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Living in a smart house

We joke that our house is haunted. There is a light in our dining room hutch that turns on sporadically, and we teasingly say that the hutch is possessed and that the ghost wants attention. We are all fine with this joke, because the hutch ghost is quiet and limits itself to turning the cabinet light on so we can see our china better. If the hutch ghost ever has a tantrum and starts throwing our china at us, I'll be sure to let you know. But, it has occurred to me that our home is haunted in…See More
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Not catching your kids when they fall

When our children are little, we are at the end of the playground slide, catching them when they reach the bottom. We are there, standing behind them as they tentatively cross the monkey bars. And we are the first to offer a steadying finger when they try to stay balanced when walking across a low curb.Because we love them, and we want to catch them when…See More
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Now I know what that book was about

This is how I know my Mother reads my blog: Last month I wrote about our inability to remember the content that we binge - especially books. Last week she sent me a link about how to fix that.Thanks, Mom! The answer is deceptively simple because it…See More
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Why parents put up with stepping on LEGOs

Me to son: Did you pick up all the LEGOs off your floor? Son to me: Yes. Me to son: Really?Son to me: Yes. Me to son: Did you double-check for the clear ones? Son to me: Yes, Mom. Jeez. There are no LEGOs on the floor. Me to son: Because I don't want to go into your room and step on any LEGOs. Son to me: I know, I know. Me to son: Because they hurt. Son to…See More
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We're going to talk about our day now

Every night at dinner, I ask my family about their day. I do this for many reasons:I genuinely want to know. I haven't been with you all day, and maybe you had something interesting/funny/crazy happen to you but it momentarily slipped your mind, but my asking you questions made you remember and we can talk about it.This conversation style is teaching my son to…See More
Feb 9
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Taking classes on happiness

Above my desk is a sign that reads "choose happy." My son asked me why I decided to put it there. "It is in a place where I can see it often and be reminded by it," I said."You need to be reminded to always be happy?" he asked. "Well, the sign isn't telling me to always be happy. No one can be happy all the time. We need to experience all of our emotions…See More
Feb 7
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When you could really use some guidance

I was listening to some parents chat about the relationship their teenagers have with their school guidance counselor. These parents were describing one-on-one meetings, advice given about extra classes and lots of phone calls to schools for college-bound students.And all I could think was that I didn't even know my high school counselor's name. So, I am…See More
Feb 5
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The pressures of being perfect

My son likes to talk through his reading homework with me. Each week he has to choose a book, choose four questions from a list and answer questions about the book. (It used to be way more involved than that, but I think there were parental complaints, so the teacher scaled it back a little.) As an adult, I fully understand what the homework is trying to do, and it does accomplish a lot: Children have to…See More
Feb 2
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What was that book about again?

Every week, my son has trouble coming up with a book to use for his reading homework. And this baffled me. I mean, he is always reading. Sometimes, he is re-reading a book that I saw him read the week before. And, I ask him questions about the things that he reads, so I know he is really reading them.But then I came across this article explaining why…See More
Jan 31
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Learning to moderate your own screentime

My son loses screentime when he breaks one of our family rules. This is a consequence that he is aware of - if you were to ask him about it now, he would recite it. But it doesn't make the punishment any easier to accept; he hates losing his screentime.On the days when my son doesn't have screentime, I have to remind him of all the things that he has…See More
Jan 29
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The myth of the parenting expert

I read a lot of parenting books; I have a few of my favorites on the shelves of our home. I read a lot of child development studies and then talk about them here. I listen to my friends talk about the lives of their families and what is working and what is not. But, I would never consider myself a parenting expert.In fact, I am not sure that parenting experts…See More
Jan 26
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More thoughts on bad words: The nipple incident

