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Something is growing in your car seat

Sometimes when I am at work I look at my keyboard and am disgusted because I can't remember the last time I cleaned it. This is usually followed by a bout of spraying and swabbing it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 29, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Grandma wants you to have more children

For the decade I was with my husband before we wed, my extended family had one question for us: When are you two getting married? Every family reunion, wedding of one of my cousins or catch up phone call somehow elicited that question.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 28, 2014 at 6:02am — No Comments

You should text your mother

As mentioned before, my Mother is really good with technology. She blogs, she texts and she FaceTimes with her grandchildren. It turns out that this is really good - not just that she is adept at embracing new things, but it's good for my relationship with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Mommy is failing at school

Within the span of his short life, my son has been to two schools. He attended the first school from the extremely tender age of six weeks old and only left it after we moved, right before his fourth birthday. In that first school, he made his first friends, and there was a core group of them that moved from room to room. It became natural for me to know them and for them to know me. I've painted their faces, talked to them upon pickup,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 24, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Capturing everyday moments

Do me a quick favor: Scroll through your phone and find a picture of an everyday moment. Something unscripted. One where nobody is looking at the camera. It's hard to find, isn't it?



But those are the moments that matter. A Harvard Study posits that it's these…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 22, 2014 at 6:24am — 2 Comments

Coasting in the classroom

There are several people in my office who stand while they work. I admire them. Because although I know I need to stand up more in my day, I'm not yet at the point where I am ready to raise my desk. (I'd have to stop wearing heels to the office, for one thing.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 21, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

Sexting as the new first base?

I have a friend with a name very close to my husband's. And I have to keep that in mind, because every time I pull up my husband's name in my phone's contact list, his name appears first. He's a good enough friend, so I've actually given him a fair warning that if he ever receives an inappropriate or confusing text from me to ignore it. (And preferably delete it.) Because when I send messages about being out of soap or a sappy "wish you…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 20, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

Adult children of divorce

As I have mentioned before, my parents divorced when I was young. There is no doubt in my mind that it was the best decision for both of them. There is also no doubt in my mind that it was a hard decision for them to make.



I was one of the only children of divorce in my Catholic school (no surprises there),…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

Working out a workout schedule - for dads

Before my husband and I were married, we would go to the gym together. We would get home from work around the same time, change clothes and hit the gym. It was nice to work out together because we could motivate each other and still spend time together.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2014 at 6:31am — 2 Comments

Creating an exit strategy

My son wants to live with the firefighters. He has told me numerous times about his plans to live at the fire station and be in charge of fixing the trucks with special tools. He told me he doesn't want to fight the fires, but he does want to be able to slide down the pole.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Can I please just drive?

My son and I are on the way to the grocery store and my phone dings. I ignore it. It dings again. Then my phone rings. Normally, I have Bluetooth enabled in my car, but it is off right now, so I don't answer the phone. My son asks me why I don't answer the phone and my answer is, "Because I'm driving and people can wait."…



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Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

A love letter to feet

When my son was three, he liked to play a game where he dressed up like either mommy or daddy. This mostly involved wearing our shoes. He would come clunking out of the closet with my husband's shoes on, struggling to lift his feet in them, or he would slide around in a pair of my heels and ask me, "how do you walk in these shoes, Mommy?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Why girls are making the grade

I sit with my son as he does his homework. I love watching him write the letters in his weekly sight words (he has beautiful handwriting) and the way he sticks out his tongue as he counts objects in sets. It takes a lot of focus on his part and on mine, too. Because if I don't sit there with him, he is not going to do it on his own. From his perspective, there are Legos to play with and adventures to be had; homework gets in the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 8, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

Where have all the babies gone?

There's this weird thing that happens when you get pregnant: Everywhere you go, you see other pregnant people and parents pushing strollers. Granted, those people were always there before, but once you become pregnant yourself - join their ranks - you finally start noticing them on a massive scale.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 7, 2014 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

Staying focused...as an adult

There's an app now to help you talk to people...you know, on your phone.



But, I'm not being fair, so let's start again.



I use my phone to call people, text funny pictures of my…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments

Why I want my son to see me fail

When I was pregnant, I read lots of articles telling me that being consistent was the key to…
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Added by Lauren Markman on October 3, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

It's 3 pm, and I can't remember what I'm supposed to be doing

For months, I've become interested in my son's memories: What will his first long-term memory be? What memories from this age will he retain?



But at some point, I've realized that I've started losing some of my memories. I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 1, 2014 at 6:42am — 2 Comments

I don't want to be a sexy pirate

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It takes place in my favorite season, I love seeing all the children dressed up in costumes, the candy is plentiful and everyone is happy. My wonderful husband takes our son trick-or-treating and I dress up and hand out candy at the door. But here's the thing:



I don't want…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 30, 2014 at 6:27am — 3 Comments

Who are you talking to?

There are certain things all parents get used to: Lack of privacy, interrupted sleep, toys underfoot and (at least in our household) excessive talking.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 29, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

What's your stress hour look like?

Most nights, when I get home from work, I immediately start cooking dinner. The first hour after I get home is a bit of a blur: There is food to prepare, people to greet and those morning chores to complete (if I didn't finish them earlier). If I can get dinner on the table by 6:45, then it is a really good day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 26, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

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