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Lauren Markman's Blog – January 2014 Archive (16)

Let's learn something: Better bedtimes for our children

I really didn't intend to keep talking about sleep this week. But, let's go ahead and cover this topic one more time. I promise to move on to something else next week.

I've given…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 31, 2014 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Shhh! Mommy needs a nap

After a certain point, I just got used to my current level of exhaustion. When my son was born, night feedings were just part of life, and sleeping through the night meant five hours of continuous sleep (and oh, was it wonderful). As my son has gotten older, I am still woken up by his sweet voice asking me questions in the middle of the night. (…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

My child is stalking me

I was asleep; and then I was not. My eyes snapped open to land on the smiling face of my son who was standing next to my side of the bed. He smiles at me. It is 5:30 am on Saturday, but…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 28, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments

The family that texts together, stays together?

If you couldn't tell from this blog, I love my Mom. (Hi, Mom!) I try to keep in touch with her - we do in-person visits, Facetime, regular phone calls and texts. I even sometimes play text games with her near her birthday or mother's day, where I will text pictures of my cat for a week until she tells me to stop it and send a picture of her grandson. (It's a fun game; you should try it with your parent of choice.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

The elusive work/life balance

There is a legend passed down amongst mothers. The details differ depending on who tells it, but it is about a woman who is able to fulfill her duties in a rewarding job, then be the perfect wife and mother to multiple children, all while still volunteering at PTA events and holding monthly cocktail parties. She also makes an excellent souffle.

It is the myth of the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 24, 2014 at 6:35am — 1 Comment

Stop reading this and go outside and play

I'm going to keep this one short today, too (just like Monday's post).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 22, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Why we now eat family-style

A few weeks ago, we started letting our son serve himself his own food at dinnertime. Up until that point, I would bring him his pre-plated food and be met with a barrage of complaints…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 21, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Want more family time? Fix your slow computer (or turn it off)

Sometimes, I feel like I spend my entire day in front of a screen. I look at my blogs in the morning, then go to work where I stare at a computer all day, and I am usually on my computer at night as well. It's bad for my eyes, it's bad for my posture and it's bad for my family life.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 20, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

How to apologize to your mother

My Mom is a good sport. Here I am airing all sorts of personal stuff online and she takes it in stride. Does she read my blog? Yes. But you won't see her in the comments section - she sends me her thoughts via texts, phone calls and food.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on January 17, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

What you name your child could help him choose his career

When I was in eighth grade, my classmate B.J. asked his parents if he could change his name to Mackie. (For the record, Mackie was his father's name as well.) So, his parents allowed him to change his name as a birthday gift and we all spent the next six months trying to remember to call him by his new name.

Today, my former classmate is a leader in sales at his company,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

Guys and dolls (no, not the musical)

If I was to give my son a baby doll today, he would hand it back to me with a "no thank you, Mommy," and continue playing with a car or truck. I know this, because I've tried it. This just tells me that

  1. I did a good job drilling manners into him. Did you read how polite that was? Go me!
  2. He's just…
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Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2014 at 6:29am — 2 Comments

Why I'm thankful my husband is a gamer

I married a gamer; and I am glad that I did.

Playing video games is just one of my husband's many hobbies. It is one that we occasionally do together (before I was pregnant, we used to have Wii Wednesdays where I would do my best to defeat him at bowling and tennis). But playing video games is not something I engage in as often as he would probably like. (Sorry,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 13, 2014 at 7:02am — 4 Comments

Learning how to talk to strangers

In second grade we were all encouraged to create a secret code word so that if our parents ever sent an intermediary to pick us up from school, we would know it was safe to leave with that individual. (I can't remember if my word was kitten or Strawberry Shortcake.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 10, 2014 at 6:50am — 2 Comments

Why he'll always be my baby

"I'm not a baby. I'm a little boy," says my son. Often. And he is right. He is growing up so quickly (seriously...who knew time traveled this fast?). And he has every right to remind me that he is more boy than baby.

I may think of him as my "baby boy" often, but evidently, it's not entirely my fault.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Family game night: AKA Fight Night

We like to play games in our family: Board games and card games have taken over our Wednesday evenings. My son is now old enough to enjoy UNO (he loves skipping people), and Go Fish, and he has long been an expert at Candy Land and Hi-Ho Cherry-O. I love that these games teach him how to take turns and follow the rules and that everyone loses sometimes. As he gets older, I have visions of us playing Clue and Life and popping up some…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 7, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

I love Sesame Street

Whenever I think I am focused on a project at work or chore around the house, there is a soundtrack playing in my head. The soundtrack used to be my favorite songs or the last song I heard playing on the radio. As a parent, this playlist has been replaced with children's songs and most of them come from Sesame Street.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

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