Lauren Markman
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The division of labor starts early

I was checking my son's bathroom after his shower one night, and I was happy to see that he remembered to pick up after himself: His towel and clothes were not on the floor. Since that was the third night in a row he had remembered to pick up after himself without me reminding him, I told him how proud of him I was that he was able to help keep his bathroom clean, and that I expected him to keep it up.…See More
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Looking out for our Moms

Some days I worry about my Mom. Not for any particular reason - she is in good health, she lives nearby, she is brilliant. But a general worry sometimes enters my active thoughts: I am sitting at my desk at work and start to wonder if my Mom is OK.I think this is a variation of Mom-dar - the ability to…See More
Friday
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Everyone needs to practice math

When I was in fifth grade, I had a math teacher who would drill us on our multiplication skills by giving us a timed quiz with 50 questions once a week. You had to be super fast to complete questions correctly. I hated it. I hated it because I was never fast enough to finish all the questions (very few children did), but I did get better throughout the year.As…See More
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Alexa, can you understand me?

"Alexa, what's the weather?" "Alexa, play a song I like.""Alexa, tell me a joke." Those statements cover the span of my son's interaction with our Echo device. And I am OK with that. He used to ask her the time, but I told him that he knew how to tell time and he needed to stop asking that and go look for himself. Most of the time, she understands him.…See More
Aug 13
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To volunteer or not volunteer

I am fortunate enough to work for a company that gives time off to volunteer, and I am trying to be better about taking advantage of that time for activities that directly affect my son's life.  When he was very little and still in pre-school, I chaperoned a few field trips and visited the classrooms. It was enough that I knew most of the other children's names.…See More
Aug 10
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Shooting for seven

As our summer winds down and we get closer to back-to-school (or the "s-word" as my son has been calling it) I realize that my son and I will be missing out on some meal times together. During the summer months, he and I eat breakfast before he leaves for camp. Breakfast isn't a long meal, but it does give us the chance to talk about what we are looking forward to in the day.…See More
Aug 8
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Refusing to have a case of the Mondays

I know a lot of people who moan about Mondays. They start off their day upset because the weekend is over, and it was never long enough. They dread the return to their weekday routine and they spend a good portion of their mornings in a funk. They can't wait until it is Friday again.I try hard not to fall into this crowd. I think about my Mondays as a fresh…See More
Aug 6
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Ending the food fights - Part 2

On Monday, I wrote about how pressuring children to eat what they didn't want to eat was not convincing them to actually eat better. (In fact, it often ramps up the stubborn factor.)But, today, I want to reassure all of us who have been arguing about food…See More
Aug 3
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Family conversations about money

Money is one of those tricky topics of discussion with children. You have to answer their questions with the right amount of specifics for their age range. So, while our son knows that Mommy and Daddy work to afford the things we have and that we save and we budget our needs and our wants, he has no idea how much money we actually make or what our house costs (nor should he at his age). Money is a continuous teachable topic in our household.…See More
Aug 1
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Endng the food fights - Part 1

You've had a long day at work. Traffic was bad on the way home. You arrived home only to be faced with the reality that you need to get dinner on the table. You spend the next 30 minutes dashing around the kitchen, putting together a meal that everyone in the family has eaten a dozen times before. You get everyone seated around the table, and are about to congratulate yourself on being a good parent, when you hear your little one declare that they don't like this dish and that they are not…See More
Jul 30
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The beast of boredom

Because my husband and I both work, my son's summer is filled with daily camps. He loves camp, and he should, because the camps he goes to are crazy fun. I love hearing all about his daily adventures. But camp only lasts so long. And sometimes, my son gets bored. And when my son gets bored, he acts like his life is over. Here's a list of stuff that my son does when he is bored:…See More
Jul 27
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Giving teens time with their doctors

My son really likes visiting his primary doctor. I think this is mostly because he is not due for vaccinations any time soon, and we get his annual flu shot somewhere else. Generally, the visits with his primary care doctor are fun - he learns how much he is growing, he asks questions and he has the doctor's complete attention during the exam.For the last few…See More
Jul 25
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The memories we don't really have

What's your first memory? I often think about what memories my son will retain from this time of his life. He has reached a point at which he is losing a lot of his early memories, and only retaining the important ones. It will be a long time still when he is able to determine what his "first" memory will be.We look at our family pictures and tell our family…See More
Jul 23
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Sharing your money mistakes

A cruise mailer has arrived at our house. It is filled with images of families having adventures in gorgeous locations. My son is enthralled. He is staring at the circular while he is supposed to be eating breakfast. Finally, he asks if we can go on another cruise.Since we don't have to be at camp for a while, I sit down with him and show him the costs…See More
Jul 20
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Thinking about the middle child

For someone with only one child, I read a lot about birth order. While there are some experts who say that it is all speculative - characteristics that are applied to first born children can be applied to children from any place in the family line - there are many others that point out how nurturing is a major factor in the type of adult we become.When…See More
Jul 18

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Sorry Mom, I Didn't Listen.
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Stories for Grown-Ups
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The division of labor starts early

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 7:14am 0 Comments

I was checking my son's bathroom after his shower one night, and I was happy to see that he remembered to pick up after himself: His towel and clothes were not on the floor. Since that was the third night in a row he had remembered to pick up after himself without me reminding him, I told him how proud of him I was that he was able to help keep his bathroom clean, and that I expected him to keep it up.…

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Looking out for our Moms

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 7:21am 0 Comments

Some days I worry about my Mom. Not for any particular reason - she is in good health, she lives nearby, she is brilliant. But a general worry sometimes enters my active thoughts: I am sitting at my desk at work and start to wonder if my Mom is OK.…

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Everyone needs to practice math

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 7:04am 0 Comments

When I was in fifth grade, I had a math teacher who would drill us on our multiplication skills by giving us a timed quiz with 50 questions once a week. You had to be super fast to complete questions correctly. I hated it. I hated it because I was never fast enough to finish all the questions (very few children did), but I did get better throughout the year.…

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Alexa, can you understand me?

Posted on August 13, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

"Alexa, what's the weather?"



"Alexa, play a song I like."…

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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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I hope you comment back so I can follow you. Thanks. Have a great day!

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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