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Another list of things we should be doing

If you open any parenting-based magazine, you will quickly come across a list article. And, undoubtedly, the list article will be of things you should be doing as a parent, but you probably aren't. These types of articles used to get me down and make me feel like I wasn't holding up my end of the parent-child bargain. According to many lists, I am not injecting enough science, creativity or exploratory fun in my son's day. And if I do manage to do anything different, it will probably only be…See More
Dec 7
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When your birthday really matters

I have a birthday in June. When I was little, this meant that I could stay up as late as I wanted on my birthday or celebrate it with a slumber party on the day of my birthday without having to wait until the weekend. But I was sometimes unhappy that I had a birthday outside of the school's calendar: I couldn't celebrate by bringing treats into the classroom, or by however the teacher gave students special attention on their big day.…See More
Dec 5
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A time for giving

We've spent the last two weekends decorating for Christmas. I have been enjoying the process of expanding our Christmas decorations this year, and I love the way our home has turned out. I have even noticed (just as science told me) that decorating for the holiday puts me in an overall cheerier mood than usual. I hope that my family feels the same way.…See More
Dec 3
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Can I buy this?

My son is sprawled on the couch with his iPad on his stomach. It is playing an ad; he is staring at the ceiling. When he sees me, he moans a little and complains that he is forced to watch ads sometimes because he needs coins and I won't let him make in-app purchases.I explain to him again how in-app purchases like this one are a waste of money. He…See More
Nov 26
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A bad parental play

I know a lot of parents who are involved with their children's sports activities. And when I say, "involved," I mean everything from coaching the team, to encouraging their child to continue so they can get a scholarship, to being the taxi driver who gets everyone to the practices on time. It's a big commitment - for both the kids and the parents.And that is…See More
Nov 23
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Strong family ties can protect everyone

Once a year, my son's school discusses bullying. I am not sure how intense the program is (a brief flyer is sent home the week before), but I know that they cover the basics: How to recognize bullying behavior, how to protect yourself and how to protect others.It's that last topic that I am really impressed with. I like how the school encourages students to…See More
Nov 21
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Keeping an eye on our little ones

There is a video from my childhood that I remember seeing several times. I am still at a crawling age, and my Dad put the video camera on the floor to capture my movements. There is some muffled adult conversation around me, but the camera stays focused on me and my explorations of the room and the toys left within my reach.I thought the video was cute…See More
Nov 19
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Your personal end-of-the-year traditions

At this time of year, I like to complete a pre-holiday purge. I tell my son that we need to clear out some space before his grandparents over-indulge him at Christmas. (Side note: I love you, Mom, and you know what I am talking about here.)Every November, I have my son pull out unwanted books and toys that can be set aside for donations and future consignment…See More
Nov 16
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You don't have to be perfect

We are all too hard on ourselves. I came to that conclusion last year while I was listening to a member of my team at work over-apologize for something. It was something that wasn't even wrong. But she felt like she had made a mistake. She felt like she had done something imperfectly.I started coaching my team to understand that they were human, and that I…See More
Nov 14
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Getting into the holiday spirit a little early

Halloween is my jam. We decorate the house the first weekend in October; I take my son costume hunting early and I can't wait to dress up and pass out candy to all the kiddos in the neighborhood. We have Halloween fun all October long.Then the first weekend in November, I put away all the holiday decorations and get very stubborn about celebrating…See More
Nov 12
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When baby bumps spread

When I was pregnant with my son, I had this thing happen where I suddenly saw pregnant women and babies everywhere - at the mall, in grocery stores, walking around the city....Logically, I knew that they had been there all along, but it wasn't until I was one of them (among my own kind) that I started to notice them.At first, I thought it was just me being…See More
Nov 9
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Trusting your Mom

I think my son feels comfortable talking through sensitive topics with me. I think this because we've had plenty of conversations about bullying, and first crushes, and the downside to being smart, and swear words and how various parts of the body work. I am always open and honest with my son. I suppress any potential giggles. I want him to know that he can always trust me.…See More
Nov 7
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Our clocks really do matter

The time change occurred over the weekend, and (as expected) my cat didn't understand it. She was hungry, and from her perspective, Mommy was being lazy.  While I didn't get the extra hour of sleep that the end of daylight savings time promises me, it did get me thinking about our internal clocks. I recently taught my son the word "crepuscular" to describe our cat, as she is most active in the dawn and dusk times of day. Her internal rhythm is set to those times, and she doesn't actually care…See More
Nov 5

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Are your children moving enough?

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 7:25am 0 Comments

I really like my son's doctor. She has known him since he was only a few days old, and she has watched him grow up. In all the times that we have seen her, she has taken the time to answer all my questions (and allay my new-mom fears). Now that he is older, I've noticed that she has taken some extra time to answer my son's questions.…


Strengthening communication with schools

Posted on December 12, 2018 at 7:18am 0 Comments

I get a lot of communications from my son's school. This includes everything from text messages and emails to printed notes and online flyers. I try to read through everything that comes in and ensure that I am not missing anything major. Sometimes this is difficult, as the school sends multiple messages out each week.…


What our children worry about

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 7:36am 0 Comments

I am always surprised when my son is paying attention to the money that we spend as a family. For example, we recently bought an inflatable for our holiday decorations, and he was upset over the amount of money we were spending on it - at least until I explained to him that the price of the inflatable was spread out over several years and led to our overall enjoyment. After that math breakdown, he relaxed a bit.…


Another list of things we should be doing

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 7:04am 0 Comments

If you open any parenting-based magazine, you will quickly come across a list article. And, undoubtedly, the list article will be of things you should be doing as a parent, but you probably aren't.

These types of articles used to get me down and make me feel like I wasn't holding up my end of the…


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At 7:35am on January 8, 2018, Mom Bloggers Club said…

Hello Lauren - Just stopping by to say thank you for being such a great member!

At 1:01pm on August 19, 2016, Tiffany N said…


Welcome to MBC, I'm new here too! Looking forward to reading more from your blog! I'm from NC as well (Mooresville!)

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At 3:10pm on February 9, 2016, Quirky Homemaker said…

Yes!  I totally agree that moods can be contagious!  Thankfully, it's been a while since I've had any kind of depression.  That doesn't mean I don't have my days when things overwhelm me and everybody around me can tell!  I've been trying to be conscious to not let things get to me so that the whole house doesn't end up anxious.

At 1:00pm on November 6, 2015, Lady Anne Louise Barrun said…

Hi Lauren. I love your blog. Let's stay connected. Please follow me on my social sites.




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At 10:37pm on March 11, 2015, Lyn Sweeny said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog name ( I didn't listen either) and find your blog very amusing.  I'm new to here and hoping to connect to some professionals.  Are you up to the challenge?  j/k I hope that I "see" you around though! 

At 5:34pm on February 19, 2014, Lisa Lori said…

Thank you!  I am so happy to be a part of it!

At 1:11pm on February 17, 2014, said…

Thank you for saying hello, sorry about the late response. Been a little busy with the family. Hope your having a good start to the week!

At 1:57am on February 13, 2014, Jolie Stultz said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog and thank you for your sweet comment of my pictures!! 

At 10:06pm on February 8, 2014, Elaina Lamley said…

Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to learning & sharing.

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