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Let's Panic: The Book!

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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

Some Books
I'm In...

Sleep Is
For The Weak

Chicago Review Press

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At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it. → 

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Three questions

First of all, did you notice that I put a search function in here? Did you notice? It's below the fold, on the left. My margins are getting a little too chock full of stuff, I know. If I had any design know-how in any way I would fix all of this, I really would. I would design the crap out of this site. Instead I just tootle along with my Typepad templates, hoping no one notices what a mess this is all is.

Secondly, have you been reading Wonderland? Because last Friday I wrote about Henry's eccentric food habits, and I've been too scared to go back and read the comments. In my imagination, my Wonderland readers have all joined against me and taken over the site to discuss what can be done about my poor mothering skills. So why don't you see what's up over there, make sure it's safe for me to return.

Finally! Are you aware that I am going to be in Brooklyn this Friday, signing copies of Sleep is for the Weak? Did you have any idea? And do you know that this means you can meet me, in person? I mean, you won't know it's me, of course, because due to my overwhelming social anxiety I have to wear an oversized papier-maché Dumbo head. I also hire other people to wear copies of the head, to serve as decoys. It's pretty confusing. Just be glad I don't wear the rest of the costume anymore. Progress!

As I was saying. The signing is at 5 p.m., at the Tea Lounge , 837 Union Street, in Park Slope. (Coincidentally, my second post ever written, back when I thought this site would only be read by my husband, was about the Tea Lounge.) I will be signing with my esteemed peers Rita Arens, Liz Gumbinner, Joanna Polyn, Doug French, Karen of Cheek, AND Stacy Morrison. That's a lot of talent in one room. You can purchase your copy of Sleep is for the Weak right there, too, so you don't even have to bring a copy with you! How could you not come? You couldn't. Not come. So come. Good. Thank you.

Reader Comments (46)

Oh, I wish I could come. That's the neighborhood I grew up in... although the Tea Room wasn't there. Wish I could be there. I'd be Sleepy. No doubt.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna Schmidt
Re: Your wonderland post, I did some recon for you (and even commented! Yay!), and everyone is wonderfully supportive, so you have nothing to worry about.

Funny, I read your post as "singing copies", which I would ALSO totally come to see/hear. Have fun though - and make sure you remove the head before taking a sip of wine.

PS I like your search function. Very lovely, as Elmo says.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrish
I moved away from New York City 9 years too soon! I can't believe how many amazing book signings & meet-ups I miss.JulesHouse of Jules

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHouseofJules
I encountered the largest cockroach I'd ever seen in the Tea Lounge on 7th Ave. One of the barristas killed it with a shoe. During the morning rush. Happy Monday morning!

I'm glad you're reading in the cockroach free Tea Lounge! Congrats!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
You're safe to go and read :) I was surprised to see how supportive everyone was too! I don't even have any children, and I expected people to be filled with spite. Sometimes, humankind tosses you a smile instead of a rock. :)

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercanadian_sadie
Everyone is looking pretty supportive over there, don't worry...
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent
It's hard, but try not to worry too much. Trust your pediatrician. I have an almost 11 year old who ate only white food for ages, plus a 14 year old who had to go the food clinic route, too. I read all the books, and did as you did, trying the "right" thing as long as I could stand it. Eventually I gave up. Now, they both add new foods each year, gradually, without fuss. We can eat in any (non-ethnic) restaurant with ease. We can have any one of a handful of family dinners (food I want to eat, too), and they can partake at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we're not just talking crescent rolls! It will come in time. Don't let people make it more than it is. He's a picky eater. I didn't eat pizza until I dated my husband in college and had to try it out of embarrassment. Now I love it. Just wait. Henry will eat more and more. He may never be an adventurous eater (or maybe he will), but he'll eat more than he does now.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
The food clinic gave up on my kid, and he's gradually eating more just by growing up a little. We're pretty excited that he eats Mac-n-cheese from Burger King -- actually can chow through almost two servings!! To have him actually consume food in volume is amazing to us. There is NO food that he (either of the two of them, actually) will just eat, guaranteed. NO food you can be sure he'll eat at any given time. It IS a battle... How many nights has dinner dissolved into screaming -- "I didn't say you had to EAT, I said you had to come to the table and SIT WITH US! Do you HAVE to act like we're asking so much?!" It's a terrible, terrible part of childrearing, as far as I'm concerned... And if you can NOT go there, more power to YOU. "Bear milk" aka Pediasure is our fill-in-the-shortfalls, and both kids (5 1/2 and 4) will drink it, diluted with milk and with DHA and any necessary medications added in.

It's a far cry from MY childhood. I ate chipped beef on toast -- one of my favorites. I'm fussy about some things, but it kills me that my kids can't enjoy apple pie or chocolate cake -- although one of them WILL eat the sprinkles off the top of the cake... Or my mother's cinnamon rolls... All the yummy homemade things I grew up with.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I will tell you how: because we live in Los Angeles, precisely 2,786 miles from Tea Lounge, and frankly we are feeling a little bitter about it, what with loving paper mache Dumbo heads so very much and liking some of those other people, too, and also being crazy about tea.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika
Try not to worry about what people think so much. You're doing great with Henry. I have 2 boys on the high end of the weight chart, and a girl on the low end. I swear they all eat the same things (except the baby, duh). If he's hungry, he'll eat. And if it's only certain things, then that's what it is. It just is. He'll grow and he'll be great!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
Comments look good at my house pizza, hot dogs and Mac N Cheese are considered food groups. And you know what? 9 and 7, both happy, healthy little kids. This may make me bad...I consider it more a tribute to my Dinner Hostage Negotiation skills, an exercise in peace keeping really. Wish I was in NYC to see the Dumbo Head!
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne
most likely henry is just pickier than average, and by now has mastered the art of the power struggle.

do you trust his pediatrician? if so, then trust that henry is healthy as the doc says, & focus your energy on letting your end of the food wars go.

yes, i know it's easier said than done, but if you don't find a way to stop trying to 'fix' this, he will continue to fight you, & you very well may end with him having real food issues.

it sounds like you've tried everything, so i won't bother suggesting things to try. honestly though... just let it go, it will be ok. henry will be ok.


