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Lauren Markman's Blog – December 2014 Archive (19)

I love my Christmas socks

An apology to my family: I know I am a pain to buy gifts for. Sorry about that.



But, I can say that it is probably my Mom's fault.



Every year my devoted and wonderful husband…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 31, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Don't worry, Mom. I'm fine.

When I was a teenager and living with my Mom, I felt very responsible. She worked long hours and I was frequently home alone. I cooked, cleaned, was a good student and never gave her much reason to worry about me.

But, she is my Mom. So, I am sure that she did worry about me. But more on that in a…
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Added by Lauren Markman on December 30, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

One car households

We have two cars in our household. One is my husband's (the DaddyWagon) and one is mine (the MommyBus). I use my car to go to work, sit in traffic, drop our son off at school and run errands on the weekends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

Trying to stay off the "mommy track" at work

As mentioned in the past, I work for a great company with a great group of people. There are a lot of women on my team, and there are a lot of mothers. We understand what it means to be a working parent: We watch one another's backs and fill in when family emergencies arise.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 26, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments

Giving your guy a break

My husband is a good family man. He takes excellent care of me and our son, and he participates in lots of family activities with us - even when they are no fun for adults. He is the kindest and best of men.



But I also understand that he needs breaks. Several times a year, he takes a motorcycle trip and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 24, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments

How old do you feel?

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers asked me how old I was. She said she wanted to know because I seemed to have too much energy. I asked her to guess, and she said 28.



First of all, I thanked her, since I am actually in my mid-thirties. She seemed shocked and asked my secret. I explained that my son…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Why I'm OK with death in children's movies

At first it is disturbing: Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid...no mothers. Most people notice the trend of parents (especially mothers) dying in children's movies when they introduce the classics to their children.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

What's your family look like?

I love my son's drawings. He creates rocket ships with lots of windows so the astronauts can see into space, city buses that also act as street sweepers, and recently, he started drawing castles.



But he rarely draws pictures of his family (probably because we are not as exciting as his other subjects). And…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Dear Mom love letters

I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me.



"Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this."



He handed me a notepad, and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments

Stay in school, kids

As my son and I waited way too long to get a prescription filled the other day, an older gentleman started chatting with us. He remarked that my son was being very patient, and he asked my son how old he was. My son replied politely. (Proud Mommy moment.) My son then volunteered the information that he was allowed to talk to strangers but not leave…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments

Yes, of course your phone is hurting your relationship

On the (sadly) rare occasion that I leave my desk for lunch, I take my phone with me. I know I cannot successfully walk and text, but I will usually type out a brief note to my husband on the escalator ride through my building,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

My child is really special (to me)

My son is building a pirate ship behind me right now. Along with the construction work to create the perfect pirate vessel, he is telling me about the various adventures we are going to have once on board. There will be buried treasure, sword fighting and a daring rescue of trapped monkeys. Listening to the way his mind works is a privilege for me. In short, my son is one of the most amazing people I've ever met.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

Does milk still do your body good?

I grew up watching those milk commercials where a scrawny tween drank milk to capture the attention of an older, hotter teenager. And to this day, I drink milk. I don't drink the supposedly recommended three cups a day, but I do generally have a cup a day. From a young age, I bought into the whole marketing campaign: Yes, I want strong bones and teeth and I understand that milk provides me with the bulk of my daily calcium…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

Google for kids

When I let my son use my computer, he is usually sitting in my lap (or I am right next to him). He likes to use the mouse, he likes to type his name and we watch videos of Sesame Street friends or PBS videos with child-friendly content.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

I am not cool; I am a parent

Take a deep breath and revert back to your 15-year-old self for just a moment. Are you there? Now, think about your parents when you were 15. Were they cool?



Probably not. And that is a good thing.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Let's pretend you didn't say that

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started curbing my swearing. Admittedly, it had gotten a little out of hand as I was working for a company that had a stress-inducing, boy's club environment, and f-bombs were dropped by multiple people in every meeting.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

Why we don't eat cupcakes

We eat dinner as a family whenever possible. And although I have been a little slack about it lately, we try to eat our meals family style because they teach children about portion control.



What I didn't…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

Hey, Mom! Watch this!

It is the echoing cry of children throughout the playground:



"Hey, Mom! Watch this!"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

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