Last fall, my son and I went to the Renaissance festival. We go every year, and we love seeing the jugglers, acrobats and shows. One of the shows featured a fire eater, which we couldn't pass up the chance to see. During the course of the show (which wasn't rated adult only), things went a little awry, and the man ended up lighting his nipple on fire. Clearly, I knew that was going to happen, as and his partner talked it up a good 10 minutes before doing it. So, I did have time to leave before…See More
Jan 24
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More thoughts on bad words: The nipple incident

Last fall, my son and I went to the Renaissance festival. We go every year, and we love seeing the jugglers, acrobats and shows. One of the shows featured a fire eater, which we couldn't pass up the chance to see. During the course of the show (which wasn't rated adult only), things went a little awry, and the man ended up lighting his nipple on fire. Clearly, I knew that was going to happen, as and his partner talked it up a good 10 minutes before doing it. So, I did have time to leave before…See More
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The singing Mommy

I am not a very good singer. I am the person who tells others that my gift to them is not singing happy birthday to them. I don't participate in karaoke and I will pretend not to know the words to songs to not join in a public sing along.I will, however, sing to when I am listening to music alone. Or to my family members on occasion - like when my son…See More
Jan 22
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Other people's children

My son is telling me about some nonsense that he has learned from his friends at school. This is how a lot of our conversation begin these days - him passing along information that he picked up from other children at school. It is because of those other children that he has questioned Santa Claus, he's learned some swear words and I've had to explain to him that almonds aren't poisonous.…See More
Jan 19

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Living in a smart house

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 6:57am 0 Comments

We joke that our house is haunted.



There is a light in our dining room hutch that turns on sporadically, and we teasingly say that the hutch is possessed and that the ghost wants attention. We are all fine with this joke, because the hutch ghost is quiet and limits itself to turning the cabinet light on…

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Not catching your kids when they fall

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 7:35am 0 Comments

When our children are little, we are at the end of the playground slide, catching them when they reach the bottom. We are there, standing behind them as they tentatively cross the monkey bars. And we are the first to offer a steadying finger when they try to stay balanced when walking across a low curb.…

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Now I know what that book was about

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 8:40am 0 Comments

This is how I know my Mother reads my blog:

Last month I wrote about our inability to remember the content that we binge - especially books. Last week she sent me a link about how to fix that.…

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Why parents put up with stepping on LEGOs

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:32am 0 Comments

Me to son: Did you pick up all the LEGOs off your floor?

Son to me: Yes.

Me to son: Really?…

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At 7:35am on January 8, 2018, Mom Bloggers Club said…

Hello Lauren - Just stopping by to say thank you for being such a great member!

At 1:01pm on August 19, 2016, Tiffany N said…

Hello! 

Welcome to MBC, I'm new here too! Looking forward to reading more from your blog! I'm from NC as well (Mooresville!)

I'm over at: Http://TheNilsens.Blogspot.com

-Tiffany

At 3:10pm on February 9, 2016, Quirky Homemaker said…

Yes!  I totally agree that moods can be contagious!  Thankfully, it's been a while since I've had any kind of depression.  That doesn't mean I don't have my days when things overwhelm me and everybody around me can tell!  I've been trying to be conscious to not let things get to me so that the whole house doesn't end up anxious.

At 1:00pm on November 6, 2015, Lady Anne Louise Barrun said…

Hi Lauren. I love your blog. Let's stay connected. Please follow me on my social sites.

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At 10:37pm on March 11, 2015, Lyn Sweeny said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog name ( I didn't listen either) and find your blog very amusing.  I'm new to here and hoping to connect to some professionals.  Are you up to the challenge?  j/k I hope that I "see" you around though! 

At 5:34pm on February 19, 2014, Lisa Lori said…

Thank you!  I am so happy to be a part of it!

At 1:11pm on February 17, 2014, InShapeMom.com said…

Thank you for saying hello, sorry about the late response. Been a little busy with the family. Hope your having a good start to the week!

At 1:57am on February 13, 2014, Jolie Stultz said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog and thank you for your sweet comment of my pictures!! 

At 10:06pm on February 8, 2014, Elaina Lamley said…

Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to learning & sharing.

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