I adore my children but having all 4 of them home all summer can get a little crazy! Plus my husband working in real estate has a pretty hectic and inconsistent schedule. So it's a lot of mommy versus the 4 little monkeys. One things that really makes me want to climb the walls is the amount of tattling. Yes, I know for children (siblings at that) under 7 years old this is very common but it doesn't make it any less…Continue
Santa brought us the board game Life for Christmas. I hadn't played that game since I was a child, and I was genuinely surprised at the amount of changes to it: The careers are different, there are lots more action cards and it is much harder to go into debt.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments
I love my son's drawings. He creates rocket ships with lots of windows so the astronauts can see into space, city buses that also act as street sweepers, and recently, he started drawing castles.
But he rarely draws pictures of his family (probably because we are not as exciting as his other subjects). And…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments
I know several moms who have multiple children with active schedules. Those Moms spend their evenings and weekends chauffeuring their children to various sports activities, musical activities and dance lessons. I'm always amazed by that (think of the planning and coordination that takes), and I usually have one question for them: Where do you find the time for dinner?…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 15, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments
I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…Continue
My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 9, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments
Do you have a military family? The Defense Department’s Defense Health Program needs some help with a study they are doing on the effects of deployment on children at home. You can find details here.
Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments
Welcome to my page! Thank you for stopping by Uplifting Families. I wanted to take the time and thank all of those people that have made Uplifting Families successful. Without your love and support, my blog wouldn’t be where it is today. I started blogging in November of 2011, shortly after my youngest son was born, because I wanted to help other mother’s…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on August 13, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments
I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler. While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother. My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working. Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time
Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another. It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless. There is hope!
Whenever a child is…Continue
Did you know that you could have a stranger in your home right at this moment that you are completely unaware is present? If you or anyone in your home is communicating online or through texting with someone you do not know personally, then you are opening your home to a stranger. Technology can be a wonderful tool, but it also can open our families, our children included, to new dangers.
A recent poll indicated that 90 percent of middle and high school student have…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on April 1, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments
How do we achieve happiness as a family, especially when you consider varying personalities, interests and communication styles? Not to mention different genders and ages, two-adult homes and one-adult homes? I recently read an article based on a book by Bruce Feiler on this very topic. He introduces some interesting facts and concepts I think worthy of sharing. In our incredibly fast paced lives, full of stress and worry how do we find peace at home?
I think most people have heard…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on March 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments
With many families still struggling and even those who are not, this is an appropriate time of year to teach an attitude of gratitude. It may be easy for kids to focus on what they don’t have or won’t get, especially compared to those of their peers. Regardless of a families’ financial situation it is helpful to use the holidays as a time to teach family values. Any gift, whether big or small, can come from the heart keeping the recipient in mind. So what values are important to you and…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Ideas for how to connect with your family while you are running from one place to another!
Leaves falling, soccer balls, pumpkins, football jerseys, sweatshirts, crisp air...all indicators of autumn in full swing.While parents are busy driving from activity to activity and kids are getting back into the rhythm of school, we often forget how to connect with each other in the midst of all the busy. Here are some ideas:
Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments
At this point in September most of our children are settled back in school. How about the parents? It is common for kids to experience varying anxieties as school nears. It may be the first day jitters, middle-school transition or new peer pressures in high school. It is also common for parents to experience worries of their own. Today’s parents are faced with a number of school issues regarding their children. Parents may be concerned about the child’s readiness to start school, their…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on September 12, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
We are in East Denver not 5 miles from the events of last night’s tragedy. Many, many people have and will be affected from this horrific night. All people experience trauma and hearing about trauma differently. Below are some suggestions for talking to your kids about what they hear on the news and from friends and how to address common fears and concerns:…
Added by Stacy Hladek on July 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Added by Nikki Lovins-Jones on July 4, 2012 at 1:57am — No Comments
Our country continues to be in a strained economy. These past few years have been a humbling experience for me and my children. And while it has been a stressful time, many good things have come of it. We have found ways to do without, redefined our true needs and have a better understanding of what are our priorities. For example, in our family, we value time together now more than ever. And through difficult times we have grown closer and work much better as a team.
It is important,…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 15, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments