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Lauren Markman's Blog – August 2019 Archive (12)

Back to school germs

When my son was a baby in daycare, every time he was exposed to new infants, he would get sick. This, of course, meant that my husband and I would get sick. New room, new germs, new illness. The cycle continued for years.

By the time he started Kindergarten, I felt that my son had a strong immunity. I…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2019 at 8:43am — No Comments

I'm making my Mom happy right now

While everyone has read the reports that having children doesn't make you happier and that parents of young children are often more stressed than their childless peers, I would like to point out that I am making my Mom's life happier right this moment.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2019 at 8:34am — No Comments

Summer break is over - time to think about a momcation

Now that my son's magical summer is done, it is time for me to start thinking about my next girl's trip. Every fall and winter, my wonderful friend plans a girls-only getaway for the group. We rent a huge house together, wear pajamas all day and talk late into the night while watching our favorite movies. It is a welcome time for everyone to relax and leave everyday cares behind for a few days.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 26, 2019 at 8:09am — No Comments

The back-to-school blues

School starts in our area next week and the back-to-school blues are rampant in our home. My son (who has had a magical summer) is trying to squeeze every last ounce of fun out of his final "free" hours. This has made it difficult to ask him to do anything that he doesn't want to do (like get dressed or go to the store), but we grumble through it.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 23, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments

Revisiting Sesame Street

I have such fond memories of watching Sesame Street when I was little. My Mom said that I watched it twice a day - once in English and once in French. I knew the songs, I had my favorite characters and my Dad could even mimic a few of the voices, which always made me giggle.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2019 at 6:45am — No Comments

Technical help with homework

My son knows that I do not know everything. I remind him of this whenever he asks me about subjects that fall outside my knowledge base. When this does happen, I try to use some of the reference books we have in our home to answer his questions, but there have been lots of times when we've used the internet to learn more.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2019 at 6:45am — No Comments

Transitioning between grades

As summer winds down, I have been slowly getting my son ready for school again. Sure, I am still not allowed to say the word "school" without getting a dirty look, but I've had a few minor wins. For example, I was able to take my son "back-to-learning" shopping and start talking about scheduling changes for the year.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 16, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments

The nicknames we stick with

My name doesn't easily lend itself to a nickname. There is not an acceptable short form for the name "Lauren," so my parents and family members often came up with other nicknames for me. Some of these - true to nickname form - were shorter versions, while others - somewhat inexplicably - were longer than my original name.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2019 at 6:42am — No Comments

A place to play

I recently visited a park that I had known in my childhood. Yes, it looked smaller than I remembered, but the swings still squeaked, the slide was still made of metal burning up in the hot sun and the monkey bars didn't have a soft ground to land on.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 9, 2019 at 12:11pm — No Comments

The time to plan your summer

I thought I did a good job of planning our summer this year. I had researched a bunch of camps that my son was interested in, put some reminders on my calendar of when to do sign ups, and triple-checked all the plans and payments just as Spring had started.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 7, 2019 at 6:36am — No Comments

More talk about sex

My son and I are on the porch, eating breakfast and talking about puberty. You know, typical morning conversation topics.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2019 at 6:44am — No Comments

Getting ready for school

The word "school" is still off-limits in my household, but I admit that it is definitely on my mind. While my son does his best to avoid areas of stores that have back-to-school sales or discussions about life after camp, I know that a part of him is actually looking forward to getting back to school and seeing his friends every day. (It's a small part of him, but it is there.)…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 2, 2019 at 8:33am — No Comments

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