Like many people, once I established my own home away from my parents and started my own job, I started to think about how my education had failed me. Yes, I had many years of dedicated schooling around math and science and communications, but some basics alluded me. I knew how to cook, for example, (thanks, Mom!), but I didn't know how to use a drill (I should have taken shop class). I could balance my checkbook, but didn't have the…Continue
As mentioned before in this blog, my Mom told me that my job was to be a good student. She expected me to make excellent grades, and she was clear on her expectations. (Not Tiger Mother level of expectations, but her point was clear.) She told me I was smart; I believed her; I did well in school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house.…Continue
I have some memories of doing my homework when I was little: The phonics workbooks at the small table in the kitchen while my mother cooked; math homework with a friend where we didn't understand what we were doing and later found out we did the homework completely wrong; studying spelling words alone at my desk in my bedroom (that last one never worked out for me).…Continue
My son was six weeks old when I returned to work. And I had the same thought every day when I dropped him off at day care:
This is crazy. Why am I working? I should be staying home with him. I mean, my salary covers our healthcare and the cost of his school and some other bills, but I think we could live without it.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 20, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments
Title: Help Your Child to Thrive: Making the Best of a Struggling Public Education System
Genre: Non-fiction, parenting, education
Author: Liane Brouillette
Added by Mayra Calvani on May 15, 2015 at 4:15am — No Comments
My son is practicing for his graduation. There are some songs and a skit that his class is doing, and part of the skit features the children saying what they want to be when they grow up. This is particularly funny to me, as my son changes his mind constantly:
Monday: When I grow up, I want to be a…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 4, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments
When I was little, I was one of those nerdy kids who really liked school. (Shocking, I know.) I loved my teachers, I liked to learn new things and I even played school on the weekends.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 17, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
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Which kind of mommy are you? I went to the Geneva International Motor Show to pick out the hottest cars for us moms.
I had the good fortune to get press tickets to the opening of the Geneva International Motor Show today and like the intrepid reporter that I am, I made sure to get some pictures of some of the sexiest new cars for us working mums. These will certainly get you noticed on the school run.…Continue
My son likes to tell me stories about his classmates' behavior at school. (He's a bit of a talker.) I know all about the children who use too many paper towels, or the ones who never sleep during quiet time, and even about the ones who have too many "hateful words." I remind my son that I am only interested in his behavior. Then I remind him that…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 4, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
** There's nothing like having your kids barge into your bathroom and present you with a Valentine while you're standing there buck naked.…
** If I'm in the woods today, I need to avoid men wearing hockey masks.
** Listening to an eleven year old sing in the shower is nothing short of AWESOME.…
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 13, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments
The first portion of my education was handled by nuns. Although there were other teachers, the nuns served as school principals and shaped my little mind and didn't teach me enough science.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
** I am an extremely underpaid entertainment coordinator.
** Nobody wins when Mama oversleeps on a school…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 6, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments
My son had a spelling test the other day (never mind that he is only four). He came home with a lollipop and a reward report saying that he spelled all his sight words correctly. Except: He didn't.…Continue
Attention all you crafty folks!!!
I've come up with a brilliant business idea. Let me just preface it by saying yours truly would NEVER be the CEO but I'd absolutely be a return customer!!!! LOL.
Allow me to explain...
I have three kids. Do you know what that means? A heck of a lot of SCHOOL PROJECTS...models of solar systems, shoebox dioramas, book jackets, crossword puzzles, etc. etc. etc. The list can go on and on, depending on the teacher.
I digress for a…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on December 23, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments
I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me.
"Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this."
He handed me a notepad, and…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments
As my son and I waited way too long to get a prescription filled the other day, an older gentleman started chatting with us. He remarked that my son was being very patient, and he asked my son how old he was. My son replied politely. (Proud Mommy moment.) My son then volunteered the information that he was allowed to talk to strangers but not leave…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments
When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started curbing my swearing. Admittedly, it had gotten a little out of hand as I was working for a company that had a stress-inducing, boy's club environment, and f-bombs were dropped by multiple people in every meeting.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments