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Mar 03
2010
Douglas Bush

A Mother receives word from Chile

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I usually write a blog entry once a month but today, I would like to do something a little different.

My nephew, Derek, lives in Santiago, Chile and has done for some twenty years.  Being Canadian born and raised, Derek got the entrepreneurial spirit to make wine in Chile.  Off he went to seek fame and fortune.  As life would have it, he met a nice Chilean girl, got married and now have two little boys ages 3 and 5. 

Two days ago, Derek sent this email to his Mother here in Canada.  She was relieved and wanted to share it with the rest of the family.  I would like to share part of it with you.

Feb 09
2010
Douglas Bush

Laughter should be part of any Emergency Plan

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A 72 Hour Emergency Kit is the most vital component in any emergency plan. This is the maximum amount of time it will take emergency personnel to come to your aid. So be aware and be ready.

Being prepared for possible emergencies increases confidence, knowledge and skill in children of all ages. Because emergencies can cause high stress and have a negative impact and effect on people's lives, especially children, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare them for such situations. Also remember that children react to the emotions of those around them and can sense when there is fear, stress or anxiety. The best way to help a child in an emergency is to be prepared to deal with the situation yourself.

Having sold emergency planning software to families for over five years, there is one key ingredient which we all overlook: laughter.  Humor reduces stress and anxiety by releasing feel-good hormones in the brain, promoting positive thinking and emotion.  Children will be reassured and relaxed during the stress that is associated with an emergency if they can have the healthy outlet of laughter. Practice making tense situations lighter with laughter.

Jan 05
2010
Douglas Bush

That's NICE !

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It is already five days into the New Year and many of us (including myself) have broken some New Year resolutions.  Sound familiar. 

As a former college student, my professor would get upset if we did not hand in our assignments on time.  He would say that procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.  That is all well and good as a student but as a parent:  this takes on a whole different meaning.  

The Christmas holidays brought us a chilling reminder that the terrorists threats are still there.  Further, record snow falls and cold temperatures serve as a reminder that we should be prepared.  So if procrastination has crept into your life, it is time to do something about it.  Let’s start preparing now.

Dec 18
2009
Douglas Bush

Do you want to learn or be taught?

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Phrases like “think ahead and plan ahead “have a similarity to them.  I think that they are meaning be prepared, be ready and expect the unexpected.    

When it comes to emergency planning most people consciously or subconsciously think of the fear factor.   Is it the word “emergency” which frightens them?  Or, is it that they want to learn about emergency preparedness but they don’t want to be taught?  Which is it?

A noted scholar, Sophocles once said “the greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."  Can these unfortunate circumstances in our lives be avoided?  Maybe.