Every week, my son has trouble coming up with a book to use for his reading homework. And this baffled me. I mean, he is always reading. Sometimes, he is re-reading a book that I saw him read the week before. And, I ask him questions about the things that he reads, so I know he is really reading them.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 31, 2018 at 6:45am — No Comments
My son loses screentime when he breaks one of our family rules. This is a consequence that he is aware of - if you were to ask him about it now, he would recite it. But it doesn't make the punishment any easier to accept; he hates losing his screentime.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments
I read a lot of parenting books; I have a few of my favorites on the shelves of our home. I read a lot of child development studies and then talk about them here. I listen to my friends talk about the lives of their families and what is working and what is not. But, I would never consider myself a parenting expert.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments
Last fall, my son and I went to the Renaissance festival. We go every year, and we love seeing the jugglers, acrobats and shows. One of the shows featured a fire eater, which we couldn't pass up the chance to see. During the course of the show (which wasn't rated adult only), things went a little awry, and the man ended up lighting his nipple on fire.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 24, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
I am not a very good singer.
I am the person who tells others that my gift to them is not singing happy birthday to them. I don't participate in karaoke and I will pretend not to know the words to songs to not join in a public sing along.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 22, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments
My son is telling me about some nonsense that he has learned from his friends at school. This is how a lot of our conversation begin these days - him passing along information that he picked up from other children at school. It is because of those other children that he has questioned Santa Claus, he's learned some swear words and I've had to explain to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 19, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments
The three of us are in the car running errands and a swear word is heard on a podcast we are listening to. I can hear my son's gasp of breath from the back seat.
So, I start talking to him about swear words. We talk about why people use them, and how they aren't polite, and then I ask him if he knows any.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 17, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
I am in my car, halfway backed out of my driveway. I realized that I had forgotten my phone and I am having a internal debate over whether I am going to go back inside the house and get it. On the one hand, I am only doing a few errands on my day off; on the other hand, it is my phone.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2018 at 8:18am — No Comments
I am teaching my son cursive.
He was reading some Diary of a Wimpy Kids books and couldn't read the cursive bits...when I asked the school if they taught handwriting, they said no. I don't understand why handwriting is no longer taught - at least to the level that children are able to read it. So, I teach…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments
Think about the teen movies you used to watch from the 80s to the 2000s. Try to name one without a teenage party of some sort taking place. I'll wait.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 10, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments
Over the holiday break, I had many opportunities to listen to my husband and son play. This, to my ears, consists of repetitive cycle of squealing, tickling, help-me, going-back-for-more, jumping, breathless fun, that I fully admit I don't entirely understand.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2018 at 6:38am — No Comments
My husband and I both take showers in the morning. When we first lived together, we figured out how our morning schedules would work and then tweaked them as necessary through job changes throughout the years.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 5, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
I am in the car with my son outside of my workplace. It is my day off, but we are here because he wants to visit my team.
I can't blame him. The people I work with are like family and they absolutely adore my son. We are talking about thats-my-cutie-and-he-can-do-no-wrong-let-me-make-him-some-cookies…