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

It's time to start an honest conversation about money

It will start with three jars.

The first jar will be spending money - for candy and small toys that fall into the "want it now" category.

The second jar will be saving money and we'll stick a picture of whatever he is saving up for on the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 28, 2014 at 6:38am — 2 Comments

Mommy can't get a word in edgewise

My son is a talker. By that, I mean he talks. A lot. A whole lot.

He talks to his family members; he talks to the cat; he talks to himself; he talks to his toys; he talks to strangers (actually, I'm…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 26, 2014 at 6:13am — No Comments

Why are we qualifying fathers?

My son has a Mom and a Dad. That's it. That's how I want others to think of us - sans adjectives.

You see, I keep reading articles about "active fathers" and "involved fathers." (This article even points out how insulting one of those terms can be.) The intent of these terms…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 25, 2014 at 6:44am — 3 Comments

Underage socializing

I know several parents who have secured social media accounts in their children's names, intending them to be gifts once their children reach the appropriate age.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Let's learn something: Parenting and work don't mix

Last week we were all stuck at home due to a lengthy visit from winter storm Pax. (Side note: "Pax" means kiss of peace, which made it one of the most horribly named storms ever.) Since I work for a business that doesn't close due to weather, that meant I was working from home. And my son was home from school. And those two things are not meant to mix.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 21, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Food is always on my mind

The amazing Marcia Fowler who runs Busy Moms Write was kind enough to ask me how my 100 recipe challenge was going. (She is very considerate that way.)

The truth is that it is…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 19, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Want to fight childhood obesity? Start earlier than you think

My son is at that awkwardly perfect age where he is honest about other people's appearances. "Look, Mommy! That man is short," or "Why is that woman covered in wrinkles?" or "That person is fat!" have all been uttered by him at a decibel level usually reserved for jackhammers.

We try to mitigate this at home by celebrating people's difference. We focus on the differences…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 18, 2014 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

Honey, please pass the popcorn

So, last week, we were watching movies because we were sick. This week, my husband and I are watching movies to help our marriage.

Yeah, that didn't really seem to make sense to me, either.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2014 at 6:42am — No Comments

Let's learn something: Valentine's Day Monsters are fun

When I was little, every holiday had a mascot. There were the usual suspects (Santa, Easter Bunny), and then there were the ones my mom made up. Like the one for Valentine's Day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 14, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

Let's learn something: Bad dreams are scary

I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."

Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!

Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Divorce happens, but it can be OK

My parents are divorced. I could even describe them as "happily divorced," (if there is such a thing) as they've each found more suitable spouses and rewarding lives away from their first marriage. They divorced more than 20 years ago, and I am sure that at the time, it was difficult and upsetting.

But I wouldn't know for sure, because they were really good about not…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments

Nightly mattress blues

Growing bodies need room to grow. For my little guy, we moved him straight from his crib to a full-sized bed - skipping the toddler bed/twin bed experience entirely. He loves that all his stuffed animals can fit on the bed with him, and I love that there is room to curl up next to him to read books at night.

I also love that he has plenty of room to wiggle around and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 11, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Overindulging in movies

We are all sick right now. And when we are sick, we rest. My son knows that when he is sick, he gets to stay at home and watch movies. Movie watching keeps him still and calm so he can get the rest he needs to get better.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2014 at 6:01am — 1 Comment

Something's gotta give

Career-wise, I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. (I think we've talked about that before.) Once I dropped ballerina and astronaut off my potential job list, life got a little less interesting. But, I've always known that I wanted to be a mom. And now my life is interesting every day because of my son. I never know what that kid will say…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 5, 2014 at 6:06am — No Comments

Go nuts, Moms

If you haven't been paying attention, I love peanut butter. I cannot quite describe my love of peanut butter accurately, but let me just say that if I was positive my husband wouldn't look at me funny, I would eat it straight from the jar with a spoon in front of him. (I may or may not have done this outside of his eyesight; I'm not…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 4, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

Waiting for my teacher to grow up

My son is little; and he loves technology. He has his own electronic devices, he has a folder of apps on my phone and he loves to make video…
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Added by Lauren Markman on February 3, 2014 at 6:11am — 2 Comments

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