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Your child's working week

I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

Spending time with others

Because my son is an only child, he tells me that he gets "bored" and "lonely" quite frequently on the weekends. I am not sure if this is a result of him being an only child or not, as it generally happens after his screentime is up and he is unsure of what he wants to do next.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

The unknown effects of obesity

I'm back to work and lots of my coworkers have stated that they plan on getting healthier in the New Year. I'm not big on resolutions (I like challenges instead), but I try to remain supportive of their efforts and take walks with them whenever they need a buddy. I think that anything we can do to move more in the day is a good goal.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 11, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

The technology of sleep

During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

The thing about girls and math...

When I was in fifth grade, I missed a few days of school due to sickness and when I came back, I had some trouble getting up to speed on fractions. They were hard and awful and I cried at school one day because I thought that I would never understand them. And I am pretty sure that in that moment, I decided I wasn't good at math.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

The obsession over parenting

I (clearly) read too many parenting articles. I read them because I enjoy them; I read them hoping to learn something new; I read them for this blog. So, when I saw an article around the American obsession with parenting, I had to click on it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 4, 2017 at 6:17am — No Comments

The problem with resolutions

I've been thinking a lot about resolutions and how I don't make them. Instead, I try to do 100 of something. I am still working out the details of what that will be this year, but in the meantime, I have been thinking about my resistance of resolutions and how they normally get broken.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 2, 2017 at 8:55am — No Comments

When you didn't go home for the holidays

The holidays are a big deal in our household. Although Christmas is not my favorite holiday (it's Halloween, in case you are wondering), I really enjoy giving the "perfect" presents, and the food and the extra time spent together. I like the decorations and find joy in the idea that we are celebrating each other and another year of being together.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 30, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments

It's time for a jingle about vegetables

I have a knack for remembering the theme songs to 80s television shows and commercials. (My husband is both in awe and disturbed by this "talent.") I would like to think that this is some sort of mental agility on behalf of my amazing memory, but the reality is that I watched too much TV and those jingles were meant to be catchy. So, they stuck in my brain, much like how I was stuck on Band-Aids brand ('cause Band-Aids stuck on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 28, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

Books lead to snuggling

We are a family of readers. And, although my son has reached an age in which he usually wants to read by himself at night, he does sometimes ask that I read to him. And I am always happy to oblige.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 26, 2016 at 8:12am — No Comments

From joy to anger to snark

It's hard for me to look at my son now and imagine the swirling mass of hormones that he will become one day. It is equally hard for me to think about the time that he will not need me around anymore (but still want me there, like a plant). But, those days are coming, whether I like it or not. So, I guess that it is good for me to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2016 at 8:06am — No Comments

Don't forget to water the parents

I am very happy to be back at home to spend time with my son, especially as he is about to be off from school for the holiday. We have a list of special things for the two of us to do together while we are home. I am trying to treasure this time, because I know that one day, he will want his Mommy to be just like a plant.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 21, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

Catching up with my guys

I was traveling for work last week and really missed my guys. The week before I left, I had gotten into the habit of playing card games with my son in the morning, and I missed that special time while I was away.



My son missed me, too, but he did have lots of fun with his Daddy. Which is good, because…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Unpacking at the end of the day

My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.



This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Living your life for likes

I have always thought that I've done a good job documenting my son's life, especially during his early years, which he will not remember. Here's my list:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2016 at 4:48am — No Comments

The 15-minute mile

Something very silly occurred to me the other day, as I was thinking about how I don't make enough time in my day for exercise. My problem is that I have been looking at my schedule for a large block of time, but the truth is I don't need that. I just need 15 minutes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

How was recess today?

In our family, we've been working on kindness. And because we are focused on that, I get to hear about recess a lot.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

The annual gift buying extravaganza

My son struggled with his Christmas wish list to Santa this year. My husband had a theory that this was because our son has too much stuff and didn't know what to ask for. While I do not disagree with the viewpoint that our son has too much stuff, I think there was another reason that he struggled with the list:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Later in life pregnancies

I am happy being the mother of one. My husband and I are satisfied with our family size and neither of us is pining for another baby. Don't get me wrong - I do sometimes wonder what life would be like with a second child (and it usually scares me a bit). Also - at least in my mind - I think of myself as too old to have another baby.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Using your true inside voice

My son is a talker. But, as we all know, there is a time to talk and a time for quiet. My husband and I are trying to teach him ways to identify when he should be quiet. One of those ways is by telling him that the conversation he is currently having is one that should only take place in his head.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 30, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments

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