My son loses screentime when he breaks one of our family rules. This is a consequence that he is aware of - if you were to ask him about it now, he would recite it. But it doesn't make the punishment any easier to accept; he hates losing his screentime.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments
I am in my car, halfway backed out of my driveway. I realized that I had forgotten my phone and I am having a internal debate over whether I am going to go back inside the house and get it. On the one hand, I am only doing a few errands on my day off; on the other hand, it is my phone.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2018 at 8:18am — No Comments
My son has asked me (for what must be the thousandth time) when he will be old enough to have his own smartphone. I pause long enough for him to tell me a list of children in his second grade class who already have one. I tell him that he isn't old enough for one yet and that the circumstances in his life don't warrant him having one "in case of emergencies."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments
A friend of mine told me (semi-jokingly) where it all went wrong. He said he gave his son a great childhood and they became buddies during his son's teenage years. He said that this is the reason why now - when his son is in his 20s - my friend can't get him to leave the nest. My friend doesn't blame his son: Why would anyone want to trade in a cushy life in a happy home for many poor years in a crappy job and a small…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments
Think about these chores for a few moments:
Added by Lauren Markman on August 7, 2017 at 8:10am — No Comments
I really, really miss our cats. They have both moved on from us, and I still find myself missing their presence in our lives. I know my son misses them (well, the one he can remember), as he occasionally sings me a song about her and how sweet she was.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments
I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
I was having a conversation with my neighborhood Bank Teller. We so happened to be getting lunch at the same Deli. I asked him how things were going with his son's Senior year and College prep. He said going as best as could be expected. I remembered earlier conversations we had had in regards to his…Continue
Added by Mari Corona on February 8, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments
My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.
This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments
The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.
He frowned at me.…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments
Added by Cascia on September 4, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
She asked, “Do you ever think, ‘I are responsible for three human beings’, and does that ever freak you…
Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 21, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Have you ever come across a post on social media that changed the way you see your world? I did, just this week. I came across a post on my newsfeed that showed dirty, rough hands. It had a story attached, that always piques my interest, so I read it and it hit me hard. My husband and I do so much for our kids so they never go without,…Continue
Added by Ronda on December 12, 2014 at 1:13pm — No Comments
The subject of surrogacy raises various emotions and views in people, depending, I suspect, on such factors as, their sex, religious viewpoint and life…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on August 27, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments
If any of you happened to see my Facebook status on Monday you know that I faced a motherhood dilemma.
Scenario; I had asked our kindergartener ½ a dozen times if he placed his lunch in his backpack and to which he replied, yes, each time. So, I drop the kiddos off at school. I get home and go to the fridge to get our 3-year-old a snack and guess what I see in the fridge? His lunch!! Mind you, I asked him like ½…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on September 19, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
When my daughter was born, I knew that I wanted to do things differently than my parents and I wanted to teach my own children the value of helping around the house. Children are capable of doing simple chores and most of the time they are willing to help. Giving your child small chores or tasks can help them learn life skills while teaching…Continue
A lovely story.
Most children love dogs, and when Boy finds himself shopping in a pet store with Grandma, he wants to have one. But will Grandma let him, and what happens in-between? You will have to…Continue
Added by Susan Keefe on May 8, 2013 at 10:16am — No Comments
** The clothes get a whole lot cleaner when you actually push the START button on the washing machine.
** If I had a dollar for every time my house is quiet, I still wouldn't have any money in my wallet.
** Sometimes being responsible is such a pain in my irresponsible ass.
** Adult-sized bodies do NOT fit in…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
So... we've gone back and forthon the whole giving the kids an allowance decision. Typically they will do chores for a little while when they want something badly. Then they fall out of the habit of doing chores and likewise we fall out of the habit of giving them extra spending cash.…
Added by Jessica McCoy on June 4, 2012 at 11:06pm — No Comments