I was always an early riser - even when I was little. I would get up early on Saturdays, creep downstairs with a blanket and watch Saturday morning cartoons until Soul Train came on and ended all my fun. At some point, my brother would come downstairs, too. We would spend several hours watching classics like Thundercats, Looney Toons and…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments
In the wee hours of the night, as I rocked my littlest guy to sleep, my mind began to wander and I started to think about how things have changed since my oldest boys were babies. See, I'm a pushin' 40 Momma again to a baby - with an 8 and almost 12 yr old...and, let me tell you - A LOT has changed. The gadgets are cooler, safety regulations are completely different and everything is more expensive. But, as I rocked and reminisced, I realized one of the biggest differences…Continue
Added by suzanne barber on July 10, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments
I've been part of an interviewing panel at my company. We've searched through a score of resumes and talked to a lot of people. My favorite part of the interviews come when the candidates ask us about our team and we can talk about how we are like a family. (It gives me the warm fuzzies every time.) At some point, the candidates…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 9, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments
** June somehow pulled a giant disappearing act on us.
** The more laundry I have to fold, the more I dream about becoming a nudist…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 4, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments
When I was 24 years old, I was sharing an elevator ride with a woman in her 40s. I had just met her about five minutes ago at a crafting event. She had been talking to her friends about getting pregnant. As soon as the elevator doors closed, she turned to me and asked, "You're in your twenties, right?" I said yes. "You should go ahead and freeze your eggs now, that way they will be good when you hit 40 and decide you are ready to have a…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments
** Mother Nature seems to have Chicago and San Francisco confused.
** Every time I go to CVS, the receipt is longer than the Great…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 27, 2014 at 5:44pm — 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
When you have to juggle work and raising children, feeling tired is unavoidable. There’s no secret…Continue
Added by Violette Monahan on June 27, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments
I'm big on people having hobbies. Things that they enjoy outside of work and parenthood. They provide great examples of "parents are people too" to our children (or grandchildren). And hopefully these hobbies are activities which can…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
When I was little, my summers were filled with camp. Every spring, my Mom and I would go through the Girl Scout catalog of upcoming camps and choose the ones I would attend. The themes ran the gamut from Teddy Bear camp to Dance camp and to Bike and Boating camp. Here's the important part: All the camps were sleep-away and most were for at least a week.
Added by Lauren Markman on June 25, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments
It’s really easy to blame your child when their behavior is less than stellar. Right now in my house, my seven year old and five year old seem to feel they are entitled to everything and anything. I have given them the “you need to be grateful for everything you have” speech, along with the “you need to earn these things, not just expect them” speech, and the ever popular, “money doesn’t grow on trees” talk. I constantly feel like a broken record and after pondering why my words of wisdom…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 24, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments
I have Mommy friends who have taken on a third job as chauffeurs. But they don't work for Uber. They work full-time jobs, take care of their families and then cart their children off to a variety of activities. They spend their evening hours away from their homes and behind the wheels of their cars. In the attempt to give our children lots of opportunities to learn instruments, play sports and learn conversational Mandarin, we have…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments
My son likes to pretend that he has a cell phone. He'll walk around the house with a toy car case against his ear (he has pretend phones, but he likes to use that case), and say things like, "Yeah. Yeah. That sounds great. Let's do that then. OK, gotta go. Bye." He'll tell me that one of my coworkers is calling me, and I'll tell him to ignore it because I don't take work calls at home while I'm making dinner. He'll reconsider and then…Continue
** No matter the question, duct tape is ALWAYS the answer.
** I'm apparently a…Continue
There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:
The fact that it was in all caps with an exclamation point only underscores the frustration and hopelessness she must have felt around the situation. I mean, children are…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments
** It takes a village. To raise a husband.
** The world is way too incredibly full of itself.
** Surprisingly, it's been 20 years since OJ got away…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 13, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments
Maybe it's just me, but the end of the school year always seems to bring with it a boatload of unwanted stress. Finding a "place" for all the papers that are sent home, trying not to drown in the flood of never-ending emails, buying the gazillion and one thank you gifts -- IT NEVER EVER…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 12, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments
When I was little, I had a stay-at-home Mom. She was home to give me a snack after school, took care of me when I was sick and spent hours devoting time to the PTA and the community to make a better life for us. (Thanks, Mom!) My Dad worked long hours, spent time working on the yard on the weekends and drove us to family functions on the weekends. (Thanks, Dad!)…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 11, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments
** The end-of-the-school-year craziness must surely subtract five years off a mom's life.
** I am sooooooooo done with the packing of the lunches.
Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 6, 2014 at 7:34pm — No Comments