** 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
You are not even four-years-old yet, but already you've learned so many things: How to walk, talk, use the bathroom, sing, play with friends, make…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 15, 2013 at 9:07am — No Comments
My son is lucky enough to have three sets of grandparents, and they all love him immeasurably. He has individual names for all of them (Grandma & Grandpa, Nana & GrandBob, Pap-Pap and Anya), and he relishes his time with each of them. He talks to them on the phone, sees them in person whenever possible and looks at pictures of them as I tell him stories. We talk often about how important they are in his life.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
It's hard to believe that just a few short years ago, we were still able to give my twins a bath together -- boy parts, girl parts, all in the same tub. Sure, there may have been some occasional finger pointing, but they were able to peacefully sit side by side for the most part. Man, have times changed! It's becoming more and more…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 13, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments
As any mother of a three-year-old knows, you spend a lot of your time asking your child, "Are you listening to me?" (The answer, by the way, is almost always 'no.' Children have much better things going on than listening to their mother.) One way to improve your child's hearing may be to give them music lessons.
Added by Lauren Markman on November 13, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on November 12, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments
I remember the evening very clearly: We were out with my in-laws at a very popular Chinese food chain restaurant. It was packed with people and from the time we arrived until the time we got our food, it took almost two hours.
And my son, who was only about 22 months old at the time, was quiet and contented when the food finally arrived - all because he was playing an…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments
To all my food blogger friends and chefs debonair:
I need your help. I am on a mission to try 100 new recipes in the next year. I have lots of recipe books and websites to help me, but I thought I would reach out to the experts: Other moms.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments
** Homework is making me wanna stick my head in the oven. On convection.
** My children are certainly not winning any awards for getting ready for bed quickly.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 8, 2013 at 2:56pm — No Comments
Our family is fairly laid-back. My husband and I are incredibly fortunate that our son somehow inherited all of our good genes and relatively few of our evil ones (and there were lots of the evil ones to go around).
But we all have bad days. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a liar or has an extreme case of denial. When we have bad days in my house, I like to play…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Your little one is in the back seat of your car. Where is your rear view mirror pointed? At the back windshield or at your child?
We've all done it: Even we parents who are really good about not answering our cell phones while driving have reached back to push some dirty sneakers off our seats or open a snack or help…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2013 at 9:04am — No Comments
I'll be upfront about this - I am not qualified to write about circumcision. And it's because I am a woman. But I want to talk about it anyway.
The Center for Disease Control reports that the choice to circumcise boys is on the decline in the U.S. The…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 6, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Our cat (who we love) is on a diet. And she is hungry. HUNGRY! She knows that Mom will be the one who is going to get up and feed her. I woke at 6 am, which (thanks to the end of daylight savings time) was really 5 am, and decided I might as well stay up and enjoy the extra hour of my day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2013 at 7:16am — No Comments
** I may or may not know something about the lack of Kit Kat's in our Halloween candy stash.
** Costumes should really be a part of every day.
I cannot be the only one…who has noticed that being a mother has made me an unintended liar. The lies I tell are usually in my son’s best interest, for instance I don’t really know if the dog will bite him if he pets her while she is eating, but I think it’s safer not to, so I say with great confidence that he will get…Continue
Added by Janice Perry on October 30, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Until you become an adult, you never really understand that your parents really WERE looking out for your best interests when you were a kid. As much as you thought they were unfair and totally out to ruin your life, they really did kinda know what they were doing (most of the time anyway).…Continue
It's 3 am. The house is quiet. It is nice and dark, except for the blue lights on the computer router that cast weird shadows in the office. The dishwasher has long stopped running. Do you know where your child is? I know where mine is. He is right beside my bed. And he wants to talk.
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Added by Lauren Markman on October 29, 2013 at 8:58am — No Comments
Lauren, you need to put down your phone. That text you are answering/word you are about to play to cream your husband at Hanging With Friends/email you are going to check/call you are screening/movie you can't remember that you are going to look up on IMDB is no where near as important as whatever your son is doing right now.
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Added by Lauren Markman on October 28, 2013 at 2:02pm — No Comments
** Complete strangers REALLY like to tell me the whole story of their lives, regardless of how horrifically TMI it might be.
** The "Mind Blowing Science Kit" is clearly an outside toy.…Continue
It was six weeks after having my son. My C-section scar was recovering nicely, I had giant breasts from nursing and like all mothers of babies, I was incredibly sleep deprived. There I stood with seven pages of forms to fill out to enroll my son into school, and I had full-on mommy brain. I tried my best to answer their questions:
Weight? No idea. It…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments