Angelina had a double mastectomy, moms are misbehavin’ at Disney and we all need more naps. Baby mugging is big and Pilates is a lot tougher than you think. That’s what caught my attention this week.
1. News of Angelina’s double mastectomy, after she was identified as having the BRCA1 gene, went viral yesterday. It hit every paper, homepage, radio station and news broadcast. It was a brave statement to make on her part and is a very positive step in raising awareness of this gene. Then I looked at my inbox and read a press release about the effects of radiation when treating breast cancer. Interesting, I thought. Then the phone rang and a PR rep started a conversation with, ‘I thought with the news of Angelina’s double mastectomy, your readers might be interested to find out more about breast cancer treatment options.’ To which I responded, ‘So, you’re saying that our readers will suddenly be interested in learning more about breast cancer because Angelina just announced that she does not have it?’ It was a brief phone call. But it left me thinking…the Canadian Breast Cancer Association tells us that one in four women in Canada are diagnosed. That means we all know someone who’s been affected—a mother, an aunt, a sister, a colleague or a friend. Most of us know a lot more than just one survivor or victim of breast cancer. Do we really need Angelina’s announcement to remind us of this horrible disease? I may be too cynical about Angie, but I just sometimes wish we paid less attention to the celebs and more to the humans around us. I hope when it comes to serious issue like breast cancer we do.
2. In the world of crazy mom trends, the latest digital obsession with taking photos of your kids seems to be the baby mugging trend. It’s not as horrible as it sounds, these moms are not mugging babies—they are taking pictures of their babies with a coffee mug over them so the baby looks like he/she is popping out of the mug. They’re very popular, so who am I to judge?
3. What’s crazier than baby mugging? The ostrich pillow. This might not really seem mom-related at first glance, but who gets more tired than moms? Perhaps this is just what a sleep-deprived mom needs at the office for a little pick-me-up. As long as it doesn’t replace chocolate, I might be willing to give it a try.
4. And here is more shocking mom-behaviour news. Lisa Thornbury, a mom blogger and one of our Savvy Storytellers recently went to Walt Disney World with her family. She has a special needs daughter, so was eligible for a guest assistance pass which essentially allowed them to skip the very long lineups. Then she realized there were people who had figured out a way to beat the system. Apparently, wealthy Manhattan mothers are now hiring disabled tour guides to join their families on trips to Disney so they can skip the lineups themselves. Here’s more on what Lisa refers to as the ‘disgusting, deplorable story.’
5. Finally, a more personal note about the state of my physical health—which I thought wasn’t that bad until last week. My esteemed business partner Sarah invited me to join her in a new Pilates-style, full-body conditioning workout class at Studio Lagree in Toronto. It’s not the traditional Pilates class that I am more familiar with, but I agreed to go as I pride myself in being pretty good at the Stott flavour of Pilates and thought I could nail it. Two days of salt baths and five days of stretching later, I can finally walk comfortably again. It is that hard. It’s all abs, core and butt work, so if you’re in good shape but want to be in better shape, you should try it. The sign at the top of the stairs says it all. Good Luck!
Have a great week.
In honour of Mother’s Day, my five things this week are all mom related. A mom salary, SAHM moms versus working moms, moms who rock, charitable events and a great mom ad for Mother’s Day.
1. Being a mom isn’t always glamorous, despite the popularity of celeb moms we see daily in the news. Perhaps everyone knows that, as indicated by a press release I read this week claiming that Canadians would pay their moms an average salary of $161,287 a year for all their hard work. This number came from a survey conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of Walmart Canada, who is launching their second annual Mom of the Year Award. When asked what qualities a Mom of the Year should possess, the answers were several—being loving, compassionate, hard working, fun loving, a mentor, sacrificing and charitable. All that for $160,000 a year.
2. So there is a bit of pressure to be the perfect mom, we all know that. But does that mean we should stay at home and care for our kids full time, go to work or find the perfect blend of both? These are the questions that will plague us forever. But one thing is clear—whatever path we choose, moms want to be recognized for that choice and path. One of our SavvyStories bloggers, Rebecca Cuneo Keenan of Playground Confidential, was recently misrepresented in a mainstream media article as being a stay at home mom (SAHM). Here is how she reacted to that. Read it with interest, but remember not to judge your fellow moms.
3. I like the way Canadian Living celebrated moms by publishing a list of Canadian Moms Who Rock. Although we all know many moms who are not famous that rock (ahem, ourselves included), I was pleased to see some of our friends and writers on that list—notably Kathy Buckworth, Ann Douglas and Kirsten Doyle. All three are amazing, inspirational writers and moms.
4. And while we’re celebrating moms, an initiative launched by the Children’s Aid Foundation called Ignite the Spark caught my attention this week. It speaks to all of us who have mothers that ignited a spark in us—or allowed us to pursue dreams and interests that may have ignited a spark. The Children’s Aid Foundation tells us that over 75,000 children might not have that inspiration, but they are working to change that. Funds raised will go to enrichment programs for youth so they can be sparked. I will be making a donation in honour of my mother who continues to ignite my spark!
5. And because I love to include videos on my list of five things every week, I am sharing this Kobo ad that I think nails it for moms. It’s very emotional and reminiscent of the popular P&G ad that went viral during the summer Olympics last year, but I still love it. I especially love the way they focus on paper books to pull on our heartstrings, all while promoting an electronic reading device. It’s genius and well done.
Happy Mother’s Day—I hope you get what you want.