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Getting a call from the teacher

During our parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher, my husband and I did our best to ask the questions we had about homework, behavior, areas of improvement and strengths to develop for our son. (We did not ask about the brightly colored emails.) We did make sure that she knew that if there were any problems, we wanted…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 23, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

The words that are off-limits

When my son was in preschool, he came home with the announcement that one of his friends got in trouble at school for saying a bad word. As nonchalantly as I could, I asked what the bad word was. As quietly as possible, he said, "hate."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Who are they talking to?

By now, I think I have mentioned that my son is a talker enough times that I will have to apologize to him when he turns into a teenager for labeling him that way. (I'm not wrong, by the way,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 11, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Why I need my Mom to talk to me

I have a girl's weekend at the beach twice a year. It is a relaxing, wonderful time. We work on photo albums, read, catch up on each other's lives and enjoy too much good food. I'm trying to get my Mother to go with me next time and I may have finally won her over.



I want my Mom to join me for several…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

No news is good news (for young children)

It happened at breakfast. I don't know why these things happen over breakfast. Maybe it is the quietness of the morning. Or the contemplative nature of maple syrup. But that is when my son started randomly telling me the story of how the twin towers fell on 9/11.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

Why you need to change your tone

Jerry Seinfeld has a very funny bit about the many tones of marriage. Basically, it boils down to where he is not supposed to use his normal speaking tone when communicating with his wife, as she considers it too harsh.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

Go ahead and talk to me

I keep a few older videos of my son on my phone. I like to watch them and compare what he was like a few years ago to how he is today. One of the items that I notice right away is how he talks. Not necessarily how much he talks (although I notice that, too) but the way he pronounced his words. At the time I took the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

For the record: Thanks, honey

What would you change about your spouse? Is it the way he leaves dishes in the sink? Or the way she leaves hair all over the bathroom floor? Think about the items in your marriage you wish were a little better. (Please don't email me a list or anything.)



Now, more importantly, what would you NOT change about…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

What your child's teacher wants to know

When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

If you're happy and you know it, tell your Mom

There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:

  • Did you know that you are very special to me?
  • What questions did you ask today?
  • Did you flush and wash your hands?…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

Can your marriage stand on one leg?

I am a flamingo. I am standing perfectly still in flamingo pose with one foot firmly rooted to the ground and the other balanced away from my body. I breathe in. I breathe out. I am calm and pleased by my ability to stay so centered.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

The many tests of marriage

Sometimes, younger unmarried women will ask me for relationship advice. I have been married to the love of my life for almost seven years, and we were together for 12 years before we got married. And so I am very honest when I talk about the tests of love.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2015 at 6:26am — 2 Comments

I WANT, I WANT, I WANT….MANNERS PLEASE

My son shouted, “I want popcorn!” I quickly responded, “Please go back into the other room and come back in here and ask me the correct way. Try again.” He obliged and returned stating, “May I have some popcorn please?” I always have to stay on him, but dog gone it, he is going to get…

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Added by Cassandra L. Pinson on July 1, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Cheers to Change

As a working mother, I have become accustomed to being flexible and making changes. Change is constant and it is not always easy or welcomed. It could be something as simple as a sick child or something drastic like a career change and relocation. With those changes, I always have to take into…

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Added by Cassandra L. Pinson on June 26, 2015 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Parents just don't understand

On days of high stress at my office, my coworkers and I will message one another with phrases we've picked up from the younger members of our team:

This meeting: I can't even.

OR

I literally can't with this person right…
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Added by Lauren Markman on June 16, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments

Leaving the house without your phone

Last week while my husband was traveling I took my son out on a date (which means he got to pick dinner and then we went out for dessert). As I was answering his questions over ice cream, he asked me about nitrogen (because that is what five-year-olds are into these days). I went into my purse to get out my phone to look up more information, but realized it wasn't there.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 29, 2015 at 6:28am — 4 Comments

Taking work stress home

My son loves my office. On the few occasions I've taken him to visit, he received lots of attention from my coworkers, treats, hot chocolate and got to play with the stuff at everyone's desk. He calls my coworkers "his coworkers" and requests to talk to them on the phone sometimes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

The Day I Discovered My Husband's Side Chick

The day I discovered my husband’s side chick, I cried.  I’ve  known my husband for quite some time.  We met when I was 15 and 16, just right outside of our homes.  From the moment of that first hello, I couldn’t help but to feel butterflies.  After we parted ways, I went to Howard University and he went to  San Jose State University,I never really imagined that I would see him again.  Needless to say life is funny.  After 8 years  we finally reconnected and I felt like that little…

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Added by Tia Michelle McKinney Boyer on January 21, 2015 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Haters ALWAYS Gonna Hate

Want to know one of my biggest pet peeves?

The chronic complainer who LOVES to point out problems but NEVER volunteers a solution.

Those people irritate the hell out of me.

Guess what? If you want to be successful in business, DON'T be one of those people.

I'm fired up, can't you tell with all the caps?  LOL!

Now, I can certainly appreciate the fact that people may get deterred by a lot of red tape and invisible barriers to change within their corporate…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on January 15, 2015 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Why Should I Care???

Okay. If I haven't made this point clear in the past, let me try again.

People are INUNDATED with information, 24 x 7. If yours doesn't have the potential to minimally raise an eyebrow, KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

I've experienced this firsthand in my own entrepreneurial endeavors and it never ceases to amaze me how some people just don't care about contributing to the overload. They have something to say and darn it, it shall be said. The only problem is, oftentimes, NOBODY…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on December 19, 2014 at 6:07pm — No Comments

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