Lauren Markman's Blog (275)

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

Stalking your children with technology

We had a sound/video baby monitor in my son's bedroom for the first two-and-a-half years of his life. Through that little camera, I watched him sleep, kick out of his blankets, sit up in his bed, and even saw the time our cat ended up in his crib and meowed out for help when she realized she was trapped.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments

The highs and lows of marriage

I like being married. I still get little thrills sometimes when someone refers to me as "Mrs. Markman" or when I get to introduce my husband to people. There is a security in being united to my husband who is not only the love of my life, but my best friend.



He's mine. I'm his. It's nice.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 23, 2015 at 8:13am — No Comments

The risks of independent children

When I was little, I walked everywhere: To school, to my best friend's house, to the park across the street and to the park a few blocks away. Sometimes my brother was with me; sometimes he wasn't. As I got older, I walked more places: To the store to get milk, to the theater to volunteer as an usher and sometimes I just walked for exercise.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 21, 2015 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Did you really earn that grade?

My son had a spelling test the other day (never mind that he is only four). He came home with a lollipop and a reward report saying that he spelled all his sight words correctly. Except: He didn't.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 20, 2015 at 6:36am — 3 Comments

Nobody knows you like Facebook

As previously mentioned, I am not a Facebook user. (And, for the record, I have no problem with people who are avid Facebook users as long as they understand the site's policies.) I know how the site works as I used to have to monitor my company's account. When I did the monitoring, I had lots of internal conversations about data tracking with my bosses. So, I was very intrigued to read how well Facebook knows who you are with just your…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 19, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

To avoid divorce, stay away from "professional listeners"

Let's take a mental break today.



Someone combed through the U.S. Census data and used information from the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

Looking for a few good books

My son's school is having a book fair this week. Of course, we will go. I have fond memories of school book fairs when I was little, and they haven't changed much. You look through the catalog, go through the tables at the fair, buy your books and stay up late over the weekend reading them all so you could trade books with friends the next week at school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 14, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Dad needs balance, too

When my husband and I married, my uncles had a plethora of advice for my husband, which boiled down to this statement:



Happy wife; happy life.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

A curfew for your devices

My son got a new electronic device with all his Christmas loot. It's like a Fitbit for kids, so it tracks his physical activity throughout the day and gives him rewards and games to play. It's a great little device and he is excited about it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments

Tips for equality in parenting

Describe the workload involved in being a parent. Are you listing out the physical tasks you help your child with (getting dressed, brushing teeth, reading bedtime stories)? Or are you thinking about the mental workout (worrying about them when they are away at camp, remembering their measurements, sizes and all their friend's names) as well? Did you remember to list all those ancillary chores that keep the household running smoothly…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Why your baby isn't sleeping

The short answer: Because your baby isn't tired.



"But," you say to me, "He was tired at this time last night and it's been more than four hours since his last nap. He should be tired."…



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Added by Lauren Markman on January 7, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Traditional families in the game of Life

Santa brought us the board game Life for Christmas. I hadn't played that game since I was a child, and I was genuinely surprised at the amount of changes to it: The careers are different, there are lots more action cards and it is much harder to go into debt.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments

Happy New Year - How's your marriage?

As much as I love the holidays and the great excuse it gives me to celebrate, I am glad that they are over. The inside decorations are put away, I promise I'll take down the outside ones as soon as it stops raining, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone back at the office again (it was getting a little lonely).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 5, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

What's your 100 for 2015?

This is the third year of my 100 challenge.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 2, 2015 at 6:51am — No Comments

I love my Christmas socks

An apology to my family: I know I am a pain to buy gifts for. Sorry about that.



But, I can say that it is probably my Mom's fault.



Every year my devoted and wonderful husband…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 31, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Don't worry, Mom. I'm fine.

When I was a teenager and living with my Mom, I felt very responsible. She worked long hours and I was frequently home alone. I cooked, cleaned, was a good student and never gave her much reason to worry about me.

But, she is my Mom. So, I am sure that she did worry about me. But more on that in a…
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Added by Lauren Markman on December 30, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

One car households

We have two cars in our household. One is my husband's (the DaddyWagon) and one is mine (the MommyBus). I use my car to go to work, sit in traffic, drop our son off at school and run errands on the weekends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

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