From a non-scientific, small study of my peers, I have determined that I have an abnormal relationship with my Mother. It's not abnormal in a bad way - it's actually the opposite: She is a loving, supportive woman who will give me advice when I ask for it, challenges me to be my best self and brings a richness to our family's lives. She is a dynamic lady.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 29, 2017 at 6:52am — No Comments
Between my wife and I we have two things that we are really passionate about. For very personal reasons those two things are mental health awareness and breastfeeding. We have supported each other through difficult times in these areas and there are lots of overlapping themes in the care for the two.
From experience I can say that the main thing that mental health illnesses and breastfeeding have in common are the need for support. Strong unconditional support.
Added by Dave Adams on September 23, 2017 at 6:35pm — No Comments
Take a walk through memory lane with me back to your teenage years. (Sorry, this may be a bumpy ride.) Were they mostly happy? Did you feel misunderstood? Did you feel stressed out? Did you ever feel depressed?…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 2, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
I'm a firm believer that in order to fully understand the cause of something we must ask as many questions as possible. Being afraid of the answer is not going to get rid of the problem much less solve it.
I love my Netflix,…Continue
Added by Mari Corona on May 5, 2017 at 5:51pm — No Comments
I do not sing very well.
I am OK with this state of being, and have no need to torture friends and family members at karaoke or spontaneously start singing during conversations as though life were a musical. (Full disclosure: I love musicals.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 22, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments
I have not been running as regularly as I should. Every morning, I flip through the list of excuses of why I shouldn't run today:…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments
It doesn't matter what you are doing as a parent, if you read enough studies you learn that you are parenting wrong. But it is easy to accept that you are wrong as a parent: You have, after all, a constant walking/talking reminder in your life that you are an unfair, mean person and that you are crushing all the joy out of life because you won't let someone play on his iPad and instead keep insisting that he brush his teeth.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 26, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments
Women face greater chances of developing alcoholism than men do, according to several sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which explained that even though men may drink larger amounts of alcohol and drink more frequently, women are more likely to experience the most serious and more long-term effects of drinking. This is largely due to gender differences in body structure and chemistry that…Continue
Added by Kim Lopez on March 10, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments
Sometimes you find a friend that sticks around for 5 minutes. Sometimes you find a friend that will tell you they have your back until you realize they’re the one that stabbed you. Not often enough in life we find that one friend. That one that no matter how much time or distance life has put between the two of you, they still manage to be there when you need them the most.…Continue
Added by Mindy Goins on March 8, 2016 at 7:56pm — No Comments
My fight between the light and the dark.
Added by Mindy Goins on February 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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