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Lauren Markman's Blog – February 2016 Archive (17)

Teaching girls to be afraid

Like most parents, I have noticed that my son plays differently with me than he does with my husband. With me, he wants Mommy to do things with him or for him and he tends to choose activities that aren't risky. With my husband, he wants to try new things, explore the world a bit more and generally tumble around.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 29, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

Sharing a nap with Fido

When our cat was alive, she used to sleep in bed with us at night. I could count on her to nudge me in the middle of the night if I was snoring, crawl up next to me when she was having a bad dream and gently paw at me when she wanted me to wake up and feed her.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 26, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

Coffee in the morning; wine in the evening

I used to have only a few cups of coffee every year. And then I started having coffee time with a friend of mine at work, so now I have coffee on a more regular basis. It's still not every day, but around once a week.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Finding love on the job

My son often tells me that when he grows up he wants to come and work at my job. He has plans to sit in the cube next to mine and be on my team. He also wants to help distribute candy when the team needs a little pick-me-up on rough days and have lunch with me every day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2016 at 6:14am — No Comments

When the accent comes out to play

My husband and I were born in the Northeastern United States. We spent a third of our lives there before our families migrated South. So, we've spent most of our lives living in the Carolinas. Although I know my speech pattern has slowed down a bit and I will on occasion say "y'all," I don't have much of an accent - neither Southern nor Northern.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 22, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Sharing the germs with your baby

My son was born via C-section. That definitely was not the way that I wanted to go, but that is the path we had to take. And at the end of the day, I had a healthy baby boy, so that is all that mattered to me. I did the skin-to-skin contact and breastfed him as soon as I was able because I had read so much research on those connections being important to a newborn.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 19, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

The gender-neutral public bathroom

Here's the thing: I like my privacy in the bathroom.



I teach my son about privacy and remind him to close the door when he is in the bathroom. My husband and I keep the bathroom door closed on each other, keeping the mystery alive in our marriage.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2016 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Leaving the PTA off your resume

In my job, I get to interview a fair number of applicants. I like that part of my role - meeting new people, hearing about their career journeys and goals, and asking why they want to join my team. I have HR-approved questions to ensure that I never ask an "illegal" question, but I am always surprised at how many people just offer up additional details around their life - especially when it comes to parenthood.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

When your child doesn't believe anymore

We have a thing in my family called the Valentine's Monster. This is what he looks like:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 15, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

My most stressed out time as a parent is ahead of me

There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:

  • The amount of time you will spend talking about your child's bowel movements
  • The way you will react the first time your child has a public meltdown …
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Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Please don't yawn in front of me

Full disclosure: I just yawned while typing that title.



Here's the thing: I am very susceptible to yawning. If I see someone yawn in front of me, I am going to yawn back at them. And when I do, I really hope that they are not also susceptible to yawning, otherwise we have entered a very dangerous yawning…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad. I don't know how she knew that about me, but if I started to feel blue, she would hop up next to me (she was never a lap cat) and purr to let me know that I wasn't alone in the world and she had my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

Raising a kind child

Whenever my son doesn't get his way, he declares that my husband and I are being mean to him. Of course he does. In his world "mean" is the best word he has to describe the situation. It is horribly mean of us to ask him to follow the household rules, or for us to squash his fun by taking him on errands, or for us to encourage him to finish his morning tasks so we can get to school on time.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 8, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Practice doesn't make new

There are a lot of things we practice in our household (like politeness and shoe tying), because - after all - practice makes perfect. That is not a phrase my son likes to hear. He (like most children) gets frustrated when he is unable to master something on the first try.



We've all been there.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 5, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

The next generation of parents

My husband once shared an interesting observation about our generation's way of parenting. He said that we tend to make changes for our children based off what we didn't like about our own childhoods:…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 3, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

Are you an adult?

I am in my mid-thirties. I manage a team of people in a frequently high-pressure industry. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother to a chaotic (aka normal) five year old. But sometimes I do not feel like an adult.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 2, 2016 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

Keeping a digital tab on your teen

I know that I am going to stalk my son on his mobile device.



It will not matter to me how responsible he is, or what agreement we will have around his device or how old he is. I will be stalking him.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 1, 2016 at 6:27am — 3 Comments

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