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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.)…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 16, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

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.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

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.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 12, 2018 at 7:46am — No Comments

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.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2018 at 7:18am — No Comments

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.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2018 at 7:17am — No Comments

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,…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 5, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Those extra jobs in the morning

I've recently given my son a to-do list in the morning to handle all the jobs that he should be able to do on his own. I am not sure if he likes it or not. (Actually, I am sure he doesn't like it because he would rather play in the morning.) But I love it. I love giving him the responsibility of getting himself ready for school with tasks that he is more than capable of handling on his own.…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 2, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

The type of study that I stopped reading

Here's the thing: I love my husband.

He's not perfect. He has this talent for standing in the wrong place in the kitchen while I am trying to cook, and he asks me a lot of questions that he could easily look up on Google. But he is perfect for me. He is my knight in shining armor when he helps fix all the…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 31, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

What influences your screen time rules?

The screen time rules in our household have evolved over the years. Like many parents, my husband and I struggle with finding the right rules for screen use for our son. On the one hand, I am thankful that there are plenty of experts who weigh in on how much recreational use children should get. On the other hand, I know he has some slightly educational/slightly recreational use in school that is impossible for me to monitor and factor…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 29, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

Maintaining a grateful heart

I have been thinking about my morning routine lately. Specifically, I've been thinking through the tasks I take on in the morning and if there is a better way for me to use my time. Sure, lunches still need to be made and laundry needs to be started, but I am sure there are a few extra minutes that I could carve out to make time for gratitude.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 26, 2018 at 7:03am — 2 Comments

A comparitive view helps when thinking about normal

The more time I spend around other children who are the same age as my son, the better I feel.

I'll explain.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 24, 2018 at 7:17am — No Comments

That's not for you to share

I have no idea if my Mom posts about me on social media. I think she mostly watches other people's feeds to stay connected to the rest of her family. But, that's just a guess (since I don't have Facebook to watch her watch me).…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 22, 2018 at 7:09am — No Comments

A little consistency equals better sleep

I am traveling for work this week. I actually enjoy traveling for work, because it usually means meeting up with coworkers on the opposite coast, connecting with my amazing team, and having some fun nights out. But I am grateful that I don't have to travel all the time, because I know that it creates some chaos for my husband and son.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2018 at 9:24am — No Comments

Everyone is arguing over screen time

It has occurred to me (on more than one occasion) that it doesn't actually matter what the screen time rules are in our household, because someone will find a reason to argue over them.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2018 at 8:47am — No Comments

Parental free time

When I meet new people these days, I am trying to remember to ask them what their hobbies are. Although I am generally interested in what other people choose to pursue in their free time, I have noticed that a lot of people don't have hobbies. Or maybe they do have hobbies, and they don't want to share what they are.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments

Keeping risks in our lives

When my son was little, I had to squash down my Mommy worry and encourage him to take risks: Yes, you can go down that big slide; yes, you can try to cross the monkey bars; yes, you can swing higher.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 10, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

What my son wants to watch

When I was a little girl, I loved Sesame Street. I would watch it from our home in Michigan in two language - English and French. I am not sure how much of the French I retained, but I loved the Muppets and the familiar adults and children, and the stories. To this day, I have a favorite Muppet. (It's Bert, because he loves the beautiful ordinary things in life like oatmeal and paperclips, and he just wants some quiet time to read his…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 8, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments

Move. Play. Sleep.

My son loves to come home from school and tell me about other children in his class. He is at an age where children enjoy comparing their home lives, so I am used to hearing about what other kids get to do or have. I have listened to stories of children who have their own smartphones or children who get to stay up late and children that get to play video games all weekend.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Using stress as a teacher

I believe I have a normal amount of stress in my life: I get challenged regularly to take on new projects at work, I have stepped up my involvement in some outside-of-work activities and I deal with the mistakes I make and want to learn from.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 3, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Learning from my mistakes

One of the main reasons I do this blog is so that I learn: I learn what other parents are doing, what the experts say parents should be doing, and from my own mistakes. It's often hard for me to see the mistakes I am making in the moment, so I need a way to write them out, think them through and try to remember not to repeat them.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 1, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

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