My son was born in the Spring. Like so many other mothers, I was thrilled when I found out that I was pregnant, and looked forward to his due date. At no time during my pregnancy did I wonder if the time of year that he was born would affect how he would perform at school.
Several studies from the…Continue
At our wedding, my husband and I asked our guests to give us advice on how to have a happy marriage. We received all the usual suspects:
Added by Lauren Markman on December 4, 2013 at 7:13am — No Comments
Act 1: In which my son gets clean
Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments
All parents learn to appreciate a good mystery. Think about it: One moment, you are happily twirling along in the universe, doing your own thing and the next moment, you have a baby and are faced with a million unanswerable questions. (How long is the baby supposed to sleep now? What did the baby eat to make that smell? You want me to put the thermometer where?)
We've all seen those old television sitcoms (or at the very least, Fred and Wilma Flintstone) where the husband and wife are sleeping in separate beds. This mostly had to do with The Production Code of 1930 (also known also as the Hays Code), which, among other things, forbid showing a married couple with a double bed. Here's…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 27, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments
Many wagons fail to make it all the way to Oregon...
I played The Oregon Trail in school. That doesn't make me feel old, because that game is still going - see here. I learned lots of stuff from playing the game, like family members could die from measles. Or typhoid. Or…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments
I woke up the other morning with a song stuck in my head. That's not unusual for me. But it was a song from my childhood that my brother and I used to sing all the time. I'd repeat the lyrics here, but at this point in the story, they wouldn't make sense.
So, naturally, I texted my brother the lyrics (so they could get stuck in his head, too) and he…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 22, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Any parent who has survived potty training/toilet learning/whatever you want to call it deserves a medal, or at the very least, deserves to have that accomplishment listed on their resume. Parents who have survived potty training have acquired a bevy of skills which includes patience, high-stakes negotiation and grace under pressure. I believe that parents who have…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments
I was by a peaceful lagoon somewhere, having a glass of something multicolored and delicious with an umbrella in it. There was soft music playing and someone was approaching me to ask if I was ready for my massage, which I could have by the lagoon in a private cabana if I so desired.
Then I woke up to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 20, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
My son loves his school. In an affectionate, nurturing environment, he learns socialization skills, masters safety scissors and learns insanely adorable songs. Because of the amazing teachers at his school, he can tell me who Johnny Appleseed is, can identify all his continents on a map, and gets plenty of exercise. We do his homework together every week to strengthen the concepts he learns there. I love his school and his fearless…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 19, 2013 at 6:45am — No Comments
On June 8, 1984, my mom took my brother and me to see Gremlins. It was a birthday present for me (thanks, Mom!). I loved the scenes with the cute little mogwai Gizmo, and I even…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments
You are not even four-years-old yet, but already you've learned so many things: How to walk, talk, use the bathroom, sing, play with friends, make…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 15, 2013 at 9:07am — No Comments
My son is lucky enough to have three sets of grandparents, and they all love him immeasurably. He has individual names for all of them (Grandma & Grandpa, Nana & GrandBob, Pap-Pap and Anya), and he relishes his time with each of them. He talks to them on the phone, sees them in person whenever possible and looks at pictures of them as I tell him stories. We talk often about how important they are in his life.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
As any mother of a three-year-old knows, you spend a lot of your time asking your child, "Are you listening to me?" (The answer, by the way, is almost always 'no.' Children have much better things going on than listening to their mother.) One way to improve your child's hearing may be to give them music lessons.
Added by Lauren Markman on November 13, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on November 12, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments
I remember the evening very clearly: We were out with my in-laws at a very popular Chinese food chain restaurant. It was packed with people and from the time we arrived until the time we got our food, it took almost two hours.
And my son, who was only about 22 months old at the time, was quiet and contented when the food finally arrived - all because he was playing an…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments
To all my food blogger friends and chefs debonair:
I need your help. I am on a mission to try 100 new recipes in the next year. I have lots of recipe books and websites to help me, but I thought I would reach out to the experts: Other moms.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments
Our family is fairly laid-back. My husband and I are incredibly fortunate that our son somehow inherited all of our good genes and relatively few of our evil ones (and there were lots of the evil ones to go around).
But we all have bad days. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a liar or has an extreme case of denial. When we have bad days in my house, I like to play…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Your little one is in the back seat of your car. Where is your rear view mirror pointed? At the back windshield or at your child?
We've all done it: Even we parents who are really good about not answering our cell phones while driving have reached back to push some dirty sneakers off our seats or open a snack or help…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2013 at 9:04am — No Comments
I'll be upfront about this - I am not qualified to write about circumcision. And it's because I am a woman. But I want to talk about it anyway.
The Center for Disease Control reports that the choice to circumcise boys is on the decline in the U.S. The…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 6, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments