I remember being my son's age quite clearly. Not all of it, of course, but enough of it to recall what I liked about my childhood. I remember lots of fun outside and times at my best friend's house and summers spent at camp. It all seemed magical and wonderful and something I am thankful for.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 16, 2019 at 7:34am — No Comments
My wonderful husband plays many roles in my life: He is my best friend, my rock in rough times and my partner. That last role is super important to me, because it is a big factor in the overall happiness level in our household.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments
When we were in the market for a home, my very wise Mother gave me some practical advice: To buy the right-sized home for us. She wanted to make sure that we were buying a home that we could afford, of course, but also one that we could take care of without feeling that we were cleaning all the time. We fell in love with our current home and over the years, I've felt like it has exactly enough space for each of us.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 9, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments
I am a big fan of the family dinner. I think of it as a sort of a family reward - at the end of a long day of work and school and being apart, we can come together and eat something yummy (I try my best) and catch up with one another. Sure, we are sometimes exhausted or not in the best of moods, but most of the time, family dinners are my favorite part of the day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 7, 2019 at 7:57am — No Comments
Somewhere in my house there is one of those decks of conversation topics that the entire family can answer. And that is a good thing, because I need a little help.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2019 at 8:34am — No Comments
I think about the tone of voice that I use a lot.
I think about it at work whenever I have a crucial conversation with a coworker - I try to keep my tone neutral and curious. I think about it at home as I encourage my son to get ready for school, which is (admittedly) a tone that can have a sharp edge to…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2019 at 7:40am — No Comments
My son is easily distracted. If I ask him to go upstairs and put on socks, he has a few more things he wants to tell me, and then he wants to pet the cat, and sometimes he gets all the way upstairs and forgets why he was sent up there and starts reading a book.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 30, 2019 at 8:07am — No Comments
When I work from home, our family cat stays near me. She sits on the couch in my office, and if I leave the room for too long she looks for me. …Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2019 at 11:03am — No Comments
My son is at the stage where he likes to spend more time with Dad than Mom. It's really sweet to see the two of them together: Playing games, laughing at silly jokes and sharing hobbies. I know that my husband has been patiently waiting for my son to reach this stage - those toddler and early child years when our son only wanted to shadow Mommy were a long wait.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2019 at 7:26am — No Comments
My son's teachers are using an app that sends me notices throughout the day. There are notices when they post comments on the app, and there are notices for when parents comment back. There are notices for when my son gets behavioral points (or demerits) throughout the day. And there are notices for me to get more out of the app.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 23, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
There's this clever trick that my son's teachers have incorporated into their classrooms. They all refer to the class as "friends." Not as "students," or "kids" or even "children." Friends. I've heard statements like, "Clean up your stations, friends, and we can all head to the library." And: "I'm not sure where the humming is coming from, my friends, but it needs to stop."…Continue
I think I need to spend some time looking for some new music to play.
I get in this music rut every now and then when I play the same playlists too often, and I just want to hear something new (or at least a favorite song that I have temporarily forgotten). It's in these times that I break out of my rut…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 18, 2019 at 8:05am — No Comments
My son has three sets of grandparents. That is three sets of people in his life that he can learn from and grow special bonds with. He's a lucky kid.
And I'm a lucky adult, because none of the parental sets is overly intrusive into our…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2019 at 7:25am — No Comments
My son has asked for - and received - some new responsibilities this year. All of the items are activities he is definitely capable of, and he seems to like doing them. I like watching him mow the lawn or help with more chores or make decisions about his after school activities.
But - what I really wonder…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 13, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
I remember talking a lot to my son when he was a baby. We talked about the activities that we did during the day, the chores and how they got done, the funny things our cats did and the objects in the world around us. I talked to him so much because - like a lot of parents - I had read studies that it was important to talk to your baby.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 11, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
Homework has started up again for my son.
For the record: I think my son has an appropriate amount of homework for his grade level. And now, with the change in school hours so he gets home sooner, I think there is plenty of time for him to get it all done.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 9, 2019 at 7:41am — No Comments
With my son's schedule changes this school year (they are starting at a much earlier time than last year), I've been working through changes in my own schedule. I recognize that I am lucky enough to work for a company that allows me to adjust my working schedule within their broader business hours, as well as work from home.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 6, 2019 at 7:34am — No Comments
I am trying to remember not to nag.
It's hard when the morning routines start earlier than they used to, and my son is moving slower than he should be. It's hard when I have a dozen things on my mind, but there's not a pad of paper near me to get them written down. It's hard when I know I should be…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2019 at 7:27am — No Comments
There are many times in my week that I have no idea what my son is thinking. Like the times he decides I have to pull on a lever (his arm) to get him to go upstairs, or when he decides to sit upside-down on the couch and waves his feet at me, or when he starts a conversation in the middle of a pretend story and I can't keep up.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2019 at 10:39am — No Comments
When my son was a baby in daycare, every time he was exposed to new infants, he would get sick. This, of course, meant that my husband and I would get sick. New room, new germs, new illness. The cycle continued for years.
By the time he started Kindergarten, I felt that my son had a strong immunity. I…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2019 at 8:43am — No Comments