I try my best to keep my phone at bay when I am present with my son. This includes ignoring the noises that it makes and the list of things I don't know in the moment that I want to look up. But, I can say that I am more fully engaged in things like dinner time, games and other family-based activities.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 18, 2018 at 6:45am — No Comments
My son is almost always up for a game of tag. He starts a spontaneous game of tag in almost every Boy Scouts meeting, chance meet up with friends and during after school play. Tag is easy to learn and easy to play.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2018 at 6:51am — No Comments
I am a little jealous of my son's summer. He is going to all these amazing camps with field trips and classes and getting to swim every day. It is exactly what a summer should be (at least for someone with two working parents): Some scheduled activities but a lot of free time to explore.…Continue
I call my son for dinner, but there is no answer. He hears me (I know he can hear me, because he is sitting a few feet away), but I am not sure if my words actually register. I take a deep breath and call him again. Still no response.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 28, 2018 at 10:12am — No Comments
There are a few of my son's friends that I don't care for. I know they are just kids. I know that my son likes them. But, I don't.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 25, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
My son has used up all his screentime and he is wandering around the house. He is wandering around the house moping. And dragging his feet. And sighing heavily. I wait for it...and then he finally releases the statement I've been waiting for: "Mooooommmm...I'm bored."
Of course you are.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 11, 2018 at 6:45am — No Comments
The screentime rules in our household are well known. My son knows them and tries to push the boundaries of them, but he follows them. Not a weekend has passed without him requesting that he use his screentime earlier in the day or that he gets more of it. Sometimes we let him know we are making an exception to the rules and give him what he is asking for, but usually the rule is the rule.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 7, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
My son was at an overnight scouting weekend in the middle of the woods. He tried archery, learned to cast a fishing line, climbed a rock wall, found kindling for the fire and built things out of sticks. He (and the rest of the children there) had no access to screens.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments
I know it is Spring: My car is covered in hyper-yellow pollen and my son and I have started to take our allergy medicine more seriously than in the other months. I used to think that he wasn't going to develop allergies, but a quick glance at his puffy eyes and runny nose has me breaking out the children's medicine so he can dry up and get back to bike rides.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
I remember being eight. I remember liking being eight. It was fun - no responsibilities and lots of time outside with friends and I made relatively few decisions. My Mom and Dad made sure my life was full and wonderful.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments
I was a bit of a girly-girl when I was little. (That's me in the bonnet at the top of the page.) I wore dresses every day to school, my socks had little ruffles, pink was my favorite color, I owned a plethora of Barbie dolls and my room looked like Laura Ashley exploded in it. My life goals included becoming a ballerina.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments
I was watching my son play outside. He was hauling a huge log out of the woods to place it across two other logs. He basically made a precarious balance beam. And there he was...at the top of a pretty big hill...testing a balance beam that he built. And I did nothing.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments
Me to son: Did you pick up all the LEGOs off your floor?
Son to me: Yes.
Me to son: Really?…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments
Over the holiday break, I had many opportunities to listen to my husband and son play. This, to my ears, consists of repetitive cycle of squealing, tickling, help-me, going-back-for-more, jumping, breathless fun, that I fully admit I don't entirely understand.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2018 at 6:38am — No Comments
I can't stop anyone in my family from buying my son toys. This includes myself. It's fun to give gifts and see children's little faces light up with joy and wonder and happiness that they have unwrapped a toy and not a sweater.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2017 at 5:01pm — No Comments
"Hey, Mom, do you want to play a game with me?"
That is what my son says almost every weekend. He usually asks when I am in the middle of something else, and well before he is allowed to play with his iPad.…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
My son and I are at the park and we've hit it at just the right time - there are about 30 other children already there. My son's face lights up and he spends the next hour running all over the playground with other children and eventually plays catch with a few of them. By the time he is ready to go home, he is sweaty and exhausted and can't stop smiling.…Continue
My son was in the loft playing office.
Even if he hadn't told me this several times, I would have been able to figure it out based on the number of "important meetings" and "back-to-back" phone calls he said he had. At some point he told me his…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
Here's the problem:
When I was young, I was sent outside to play with my friends. We lived in a very safe neighborhood with two parks nearby and there were always other children playing outside.…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 14, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments
UPDATE: Ellie is currently hooked with Boss Baby.
It was a relief! We memorized both songs and lines in Moana and even with eyes closed we know the scenes by heart. Who wouldn’t? We watched Moana and Maui for more than 100 times already.Now that Ellie is turning two, she can easily pick up words and phrases and one of the developments that we noticed is that she is into pretend play and make-believe. Just like Tim (the young boy in Boss Baby). In the story, Tim has a great imagination…Continue
Added by Abigail on July 10, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments