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
Think about one of those bad days at work. The kind of day in which nothing went right. Let's say you got stuck with some work you didn't want to do, had to smile through some negative comments from customers, figured out a way to stay out of your boss's cross hairs, got some moody text messages from a spouse and a friend, and then you had to fight through traffic the whole way home only to be reminded when you got there that you have to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 6, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
They say, they being those who are socially conditioned to believe Holidays and family can be stressful so if that is the case then it is time to refocus, slow things down and enjoy some quiet me time.
My daughter calls these moments Mental Health breaks.
We all need them and should take…Continue
Added by Mari Corona on November 26, 2017 at 3:47pm — No Comments
Hello love, are you finding yourself overwhelmed with things that need to get done before the Holidays really arrive? Are you wrapped up in your To Do list yet feel like you are forgetting something? Guess what, you probably are. You probably are forgetting the most important part and the Purpose of it all is sharing and expressing your Love.…Continue
Added by Mari Corona on November 19, 2017 at 12:53pm — No Comments
It's been a while since I've hit the publish button on this website. I've been knee-deep in teacher-related stuff, chest-deep in master's coursework, and up to my ears in family life, as usual. I'm treading water, but the good news is...I just saved a bundle of money at GEICO! Sorry,…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on October 21, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
My wonderful Mother recently took my son for the day. When I picked him up, he was very upset that he had to leave. Over the next few days, a series of stories about what they did in that one day together came out (played werewolf, had a pillow fight, played a concert on a keyboard, took care of the cats, checked out my Step-Dad's camera collection). The amount of stuff they did in that one day is almost staggering and I now understand…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 20, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments
Once upon a time, a mom was alone with her thoughts... We all know that's a fairy tale.
There's a running monologue in my head 24/7, that is often both nonsensical and disorganized. If I were an internet browser, I'd have too many tabs open at once and quite a few webpages would be crashing.
No matter how many lists, apps, and calendars I have, it's hard to keep track. Life stuff. Work stuff. Kid stuff. Love stuff. Health stuff. Home stuff. And how to prioritize which…Continue
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on August 9, 2017 at 9:41am — No Comments
I was flying to San Francisco and had an aisle seat. Next to me (in the middle seat) was a little boy of 6-years-old. The man next to him at the window seat wasn't his dad.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 19, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
Take a walk through memory lane with me back to your teenage years. (Sorry, this may be a bumpy ride.) Were they mostly happy? Did you feel misunderstood? Did you feel stressed out? Did you ever feel depressed?…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 2, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends. This is probably because I cook several more meals on weekends than during weekdays: While I regularly make my and my son's lunches in the mornings, breakfast is provided at his school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
At least once a week I have an argument with my son over homework. I fully understand his position: He doesn't want to do it. I am not sure that he understands my position, however: Homework is a part of school; it is a way to show comprehension of materials learned during the week. I am just trying to read him his spelling words.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
I recently had a very unique situation in my life: My husband and son were gone for the weekend (a camping trip for cub scouts), and I would be alone. This situation - as most Moms will attest - is rare. It is very rare to have the house to yourself for an entire weekend.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 26, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments
I had an amazing time with my family on vacation last week: We had periods of adventurous fun and some downtime to just read and relax. It was a mix of everything to appeal to everyone. Some of our time was spent on paid excursions, and I didn't wonder at any point if they were worth the money: They were all super fun and I loved doing them.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 21, 2017 at 6:41am — No Comments
I really, really miss our cats. They have both moved on from us, and I still find myself missing their presence in our lives. I know my son misses them (well, the one he can remember), as he occasionally sings me a song about her and how sweet she was.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments
I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
Most moms will agree that mothering is a full-time job. There is always something to do and your hours are not restricted to eight hours a day. Plus, many mothers are also juggling full-time jobs, part-time jobs, businesses or careers. How does a mother make it all fit into one day without compromising her sanity? A life coach can help busy moms regain balance and achieve…Continue
Added by Stacey Doyle on February 9, 2017 at 5:24pm — No Comments
My Mother calls me a classic underbuyer.
There are probably many reasons for this: The fire that we had when I was little that taught me that possessions are not important. Or the series of apartments and moves that we went through that taught me to go through all my things once a year and get rid of what I…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
When I was growing up, the term holiday stress did not exist in my vocabulary. Christmas was fun, joyful, a time to see my entire family, (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and of course, get presents. And back then, it was easy to be with family during the…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on December 20, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
I was traveling for work last week and really missed my guys. The week before I left, I had gotten into the habit of playing card games with my son in the morning, and I missed that special time while I was away.
My son missed me, too, but he did have lots of fun with his Daddy. Which is good, because…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments