When my husband and I were in our 20s, we discovered an all-night skating rink. We both had fond memories of roller skating when we were younger and decided to go. The rink had a familiar feel to it: There was a disco ball in the center, 80s music blaring over the speakers, lots of first-time skaters hanging onto the wall, and the smell of leather and slightly musty air.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
While reading my son the story of Dumbo, I had forgotten there was a passage around the clowns drinking some "funny water." And of course my son didn't understand what that meant. So that became the moment when I told my five-year-old about the effects of alcohol.
We had talked about alcohol before at the…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 11, 2015 at 5:48am — No Comments
As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house.…Continue
At a recent happy hour with my coworkers, we started talking about our 21st birthdays. There were the usual tales of being taken out by friends to have their first legal drink, with lots of admissions that they had had alcohol well before that milestone birthday.
When it came to me, I told the truth: I…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 18, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
I’ve discovered through talking to other mum’s that, cutting or trimming their child’s hair is a very stressful ordeal so they just don’t do it. However, this is an activity that is necessary for the health of your child’s hair especially in the following cases:
Added by Christina Sandema-Sombe on March 7, 2015 at 8:36pm — No Comments
One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper).…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments
Yesterday afternoon when my son got into the car, he was asking his sister if she ever put salt on ice. I didn’t realize that he was talking about putting the salt and ice combination on his skin. I just assumed that his science teacher was teaching them about temperature changes using salt and ice. Then this afternoon, I noticed a huge red spot…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on January 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Parents if you have a teenager in high school, you will quickly realize that it is very expensive for your child to attend all of the school sponsored events throughout the year. Most kids enjoy going to football games, homecoming dances, several other special occasion dances throughout the year, band or other club banquets, senior prom, and graduation. As you can see these expenses can quickly add up, especially, if you factor in the following costs: the cost of the attire, accessories,…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on January 2, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments
Many parents often wonder if they should drink alcohol in front of their children. If you do drink alcohol in your home, do you wait until your children are in bed or do you consume it in front of them? I personally feel that if you are going to drink in front of your children that you should consume it…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on July 22, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments
Talking to teenagers to give advice or simply to find out how they are doing is not a common act among parents today. One of the reasons why this is so is that teenagers in general are difficult to approach, let alone communicate with. A gap in age could be an obvious cause to blame, but despite these impediments, parents should never give up on trying to communicate with their…Continue
Added by Karen Rodriguez on July 2, 2013 at 8:53am — No Comments
This morning I was watching the news while I was eating my breakfast and caught the tale end of a news story about teen suicide. This isn’t the first news story that I have heard on the news about teens trying to commit suicide or actually following through with it. In fact, teen suicide is on the rise according the Centers of Disease Control. Teen…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on June 3, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments
Parents have you ever received a call from mall security or the police department letting you know that they just caught your teenager stealing? If so, you aren’t alone and you aren’t the first parent who has had to deal with this type of behavior. It is important that you handle the situation in a calm and…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 28, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser TV show. To me, it’s not just about a group of people losing a large amount of weight and competing for a prize. It’s about so much more than that.
I am overjoyed that the group behind this show has finally decided to take on the matter of child obesity. It’s a sensitive subject and, so far, they have handled it beautifully.
Our children watch our every move. We are responsible for the food we bring into the home, how many times we allow…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on January 15, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments
I'm brainstorming here. I'd like this to be well thought out resonating post of parenting rationalization but the truth is that I'm sitting at my desk shocked by interactions that have taken place between myself and my teenage daughter in the past week, things that have come out of nowhere.
I know that over the past year I've come to a sort of mid-life-crisis in parenting similar to that of the 40 year old man that is mid-life minus the new Porsche and Viagra. My daughter is turning…Continue
Added by Brandy Burke on July 1, 2012 at 5:20pm — No Comments
I am not even sure what started the screaming match between my daughter and I, but all of a sudden our family dinner turned to tears and snot, grounding and a bunch of things being said – I don't know how it gets so out of control so quickly. She's so sweet and little until she decides she's grown.
I don't understand how you can clearly hatefully disrespect someone and then be like “I didn't do anything wrong” - so while we were sitting there playing the blame game it occurred to me…Continue
Added by Brandy Burke on July 1, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments
This year I turned 30. Yes the big 3-0. This was hard for me to handle. I didn't want to be out of my 20s, 30 was OLD. Suddenly it seemed that everyone around me could hear my biological clock ticking away. Did it go on speaker when I turned 30? Did it speed up without me paying attention? How come I couldn't hear it? People have been asking me over the last several months on a regular basis when I am going to have kids. Don't I want a child of my own? By people I mean EVERYONE. Family,…Continue
Added by My Step Mom Life on June 28, 2012 at 7:18pm — No Comments
For those moms of boys, there is a camaraderie among us. We are the moms who have grown accustomed to rough-and-tumble play, checking pants pockets on laundry day for small critters, stepping on Legos with bare feet (and trying not to let your son hear you curse…Continue
Happy Belated Mother’s Day! As a mom, you know how hard it is to stay connected to your teen—especially if your teen has a busy online life in addition to all the activities and events they are participating in offline. I encourage parents to be involved in the online communities of their teens—especially when it comes to Facebook.
“Friending” your child on Facebook is just the first step. The next step is making sure you keep this “Friend” connection alive and…Continue
Added by Diane on May 17, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments
“Letting go doesn't mean we don't care. Letting go doesn't mean we shut down. Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave. It means we give up resistance to the way things are, for the moment. It means we stop trying to do the impossible--controlling that which we cannot--and instead, focus on what is possible--which usually means taking care of ourselves. And we do this in gentleness, kindness, and love, as much as possible.” Melody Beattie, author and…Continue
Added by Julie Burton on April 1, 2012 at 1:10am — No Comments
Remember when you were growing up and you said you'd never ever do to your own children the things your parents did to you? Perhaps it was a vow you made to yourself in the midst of snot and tears as you slammed the door of your room so hard that it nearly shattered the windows? Well, my sixteen-year-old self would probably punch me in the face for doing so, but here's me admitting…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 2, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments