Above my desk is a sign that reads "choose happy." My son asked me why I decided to put it there.
"It is in a place where I can see it often and be reminded by it," I said.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 7, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments
My son likes to talk through his reading homework with me. Each week he has to choose a book, choose four questions from a list and answer questions about the book. (It used to be way more involved than that, but I think there were parental complaints, so the teacher scaled it back a little.) As an adult, I fully understand what the homework is…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 2, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments
Last fall, my son and I went to the Renaissance festival. We go every year, and we love seeing the jugglers, acrobats and shows. One of the shows featured a fire eater, which we couldn't pass up the chance to see. During the course of the show (which wasn't rated adult only), things went a little awry, and the man ended up lighting his nipple on fire.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 24, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
My son is telling me about some nonsense that he has learned from his friends at school. This is how a lot of our conversation begin these days - him passing along information that he picked up from other children at school. It is because of those other children that he has questioned Santa Claus, he's learned some swear words and I've had to explain to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 19, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments
The three of us are in the car running errands and a swear word is heard on a podcast we are listening to. I can hear my son's gasp of breath from the back seat.
So, I start talking to him about swear words. We talk about why people use them, and how they aren't polite, and then I ask him if he knows any.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 17, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
Have you ever found yourself betwixt the intense snares of a worthy competitor during a game of I Declare War, Who Sank My Battle Ship or Connect Four, who’s challenging your every move with statements that will make you second…Continue
Added by Niedria Kenny on January 3, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments
Kids have the strangest memories. They’ve not yet learned to slow down and play things sensibly, so while they can remember a bunch more details than their moms about something that fascinated them, the important stuff seems to slip through their minds like a sieve.
Teaching them to be punctual or the importance of homework can be kind of pointless if they’ve no framework for remembering the times of things or memorizing facts and figures. Fortunately, such a framework does exist – or…Continue
Added by Marilyn on November 17, 2017 at 12:35pm — No Comments
I was recently listening to two of my girlfriends who each have older children chat about the college admissions pressure that their kids were going through. I heard the expected comments around grades and test scores and extra curriculars, but then I heard some things that shocked me - including that the discussion around college started after eighth grade.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 17, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments
My son loves science. He has grown crystals in our kitchen, created chemical reactions with science kits and made slime more times than I can count. I have marveled at the teachers in his preschool who started the science conversations early, and I love hearing about all the experiments he gets to do in school now.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 15, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments
My son's alarm goes off at 7:35. I can hear him get up, turn the alarm off and then...silence. I know he has gone back to bed. At 8 am, I tentatively go into his room and gently wake him up. He is cranky and angry and tells me that he feels like he didn't sleep at all. I do my best to be gentle with him and coax him into the day, even though I desperately wish I could send him back to bed for a few more hours.…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
I have a vivid memory of my parents installing a built-in desk in my room. It was a counter that was affixed to the wall, but I loved it. I thought of all the work that I would do at that desk. I made designer outfits with fashion plates and colored pictures and set up villages for my dolls there.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments
A friend of mine once told me that she has several large tote bins in her basement filled with all of her daughters' school work. At first I thought she was kidding, but she said that she had saved everything that the girls had done, because they didn't want their work tossed out.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
We are still in the throws of back to school time here. As my son gets used to his new routine and slowly starts to face the return of his biggest fear (homework), I am starting to switch into my new routines as well: I can finally let go of my summertime fears that he will be bit by a snake or slip while running around the pool and replace them with the fears that he will get picked on at school or injure himself on the playground…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 13, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
My son is sitting at the dinner table with a somewhat vacant stare and not answering my questions about his school day. I am not sure what he is thinking about.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments
Now that it is September most kids are all back to school by now. If you have kids I’m sure you have helped or been asked to help in their classroom. I know there are moms and dads who are very involved in PTA or as a room parent. I also know there are parents who don’t know how they can find the time to get involved in PTA or the classroom. There have been times when I have been very involved…Continue
Added by Jessica Briggs on September 6, 2017 at 8:47pm — No Comments
A friend of mine told me about the orientation she went to for her daughter's high school. She said that the best and worst moment was when the school's principal addressed the parents to say they should stop making their child lunch. The principal said that it was the child's job to make themselves lunch every day and that was one of the many painful steps parents were going to have to go through.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
Have kids going back to school? I know after staying up late and sleeping in for summer break it can take some time to get back into the groove. Here are 6 tips to help your children adjust back to their school sleep schedule.
Added by Jessica Briggs on August 16, 2017 at 3:29pm — No Comments
As my daughter prepares for her first year of middle school, I am having all sorts of feelings. There are moments when I am excited but anxious the next.
I want my daughter to enjoy and be successful in middle school. I have an opportunity to actively and positively guide and influence her experience.
Parenting older kids has a way of making parents feel as if they are alone. Research shows that parents of…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
HEY SUNBUTTER! He Likes It!
It would be awfully selfish of me if I didn’t share this tidbit of information with Mom Bloggers Club. As much as I would like to be the keeper of this secret, I just can’t. It’s totally worth sharing, and you can thank me later. Unless of course, it was…Continue
Added by Niedria Kenny on August 3, 2017 at 3:09am — No Comments
Have you seen the back to school supplies at all the local retailers? When I first see the school supplies going up, I usually do not feel ready for back to school; yet as I look at the calendar and each day passes I know it will be here before I know it, so it is easier if I just embrace the change and get in the back to school mode.
I hope you all have had a fun summer vacation! Here are…
Added by Jessica Briggs on July 24, 2017 at 2:20pm — No Comments