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Like many parents, I constantly struggle with the right amount of screentime for my son. For the time being, we have settled into a comfortable groove and he knows what the rules are. But, every week when I read something new about children and technology use, I rethink all my decisions.So, I was delighted to watch this…See More
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It's OK to be funny

My son likes puns. I partially blame this on my wonderful husband who also likes puns. He can't help it. A childhood filled with watching The Muppet Show taught him to appreciate a well turned phrase and the results are that I often get to hear the men in my life toss bad puns back and forth.So, naturally, I join in. (Gotta meet them at their level.) My son…See More
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Is this a loan or a gift?

My son and I are in the store and he wants to buy something. He knew we were going to the store ahead of time, but he said he didn't want to bring any money with him. But, since he now wants to buy something, we get to have a conversation about the difference between a loan and a gift.I will, of course, loan him the money to make his purchase, because he still…See More
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We need to trust each other

My son and I have been talking about trust. It's a hard concept to define, so I ask my son to raise his arms over his head and I tell him that I promise I will not tickle him. He looks a little warily at me, but he does it. I don't tickle him. That's trust, I tell him.This is an important topic as he grows up, because I want him to know that he can tell me…See More
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Admitting you need sleep is the first step

My son's alarm goes off at 7:35. I can hear him get up, turn the alarm off and then...silence. I know he has gone back to bed. At 8 am, I tentatively go into his room and gently wake him up. He is cranky and angry and tells me that he feels like he didn't sleep at all. I do my best to be gentle with him and coax him into the day, even though I desperately wish I could send him back to bed for a few more hours. Even though he went to bed on time the night before, he experienced what we all do…See More
Oct 11
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Keeping tv out of the bedroom

In my fantasy life, I would have a treadmill in the family room where we keep the television. This way, if I wanted to watch tv, I would pair it with the treadmill and get more exercise in my life as I walked to watch. But, that fantasy hasn't come true (yet).I like that we have a television in our family room, which is not in the main area of our home.…See More
Oct 9
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A space for homework

I have a vivid memory of my parents installing a built-in desk in my room. It was a counter that was affixed to the wall, but I loved it. I thought of all the work that I would do at that desk. I made designer outfits with fashion plates and colored pictures and set up villages for my dolls there.As for my homework - I did that at the kitchen table, where…See More
Oct 6
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It's OK to throw it away

A friend of mine once told me that she has several large tote bins in her basement filled with all of her daughters' school work. At first I thought she was kidding, but she said that she had saved everything that the girls had done, because they didn't want their work tossed out.I could feel her pain - it's hard to throw away your child's work (…See More
Oct 4
Lauren Markman commented on Lauren Markman's blog post 'Do you let your child swear?'
"Very true, Ivana. If something is forbidden, it is definitely more interesting for children."
Oct 3
Ivana Poku commented on Lauren Markman's blog post 'Do you let your child swear?'
"Nice post, thank you for the idea of how to deal with this stage of childhood. My boys don't talk yet but I know that day will come soon and I will have to face the same problem. I think children simply need to understand what those words mean…"
Oct 2
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I'm teaching you to become an adult

A friend of mine told me (semi-jokingly) where it all went wrong. He said he gave his son a great childhood and they became buddies during his son's teenage years. He said that this is the reason why now - when his son is in his 20s - my friend can't get him to leave the nest. My friend doesn't blame his son: Why would anyone want to trade in a cushy life in a happy home for many poor years in a crappy job and a small apartment?…See More
Oct 2
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Making peace with your Mother

From a non-scientific, small study of my peers, I have determined that I have an abnormal relationship with my Mother. It's not abnormal in a bad way - it's actually the opposite: She is a loving, supportive woman who will give me advice when I ask for it, challenges me to be my best self and brings a richness to our family's lives. She is a dynamic lady.I'm…See More
Sep 29
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Do you let your child swear?

I don't swear very often. Before I was pregnant, my husband and I worked in an office in which it was fairly normal to hear swear words. A lot of them. When I got pregnant, we made a concerted effort to stop swearing so that our child's first word wouldn't be something we'd regret later. Now we work in mostly swear-free offices, and my husband and I rarely swear. So it becomes really obvious when our son brings a new word into the house.…See More
Sep 27
Shantell commented on Lauren Markman's blog post 'The social network you create for yourself'
"My son is eight, and he has similar experiences. What I love about my son is the assumption that whoever is at the playground us a friend. I think at this young age they share common ground (they just want to have fun). I think relationships become…"
Sep 25
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The social network you create for yourself

My son and I are at the park and we've hit it at just the right time - there are about 30 other children already there. My son's face lights up and he spends the next hour running all over the playground with other children and eventually plays catch with a few of them. By the time he is ready to go home, he is sweaty and exhausted and can't stop smiling.On…See More
Sep 25
Lauren Markman commented on Lauren Markman's blog post 'That daily twinge of parental guilt'
"I think that is the positive attitude we all have to adopt, Shantell!"
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Involving myself in my son's screentime

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 7:04am 0 Comments

Like many parents, I constantly struggle with the right amount of screentime for my son. For the time being, we have settled into a comfortable groove and he knows what the rules are. But, every week when I read something new about children and technology use, I rethink all my decisions.…

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It's OK to be funny

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:32am 0 Comments

My son likes puns.



I partially blame this on my wonderful husband who also likes puns. He can't help it. A childhood filled with watching The Muppet Show taught him to appreciate a well turned phrase and the results are that I often get to hear the…

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Is this a loan or a gift?

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 6:54am 0 Comments

My son and I are in the store and he wants to buy something. He knew we were going to the store ahead of time, but he said he didn't want to bring any money with him. But, since he now wants to buy something, we get to have a conversation about the difference between a loan and a gift.…

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Gaming your exercise routines

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I gave up on my fitbit a long time ago. At first, I loved it (especially my sleep data), but after more than a year, it made me feel bad about my life. When I did not meet my step counts for the day, I felt like I let myself down. In the end, I recognized that the fitbit wasn't a good exercise accountability partner to get me to move more, so into the drawer it went.…

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

Hello! 

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

I'm over at: Http://TheNilsens.Blogspot.com

-Tiffany

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, InShapeMom.com 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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At 4:00am on February 1, 2014, Taty Sena said…

Hi Lauren. Thank you so much for the welcome :-)

 
 
 

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