All Blog Posts Tagged 'routines' (27)

How much time do you spend with your children?

Sometimes I don't think I spend enough time with my son.

I work full-time (and overtime). So on weekdays, I see my son as I motivate him through his morning routine and from when I get dinner on the table through when I tuck him into bed at night. Weekends are considerably better as we go through our chores…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 7, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments

Mom, can you read me a bedtime word problem?

I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again.

When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

Good cop; bad cop

At work, when things get rough for my team, I have to play the role of bad cop. (Or maybe it is mean cop, I am not always sure.) The point is: I sometimes have to be the tough guy to back up my team. And I am happy to take on that role. At work.…


Added by Lauren Markman on May 10, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Who had the worse night last night?

Waking up my son for school in the morning is better than the theater. There could be over-the-top goofiness and slapstick antics that is fun to watch (in small doses), or there could be the tears, accusations and casting of curses that you normally find in a Greek tragedy. Or it could be both.…


Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Measuring a life makes it less enjoyable

I've just woken up my son for school. He looks at me with blurry eyes and his hair is sticking out in every direction. He even still smells like sleep; to me, he is perfection. He yawns and asks me if I ran that morning. I confirm that I did and he immediately taps my fitbit to congratulate me on all my dots.…


Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Take the 30 Day Guns, Buns and Ab Challenge with me!

I'm at a point now where I feel ready to add more of a challenge to my workouts. For a while, I've been pinning workouts on Pinterest and going googly eyes over women body parts that I want to emulate (guns, buns and abs...get your mind out of the gutter, lol). I continue the same old routine without much change, so I'm not seeing much change physically. I need to push myself. Next week I start crossfit training…


Added by Ronda on November 3, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My heart just can't take it

I still hate running.

I have my good days and my bad days; I have times when I am not getting out of the bed in the morning to run and those times when I am able to convince myself to run because it is the right thing to do. It is a daily struggle. But I try (oh so very hard) to stick with…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 20, 2015 at 6:24am — 5 Comments

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

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