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Keeping tv out of the bedroom

In my fantasy life, I would have a treadmill in the family room where we keep the television. This way, if I wanted to watch tv, I would pair it with the treadmill and get more exercise in my life as I walked to watch.



But, that fantasy hasn't come true (yet).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 9, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

When you can't change the channel for them

Long ago, in a time we refer to in our household as BC (before child), my wonderful husband made the entertainment system very simple for me to use. No matter how many new devices and consoles were hooked up, he ensured that there was one remote to rule them all. And, even better, the various functions were all labeled clearly, so I could pick the right activity at the push of a button.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2017 at 6:57am — No Comments

The content that children choose to watch

When I was little (yes, I realize any sentence that starts out that way makes me instantly sound old, but I've made my peace with that), we watched Saturday Morning Cartoons. It was such a treat at the time - cartoons on television for hours and hours and hours. And we woke up early just to see them: Voltron, Snorks, Shirt Tails,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 31, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

A lifetime of superheroes

When my son was four, he told me about Batman. He had learned about the superhero from his friends at school and was brimming with the type of facts that get garbled up when children try to teach each other information.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 27, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments

The TV isn't invited to dinner

Sometimes when my husband has to work late, I give my son a special treat and let him watch a movie while he eats dinner. It's a rare event, but one that I can justify since most of our dinners are spent around the family table, eating and talking about our days. That together time at dinner is important to me, as it is one of the best parts of my day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

I don't watch enough TV

My husband and I don't have enough shared television shows. This is entirely my fault. I don't pick up new shows very frequently and so there is often a dearth of entertainment for us to watch together at the end of a long working day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 19, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments

Cleaning Hacks for Slackers | SLACKER MOM’S Guide to Housekeeping

Last minute playdate with a sancti-mommy? Surprise visit from your mother-in-law? Never fear. SLACKER MOM is back with a brand-new episode.  In this video, we share our cleaning hacks, some serious and some… not so much. Because you’re already keeping tiny humans alive. Who has time to clean?

 Cleaning Hacks for Slackers | SLACKER MOM’S Guide to Housekeeping…

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Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on April 26, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Distracted dining hurts families

When I was little we had a simple rule in our household: No eating in front of the television. We ate our meals at the tables in the kitchen or dining room. In nice weather, we ate outside on the deck.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2015 at 6:23am — 3 Comments

The Low Down on our Disney Detox

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You know they are in charge within the first 5 seconds.…

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Added by Tiffany Benyacko on November 10, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments

You are in trouble - go watch television

My son loves to travel. He likes car activities, gets excited about homemade trail mix and hotels are the best thing ever. Except for the television. He hates hotel television: Mommy never knows the channels, there are commercials and he can't request shows to watch. I tried telling him that hotel TV is the way all television used to be. He doesn't believe me, but I tell him anyway.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 20, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments

As seen on TV: Doofus Dads

I know a lot of sitcoms from the 1980s: The Cosby Show, Growing Pains, Webster, Small Wonder, Whose the Boss?, My Two Dads, Diff'rent Strokes, Family Ties, The Wonder Years...there are a lot of them. Their theme songs get stuck in my head sometimes and I can recall a fair amount of the plot lines. I can also recall that they were fun for the whole family…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 26, 2015 at 6:27am — 2 Comments

Talking about TV

Hi. I'm Lauren. And I know nothing about television.



Let me explain: Sometimes when I talk to other parents, they will tell me about the shows they or their children watch. And I have NO IDEA what they are talking about. I watch TV, but evidently, I don't watch what they are watching. I try to remember the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments

The case for Saturday morning cartoons

I was always an early riser - even when I was little. I would get up early on Saturdays, creep downstairs with a blanket and watch Saturday morning cartoons until Soul Train came on and ended all my fun. At some point, my brother would come downstairs, too. We would spend several hours watching classics like Thundercats, Looney Toons and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments

The effects of second-hand television

My son and I are in the grocery store, and the nice man bagging our groceries sees my son's Batman-logo t-shirt.

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 14, 2014 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

I love Sesame Street

Whenever I think I am focused on a project at work or chore around the house, there is a soundtrack playing in my head. The soundtrack used to be my favorite songs or the last song I heard playing on the radio. As a parent, this playlist has been replaced with children's songs and most of them come from Sesame Street.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

I have no idea what is on television these days - and I am happy about it

I can hear myself now: "When I was little, television shows only came on during a certain time, so you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. There was no way to pause the program either, so you had to time your bathroom breaks and snack runs during the commercials."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Let's learn something: The skeletons of your childhood can be found on YouTube

I woke up the other morning with a song stuck in my head. That's not unusual for me. But it was a song from my childhood that my brother and I used to sing all the time. I'd repeat the lyrics here, but at this point in the story, they wouldn't make sense.

So, naturally, I texted my brother the lyrics (so they could get stuck in his head, too) and he…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 22, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Miley Cyrus VMA Performance is Inappropriate For Prime Time Television When Children Are Likely Watching TV

Miley Cyrus Seeks The Wrong Attention

I didn’t get a chance to watch the VMA award shows on T.V. a few nights ago but I have seen clips of Miley Cyrus’s big performance.  As a mom, I am outraged and feel as if this type of content shouldn’t be on prime time television.  After all, many families…

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Added by Christy Garrett on August 28, 2013 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Toddlers and Technology

Earlier in the week I found myself reading and relating to this blog post over at The Young Mommy Life.  Big T works in IT and so is practically glued to his laptop, I am an undiagnosed Facebook addict.  I have an iPhone and face time my family almost every day.  We use the Xbox to webcam with my mother in law and to…

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Added by Melissa Lawrence on April 12, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Confession: I love Korean Dramedies

It started innocently enough. We were scraping the bottom of what Netflix had to offer and I had some free time during naps. As embarrassed as I am to admit it, that innocent journey into the world of Korean dramedy has led to an almost 20 hour a week obsession. Apparently, it's my new part-time job. Just imagine what I could be getting done with that time...…

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Added by Marcie Bunker on April 3, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

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