I read the term "media diet" the other day. (Is that a thing now?)
I have given some thought (probably not enough) to the foods that I prepare for my family and the ways to make them healthier, but I have never thought to apply the idea of "diet" to non-food items.…
So, I am afraid to leave this room before I finish writing up this blog post. I am afraid that leaving the room will make me forget what I am writing about. But more on that in a moment.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 28, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments
I have a favorite game in my household that I usually play on the weekends. It's called, "Does this belong here?" It's great and you can play it, too. The rules are simple:
Often, on a long car ride, I hear a polite voice from the backseat of the car, asking, "Mom, can you turn on my music now, please?"
So, I switch on my son's music, and I am missing out on a great opportunity.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
All parents have them: That one (hopefully not more than two) thing that you are a bit obsessive about making sure your child does or doesn't do because you are working out some sort of childhood issue of your own.…
Math was not my strongest subject in school, but I think I am able to remember enough of it to help my son all the way through algebra and geometry (when he hits calculus, we will need outside help).
But there is one mathematical equation I didn't learn until I became a mom. And that is the inverse velocity equation. I…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments
Wednesdays are the best days of the week for me - Wednesdays are our family days.
On Wednesday mornings, I try to do something special with my son before I take him to school: Give him a new maze to do; complete a worksheet; read a short book together. It's my way of spending those few extra moments with him that he wants and needs.…Continue
I am awake and getting ready for my day.
Only, I am not just getting ready for my day. I am thinking about a project at work, and if my son has any homework he needs to bring in, and if we are out of milk, and what today's blog post will be about, and the fact I can't seem to catch up on my podcast, and did I…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Twice a year, I leave my wonderful son and husband and go to a rented beach house with a group of friends. We scrapbook, we drink wine, we eat great food (oh, so much food) and we take a break from being Moms. For a couple of days we are not defined by our jobs or our marriage status or the number of children we have: We are just women.
And these trips have taught me…Continue
I made a promise to my son when he was born: I promised that I would breastfeed him for a year. It was one of the hardest promises I've ever kept.
But I am so glad that I did it.
Before I made that promise, I read up on breastfeeding, I asked mommy friends about it and I had lengthy discussions with my…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2014 at 6:13am — No Comments
I am one of those women who tells mothers-to-be about about all the wonderful things to look forward to in their pregnancies. You won't hear any horror stories from me about childbirth. Funny? Yes. Mundane? Sure. But not scary. (There's no need to scare pregnant women, people, they have enough worries/fears already zipping through their heads.)
But there is one area where I am always serious. And that is about postpartum depression. This is because most people don't understand what it…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 12, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
My bedtime is 10 pm.
This is self-imposed, of course. I am a (mostly) fully-functioning adult. And I also recognize that if I don't go to bed at that time, then I will be extra groggy at 5:15 when the cat/alarm/cat alarm wakes me the next morning.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 11, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments
As my son grows older, we have lots of reasons to celebrate: His growing sense of responsibility, the way he is able to write and almost read, and the way he is gaining control over his emotional and physical being.…Continue
We sleep with a fan on. It's not for the breeze (I don't even think it is pointed at the bed), but for the quiet sound it emits. Our son sleeps with a music player shuffling through some hand-picked soft music. I am not sure how all of us got used to sleeping with a little bit of noise, but that's a different post for a different day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 7, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments
My husband and I played tag this weekend with our son and niece. Playing tag as an adult is completely different than how you remember it. For starters, a big chunk of the fun is watching children react when they realize you are chasing them: They fall down in fits of giggles, try to direct you to tag someone else and even run toward you just to become "it" next. I also learned that my husband still tries to chase after me, which after…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 5, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments
Last week I posted about not qualifying fathers as "active." I'd like to believe that one day we will drop these adjectives from parental descriptions, so that we will be just "dads" and "moms" and not "active dads" or "working mothers." Especially, as the reality of dads who are involved with their children and moms that work become…Continue
We love books in our household. Before our son was born, my husband and I read each other's books to learn more about one another. And, when our son came along, we immediately started to fill his library with books we could read aloud to him.…Continue