All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting' (1,127)

Crazy Aaron Can Suck It

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I've always been of the opinion that Play-Doh, Silly Putty, and all things gooey should be "outside" toys.  They just always seem to crumble into little bits all over the floor for someone's feet to drag throughout the entire damn house.  And this is EXACTLY why I should have known better than to allow my children to…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 30, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments

Meet the July Mommy Master-You Could be Featured Next!



Mommy Master of the Month

Congratulations to Elizabeth Vocke, this month’s Mommy Master!  Elizabeth is the perfect example of a mom who has mastered balancing it all.  She and her husband enjoy bringing up their daughter while following their passion for running a…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on July 28, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week



** A backyard campout for the kids is so much more fun when it’s in someone else’sbackyard.



** Facebook should really be called…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 26, 2014 at 12:39am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** It's evidently mating season for a-holes.



** If I never go to the U.S. Post Office again, it'll be too soon.



** Summer needs to just…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 19, 2014 at 12:24am — No Comments

The July 2014 Parenting Tip: SMILE!

This month’s parenting tip is super simple!  All you have to do is smile!  Yep, that’s right…SMILE!  It’s pretty amazing how such a simple facial expression can change you and those around you, including your children.


Would you rather be around someone who is always smiling or constantly frowning?  Which person would create a better atmosphere for those around him/her?  I will…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on July 12, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

The case for Saturday morning cartoons

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments

The Polarization of Mommies...

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…

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Added by suzanne barber on July 10, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

People forget: We're supposed to be nice

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 9, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

My state gets a D; what about yours?

I work for a really great company. As mentioned before, I really love my coworkers, my work keeps me busy and I really appreciate the level of support and understanding that I receive on my team. We are able to work from home if we have a sick child or adjust…
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Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2014 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week



** June somehow pulled a giant disappearing act on us.



** The more laundry I have to fold, the more I dream about becoming a nudist…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 4, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Fertility and death and stuff

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week



** Mother Nature seems to have Chicago and San Francisco confused.



** Every time I go to CVS, the receipt is longer than the Great…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 27, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

"The talk"

 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…

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Added by Emily B on June 27, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Energy Tips for Working Moms

When you have to juggle work and raising children, feeling tired is unavoidable. There’s no secret…

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Added by Violette Monahan on June 27, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Telling tales at home

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Go away so you can miss me

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.



And camping…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 25, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

It's Not Their Fault...It's YOURS!!!

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…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 24, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Scheduling some unstructured playtime

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

Your phone is mine

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 23, 2014 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** Cooking would be so much more enjoyable if someone did it for me.



** No matter the question, duct tape is ALWAYS the answer.



** I'm apparently a…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 20, 2014 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

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