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Staying in tune with Mommy

I do not sing very well.



I am OK with this state of being, and have no need to torture friends and family members at karaoke or spontaneously start singing during conversations as though life were a musical. (Full disclosure: I love musicals.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 22, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments

Raising the allowance

I like to listen to my son talk about his plans for the future. They include him working as an engineer in NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, yet somehow living next door to me so he can help me cook sometimes. These plans also include him being a marine biologist on the weekends.



When he tells me all about his…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 20, 2017 at 6:20am — No Comments

Spending time with the one you love

My husband and I try to have lunch together at least once a week. He and I are fortunate enough to work only a few blocks apart, and that Tuesday lunch is a treat. It is wonderful to see him in the middle of a busy working day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Starting the substance abuse conversation

A few nights ago at dinner (heavy topics always seem to come up at dinner), my son asked me why people would want to smoke. We talked about smoking being bad for people's health and all the negative effects it has. He was able to list a lot of them as we talked, but then he pressed a little further. "But if people know it is bad for them, then why do they start?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 15, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

To sleep and forget about it

My little bear hears his alarm, turns it off and shuffles out of his bedroom to my desk where I write this blog. He scrambles into my lap, we snuggle and I ask him some basic questions to determine his morning mood.



(Bad mood days are generally turned around by showing my son pictures of cute baby animals or…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments

Moving your way to happiness

I recently went through my work calendar and made a whole lot of appointments with myself to move more. I figure that if it is on my work calendar I will be more likely to do it, and it will also prevent someone else from getting on my schedule if I show as booked. I then went the extra step (no pun intended) of recruiting someone at work to do this with me. (I have found that accountability helps me stay on task.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

The price of fame

I don't ever want to be famous. Not that anyone is actively offering this as an option for me, but fame is not on my short list. There seems to be an undercurrent thread of heartbreak and downward spirals often associated with being a celebrity (at least according to all those Behind the Music episodes I watched and all those news stories on former child stars). I aspire to live a quiet life with my family and friends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 8, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

No time like the present

My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Reading with your Dad

My son and I are on the couch together. I am on one end reading a book about American mahjong. He is sitting on the other end reading a Goosebumps book. (As an aside: I am completely proud that my son reads the Goosebumps books and doesn't seem scared by them. I was incredibly scared of those kinds of books when I was little. Please don't tell him that.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 3, 2017 at 6:39am — No Comments

I'm lucky and I know it

I am lucky.



I am not contest-winning lucky or surrounded by people who hope that my good fortune will rub off on them, but I consider myself to be extremely lucky. After all, I am a healthy woman married to an amazing man and we are raising a precocious and clever little boy in an age of great technology and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 1, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Me and my little shadow

I was looking through our family photo albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I love that he still does that.) He was about three years old in that particular album and as we looked through the photos and I told him stories, I realized how much time he spent following me around. If I was in the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 30, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments

My husband's other mom

Sometimes my Mother and my husband trade texts. I have decided this is unbelievably sweet (as long as they aren't discussing me).



For her part, my Mom adores my husband - she calls him when she needs help with something, they have been known to refer to each other as "son" and "mom," and she has always…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

What your home says about you

My Mother calls me a classic underbuyer.



There are probably many reasons for this: The fire that we had when I was little that taught me that possessions are not important. Or the series of apartments and moves that we went through that taught me to go through all my things once a year and get rid of what I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Are you a snooper?

One day I asked my work team to stand in a circle, unlock their phones and pass them to the person on their left.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 23, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments

I'm not angry at you

"I'm not angry with you; I just want to talk."



I find myself saying this to my son more and more often. I say it when he's gotten a bad report on the bus. I say it when he's yelled at me for reminding him to brush his teeth and he claims I didn't ask him to do that. I say it when I know he is lying to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 20, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Today, I stepped on a LEGO

At least twice a month, I step on a LEGO. I look upon it as an exercise to hurt myself and not curse aloud.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 18, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Your child's working week

I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

Spending time with others

Because my son is an only child, he tells me that he gets "bored" and "lonely" quite frequently on the weekends. I am not sure if this is a result of him being an only child or not, as it generally happens after his screentime is up and he is unsure of what he wants to do next.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments

The unknown effects of obesity

I'm back to work and lots of my coworkers have stated that they plan on getting healthier in the New Year. I'm not big on resolutions (I like challenges instead), but I try to remain supportive of their efforts and take walks with them whenever they need a buddy. I think that anything we can do to move more in the day is a good goal.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 11, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

The technology of sleep

During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

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