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The eyes have it

My eye doctor's office texted me to say that it was time for my annual eye exam. And I immediately set up my appointment.



To put this in perspective, my dentist and my regular doctor have also both notified me for an appointment. But I haven't responded to them. (I will, just not right now.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 24, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

It must be hard being a guy

I am super glad that I am a woman.



Like most people, I have thought about what life must be like to be the opposite gender (people do think about that, right?) and I have determined that being a guy must be hard. I can't imagine walking around with their equipment all day or having difficulty focusing on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 23, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.



He frowned at me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

Delinking the food from the fun

"Mom, is it a dessert night?"



I get asked that question almost every night. And I am pretty arbitrary in whether or not it will be a dessert night, as it depends on a lot of factors. To paraphrase Cookie Monster: Dessert is a sometimes food.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Embracing the dark side

The bears in my household outnumber me. They are there in the morning, facing me with their anger at the fact that the sun has risen in the sky yet again, forcing them from their slumber and making them face another day. I try to focus on my thankfulness that it is another beautiful day; I try to enjoy the morning...but why do people think that it is OK to be…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 17, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Even babies need a bedtime

When my son was a baby he slept all the time. (Mostly while laying on me.) I remember having to wake him up to feed him and all the times he fell asleep while still breastfeeding. When I asked our doctor about all this, she asked some questions about family history and determined that everything was fine. She added that we were lucky because our son slept so well.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 16, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Will my real friends please stand up?

When we are children, life is simple: We divide our lives into things we like and things we don't like. Candy is wonderful; vegetables are not. Summer fun is the best thing ever; school is a chore that is dealt with. People we know are either friends or not friends.



It turns out that last one is still true…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 15, 2016 at 6:28am — 2 Comments

Getting back to a few good books

There is something odd about my life right now.



My BFF at work asked me what I was reading these days, and after thinking about it for a few moments, I had to respond with "nothing."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

You gotta know when to push them (part 2)

On Monday, I shared some of the ways that I push my son so he learns about money and doesn't give up on trying new things. And that is all fine and dandy. But the real challenge for me will be pushing him academically without become a crazy, overbearing Mom in the process.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Knowing your rights before becoming a mom

They say that the first few months of your child's life are some of the most important. They say that spending one-on-one time with your infant is necessary for developmental growth. They say that Mothers will be less likely to suffer from postpartum depression if they are able to connect with their babies.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 9, 2016 at 6:21am — 2 Comments

You gotta know when to push them...

My son gets a weekly allowance and dutifully puts the money into one of his jars. We've used the money in his Give jar a few times for donations to his school and other causes that he chooses. It's the Save and Spend jars that I am still teaching him to work with.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

When it is too loud to think

My son recently went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. When I was a child, Chuck E. Cheese was a wonderland of fun games and chaos. Now that I am an adult, I think of it as a casino for children.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Tell me how tired you are

It's the morning and your alarm has just gone off - an angry buzzing sound breaking into that peaceful murky bliss. You hit the alarm with a surprising amount of force and sit up in bed.



The problem is that you feel like you haven't slept at all and you are still tired. No, not just tired. Bone tired, where…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

Looking for a moment of touch

My son was a snuggly baby.



I am truly happy about that. Sometimes I teasingly tell my son about all the time he spent sleeping on me when he was first born, but I usually tell him that story when he is sitting on my lap. I know that I am super lucky that he still wants to snuggle with me, and I hope that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 2, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Living life on default mode

When I look at my phone, I see all the apps that I use the most on my first screen. I took all those factory apps that I never use and stuck them in a folder so I could have more room, and put the apps that I have to have but rarely use on a secondary screen. At the time, I thought of this as me staying organized, but after reading this piece on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 1, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

The height I once was

I am shrinking.



I take a bone supplement every day, try to walk more often to stretch out my stuffed-behind-a-desk-all-day body and even recently got a new mattress, and yet, I am shrinking.…



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

The way we play

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

The color of your urine

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.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Getting to bed on time

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

Stressing out right after your vacation

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

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