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Nickle and diming the kids

My son is a picky dresser.



I've not been allowed to pick out his clothing for at least two years. Yes, I supply him with enough neutral pants/shorts so he generally matches, but it is quite clear that I am not allowed to pick out his shirts. If he needs new clothes, then he is picking them…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 30, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

The inherent stress of vacations

Most of us know that we need to take a vacation from work. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. But they are also stressful, especially for parents. There's the planning, the activities, the worry about the fun that you will or will not have, and the exhaustion from traveling.…

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

Reading books - the paper kind - every day

Like lots of families, we are purging the massive amount of toys from our household this summer. (Seriously...why does my son have so many cars?) We go through his bins, his closet and his toy trunk, and he identifies the items that he no longer wants to play with so they can go "to other children that would probably like them."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 28, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Mommy on her own

As Mommies, we have very little time to ourselves. I know there are lots of days where my little guy follows me around the house because he "wants to be in the same room as me." That is sweet, but I don't appreciate it when that following me around includes the bathroom.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments

Keeping up with Mrs. Jones

I know lots of moms. Some are crafty, some are incredibly active and others are unbelievably excellent cooks. Then there are the ones who make the whole work/life thing look ridiculously easy. It's that last set of moms that get to us. The ones who seem to have the perfect children, house, marriage - the ones that make us question how we are lacking in our own lives.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 23, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Falling in love 101

When my son sees two people kissing, he often says, "Those two people are kissing and then they will go and get married." Evidently my sex talks with him have paid off. (Just kidding.) When I ask him about the leap from kissing to married, he shows me the various wedding pictures of my husband and I kissing right before we tied the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

Another reason to reduce screen time

On Fridays I let my son take his LeapPad to school with him so that he can play it in the afternoons. This is the compromise I've come up with as the school shows movies on Friday afternoons. I normally would not have a problem with movie time, except that the school often shows movies that are PG and not appropriate for my son to watch.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Let's go bowling

I suck at bowling. (Actual bowling - I rock at Wii bowling.) I lob the ball a bit too far down the lane, I don't take the time to line myself up and I often get gutter balls. But every time I've gone bowling with my son, I've had a blast.



And I am not sure why that is. Admittedly, my son is very good at…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 18, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

Mommy stress is different than other kinds of stress

I've spent most of my Mommyhood as a working Mom. I know the pain of leaving your baby with virtual strangers at a daycare, the difficulties in working from home with a sick child and letting go of your work self to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 16, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

The influence of siblings on your weight

My son is relatively fit. He gets plenty of fresh air and exercise (way more than I do), and he likes to show me his "big muscles." As parents, we are trying to reinforce the idea of staying healthy. We are slowly winning him over - not to the point of eating vegetables - but our son definitely requests that we run around outside, go swimming, ride bikes and do other activities that are really active.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

I need more screens to focus

At home, I work on this blog and my podcast on my laptop. One screen. That's it. I have days where I am really productive, and days when I feel like I could do better.



At work, I have a two-monitor set up. I have always thought that the second screen makes me more productive because I don't have to flip back…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 14, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

The case for Saturday morning cartoons

I was always an early riser - even when I was little. I would get up early on Saturdays, creep downstairs with a blanket and watch Saturday morning cartoons until Soul Train came on and ended all my fun. At some point, my brother would come downstairs, too. We would spend several hours watching classics like Thundercats, Looney Toons and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments

People forget: We're supposed to be nice

I've been part of an interviewing panel at my company. We've searched through a score of resumes and talked to a lot of people. My favorite part of the interviews come when the candidates ask us about our team and we can talk about how we are like a family. (It gives me the warm fuzzies every time.) At some point, the candidates…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 9, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

My state gets a D; what about yours?

I work for a really great company. As mentioned before, I really love my coworkers, my work keeps me busy and I really appreciate the level of support and understanding that I receive on my team. We are able to work from home if we have a sick child or adjust…
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Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2014 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

Butterflies in the sky? No, they are on my phone

As a parent, I admit to having a certain amount of nostalgia for my childhood. I would like to think this is because I had a wonderful childhood (thanks, Mom!), but I also know that it is because familiarity breeds comfort.



Of course, my husband and I are selective about what we pass down to our son:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

I don't really do normal, and that's OK

Last week, one of my coworkers asked me what our plans were for the Fourth of July weekend. And it threw me a bit off guard. You see, I have ways to celebrate Christmas Eve and birthdays and other…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 2, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Fertility and death and stuff

When I was 24 years old, I was sharing an elevator ride with a woman in her 40s. I had just met her about five minutes ago at a crafting event. She had been talking to her friends about getting pregnant. As soon as the elevator doors closed, she turned to me and asked, "You're in your twenties, right?" I said yes. "You should go ahead and freeze your eggs now, that way they will be good when you hit 40 and decide you are ready to have a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Same room; different content

Last week, I was wondering how old my son will be when he gets his first smartphone. My husband and I still haven't decided the right age, but agree that it will be when he has reached the right balance of personal responsibility and social need. (We want him to understand the consequences of having the device, but don't want him to be the only…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

Telling tales at home

I'm big on people having hobbies. Things that they enjoy outside of work and parenthood. They provide great examples of "parents are people too" to our children (or grandchildren). And hopefully these hobbies are activities which can…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Go away so you can miss me

When I was little, my summers were filled with camp. Every spring, my Mom and I would go through the Girl Scout catalog of upcoming camps and choose the ones I would attend. The themes ran the gamut from Teddy Bear camp to Dance camp and to Bike and Boating camp. Here's the important part: All the camps were sleep-away and most were for at least a week.



And camping…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 25, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

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