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Lauren Markman's Blog – December 2013 Archive (21)

100 Posts - Just checking in before the year checks out

So, today I've reached my 100th post on this blog. Not too bad for a hobby I only started in late July. Instead of my usual ramblings about the latest news parents could use, I thought I would take this opportunity (right before the new year) to check in:

Everybody ready? (This could be bumpy.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 31, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments

Hey, Mom, what's for lunch?

When I was able to eat hot lunches at school, there were limited options. We ate the food that the kindly nuns made for us. Actually, I am pretty sure the nuns didn’t cook, but it was Catholic school, so you never know.

The point is, we didn’t have options.

But some schools do give children a choice in what they select for meals, which fascinates me. I can see the boys and girls lining up in the cafeteria, deciding between roast beef or spaghetti. Between carrots or tater tots.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 30, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Thank you notes - even if you are doing them, you're doing them wrong

My mom taught me to write thank you notes (thanks, Mom!), because we are civilized, polite people who have respect for our loved ones and an overall fondness for the complex social cues found in Jane Austen novels.

She gave me the basic formula when I was little:

Thank person for…
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Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Judging books by their covers: YA novels for adults

I read the Harry Potter books - even though I was an adult when they came out. I loved the world that J.K. Rowling created, and enjoyed each of her novels. I know I wasn't the only one; evidently adults enjoying children's books are now a thing.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 26, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Welcome to dinner: Pass the pancakes

I know I don't reference my Dad a lot in this blog, but that's mostly because I am really good at apologizing to my Mom. (Sorry, Dad.) Although my parents separated when I was little, I have some very nice memories of my Dad. For example, sometimes, he would make us waffles for dinner. It was pretty cool, because waffles are awesome and it added a touch of whimsy to an otherwise regular week day. He'd even put chocolate chips into…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 24, 2013 at 8:09am — No Comments

I have no idea what is on television these days - and I am happy about it

I can hear myself now: "When I was little, television shows only came on during a certain time, so you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. There was no way to pause the program either, so you had to time your bathroom breaks and snack runs during the commercials."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Surviving mashups and meltdowns

I am sitting at my computer, listening to my son play a few feet away from me. (Yes, I know I should be standing.) He is singing a brilliant mashup of "Frosty the Snowman," "Abracadabra," "Little Red Caboose," and "All I Want for Christmas Is You." (Trust me; it's brilliant.) He sings a few lines of one song, then moves…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 20, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Sorry, honey. I've just become my mother. (But you like my mother, right?)

"Don't you use that tone with me."

"I guess this is why we can't have nice things."

"Because I said so."

"Don't make me say it again."

"I'm going to count to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Fast food makes for some unhappy meals

Sometimes, a gal just wants a burger. Now, my husband makes a great burger - tasty and juicy and perfectly grilled. But, if he's not around (or it's crazy cold outside), I'll do some quick Mom math in my head:

(my craving level x number of days since I had fast food / servings of healthy food and exercise that week)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

My son is afriad of heights and I am sure it is my fault

My son is afraid of heights, and until very recently, I thought he developed this fear from a fall at some point. Granted, my husband and I couldn't think of any time when our son had a serious fall (the short fall out of his bed those few times notwithstanding).

It turns out that it's probably my fault. I have a specific fear of heights. It's weird because I'm not afraid…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2013 at 6:22am — No Comments

Teaching your child another language - code

I often wish that I knew another language so that I could speak it all the time to my son and he could pick it up. (Yes, I know I could make this happen, but I can only handle so many personal challenges in a year.) I am grateful that he is learning Spanish in school, and I am super proud of him when he speaks it. It is something I want him to keep up with.

But beyond…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Let's learn something: Can't yell, can't bribe...what can you do?

By now, most of us have seen the study from the Journal of Child Psychology indicating that yelling at children is just as harmful as spanking. So let's review what parents can't do to discipline their children:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 13, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why you should eat cake for breakfast and tips for other family traditions

Sometimes my mom let us eat cake for breakfast. (Maybe "let us eat cake" is the wrong phrase. Maybe I should say "turned a blind eye while we devoured leftover cake.") It wasn't often, but it's something I have vivid and fond memories of from my childhood. (Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure she was eating that cake with us. So, thanks, Mom!)

So, I think of that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

What's in a (middle) name

One of my favorite parts of having my son was all the paperwork before I was allowed to take him home. (Hear me out on this one.) Mostly, it was the fact that I got to fill out all the paperwork - that there was nowhere for my husband to even sign. I hadn't thought about it before that moment, but obviously it made sense (clearly the baby was mine.) I don't know why this made me so happy (can we blame the drugs?), but I teased my husband…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Standing up for myself (so I don't die)

I am standing at the kitchen sink eating my cereal. All by myself. And I'm OK with that.

Most of us have seen last year's study about prolonged sitting being detrimental to our health. If you haven't read the study, and you don't want to click on that link, I'll…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Me and my (online) shadow

Once, when I was in tenth grade, my mother walked into the bathroom while I was showering to tell me that I had a phone call. She handed me the cordless phone through the shower curtain and laughed her way out of the bathroom. I told the caller (my friend Monica) that my mother was crazy and I would have to call her back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments

Let's learn something: How to talk to our parents about their future

Image background by Shawn Campbell…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 6, 2013 at 11:47am — No Comments

Planning to have an autumn baby

My son was born in the Spring. Like so many other mothers, I was thrilled when I found out that I was pregnant, and looked forward to his due date. At no time during my pregnancy did I wonder if the time of year that he was born would affect how he would perform at school.

Several studies from the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2013 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

For a happy marriage you should lower your expectations...wait, what?

At our wedding, my husband and I asked our guests to give us advice on how to have a happy marriage. We received all the usual suspects:

  • Happy wife. Happy life. (This is a big one on my side of the family. Sorry, honey.)
  • Never go to bed angry. (I disagree; things often seem better after a long…
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Added by Lauren Markman on December 4, 2013 at 7:13am — No Comments

Bedtime: A drama performed in three acts

Act 1: In which my son gets clean

Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

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