You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but yesterday, I was looking for your little boy. We had been swimming at a hotel down the beach from yours when a security guard entered the pool and asked for all of the parent’s attention. There was a little boy, only three years old in a bathing suit bottom without a shirt, who had wandered away on the beach. My heart sank. We were to keep our eyes open.
The hair raised on my arms and on the back of my neck and I felt…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on September 8, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments
In my little corner of the world, school starts next week. And all around me I hear the moms talking about various after school programs and which ones they are avoiding because they don't encourage children to complete their homework first.
And I can hear that they are already stressed out over their…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
Having too much stuff is a growing epidemic in our modern world. It is commonplace have houses, garages, attics, basements, and storage sheds bursting at the seams. Besides the enormous financial effects of owning all these things, what is it doing to our health?
I recently came across the book "Life At Home In The Twenty-First Century", which was the end result of a nine-year project by researchers at UCLA. This book examines what is really in our homes,…Continue
At a playdate with friends the other day one of the moms turned to me and asked what my secret was? For a moment I stood perplexed. Why whatever did she mean!? Did she want to know if I had found the fountain of youth? Did I really look that good? I just started using a new shampoo; maybe I was rocking a sweet do? I couldn’t help but smile as I inquired,” what secret?”.
“Your mood, what’s your secret? You always seem so happy, peppy, in such a great mood and…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on July 27, 2015 at 7:39pm — No Comments
A few months ago, a couple of coworkers were trying to figure out my age. Eventually, one of them just came out and asked me. Several of them thought I was significantly younger than I actually am. I know this is not because of the way I look (I think I look my age), but rather because of the energy level that I have.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments
Throughout college, I kept a secret. There was something that I liked to do to relieve stress, but only when my roommate wasn't around. (I didn't want her judging me.) But I often found myself around exams week taking a break from my studies and taking a few minutes out of my day to color.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments
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
My husband and I have always had a dual-income household. We are fortunate to both have jobs that we truly enjoy. There have been a few times in the past where one of us was out of work and financially dependent on the other person, which naturally lead to stress in our relationship. But we got through it (for better or worse, right?) and moved ahead. At no point during those times did one of us consider cheating on the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments
If you hear stress is the plague of nowadays believe it: our busy life proves that stress has become the inexorable reality for quite a few on the globe. And, unfortunately, most of us got a hang of it, like we get used to washing in the morning, or jogging, or doing nothing when we are lazy. But you should definitely not ignore stress, even though it may seem to you an…Continue
In two days the bathroom remodel (that has been desperately needed for over 10 years) begins in full force. Our cast iron tub will be demolished with a sledgehammer, our old parquet floor will be torn up, cracked sink thrown in the dumpster and the walls will come a tumblin' down. I'm trying to focus on what the final product will be - not on the…Continue
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
Stress is real.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with central serous retinopathy and the doctors made it very clear to me that it was directly related to how my body processes stress.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat at my desk…
Becoming a mom is a whole bag of mixed emotions (whether you want to admit that or not). You're excited, anxious, terrified, happy, sad, panicked, overjoyed. Those two pink lines throw your mind into overload as you think about every possible thing you will experience and learn on this new journey.
Our daughter was a surprise. A BIG surprise, but, we were ecstatic. And terrified. Utterly terrified.…Continue
My parents separated and divorced when I was in junior high school. Although I am not sure of the exact terms of the custody arrangement, I can say that my brother and I lived with our Mom and visited our Dad for a few weeks during the summer. I am pretty sure this was because we lived in South Carolina and my Dad lived in Indiana.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 6, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on April 3, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments
People are working almost 24 x 7 these days. I have a lot of friends who work in corporate world and here is a short story on one of them:
A friend of mine had a very lucrative sales job and her team was based out of China and U.S.A. When I used to ask her about how that worked out, she told me that she would work with her team in the U.S.A. during the morning hours and then come back home, feed her kids, make them do their homework, put them to sleep and would be on calls with her…Continue
Added by MEGHA MATHUR on February 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
My son loves my office. On the few occasions I've taken him to visit, he received lots of attention from my coworkers, treats, hot chocolate and got to play with the stuff at everyone's desk. He calls my coworkers "his coworkers" and requests to talk to them on the phone sometimes.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments
Parents love their children from the time they are conceived. Anything that causes a child pain, causes them pain. Unfortunately, bullying across schools has increased and has taken a new form – cyberbullying. Here are some recent statistics on bullying from bullyingstatistics.org:
Added by MEGHA MATHUR on February 13, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments
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