This time it happened before breakfast.
My son woke up and started asking questions about how babies fit in the womb. So, of course, we looked at cross-sectional drawings of pregnant women and…
I just want to first start off with a big 'thank you' to my parents for putting their sanity aside and bringing four children into the world---you're the real MVP's. I knew I was lucky, even back then, to experience everything growing up from birthdays to holidays to family arguments all with my [annoying] siblings by my side. I mean, I honestly believe my brothers' arm punches and the sometimes bothersome shadow--better known as my little sister--following on my heels, all…Continue
Added by Kelly Repiscak on December 22, 2015 at 10:58am — No Comments
Most siblings have had the argument over who Mom's favorite child is. To the non-favorite child, the choice is obvious. but the favorite will usually still claim that they are not the one (even when everyone knows they are). As we've learned before, the favorite child can change over time, depending on how similar/dissimilar a child is to their parent in terms of social and political views.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 16, 2015 at 7:34am — No Comments
I adore my children but having all 4 of them home all summer can get a little crazy! Plus my husband working in real estate has a pretty hectic and inconsistent schedule. So it's a lot of mommy versus the 4 little monkeys. One things that really makes me want to climb the walls is the amount of tattling. Yes, I know for children (siblings at that) under 7 years old this is very common but it doesn't make it any less…Continue
I consider my son to be smart. He is a great reader, communicator, budding scientist and explorer. I love the way he tackles new topics that interest him, and I don't mind when he bails on subjects that bore him. He has that kind of crazy chaotic nature that all five-year-old boys display, but is able to focus on building with his Legos for hours.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 6, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
Our family cat is 15 years old. She has been "retired" for the last five years and is no longer required to kill any bugs that creep into our home. She enjoys a life of relaxation, attention on her terms and pampered quiet.…
As I type this, my cat is on the floor next to me. She is 14-years-old, in relatively good health and she still loves me. She follows me around the house when I move from room to room, she taps at me when she feels like I need to stop typing and pet her, and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to find her trying to sleep on top of me.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 26, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments
Previously, I wrote about the health risks Moms and children face when births aren't spaced out enough. Of course, this isn't the end of the story. Finnish researchers have found that having several close-in-age children can put a strain on the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 22, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments
I know someone who had her children in quick succession. For four years of her life, she was either pregnant or had just given birth and was breastfeeding. She is a happy mom of three children today, and she doesn't regret her decision to have her children be so close in age.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 20, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
I was in the store with my son, when a woman remarked at how well behaved he was being. I smiled (because I was filled with mommy happiness at the compliment) and agreed - he is a really great little guy. Then, the conversation took a turn for the worse.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 15, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments
Well-meaning friends and family members always have questions. When you start dating someone for a while, they want to know when you are getting married. When you get married, they want to know when you are going to have a baby. When you have a baby, they want to know if you are going to have another baby. (And, if several years go by, they really want to know if you are going to have another baby. If you hedge at all, they are…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
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
Parents develop skill sets that no one talks about. In addition to awesome time management and the ability to function on a lack of sleep, we also have the ability to make up songs on the fly, invent games to distract children while waiting in line and even build super-cool forts out of pillows and blankets.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments
People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments
Sometimes when I see my son playing by himself in his room on a Saturday afternoon, I stand in the doorway and ask him a very complex question:
Are you lonely?…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 31, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments
There's this weird thing that happens when you get pregnant: Everywhere you go, you see other pregnant people and parents pushing strollers. Granted, those people were always there before, but once you become pregnant yourself - join their ranks - you finally start noticing them on a massive scale.…Continue
There's the perennial discussion... is it better to be the oldest or the youngest sibling? There are obviously pros and cons to both and it also depends on each individual family, but I think, and my opinion is obviously bias, the older siblings definitely have one thing on the younger siblings.
Older siblings have to live with Older Sibling Guilt (OSG).
Being an older sibling myself in all my years of talking to other older siblings, there is not one, NOT…Continue
Added by Joy Y on April 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler. While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother. My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working. Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time
Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another. It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless. There is hope!
Whenever a child is…Continue
My little brother was born today. He woke Mom up at three o’clock in the morning because he wanted to come out of her tummy. I was asleep so I didn’t know he was going to be born today. When I woke up, Grandma said, “Good morning,” and told me I was a big brother today. She made my favorite breakfast, yummy waffles with syrup and chocolate milk. How did she know that was my…Continue
Added by Martha Rodriguez on November 16, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments
It's kinda hard to believe, but the Nucking Futs clan has never ever had a professional family photo taken. Sure, we've had the kids photographed out the yin yang but never with my husband and me. So this past weekend, we decided to take advantage of the unbelievably gorgeous fall weather and round up our crew for a picture at the beach.
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 12, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments