Above my desk is a sign that reads "choose happy." My son asked me why I decided to put it there.
"It is in a place where I can see it often and be reminded by it," I said.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 7, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments
If you can’t help but to lie awake at night and think about everything that went wrong or right during the day, you may be overthinking parenting.
If you spend way too long packing your child’s lunch for school in the morning because…Continue
Added by Kolyanne Russ on September 10, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
The gig is up. The last day of Summer has slipped right through my fingers, not because I didn't hold on to it tightly enough, but because all good things must come to an end. I can't truly say that I relaxed enough during my Summer break, nor that I grinded hard enough. What I did was somewhere in the…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on August 3, 2017 at 4:14pm — No Comments
Last weekend, my son went to swim lessons. It had been three weeks since he had been, and on the car ride home he happily talked all about them. "It's good to get back to the routine of them," he said.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments
I love when my son comes on errands with me. I know errands can be boring, but when he chooses to come with me we talk about how errands are part of taking care of our home (which is everyone's responsibility) and how they are more fun when we do them together.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 1, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments
I'm only in my mid-30s. I love my job and my current life, but sometimes I like to fantasize about my retirement. My current plans include my husband and I living in a cabin in the mountains somewhere where our son can come and visit us when he wants his family to enjoy some snow.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 1, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments
Whenever my son doesn't get his way, he declares that my husband and I are being mean to him. Of course he does. In his world "mean" is the best word he has to describe the situation. It is horribly mean of us to ask him to follow the household rules, or for us to squash his fun by taking him on errands, or for us to encourage him to finish his morning tasks so we can get to school on time.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 8, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments
My son likes to tell me when he is not happy. If I take him to a store, I hear "But that doesn't make me happy." If I tell him to clean up his toys, I hear, "That makes me so sad." He is five: Happiness is getting to do whatever he wants when he wants.
I used to think that happiness depended on the person -…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments
this year we need to be more gentle to ourselves.
make time for ourselves.
Added by Ericka on January 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — 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
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
Scientists only recently have begun to study the benefits of gratitude. Vitamin G, as some like to call it, plays a critical role in happiness. Focusing on the positive boosts body, mind, and spirit. It gives us energy, inspires us, and transforms us. In a nutshell, it provides life with meaning by thinking of life as…Continue
Added by Sandi Schwartz on November 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In a former job, I used to have a mean boss. The kind of boss who would tear you down in public, make you feel worthless and mock you if you went to your car during lunch to have a little cry. My coworkers and I became adept at figuring out her triggers and avoiding them wherever possible. Some days we spent more time at work analyzing how she would react to something than doing our jobs. That was the least productive I've ever…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments
There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:
Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments
When you are pregnant, you become a magnate for unsolicited parenting advice. (This is one of those laws of nature like gravity or the inverse velocity equation of children and is unavoidable.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments
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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
People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments