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Thinking outside the lunch box

My son is in Kindergarten, and he is excited. He is excited about all the new classrooms, books, children and fun to be had. But he is more excited about one particular part of Kindergarten, more than anything else: He can bring a lunch from home.



Up until this point, he has eaten the provided lunches at his…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Team Suck - For the Win!

Last week one of my fantastic coworkers finagled a way for our team to go bowling together. She and I were incredibly excited to get the time away from work to do some team building - even though we both suck at bowling. We suck at bowling so much, that we happily dubbed our team, Team Suck.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 1, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

Another reason to fear the blue light

I am typing this post three hours before my bedtime. I normally do not work on blog posts at night (I write the majority of them in the mornings on the weekends), but it has been a busy weekend, so I am writing this one a few hours before I go to sleep. It is a Monday post, but that is not the deadline that I have in mind. My deadline is actually to be done with my computer an hour before my bedtime.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

If you're happy and you know it, tell your Mom

There are certain questions that I ask my son frequently:

  • Did you know that you are very special to me?
  • What questions did you ask today?
  • Did you flush and wash your hands?…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

Going from DINKs to parents

Dual-Income, No Kids.



That's what my husband and I were for a very long time. We spent years together working, traveling, figuring out who was the better chef (me), who was handier around the house (him) and having long discussions about the type of family we wanted to have one day. I had been with my…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 26, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Science cracked the biological clock

I didn't believe that there was such a thing as a biological clock. And then I reached my late 20s and really, really wanted a baby. Fortunately for me, I already had the perfect guy and we were on the same path to marriage, baby and happily ever afterhood. I have a lot of friends who heard the ticking of their clocks earlier in life and had several children before I had my first. And I have a few friends who wanted to get their careers…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 25, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Subject Line: WFH

It usually happens on a Friday or a Monday. I'll be in the office, waiting for my email program to start, and they will start to filter in: The Working From Home messages.



One or two emails that come in with the WFH subject line are common enough: Sick children, sick adult, work being done at the house and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 24, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Why are we all scared of math?

Full disclosure: Math was not my favorite subject in school. But even though I didn't care for math, I still made really great grades in it.



To me, math was too finite. If I was writing an essay, I could write my way out of a corner. With math, you were either right or wrong with your answers. And my…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2015 at 5:47am — 4 Comments

The worst parenting advice I ever heard

When you are pregnant, you become a magnate for unsolicited parenting advice. (This is one of those laws of nature like gravity or the inverse velocity equation of children and is unavoidable.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Back to school means it's time to stress out over homework

In my little corner of the world, school starts next week. And all around me I hear the moms talking about various after school programs and which ones they are avoiding because they don't encourage children to complete their homework first.



And I can hear that they are already stressed out over their…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

How often are you sick?

Before I had my son, I got a cold around twice a year. It would annoy me for a few days and maybe even cause me to take a day off work to rest at home. My husband would only get a cold maybe one time a year.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 17, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

As if the thought of your teen driving wasn't scary enough

I was in my late teens when I started driving.



And I have never thought about this before now, but I saved my mother a large amount of money by not getting my license sooner. I didn't know this, but the average married couple's car insurance rate…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 14, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

It's an expensive world after all

On our recent family vacation, we went to Idlewild Amusement Park.The park contains a soak zone, children's section and a storybook forest that hasn't changed since it opened in 1956. It is a park that I went to when I was little, and I was happy to take my son there so he could enjoy it as well.



It is also…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

It's taken me three tries to write this post on distractions

At work, it is the constant ping from the office communication program, the new email message appearing in the right-hand corner of the screen and the random pop-ins into my cube as I try to write an email or work on a project.



At home, it is the faraway comments from family members in another room, the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Who's your handy man?

When I got my first apartment, my step-dad gave me a box of tools: Hammer, screwdrivers and wrenches. I knew how they all worked - in theory. The problem was that I had never had to use tools before.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2015 at 6:42am — 3 Comments

No boy bands for me

As my family left a science museum on our vacation, we passed hundreds of girls lining the streets near a local arena. They were dressed in fan gear - shirts, shorts, socks, buttons, jewelry, hats - from head to toe and were holding signs, banners and flags for One Direction. And despite the heat and that it was four hours before the concert was supposed to start, there they were.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 7, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments

Putting the landing gear on helicopter parents

Are you a cheerleader or a coach?



When our children are little, we are their cheerleaders, praising them for their efforts to learn new skills and to try again when they don't succeed the first time.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

Having a baby with an IUD on the side

During my first follow-up appointment after having my son, my OB/GYN looked at me and asked, "Do you want another baby right away?"



"Ummm...can I just enjoy this one for a bit first?" I asked.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 4, 2015 at 7:57am — No Comments

Favoriting my Mom's tweets

My Mom is a pretty tech-savvy lady: She runs a brilliant blog, texts and shares photos, and she tweets more often than I do. All of this she learned on her own, and I am incredibly grateful for her willingness to be involved online. In her point of view, she is ready to interact with her grandchildren in whatever form of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2015 at 8:09am — No Comments

Drinking from the garden hose

Every summer morning, my brother and I would look at the thermometer near the kitchen door. If the thermometer said it was 74 degrees outside, then we were allowed to wear shorts. It was a big deal.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 29, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

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