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Zen and the art of sleeping alone

When I wake up in the morning, it is usually to the brief beeping of an alarm, a steady (and desperate purring) or a little face next to mine asking me for pancakes. In all of these instances, my husband is still asleep.

I've always been a light sleeper. To this day, my husband reminds me of the time I woke up to the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

Why I'm not busy anymore

I am not busy.

I am a working mom to an adventurous little guy and a needy cat. I am a woman who likes to travel with her husband, maintain a blog and a often-neglected but still beloved podcast, and who…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 22, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments

It's never too early to start planning Mother's Day

For anyone who does not realize this: Mother's Day is a big deal. It is a chance to tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her.

And, for me, (and with the help of a little technology) it is the chance to drive her a little crazy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 21, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

Why Mommy needs alone time: Part 2

My last post left off with an annoying child in a grocery store and a study about children being more aggravating than they used to be.



Let's deal with the child first.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Why Mommy needs some alone time - Part 1

I am in the store by myself.

This is odd for me. I am usually…
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Added by Lauren Markman on April 16, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

Learning how to play it safe

My son has a special title: He is our safety officer. Whenever we get in the car to go to school, I tell him that he is responsible for making sure everyone is buckled up for safety. When he helps me cook in the kitchen, I've given him the responsibility for making sure I am being safe around the stove.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 15, 2014 at 6:34am — 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.

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

Making my peace with traffic

One of the many reasons we moved was to shorten our commute time. So, although I find myself driving less miles, I find that I am in the car for the same amount of time as I used to be (or sometimes for longer). Every morning and evening, I sit in traffic and look at the other cars around me: I see angry, frustrated drivers who are endangering everyone around them by not using turn signals when merging; I see sleepy drivers who are…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 11, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

I am drowning in lists

My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:

"What do we need…
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Added by Lauren Markman on April 9, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

How much homework is too much?

My son has been in school since he was 6 weeks old - not daycare, but a school with curriculum and accreditation and the works. Sure it was all fun and games as he focused his young energy on learning how to walk and talk, but once he hit the age of two, the homework started.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 8, 2014 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

The results of the media diet

Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

Experimental Mommy

In school, science was never my strong suit. I'd like to blame this on the nuns. (Can I do that?)

Things picked up for me in science when I finally got away from the life sciences and got to explore chemistry and astronomy. (Let's add fire! Let's talk about other planets!) It was great timing, because by 10th grade I was really, really tired of talking about cells and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 4, 2014 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

In (his) sickness and in (her) health

My husband and I have been together for a long time. I like that about us. I like having this mental database on him - things he likes, things he doesn't like, shared memories and even memories that he thinks are his but are really mine. I even like it when I learn something new about him, because it is usually such a wonderful surprise. (Seriously, honey? You like Indian food? When did that happen?)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 2, 2014 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Life's too short - use the guest soap

We recently moved.

I am not like most people - I enjoy moving. No, not the heavy lifting part. Or the part where we realize we have too much stuff. Or anything that involves me dealing with the DMV.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 1, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

What's on your media diet?

I read the term "media diet" the other day. (Is that a thing now?)

I have given some thought (probably not enough) to the foods that I prepare for my family and the ways to make them healthier, but I have never thought to apply the idea of "diet" to non-food items.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2014 at 6:15am — 2 Comments

I'm afraid to leave this room

So, I am afraid to leave this room before I finish writing up this blog post. I am afraid that leaving the room will make me forget what I am writing about. But more on that in a moment.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 28, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments

Let's play a game: Does this belong here?

I have a favorite game in my household that I usually play on the weekends. It's called, "Does this belong here?" It's great and you can play it, too. The rules are simple:

  1. Go to any room of your home and select an item that looks out of place (for example, socks in the living room, art supplies in the kitchen, toys in the office). Hold it up and ask, "Does this…
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Added by Lauren Markman on March 26, 2014 at 6:28am — 2 Comments

Play it again, Mom

Often, on a long car ride, I hear a polite voice from the backseat of the car, asking, "Mom, can you turn on my music now, please?"

So, I switch on my son's music, and I am missing out on a great opportunity.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Finding balance for your parental obsessions

All parents have them: That one (hopefully not more than two) thing that you are a bit obsessive about making sure your child does or doesn't do because you are working out some sort of childhood issue of your own.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 24, 2014 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

Toddler math: The inverse velocity equation

Math was not my strongest subject in school, but I think I am able to remember enough of it to help my son all the way through algebra and geometry (when he hits calculus, we will need outside help).

But there is one mathematical equation I didn't learn until I became a mom. And that is the inverse velocity equation. I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

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