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Lauren Markman's Blog – August 2018 Archive (14)

How did you feel about gym class?

I like to tell my son about the time my fifth grade class was all set to have our gym class in the indoor pool at our school, only to arrive and see that it was filled with nuns doing their laps. They were confused on the times that the pool was reserved for student use - or they just didn't care - but all the same, the memory still stays with me. So does the memory of the time we had to take a written test on how to play basketball -…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

When do you find the time to play?

I have my good weeks and my bad weeks.

Good weeks are the ones in which I get the majority of chores done during the work week and find myself with time on the weekend for games and family time.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Do we really need all this stuff?

As I came home from work the other night, I looked into the open garages of my neighbors. (I can't help but look. And you know you look, too.) I couldn't believe all the stuff that was in there. No cars. Just rows and rows of boxes and shelves and...stuff.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 27, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

Keeping them reading

I was at the doctor's office with my son and the nurse came in to take my his vitals. She asked me some follow-up questions and mentioned that the doctor would be right in. Just before she left she said "Good job, Mom." She then pointed to my son, who was quietly sitting on the bench, reading.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 24, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

Bad day at work equals bad day at home

No matter how hard I try, some days I can't avoid taking a bad day at work home with me. I've gone through my bag of tricks: Listened to podcasts or upbeat music on the drive home, listed all the things I am thankful for, remembered to get hugs and kisses from my husband and son when I walk through the door...but it's no use. I can't shake the negativity.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

The division of labor starts early

I was checking my son's bathroom after his shower one night, and I was happy to see that he remembered to pick up after himself: His towel and clothes were not on the floor. Since that was the third night in a row he had remembered to pick up after himself without me reminding him, I told him how proud of him I was that he was able to help keep his bathroom clean, and that I expected him to keep it up.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 20, 2018 at 7:14am — No Comments

Looking out for our Moms

Some days I worry about my Mom. Not for any particular reason - she is in good health, she lives nearby, she is brilliant. But a general worry sometimes enters my active thoughts: I am sitting at my desk at work and start to wonder if my Mom is OK.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 17, 2018 at 7:21am — No Comments

Everyone needs to practice math

When I was in fifth grade, I had a math teacher who would drill us on our multiplication skills by giving us a timed quiz with 50 questions once a week. You had to be super fast to complete questions correctly. I hated it. I hated it because I was never fast enough to finish all the questions (very few children did), but I did get better throughout the year.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 15, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

Alexa, can you understand me?

"Alexa, what's the weather?"

"Alexa, play a song I like."…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 13, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

To volunteer or not volunteer

I am fortunate enough to work for a company that gives time off to volunteer, and I am trying to be better about taking advantage of that time for activities that directly affect my son's life. 

When he was very little and still in pre-school, I chaperoned a few field trips and visited the classrooms. It was enough that I knew most of the other children's…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

Shooting for seven

As our summer winds down and we get closer to back-to-school (or the "s-word" as my son has been calling it) I realize that my son and I will be missing out on some meal times together. During the summer months, he and I eat breakfast before he leaves for camp. Breakfast isn't a long meal, but it does give us the chance to talk about what we are looking forward to in the day.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

Refusing to have a case of the Mondays

I know a lot of people who moan about Mondays. They start off their day upset because the weekend is over, and it was never long enough. They dread the return to their weekday routine and they spend a good portion of their mornings in a funk. They can't wait until it is Friday again.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 6, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

Ending the food fights - Part 2

On Monday, I wrote about how pressuring children to eat what they didn't want to eat was not convincing them to actually eat better. (In fact, it often ramps up the stubborn factor.)…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2018 at 6:50am — No Comments

Family conversations about money

Money is one of those tricky topics of discussion with children. You have to answer their questions with the right amount of specifics for their age range. So, while our son knows that Mommy and Daddy work to afford the things we have and that we save and we budget our needs and our wants, he has no idea how much money we actually make or what our house costs (nor should he at his age). Money is a continuous teachable topic in our…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 1, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

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