On Fridays I let my son take his LeapPad to school with him so that he can play it in the afternoons. This is the compromise I've come up with as the school shows movies on Friday afternoons. I normally would not have a problem with movie time, except that the school often shows movies that are PG and not appropriate for my son to watch.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
As a parent, I admit to having a certain amount of nostalgia for my childhood. I would like to think this is because I had a wonderful childhood (thanks, Mom!), but I also know that it is because familiarity breeds comfort.
Of course, my husband and I are selective about what we pass down to our son:…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments
Last week, I was wondering how old my son will be when he gets his first smartphone. My husband and I still haven't decided the right age, but agree that it will be when he has reached the right balance of personal responsibility and social need. (We want him to understand the consequences of having the device, but don't want him to be the only…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments
Take a moment and recall the sex talk you had (or didn't have) with your parents. I got mine from my Mother after an episode of the Wonder Years in which the main character gets the sex talk from his father. (Belated: Thanks, Mom!)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments
There is a history podcast that I listen to (mostly in my car). In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me - what people ate, how they spent their free time and even the exact reasons for their deaths.…Continue
Children are embarrassing; it's in their nature. I believe that many adults are often jealous of children's social "pass" in getting to say whatever is on their minds at any time: "That woman is fat!" or "I can see your underwear and it's blue!" or "The food you cook tastes like poopy!" are all things that can be yelled by children at the decibel level of a jackhammer with little immediate repercussions beyond a parent saying, "please use…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments
We love books in our household. Before our son was born, my husband and I read each other's books to learn more about one another. And, when our son came along, we immediately started to fill his library with books we could read aloud to him.…Continue
I know several parents who have secured social media accounts in their children's names, intending them to be gifts once their children reach the appropriate age.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments
I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Teddy asked me and…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:11pm — No Comments
So, last week, we were watching movies because we were sick. This week, my husband and I are watching movies to help our marriage.
Yeah, that didn't really seem to make sense to me, either.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2014 at 6:42am — No Comments
I can hear myself now: "When I was little, television shows only came on during a certain time, so you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. There was no way to pause the program either, so you had to time your bathroom breaks and snack runs during the commercials."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Added by Lisa René LeClair on December 12, 2013 at 6:40am — No Comments
All parents learn to appreciate a good mystery. Think about it: One moment, you are happily twirling along in the universe, doing your own thing and the next moment, you have a baby and are faced with a million unanswerable questions. (How long is the baby supposed to sleep now? What did the baby eat to make that smell? You want me to put the thermometer where?)
On June 8, 1984, my mom took my brother and me to see Gremlins. It was a birthday present for me (thanks, Mom!). I loved the scenes with the cute little mogwai Gizmo, and I even…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments
** It's super fun when my twins come out of their rooms after 30 seconds and claim they can't go to sleep.
** Christmas is only six weeks away -- holy crapola!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 15, 2013 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Do you currently have a blog but struggling to make any money with it? Do you feel like you have a lot to offer but no one is finding you? Or maybe you just don’t know where to start in the world of blogging?
I have to be honest with you, I felt that way up until a few short months ago. Believe me when I tell you that I have spend thousands of dollars and countless hours on trainings, events, products/services that…Continue
Added by Stephanie Person on July 8, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments
Do you know what your kids are doing for summer fun? Have you heard them talking about food challenges? Have they mentioned the chubby bunny game, the choking game, or burns? If you have heard them talking about any of these activities, they may be involved in potentially dangerous activities or know someone else who is involved in risky behaviors.
The activities listed in this blog can be an issue year-round, however the risk to children and teens during the summer months is…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on July 5, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments
After getting the kiddos situation in the kitchen with an art project this morning I set off for the family room to fold clothes. Exciting I know! While folding I turned on the TV and quickly found myself being pulled into a talk show. The topic was unconventional marriages. The host was interviewing a traditional Orthodox Jewish marriage. First I found it ironic that the topic was unconventional marriages and the couple was in a traditional marriage. My second thought was, when…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on June 8, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments