Last week in Moms Talk,asked,
She queried us on a very important topic, especially for women who juggle it all—motherhood, work and other responsibilities. Her post reminded us about the need to unwind and find time for ourselves to recharge to continue to be nurturers and caretakers.
She also offered us a safe haven she's found to do just that—take a time-out. It's the YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, only a 30-minute drive from Los Gatos.
Here's what some of our commenters had to say, including our Moms Council of experts:
"Boy, just reading your column had me take a nice deep breath ~ what a wonderful find and yes, moms do need a time out! We rarely if ever, make it on to our list of who to take care of. Even if it's a mani/pedi, a massage, or girlfriend time over a great glass of wine and food treats, we need to give ourselves that time to replenish and nourish ourselves. When we're on empty or running on fumes, it's not exactly our best selves to be sharing and caring for those we love. I'm checking it out Carrie and probably checking in!
Wow! Your retreat sounds perfect! Moms are on the job around the clock. It is so important to stop that clock, take a moment for yourself, and feel rejuvenated. Being an educator and business owner, I also feel this need take a time out. I have had to make an effort to take time off for myself, or else I will keep working and remain overworked, stressed, and exhausted. A retreat like this sounds divine!
So true! Thank you for the reminder and for the resource! I had heard about Camp Campbell for Science Camp for local schools and even "Family Camps" during the summer, but a retreat for Mom is such a marvelous idea!
I also went to a women's retreat at Camp Campbell years ago and thought it was awesome! I did do some hiking, but mostly I found myself doing a lot of exercise and movement classes, one wine-tasting, and a lot of beading (which I had never done before). They even had the ropes course available, but I chose not to challenge myself in that way. And I was too late to sign up for any of the massage times! They do have a good variety of activities that you can do or not! I have also been to a mother-daughter weekend there, and that was really fun too. (Even more fun now that the Treetop Cabins are there!) My daughter just came back from science camp there last week, and we're looking forward to returning to mother-daughter camp in the fall.
Now, onto this week's topic: How do you prevent power problems?
From 1990 to 2009, the number of such incidents increased by 1,484 reports, from 1,301 to 2,785.
The findings report that ingestion of small button batteries in children 5 and younger was 10.1 per 100,000 in 2009 and basically uncover a health concern due to the prevalence of electronic gadgets in our homes.
In my own home, my two children have several battery-operated toys, games, watches, calculators, flashlights, remote controls and other devices, especially some operated by the so-called "button batteries."
While my kids may not be at risk of actually swallowing these batteries or putting them in their ears, eyes or noses, I have friends with younger children who should pay attention to the report and take precautions.
Unfortunately, the report numbers were only for ER visits, so they can't provide the exact amount of children who die each year in our country and abroad from ingesting batteries.
Study author Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, said other research has indicated that while most batteries will go through a child's system without harm, a trapped battery on a esophagus can discharge, damage surrounding tissue and even burn a hole, resulting in death and serious injury.
I also started thinking about pets, dogs and cats and even other animals that sometimes eat anything they see causing them health problems, ER visits to vet hospitals, large hospital bills and sadly the loss of our beloved companions.
So my question this week, particularly for parents, grandparents, babysitters tending to younger kids and responsible pet owners surrounded by this potential threat, is: "How do you prevent power problems?"