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When Mommy needs a time out

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 29, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

A phone-free dinner table

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Who is judging you?

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?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The business venture we don't want to fail

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 22, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments

Cooking at home

This past weekend, I helped my son make pancakes.



I phrased it that way on purpose, as this was the first time I let him take the lead in making pancakes while I supervised. Up to this point, I would only let him do the prep work and stir ingredients together. But this time I let him work with the batter on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 21, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Why we need good Dads

Whenever people see my family for the first time, they tend to stare at my son, then my husband, then me. They are trying to see who my son resembles more. Most people ultimately give up and declare that my son is a perfect blend of my husband and I. (We think so, too.) I like knowing that my son is part me and part my husband, because we both - like all parents - have a big role to play.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 20, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

The divorce list

We have all been to that wedding. You know the one. The one where you are trying very hard to be generally happy for your friend/relative and not say anything overly snarky, but - way down deep - you have a suspicion they are not going to make it as a couple. You don't want to be right, but you can't help how you feel. Then, after time passes and you hear word of the breakup, you have to bite your tongue and never admit to anyone that you…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

Being more than Mrs. Mommy

I have two t-shirts that I thought I had specially made just for fun. The first one was shortly before my wedding. I had it made to say "Mrs. XXXXX" (but instead of the Xs, it was my husband's name). The second was right after my son was born and it says XXXXXX's Mom (but instead of the Xs, it has my son's name).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 15, 2016 at 6:41am — No Comments

All screens come with an off button

My son now has Minecraft on his iPad. And like most new electronic privileges in our household, it came with a set of rules.



So far, he has taken to the rules quite well. Whenever I tell him that his time is up with the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

Why Dad needs to keep his voice down

I read a lot of studies about parenthood. A surprising number of them uncover changes that need to be made in the Mother's behavior, because either the study didn't cover Dads as well, or it saw Dad's behavior as not having a significant effect on the child.



So it was somewhat refreshing to find a study that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 10, 2016 at 7:21am — No Comments

Getting sick at daycare

My son started daycare at 6 weeks old. I remember the heartbreak of leaving him (he was so little!) and the relief of picking him up on that first day (he had gotten bigger!). I did love that facility - the nurturing attitude, the brightly lit rooms, the web cameras for me to check in on him throughout the day.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Reading for reading's sake

My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

When did Lego sets turn violent?

When my son was born, he received a couple of LEGO sets. Even though he wouldn't be able to play with them for years, family and friends knew that my husband was a big LEGO fan and were certain that my son would be one, too.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

The life you can afford

A few days ago, I posted a link to the amount of money women earn in their jobs compared with men. It was infuriating to see all of that divergence in one big chart.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 3, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Trying to stay put

We are about to move homes. Although my husband and I have moved lots of times together (we're experts at purging and packing), I've recently realized that this is the third time we've moved since having our son.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 1, 2016 at 6:44am — No Comments

Moving back home

Sometimes I tease my Mom about her home (sorry, Mom), because she maintains two guest bedrooms that are reserved for her grandchildren to stay with her whenever they want. I tease her because I know it takes a lot of work to keep up her home, but she does a lovely job with it. And, my son absolutely loves the idea that he has his own bedroom at his Nana's house.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 31, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Growing old together

I normally get dressed before my husband and he doesn't usually see me until he is also fully dressed. It is at that point that we realize we are dressed in similar colors.



Is this because we own too many of the same shades of clothing? Maybe. Maybe not. I'd like to think it is because he and I are in…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 27, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments

Listening to your mother

When I was pregnant with my son, I was working at a company located about an hour away from where I was living. I would sit in the car and sing along to the radio, secure in the fact that my son was the only one who could hear me and he wouldn't judge me for being out of tune.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 25, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

Sometimes charts make me sad

I hate to bum you out on a Friday, but if you are a working woman, you have to see this. On this link from the Wall Street Journal is a chart showing how women earn less than men in 439 of the 446 major U.S. jobs.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 20, 2016 at 6:16am — 1 Comment

Choosing what to forget

Up until this point, my husband and I have been the keeper of our son's memories. I've written letters to him since I learned I was pregnant, I'm one of those scrapbooking Moms who has shelves full of family albums documenting our family adventures, and my wonderful husband is the photographer of the family, capturing all the big (and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 18, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

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