It was time for my son to get ready for bed (or as we call it: his "clean routine"). He likes to stall some nights (shocking, I know), but after a few minutes, he gave in to our insistence that it was time to move along. As he was going up the stairs, he called out to us: "I won't be staying here with you forever, you know. One day, I'll move out."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 26, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments
When our children are little, we are at the end of the playground slide, catching them when they reach the bottom. We are there, standing behind them as they tentatively cross the monkey bars. And we are the first to offer a steadying finger when they try to stay balanced when walking across a low curb.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2018 at 7:35am — No Comments
I was searching for the words over the weekend to share something that I was not sure if I should even share at all. Then, the more I thought about it the more it became clear to me that I had to. Because sometimes the very thing thing we…Continue
Added by Niedria Kenny on February 5, 2018 at 7:58pm — No Comments
Between my wife and I we have two things that we are really passionate about. For very personal reasons those two things are mental health awareness and breastfeeding. We have supported each other through difficult times in these areas and there are lots of overlapping themes in the care for the two.
From experience I can say that the main thing that mental health illnesses and breastfeeding have in common are the need for support. Strong unconditional support.
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The Vice President of family & economic security of the National Women's Law Center, Joan Entmacher, revealed a startling statistic about child support. For low-income mothers, these payments represent 45% of their income. Their absence creates a gaping hole in their budget. The average adult would find it difficult to make ends meet when half of their income goes missing. When there’s a child’s welfare thrown into the…Continue
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My son likes to tell me when he is not happy. If I take him to a store, I hear "But that doesn't make me happy." If I tell him to clean up his toys, I hear, "That makes me so sad." He is five: Happiness is getting to do whatever he wants when he wants.
I used to think that happiness depended on the person -…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments
Every Sunday morning, I give my son his allowance. He does a little song and dance he made up and races to his room to put the money into his three jars. So far, he's completely understood the purpose of his spend and save jars, but we haven't done much with his give jar. He knows that he has that jar in order to give back to the world, but we were…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
My husband is a wonderful man. (And that is not just because he reads this blog.) He is a supportive spouse, an intelligent person and a fantastic father. In our hurried life, we pass messages via text, talk while he is standing in the kitchen and cozy up on the couch together. I hope that he feels the same level of support from me that I feel from…Continue
Huggies new Snug & Dry Ultra Hug Diapers really do lock away wetness at a better value! Help them Spread the Love and giveaway $2,000 to a worthy community project by clicking on the following link http://izea.it/l3Tuy
Huggies is asking moms everywhere to post an…Continue
Added by Cynthia Helwig-Putorti on April 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
This was a weekend full of sports in my family. My 12 year old had a basketball game and my 7 year old had a soccer game and swim meet. As Rachel Macy Stafford says, I love to watch my children play. I have grown so much from the days when my 12 year old was just getting into sports - when my ego came roaring out to the field, the court, the pool - and I wanted him to excel at all costs. Regardless of his reasons for joining a team or for playing a sport (uh, maybe because…Continue
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Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Remember playing car-racing games at the arcade, trying to stay on the virtual road while going as fast as you can? In those videos, sharp curves keep switching and obstacles suddenly appear, causing you to crash and burn if your reactions aren’t fast enough.
It may be fun to play a game, but what about when life itself mirrors this wild ride? Whether you're actually on a…Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on October 11, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments
Those of us who live in North America and Western Europe are truly blessed. We have so many things to help us get through the day that they practically get unnoticed, such as plumbing, hot water, showers and for most, at least two decent size meals a day.
As women we have laws that protect us just like our male counterparts and the liberty to shape our own destiny. We also have what most people in the world don’t have, hope.
This four letter word has been used so much in our…Continue
Added by Maggy Downey on September 11, 2013 at 9:37pm — No Comments
Breastfeeding was on of those taboo topics that people just didn’t talk about when I was pregnant with my first child. As a new mom, I knew right away that I wanted to try breastfeeding my baby. My first experience with breastfeeding happened when my twin sisters were born. I remember seeing my mom breastfeeding and knew that my body…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on August 7, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments
Although the 2013 Academy Awards are history, one gem - Amour - will continue to shine. This heartbreaking and unflinching movie was painful to watch but it stimulated conversations with more questions than answers.
As the people we love decline, how do we deal with the inevitable suffering?
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tackled this subject and won the 2013 Academy Award for best foreign language film. The leads, veteran French actors Jean-Louis…Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on March 19, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments
For the past few nights, Squeaker has slept in 5+ hour stretches! Pre-baby, I did not understand how this could possibly be a good thing, but after months of uncomfortable pregnancy sleep and 10 weeks of being in various states of consciousness–I feel like I’ve won the lottery! I have found sleep to be one of the most contentious topics in new mom land. Where does he sleep? Where do I sleep? Where does dad sleep? Is it okay for him to sleep in a chair? Can he sleep swaddled? Is he…Continue
Added by Alex on March 18, 2013 at 8:08am — No Comments