September 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkat
May I say that meeting Alice was one of the nicest parts of going to BlogHer. You hardly even notice the Dumbo head, really, once you get talking with her.

Also, that "Sleep Is for the Weak" is a good-ass book. Even if each post does piss me off with its utter not-having-been-written-by-me-ness.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
We literally tried for years to get our children to like new foods, insisting on the two-bite rule and all of the other tricks. We were diligent and persistent. It finally dawned on us that they were never going to like certain foods.

My 9-year-old's food aversion is "limited" to a single food group. He will not eat vegetables at all in any form except juice. Fortunately, he likes almost all other foods and is very open to trying new foods, as long as there isn't a vegetable involved. I get around my own paranoia that's he going to suffer severe physical harm from not eating vegetables by making sure he has a serving of fruit with every meal, drinks Vruit Juice (does not look or taste like a vegetable), and gets a Yummy Bear whole food antioxidant supplement every day.

My 12-year old daughter won't eat tomatoes in any form except for ketchup (no spaghetti-type sauces EVER) or very, very, very light on the sauce when it comes to pizza. On the other hand, she likes almost all other foods, including things like asparagus and artichokes. Go figure.

I know plenty of adults who don't like certain foods and don't eat them. I guess I believe that my children are entitled to their likes and dislikes as well and have never insisted they eat something they've tried many times and still don't like. If they are eating well nutritionally, that's what matters. one ever died from being a picky eater.
September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJujube
Got my copy from Mir and Kristen, great posts, wonderful editing. I'm just missing a few ( a lot) of signatures... maybe there could be a contest of some sort with the prize- one copy that EVERYONE has signed??
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlindasands
delurking to say, "I'm there"! I got a hall pass to stay out late for my birthday, so I might have to get drunk, as I share your social anxiety. Unless you bring a spare Dumbo head.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermanager mom
Wistfully wishing I lived in New York with all the cool people so I could get my book signed by you (or someone who is you by proxy) and some of the other authors.I'll just read my copy again.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I really wish you would consider wearing the cinnamon buns instead of the Dumbo head. For me. Just bring them in your bag so I can try them on.

Can't wait to see you in a few days! I will regale you with tales of my husband's four favorite words: Sit Up And Eat.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRita Arens
The comments looked lovely and helpful, actually!

If your pediatrician says he's healthy I wouldn't worry yourself over it any more than you have to. Seriously, my mom went through this with my younger brother. She had me, and I ate anything and everything ("Duck! Beets! Peas! Delicious. No frosting, thanks." I was a freak child.) and then he came along and literally would only eat white or tan foods, and she was puzzled, angry, frustrated, etc. And our pediatrician said "Eh, he's at the top of the growth charts. Be glad ONE of your kids will eat," because the doctor's kids were both picky. He also told her that when my brother found himself hungry, he'd eat. Sure enough, he hit puberty and started growing inches at a time and I came home from college to find him eating whole trout and cooking chinese food. Now he's the most adventurous eater and one of the best cooks I know, and when my family gathers together all we do is cook, eat, and talk about food, all of us with equal joy. You aren't doomed to a lifetime of boring meals or fighting.

BTW, my mom taught T to use the toaster as early as POSSIBLY safe (um, earlier than probably advisable) and told him that if he wasn't eating what she made, he could make his own damn buttered potato roll with a spoonful of peanut butter on the side. From that day forward he did it himself and she only made one meal.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate F
As if I needed another reason to adore you, the fact that you're friends with Tunde Adepimbe? Awesome. I finally got to see TV On The Radio earlier this summer and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen.Thanks for pointing out the NYT article the other day!

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo
Well, I can't say I know what you mean, my daughter eats almost everything (thank God for, that specially because she wasn't eating anything for the first two and a half months of her life).I'm not much into giving diferent food to diferent family members because I'm married to a very picky eater and I saw what it can do in extreme. My husband, his brother and their father are all (STILL) VERY picky eaters and it got to a point where my mother in law was bringing three or four diferent plates of food to the table.With M. (my daughter) we always keep offering food that she says she dislikes without even giving it a try and it has worked so far. We never put pressure on her to eat anything and we keep on offering different things.If the doctor says he's OK try not to worry so much.And my husband...well he eats what's in the table or he cooks for himself.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarta
Boo! Come to Williamsburg!!! Love your blog, first time commenting here. I SUPPOSE I'll keep reading, if I can't make it over to meet you this week.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren M
I feel your pain. I have a child who goes through phases where he will only eat fruit and vegetables(this is where I get a lecture from the other parents about how they wished they had that probelm). Which is great except a) it's expensive and b) he is never full. So I make what I make and try to get him to eat some of the protein or carbs and then at night when he is still starving he can only have cereal bars(the kind with fruit of course). But since I have let go he tends to eat more so there is hope!
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
So sorry I'll miss this, but it's my bday so I'll be out on a VERY rare dinner date with my hubby. I'm sure the signing will be great.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamela
Doesn't it keep you awake at night knowing that you want to come to Hampton Roads, Virginia to sign your book? I know it does, give in and come on out to see your southern fans.
September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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