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Let's start with privacy basics: The bathroom door.



After several years of repeated discussions, my son has finally learned to knock on the closed bathroom door. About 60% of the time he also waits for acknowledgement before trying to come in. It is (in my head) a parenting triumph.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

Don't wake that baby up

In our household I think about sleep a lot: Who is getting enough of it and how to get more quality sleep. I am obsessed over my own sleep as well as that of the bears I live with and help wake up in the morning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 27, 2015 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

You might be making your spouse fat

My husband and I both work full time. And there was a long period where we worked in the same company (albeit different departments). And we both worked really long hours.



Then we had our little guy and life had to change: There were more important aspects to our life together than work.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 25, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Beauty is skin deep

My husband recently took our son to a dermatologist for a rash, and I filled out the forms online before the appointment. One of the questions was about sunscreen: Did the patient use it daily and what SPF?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments

The book on the shelf

I recently took all my cookbooks to our used book store and traded them in for store credit. While there, I let my son choose some new books. He was super excited to go to his section and pick out whatever books he wanted (at only $2 per book, I said yes to everything he chose.) He chose some new Disney story books, a few I Can Read books and some Sesame…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2015 at 8:01am — No Comments

While Mom is away...

At least once a year, my Mom girlfriends and I rent a beach house together. It's in the off season, so the place we visit isn't crowded. We stay up late, sleep in, wear pajamas all day, eat yummy food and drink wine. There are only two rules:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 20, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

Lying to our sons

There are the lies that I intentionally tell my son: The tooth fairy, Santa, that dinosaurs come alive at night. And then there are the lies that I don't mean to tell my son, like that I will be home from work on time.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 18, 2015 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Taking work stress home

My son loves my office. On the few occasions I've taken him to visit, he received lots of attention from my coworkers, treats, hot chocolate and got to play with the stuff at everyone's desk. He calls my coworkers "his coworkers" and requests to talk to them on the phone sometimes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

The full story of media abstinence for children

Before our son was born, my husband and I talked about what kind of environment we wanted for him. And one of the areas we agreed on was that we wouldn't expose him to a lot of media. The decision came from information from several sources citing that media use was not good for infants. 



Since that time, more research has been done, and a more complete story has…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments

I'm supposed to be the funny one

A few weeks ago at lunch, my coworker and I played a game of "we can guess your birth order" with the rest of our team.



At its basic level, birth order predicts that the first born will be extremely mature and a high-level achiever; middle children will be extremely diplomatic; and the last born children…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

Boiled pigeon's feet for dinner

It's 6:30 pm. I've put in a nine-hour day at the office, I've just gotten home and I'm at the stove. I am sauteing, chopping, and seasoning something delicious, when my son comes downstairs.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 11, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

I'm stalking myself

I asked for - and received - a fitbit for Christmas. I thought it would make me move more throughout my day. And maybe it does. But what it has really done has made me obsessed with my sleep.



Every morning, I sync over my data and look at my sleep efficiency. I stare at the magenta areas: What is waking me…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Hacking the idea of traditional homeschooling

The first portion of my education was handled by nuns. Although there were other teachers, the nuns served as school principals and shaped my little mind and didn't teach me enough science.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Sharing the wealth with your children

I try very hard not to think about other people's money. I don't like to speculate on how much my coworkers earn or how much my extended family earns. I grew up believing that it was rude to ask people how much money they made, and that it was none of my business.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

When money matters

Like most parents, I try to do activities with my son that do not cost lots of money. I'll get him to go on a bike ride with me instead of taking him to the bouncy house. He'll play guitar with his Daddy at home, rather than go to a music instructor. We play a lot of board games.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 4, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The family business

My husband wears a lot of different titles: He is the love of my life, a dynamic dad for our son and my best friend. I also like to think of him as my business partner.



If you were to take a step back and look at our family as a business (romantic, I know), you would see that we have an excellent…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 3, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Looking for a few good women

I went to a college with a much higher ratio of women to men. This was by choice. All the schools that I considered had a higher percentage of women in attendance. Something about that made me feel safer, and since I was dating my eventual husband at the time, I was quite happy with the breakdown.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 2, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments

Tying the emotions to the memory

Right now, my son remembers lots of stuff. He remembers what we did for his birthday last year and he remembers being in his Nana's wedding when he was two. He remembers games we used to play and trips we've been on. But, he doesn't remember what he had for lunch at school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 30, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Why cookbooks are awful

This weekend, I am getting rid of the majority of my cookbooks. I'm beyond fed up with them.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 28, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sharing the pain

Every delivery story is different. Mine involves my husband looking at some monitors and telling me when I was having a contraction. (Thanks, honey. I knew that.) I figured he was just nervous and didn't realize what he was doing. At no point of time did I want to throw him out of the delivery room.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments

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