All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting' (1,114)

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

At night I dream of sleep

There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:

       NO NAPS!



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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** 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…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 13, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

End of the School Year Madness

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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…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 12, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Daddies becoming Mommies (kind of)

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!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 11, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** 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.



**…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on June 6, 2014 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Let's learn something: How to celebrate the important stuff

My birthday is this weekend. And I'm going to celebrate. All. Week. Long. (Maybe even longer...I haven't decided yet.)

When I was growing up, I didn't truly enjoy my birthdays. There was a bad incident with a clown on one birthday, and for the others, I was a bit shy and didn't like being the center of attention. My parents tried to have parties for me, but I didn't…

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

Beat the clock

A few days ago my husband watched me compile my to-do list for the weekend. When I paused for a moment, he commented, "That's a lot of stuff to do in one weekend." I had three immediate thoughts:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 4, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Milk, milk, go away...

It's been a seriously difficult week in the world of weaning. Literally all of the information out there that I've found in the past week has been conflicting, and needless to say my milk has not dried up yet.

I'm on my seventh day of taking Sudafed, my seventh day of bound breasts, I've worn a snug bra to bed for the past week, and this is my third day of round the clock cabbage leaves. My boob (yes, singular, one of them is…

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Added by Lindsey Mommy on June 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Mommy A to Z Book Is Now ON SALE!

Big news! The Mommy A to Z eBook is now on sale! You can own your very own copy for only $5.99. Books are available at:

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Added by Meredith Hale on June 3, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

I wouldn't trust a "Bambi" to do my taxes

We all make associations with people based off their names. For example, I don't think "handyman" when I am introduced to guys with names like Trevor or Preston. And I don't think "financial genius" when I meet a woman named Bambi or Sequoia. Am I instantaneously judging people based off their name without actually getting to know them first?…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 28, 2014 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** If you take up two parking spaces, you shouldn't be surprised when you're door-dinged.



** Putting my husband in charge of homework supervision is like putting my kids in charge of homework supervision.…



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Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 23, 2014 at 4:27pm — 1 Comment

Life in large families

I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 21, 2014 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

Good-bye Sophia; hello, Emma

One of the most fun pre-baby activities my husband and I enjoyed was choosing a baby name. Of course, since my husband and I were together for a really long time before getting married and having a baby, we had the conversation on baby names long before we were ready to have children.



Like most couples, we…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 20, 2014 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

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