It was time for my son to get ready for bed (or as we call it: his "clean routine"). He likes to stall some nights (shocking, I know), but after a few minutes, he gave in to our insistence that it was time to move along. As he was going up the stairs, he called out to us: "I won't be staying here with you forever, you know. One day, I'll move out."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 26, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments
When our children are little, we are at the end of the playground slide, catching them when they reach the bottom. We are there, standing behind them as they tentatively cross the monkey bars. And we are the first to offer a steadying finger when they try to stay balanced when walking across a low curb.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2018 at 7:35am — No Comments
I read a lot of parenting books; I have a few of my favorites on the shelves of our home. I read a lot of child development studies and then talk about them here. I listen to my friends talk about the lives of their families and what is working and what is not. But, I would never consider myself a parenting expert.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments
Added by Niedria Kenny on August 19, 2017 at 3:44am — No Comments
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
I often wonder about the next milestones in store for my son. When he was a baby, the milestones were frequent and momentous: First rollover, first crawl, first words, first steps. As he has gotten older, the firsts in his life are further apart and sometimes harder to notice.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 10, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments
Since my son was 16 months old, he loved laying his head on anything to rest. Racing over to where I was sitting, feeding his baby brother, he did the abrupt toddler stop, and rested his head on my lap. At the time, I had a burp cloth ready for after the feeding. When I reached down to use it, my sweet boy's head was laying on it, eyes drowsily shutting. He looked…Continue
Added by Lucretia Cahill on January 25, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I am shrinking.
I take a bone supplement every day, try to walk more often to stretch out my stuffed-behind-a-desk-all-day body and even recently got a new mattress, and yet, I am shrinking.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 29, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments
Feeling guilty when you are parent is something that seems to become second nature. You just can't help yourself! Very often it's the little things that will rack you with guilt, sometimes (but rarely) it might be something big. This 'big'…Continue
Added by Steph on April 2, 2016 at 1:12pm — No Comments
I spent a weekend at the beach with my girlfriends recently. And what I learned from them gave me hope: They reported that their children (mostly teens) were well behaved, not interested in dating or other risky behaviors and are quite academically inclined.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments
It’s hard to believe our twins are already two. I have been eagerly watching them grow and hit developmental milestones, yet the graduation from baby to toddler is paired with feelings of sadness and worry. My babies are grown and it’s happening fast. Just as it did with Thomas. Days…Continue
I stepped over several books, a Hot Wheels car, and a toy horse to get him there, but I gently laid my snuggly little sleeping boy into his bed and settled the blanket over him. He didn’t even notice, although he did roll over and cuddle down into his pillow a bit more in his…Continue
Added by Kishona Lape on January 14, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments
With every milestone our children make, one door closes and another opens. It all starts with the bottle and never seems to end. Next comes the diapers, the crib, the pacifier and the toddler bed. Time seems to move so quickly yet when we look back, it seems like ages ago that it all began.
We don’t often think of the stages and phases a mom…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on November 12, 2015 at 12:46pm — No Comments
Last week I told my son a "very scary" story about what would happen to him when he became a teenager. Although I was having some fun with him, I am well aware of the fact that what will actually happen when he becomes a teenager will be much, much more frightening. For me.…Continue
Added by Dea Lenihan on September 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I remember the week I brought my daughter home from the hospital. It was while I was sitting on the couch that I had my first real “moment” with her.
Now that I think back it was a fleeting moment, but I promised myself that I would never forget; times of immense happiness are somehow always neatly wrapped up and filed away in your memory.
She was sleeping, her head against my shoulder, breathing in complete rhythmic harmony; a sweet hum that filled my heart.
Added by amina qureshi on December 8, 2014 at 5:41pm — No Comments
A few weeks ago I posted photos on my instagram page showing how beautifully my mother in law's fruits plants have grown. She has a papaya tree, avocado tree, banana tree, mango tree and more grown. There are a few others in their beginning stages. It only took about 5 years for some of her plants to start bearing fruit and I was thinking I should've started growing plants as soon as we bought our house. By now I would have…Continue
Added by Ronda on July 19, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments
So I had THE question asked of me by my 6 year old daughter. You know the one, the one that turned me into a awkward and uncomfortable teenager. "Mommy, how does the baby get in a Mommy's belly?" She asks me while we are drawing at the art table. Her brothers were napping, so this Mommy and daughter bonding just took a whole big turn.
I panicked, what do I say? What is age appropriate? I want to give her the right…
Added by Emily B on June 27, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments
I'm watching the back of my son as he rides away from me. I can see him wobble a little on his bike, but the training wheels take up the slack. He starts to turn the corner and he suddenly looks very little to me. He picks up speed, as he heads down the block. He races by the fence, and is now out of my eyesight.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments