All Blog Posts Tagged 'routines' (20)

Growing up too soon

On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

Four day school weeks

Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery.…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Parents can't tell time anymore

It's quiet in the house. You've done your nightly sweep through the kitchen, but there are no dishes left out. The living room is cleared of enough toys that you can make your way through it without stepping on something. Somehow the laundry was done and the clean clothes are in the basket, but folded, so that counts. You baby is asleep and still tightly swaddled. A quick check of your work email indicates that there are no…


Added by Lauren Markman on May 11, 2015 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Hurry up! You're killing me!

I am at work. An email arrives in my inbox. About two minutes later the person who sent the email is at my desk to discuss the email they just sent me. This drives me crazy.…


Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son.

I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and…


Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Springing Forward is Not as Easy as It Sounds

Spring is a wonderful time of year and with our practice of moving the time ahead one hour, we get to enjoy more daylight in the evenings. The switch to this new schedule can be hectic however. Here are some tips for a smoother transition.

  1. Change Time in Advance. On Friday…

Added by Tracee Ali on March 5, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Why your baby isn't sleeping

The short answer: Because your baby isn't tired.

"But," you say to me, "He was tired at this time last night and it's been more than four hours since his last nap. He should be tired."…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 7, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Just five more minutes, Mom

As mentioned before, when it comes to mornings, I am awake and ready to go. This ability served me well in middle school and high school when I was responsible for getting myself awake, dressed and to school (via the bus or my own two feet) on time. I set my own alarm and I…

Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

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…


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

Waking up with bears

It is 6:10 am. Bear number one's alarm goes off. He ignores it and rolls over. About 10 minutes later, I attempt to wake bear number two. He asks me to go away and come back in five minutes.

I'm surrounded by bears.…


Added by Lauren Markman on May 30, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

April 2014 Parenting Tip- Time for a Reading Revitalizer


Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 2, 2014 at 2:40pm — No Comments

#ASKAWAYFriday with Beth from Structured in an Unstructured Life

I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Beth asked me and…


Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Let's learn something: Bad dreams are scary

I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."

Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!

Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams.…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Let's learn something: Better bedtimes for our children

I really didn't intend to keep talking about sleep this week. But, let's go ahead and cover this topic one more time. I promise to move on to something else next week.

I've given…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 31, 2014 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Establish a Bed Time Routine for Your Child and Calm Their Fears With Monster Defense Spray

Over the last several weeks, I have noticed that my youngest son doesn’t like to go to bed at night.  I am not sure if he is scared of the dark, terrified to be alone, dealing with separation anxiety, if he is just going through a phase where he wants to be independent, or he is afraid of “monsters” hiding under his bed or in his closet.   Every night we go through the same exact routine, my youngest son will throw a fit and he will tell me that he doesn’t want to go to bed.  Each night we…


Added by Christy Garrett on January 8, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Bedtime: A drama performed in three acts

Act 1: In which my son gets clean

Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

Routines: A must or a bust?

Having two children myself, I can safely say that no two children are exactly alike. In fact, mine are about as opposite as can be. My daughter loved pacifiers and was addicted to hers until age 3; my son had used a pacifier about 5 times total his first couple of weeks after birth and decided it was just not his cup of tea. My daughter was a very…


Added by Amy Boyington on June 15, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

A Rhythm Of A Morning

Every family has their own morning routines, their own rhythms so to speak.  Here is a look into ours!

Added by America's Next Top Mommy on March 16, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

My Son and His Big Boy Bed

So about 2 weeks ago, my son and his short little legs, finally made it up and over his crib railing. I was dreading the day this would happen because lets see my son is ornery just like me and he doesn't give up until he accomplishes something. Which sometimes includes many hours of frustrating screaming when he can't get his socks on. Well he is pro at putting most of his clothes on now and of course pro at getting out of his crib...(Read More)

Added by Heather Jones on February 10, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Parental Experiment #1

You get to a point in your mothering career where you actually get the results of your "experiments". I can't think of a better way to put that. We are inundated with advice from our relatives, friends with kids and complete strangers. Read More...

Added by Rachele on November 4, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

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