About seven years ago, my husband and I decided to go into a business venture together. The stakes were pretty high: We knew that it was a long-term investment and that we would be working crazy hours. We knew that we would not receive any financial gain from it and that once we entered it, there was no backing out. We were signing up for sleepless nights, an increase in marital strain and depression, and potential health…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 22, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments
When my doctor first diagnosed me with a vitamin D deficiency, he told me to go out into the sunlight more often. That advice sounded great in theory, but it wasn't realistic. I asked him when I was supposed to do that during my day. At my 5 am run, the sun isn't up yet. I work all day - even through my lunch time. I am in a lot of meetings and can't wander too far from my desk phone. When I get home, I make dinner and help get my son…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 8, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
Childbirth is this big black hole of unknown to an expecting Mom. You can read books, seek advice from women who have experienced it, and prepare in every way possible. Yet, no one can actually tell you what is going to happen in there. It's a crap shoot.
For me personally, this created some anxiety for me 1st pregnancy. I…Continue
Added by Brittany Burbank on February 8, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
When I left the family nest to get settled into my first job, my Mom gave me some advice. She told me some things about my paycheck and finances, she gave me a few words of wisdom when dealing with my coworkers and when I got frustrated with that job, she told me to stick with it until I found something new.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
When I was in high school, I returned home one day to find my Mother with a baby. My Mom loves children and it was quite possible that she had finally stolen someone's baby since I was almost out of the house and she needed someone new to need her. In reality, it didn't really surprise me to learn she was babysitting for one of her coworkers. At the time, it was a little strange to see my Mom with a baby - the way she nuzzled and smiled…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2015 at 7:05am — No Comments
There are many challenges associated with ADHD, and often parents and children alike become frustrated and overwhelmed by addressing those challenges. Children with ADHD impact their siblings and parents unintentionally, but parents have the power to help their children focus their energy in positive ways and control and reduce their symptoms. Here are a few “outside the box” tips for doing so:
Be positive. Addressing behaviors and challenges associated with ADHD is…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on November 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
We are huge proponents of slow and steady wins the race. While garnering a high Google ranking is important for organic search, don’t worry about backlinks too much. Instead, concentrate on creating the most compelling, interesting, and sharable content you can when starting out.
Added by Mayra Calvani on September 25, 2015 at 3:35pm — No Comments
When you are pregnant, you become a magnate for unsolicited parenting advice. (This is one of those laws of nature like gravity or the inverse velocity equation of children and is unavoidable.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments
"So, you want to bring your kid to Europe for a one month vacation extravaganza. Sounds like fun. You're nuts." (insert eye roll)
This is the reaction I got from about 90% of the people when I told them about my summer vacation plans. Me, my daughter Phoebe, and my husband were going to Paris,…Continue
Life is a series of challenges filled with surprises.. And that's what makes life interesting. One of the biggest challenges could also be bringing up our children who are closest to our hearts and means the world to us... It can be an out of the world experience for many whereas many would have their world upside down with lack of patience n perseverance ....…Continue
Added by Manjusha Pandey on August 1, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments
There is a moment in most modern parents' lives, when you will find that your parenting instincts fail you. It's not a happy moment and you certainly aren't ready for it, but there it is.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments
In two days the bathroom remodel (that has been desperately needed for over 10 years) begins in full force. Our cast iron tub will be demolished with a sledgehammer, our old parquet floor will be torn up, cracked sink thrown in the dumpster and the walls will come a tumblin' down. I'm trying to focus on what the final product will be - not on the…Continue
In today’s world, it seems we are all addicted to our smart phones, tablets and laptops. It is not just our children who have…
Added by Ellie Hirsch on March 18, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments
Every once in awhile something happens with us, and I’m torn about writing it. As a blogger, I don’t want my blog to necessarily come off as doom and gloom, but these things do come up. So bear with me as I get this off my chest. Perhaps it will help another parent out there.
Sunday night, Alex asked if I would snuggle with him in bed. I said fine, as the boys had Monday off from school. I’m not as strict about sleep on…Continue
Added by Erin Soto on February 18, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments
I am a self-proclaimed fashionista.
Clothes-horse, shoe-whore, handbag junkie...you name it, I'm all over it.
But sometimes having all the components makes assembling the perfect outfit even more difficult. Like, where the heck do you find time to sift through everything and put it all together so it looks effortlessly perfect????
Ahhh, luckily for me, there's an app for that. =)
ClosetSpace is a new application from fashion analytics company Stylitics that wants…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on January 27, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments
The day I discovered my husband’s side chick, I cried. I’ve known my husband for quite some time. We met when I was 15 and 16, just right outside of our homes. From the moment of that first hello, I couldn’t help but to feel butterflies. After we parted ways, I went to Howard University and he went to San Jose State University,I never really imagined that I would see him again. Needless to say life is funny. After 8 years we finally reconnected and I felt like that little…Continue
Added by Tia Michelle McKinney Boyer on January 21, 2015 at 5:42pm — No Comments
Dear Kaleb and Kaden,
By the time you are able to read this letter you will probably wonder just what in the world I was talking about. Well, from the time your first set of teeth cut your gums and grew, you two love food...especially SNACKS. Any snacks your father and I had, both of you were front and center with big eyes and smiles repeatedly saying "please.. please...chips please...chips please". Well at least you two had manners at an early age. With manners like that, who…Continue
Added by Tia Michelle McKinney Boyer on January 11, 2015 at 5:09pm — No Comments
You know that Nana is very funny. We all laugh at the stories she tells of mommy and uncle growing up and all of the funny and wonderfully weird things that we did growing up. Now they aren’t as funny as the two of you, but maybe that’s because I’m partial to you two…then again, you two are quite the characters. Your father and I can’t help but smile and laugh when we think of the things that you do or say, and not to mention the things that you do to each other. It’s sheer…Continue
Added by Tia Michelle McKinney Boyer on January 9, 2015 at 7:45am — No Comments