My brother recently texted me a photo of a wooden critter playset and asked if I had something similar to that when I was little. I affirmed for him that I was the proud owner of many Sylvanian Families: Skunks, foxes, bears, squirrels - I had them all (thanks, Mom!). I adored these woodland, hard-working creatures and their…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments
At some point in my twenties, I learned that my urine should always be really light yellow - never dark. I vividly remember reading that but can't recall where. For some reason, out of all the health advise I've collected (and forgotten) over the years, that piece has stayed with me: If the color is too dark, you need to drink more water.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments
It's 7:30 pm. Let the battle begin.
Let's say (for fun) that I can somehow get my son upstairs to start his bedtime routine at 7:30 pm (without the stalling, last-minute things he absolutely "has" to tell me and without any whining). Let's just say that happened. What follows is a series of check-ins. Did…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
I think by now, most Americans realize they don't take enough vacation. There are plenty of stories out there telling us we don't use all our vacation time, and polls measuring how many people are going to take a vacation this year and even reminders that vacations actually boost…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
I like upbeat music. I listen to it when I run, when I am cooking and when I am cleaning. It puts me in a happy mood, which is always a good thing.
My wonderful husband used to be in a band, and his musical tastes tend to run heavier. I had a friend once refer to his music choices as "angry guy punk." (In…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 20, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments
Before I begin today, I understand that there have been a lot of studies debunking the idea that birth order is something that influences people's behaviors.
But I am still fascinated by birth order and how often it works out. It may one day be designated as "the modern-day astrology," but I am…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 19, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments
Today is my Mom's birthday.
I won't disclose her age, but it strikes me that she has spent more than half her life as a central figure in my life: She has raised me into the woman I am today, she has been my rock when I falter, she is the one of the few people in life I enjoy cooking with, and she is always…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 18, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments
When I was a Girl Scout, we were taught about recycling and saving water. Full of my righteous knowledge of how to save the earth, I would nag family members at home if they left lights on or faucets running too long.
Here we are, 30 years later, and life hasn't changed. …
Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments
On the long drive back from our vacation, my son was happily ensconced in the backseat of the car with a movie on his iPad and his headphones on. They are those wonderful children's headphones that have a limit on them so the volume won't be too loud in his ears.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 13, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
My son does not like the backyard in our new house.
In our old house, there was a big backyard that was mostly flat and it was perfect for water battles and running around. In the new house, the backyard mostly consists of a hill (that will be great for sledding on), but we definitely can't have water…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments
My niece and son (who are the same age) recently spent a week together in the same house during a family vacation. It was a bit of a social experiment, as they are both incredibly smart but have wildly different personalities.
In the end, they did better than any of us could have expected: They played…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments
I recently went on a multi-family vacation with my brother's family and our Mother and Step-dad. The first thing we did after arriving at the house was go food shopping. And we bought an amount of food that was scary to me. The fridge and pantry were overstocked with food, and there was no way that we were going to go hungry.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2016 at 4:22pm — No Comments
I can still remember the day the nuns and teachers separated the girls and the boys in seventh grade to cover sex education. In retrospect, it was probably worse for the boys, since the monsignor was brought into the school to talk to them. We girls at least had the female science teacher in addition to the nuns.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 6, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments
My son has plans for when he becomes an adult. They include marrying a girl named Suzie (we currently do not know any Suzies, but I am accepting applications for his future wife), getting a house down the street from ours (with a trampoline and waterslide inside), and getting two jobs (one at NASA and one as a dolphin veterinarian, but not a marine biologist) so he can make lots of money.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 5, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments
When I was a little girl, I went to Girl Scout camp. I loved it all. I loved the time we spent in the pool every day, that we went canoeing, that we sang songs around the bonfire and sleeping in the tents in the woods.…Continue
Sometimes, I work late.
It's not intentional, but things happen, and I work a little later than I originally intended to. It's not frequent, as I am a huge advocate of the work/life balance for my employees, and I believe in setting a good role model for them and showing them that I don't work late (at least…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments
Sometimes my son pushes me over the edge. It's part of his growing up - he pushes his boundaries and learns the consequences of disrespect. My patience level - like all parents - varies. There are days when I can shake it off, and then there are days when I yell.…Continue
It's really hard to follow our own technology rules. We know that. I, for one, would consider it a win to have a phone-free dinner table. Maybe I could use a little help.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Think about a typical day out with your family. Think of all the places that you may go and all the strangers that may overhear the way your family interacts.
Do you feel judged?…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
About seven years ago, my husband and I decided to go into a business venture together. The stakes were pretty high: We knew that it was a long-term investment and that we would be working crazy hours. We knew that we would not receive any financial gain from it and that once we entered it, there was no backing out. We were signing up for sleepless nights, an increase in marital strain and depression, and potential health…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 22, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments