My son loves spending time with his grandparents. Specifically, he likes spending time with his grandparents when I am not around. And I can respect that: He has a special relationship with them and doesn't need me around to develop it. And that works out well for all of us. His grandparents can set their own rules and spoil him to their hearts' content, and my son can enjoy the love and attention from another group of…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments
I know that every marriage is different. I listen to girl talk. I hear from friends who let their husbands handle all the finances, and those that act as the family accountant. I hear from moms who think their husbands don't spend enough time with the kids and those that are happy with their amount of free time away from the family. I hear from women who joke about murdering their spouses several times a week and those that are careful to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments
I try very hard to stay a positive person. Yes, I have backup plans if things go wrong and like everyone I have off-kilter days, but generally speaking, I like to think that life will go my way. And I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am hanging out with like-minded positive people: Happiness spreads happiness.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments
If you've been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks, it is important that you make an appointment to see your GP. It will be helpful so that you can discuss your symptoms with them and probably recommend treatments that could help you feel better. It can also be helpful to try some coping…Continue
Added by sophie addison on December 5, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
At one point of my childhood, I stopped eating meat. It was a phase and didn't last too long, and my Mother just dealt with it by giving me lots of veggies. (Sorry, Mom!) When she tells this story today, she remarks that it was good timing because my brother was going through a phase of not eating vegetables and everything evened out.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 30, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
Most siblings have had the argument over who Mom's favorite child is. To the non-favorite child, the choice is obvious. but the favorite will usually still claim that they are not the one (even when everyone knows they are). As we've learned before, the favorite child can change over time, depending on how similar/dissimilar a child is to their parent in terms of social and political views.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 16, 2015 at 7:34am — No Comments
As mentioned before, when I have a bad day I sometimes play a little game with myself called, "When Mom was my age." For example: When my Mom was my age she had a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. She worked a physically and mentally demanding job with long hours and a long commute - often not getting home until…Continue
When my husband and I were in our 20s, we discovered an all-night skating rink. We both had fond memories of roller skating when we were younger and decided to go. The rink had a familiar feel to it: There was a disco ball in the center, 80s music blaring over the speakers, lots of first-time skaters hanging onto the wall, and the smell of leather and slightly musty air.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments
Parents love their children from the time they are conceived. Anything that causes a child pain, causes them pain. Unfortunately, bullying across schools has increased and has taken a new form – cyberbullying. Here are some recent statistics on bullying from bullyingstatistics.org:
Added by MEGHA MATHUR on February 13, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments
picture courtesy of no wheat no dairy no coffee
When I was 16 I worked at my very first job. I ran a small coffee shop in my neighborhood. All day I made and drank coffee. I was a full fledged coffeeaholic from that summer…
Added by Hope Brissette on October 4, 2014 at 7:47pm — No Comments
For some time now, I have thought about writing something in support (aka protest) for Moms WHO DO IT ALL!!!(or those that think they do). It wasn't until the other day that something in the news inspired me to get this going.
Let me backtrack for a moment, when I found out I was expecting my first child in 1999, I was twenty five years old; old enough to become a mother, but still young enough to be naïve about what it took to be successful parent.
Though I totally loved my…
Added by Lil Tux N Tiaras Event Sitters on April 1, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments
I started to let my anxiety and low self-esteem take over my mind this morning. I really didn't want to feel that way so I fought to keep these emotions at bay and I fought hard. It's been 3 hours now and, so far so good. What did I do? Let's see...
Added by Ann Harrison on March 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I am one of those women who tells mothers-to-be about about all the wonderful things to look forward to in their pregnancies. You won't hear any horror stories from me about childbirth. Funny? Yes. Mundane? Sure. But not scary. (There's no need to scare pregnant women, people, they have enough worries/fears already zipping through their heads.)
But there is one area where I am always serious. And that is about postpartum depression. This is because most people don't understand what it…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 12, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues. Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Pregnancy is supposed to be a very joyous life event. In fact, most pregnant mom’s are excited to meet the baby that has been moving, kicking, and growing in her belly over the last few months. Meeting your baby for the first time is an overwhelming and happy time for most parents. Once a mom gives birth,…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on March 26, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments
Although the 2013 Academy Awards are history, one gem - Amour - will continue to shine. This heartbreaking and unflinching movie was painful to watch but it stimulated conversations with more questions than answers.
As the people we love decline, how do we deal with the inevitable suffering?
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tackled this subject and won the 2013 Academy Award for best foreign language film. The leads, veteran French actors Jean-Louis…Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on March 19, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments
It’s no secret that obesity is a problem in the United States. And in spite of the fact that a hunger problem exists as well, our population as a whole eats more and moves less than the citizens of other countries. Sadly, it’s no longer just affecting adults, but children as well. Even though medicine has made huge strides and people, on average, are living longer, it has been said that today’s generation of children and teenagers may not live as long as their parents will. So,…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
I have lived most of my life in the Chicagoland area but, even before that, I lived in Pennsylvania. Point? I’m used to cold winters! Doesn’t mean that I necessarily like them much, but I have learned to embrace them.
As I’ve gotten older (and colder) I’ve had my share of the Winter Blues. They usually…Continue
Added by Penny Roach on March 7, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments