My son is seven. He has long legs and has developed strong arms from swimming. He has soft, floppy, light brown hair and dark brown eyes. There is a smattering of freckles under his eyes and across his nose from spending summer outside. He laughs easily and often.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
There is no end to the debate on what the "right" age is to be a parent: Do you have your children in your 20s so you have the most amount of energy to chase after them? Or do you have them in your 30s, when you feel a little more settled and are at your peak health (and before you cross over to the high-risk pregnancy zone after 35)? Or do you wait until your 40s when you have had enough success in your career and are fully ready to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 5, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
I would like to think that our family has a wide variety of interests. And while I give us a lot of credit for trying new things, I do recognize that a lot of our free time is spent on pursuits that fall on the geeky scale. I am OK with that as "geeky" is way cooler than it used to be.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments
As mentioned before in this blog, I sometimes play the game "when my Mother was my age" to remind myself of how different my life would be if I was a young Mom like she was when she had my brother and me.
Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments
When my son was only five weeks old, we toured the school we would be sending him to when I returned to work. We walked through each of the brightly lit rooms, starting with the infant room. We ended the tour in the room of three-year-olds. Those children looked massive to me and I could not wrap my head around my little baby being one of those giants one day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2017 at 7:41pm — No Comments
I am happy being the mother of one. My husband and I are satisfied with our family size and neither of us is pining for another baby. Don't get me wrong - I do sometimes wonder what life would be like with a second child (and it usually scares me a bit). Also - at least in my mind - I think of myself as too old to have another baby.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
While reading my son the story of Dumbo, I had forgotten there was a passage around the clowns drinking some "funny water." And of course my son didn't understand what that meant. So that became the moment when I told my five-year-old about the effects of alcohol.
We had talked about alcohol before at the…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 11, 2015 at 5:48am — No Comments
I didn't believe that there was such a thing as a biological clock. And then I reached my late 20s and really, really wanted a baby. Fortunately for me, I already had the perfect guy and we were on the same path to marriage, baby and happily ever afterhood. I have a lot of friends who heard the ticking of their clocks earlier in life and had several children before I had my first. And I have a few friends who wanted to get their careers…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 25, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments
A few months ago, a couple of coworkers were trying to figure out my age. Eventually, one of them just came out and asked me. Several of them thought I was significantly younger than I actually am. I know this is not because of the way I look (I think I look my age), but rather because of the energy level that I have.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
At a recent happy hour with my coworkers, we started talking about our 21st birthdays. There were the usual tales of being taken out by friends to have their first legal drink, with lots of admissions that they had had alcohol well before that milestone birthday.
When it came to me, I told the truth: I…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 18, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers asked me how old I was. She said she wanted to know because I seemed to have too much energy. I asked her to guess, and she said 28.
First of all, I thanked her, since I am actually in my mid-thirties. She seemed shocked and asked my secret. I explained that my son…
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I originally found the recipe for Ice playdough at Smart School House. There they have the exact recipe of how…Continue
Added by Tiffany Miranda on October 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
As I gazed in the mirror this morning I could only cringe. New lines and wrinkles, new gray, new age spots....all this newness simply meant I was getting old. I am not obsessed with my age of 56 but I do acknowledge that I have more days behind me than what I will ever see in front of me. I wish I could see myself through the eyes of my grandchildren. They don't see the wrinkles or age spots but rather someone whose eyes twinkle when they are around, someone who feels silly and…Continue
Added by Cindi Walton on November 11, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments
As the new school year is quickly approaching, parents are often scrambling to get their child ready for the start of a new school year. If your child is starting school in a few weeks, now is the time to start looking for your child before and after school care. There are plenty of options when it comes to…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on August 1, 2013 at 11:49pm — No Comments
When I took my son to his 9 month old well baby check up, his doctor told me that she wanted to make sure that he was off the bottle around his first birthday. I really didn’t think this was going to be possible to wean him from the bottle by the time he was a year old but it was easier than I expected it to…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 14, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments
John H. Byk (pen name, Conrad Johnson) was born and raised on the gritty streets of Detroit, Michigan. After surviving high school, he joined the Coast Guard and then went back to school to earn his Masters of Art in English. Still aching to see more of the world, he worked as a Merchant Seaman and then taught English in Japan and Thailand before…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on May 11, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments
The Mason Jar written by James Russell Lingerfelt is a coming of age love story that will stay with me for a very long time. The author’s writing style drew me in right away. I finished reading the book in one day.
The story read like a long beautiful poem with vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was there in person. The story chronicles the main character Finn's first relationship with a fellow student named Eden. Finn fell madly in love with Eden, but…Continue
Added by Nicole Weaver on December 29, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments