35318862 Sometimes life gets intense. Like right now, with both my husband's parents in the hospital at once. I'm focusing on taking good care of myself, good care of him, and good care of the kids.

I'm also trying to get my pregnancy book revisions finished so that I will have one less thing to think about.

Right now, it's all about maximizing health (flu shot time; got to book that mammogram), taking care of the family (family nutrition reno), and using my work time in a more deliberate and focused manner.

I'm sure you have words of wisdom to add.

  • What do you do when a family emergency shows up on your radar screen?
  • What are your best coping strategies?