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,…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 24, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments
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…
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.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 21, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 20, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments
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),…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments
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."…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments
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?"…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 8, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on October 3, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments
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…
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…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 29, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 26, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments
I recently went for my annual eye exam. My vision is poor, even without all that blue light at night, so I try to be as good to my eyes as possible. I have a good rapport with my eye doctor; she is amazingly gentle with the battery of vision and pressure tests and she understands why I giggle during the main vision test (thanks,…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 24, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, my son and I went through his bookshelf. We pulled out all the books that he identified as "baby books," and ones that he didn't want to read. My little guy can read lots of words by himself now, and although he hasn't moved on to reading himself full books yet, I want his shelves to be ready for him. So, we said good-bye to the "I Love Daddy Because" or "Count to 10" books and took them to our second-hand…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 22, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments