My wonderful husband and I have been together for more than 20 years. (Not married for that long, but together.) When I tell people that number they look at me in shock and then ask if we were high school sweethearts. I am hopeful that their initial shock is because I look too young to have been with someone for 20 years and not shock for some other reason.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 28, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments
I have an amazing team that I manage at work, and I often tell them that the point of praise is not to make them feel good about themselves. Rather, the point of praise is to give them positive feedback on the behaviors I want them to continue or repeat in the future. If it also makes them feel good in the moment, then that is a bonus.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 26, 2018 at 6:46am — No Comments
When my son went to daycare for the very first time, he got sick. When he moved from the infant room to the next room, he got sick. When a new child joined his room, he got sick.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments
I was on the floor, dressed as a super hero, playing with the three-year-old daughter of a friend of mine. The little girl is just like her Mom - crazy smart and kindhearted and has the most brilliant smile. So, we played as super heroes (and we of course saved the day). And then we pretended to go to the zoo and she gave me a tour of her room and she drew me some pictures.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 21, 2018 at 6:51am — No Comments
We joke that our house is haunted.
There is a light in our dining room hutch that turns on sporadically, and we teasingly say that the hutch is possessed and that the ghost wants attention. We are all fine with this joke, because the hutch ghost is quiet and limits itself to turning the cabinet light on…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 19, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
When our children are little, we are at the end of the playground slide, catching them when they reach the bottom. We are there, standing behind them as they tentatively cross the monkey bars. And we are the first to offer a steadying finger when they try to stay balanced when walking across a low curb.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2018 at 7:35am — No Comments
This is how I know my Mother reads my blog:
Last month I wrote about our inability to remember the content that we binge - especially books. Last week she sent me a link about how to fix that.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 14, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments
Me to son: Did you pick up all the LEGOs off your floor?
Son to me: Yes.
Me to son: Really?…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments
Every night at dinner, I ask my family about their day. I do this for many reasons:…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments
Above my desk is a sign that reads "choose happy." My son asked me why I decided to put it there.
"It is in a place where I can see it often and be reminded by it," I said.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 7, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments
I was listening to some parents chat about the relationship their teenagers have with their school guidance counselor. These parents were describing one-on-one meetings, advice given about extra classes and lots of phone calls to schools for college-bound students.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 5, 2018 at 7:01am — No Comments
My son likes to talk through his reading homework with me. Each week he has to choose a book, choose four questions from a list and answer questions about the book. (It used to be way more involved than that, but I think there were parental complaints, so the teacher scaled it back a little.) As an adult, I fully understand what the homework is…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 2, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments