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Dividing the work means dividing the rewards

My wonderful husband plays many roles in my life: He is my best friend, my rock in rough times and my partner. That last role is super important to me, because it is a big factor in the overall happiness level in our household.We both work jobs that we enjoy (but can be stressful), we both take care of the household and all the chores, and we communicate…See More
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The right-sized home

When we were in the market for a home, my very wise Mother gave me some practical advice: To buy the right-sized home for us. She wanted to make sure that we were buying a home that we could afford, of course, but also one that we could take care of without feeling that we were cleaning all the time. We fell in love with our current home and over the years, I've felt like it has exactly enough space for each of us.…See More
Oct 9
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When we overeat together

I am a big fan of the family dinner. I think of it as a sort of a family reward - at the end of a long day of work and school and being apart, we can come together and eat something yummy (I try my best) and catch up with one another. Sure, we are sometimes exhausted or not in the best of moods, but most of the time, family dinners are my favorite part of the day.…See More
Oct 7
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More meaningful conversations at dinner

Somewhere in my house there is one of those decks of conversation topics that the entire family can answer. And that is a good thing, because I need a little help.Mornings are not a good time for quality conversations in our household. Most of the family doesn't want to talk because they are too tired. So our conversations tend to revolve around the necessary…See More
Oct 4
Lauren Markman posted a blog post

More meaningful conversations at dinner

Somewhere in my house there is one of those decks of conversation topics that the entire family can answer. And that is a good thing, because I need a little help.Mornings are not a good time for quality conversations in our household. Most of the family doesn't want to talk because they are too tired. So our conversations tend to revolve around the necessary…See More
Oct 4
Lauren Markman posted a blog post

Hitting the right tone

I think about the tone of voice that I use a lot. I think about it at work whenever I have a crucial conversation with a coworker - I try to keep my tone neutral and curious. I think about it at home as I encourage my son to get ready for school, which is (admittedly) a tone that can have a sharp edge to it.I'm definitely not perfect. There are lots of times…See More
Oct 2
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Teaching kids about distractions

My son is easily distracted. If I ask him to go upstairs and put on socks, he has a few more things he wants to tell me, and then he wants to pet the cat, and sometimes he gets all the way upstairs and forgets why he was sent up there and starts reading a book.Lately, I've had him repeat items back to me so that we are both clear on what he should be doing.…See More
Sep 30
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The other baby in the house

When I work from home, our family cat stays near me. She sits on the couch in my office, and if I leave the room for too long she looks for me. When we come home from work or school, she often greets us at the door (yes, sometimes she is just hungry, but sometimes she just wants to rub up against us and get some attention.) When our son goes to bed at night,…See More
Sep 27
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Keeping Mommas happy

My son is at the stage where he likes to spend more time with Dad than Mom. It's really sweet to see the two of them together: Playing games, laughing at silly jokes and sharing hobbies. I know that my husband has been patiently waiting for my son to reach this stage - those toddler and early child years when our son only wanted to shadow Mommy were a long wait.…See More
Sep 25
Lauren Markman posted a blog post

Check this message

My son's teachers are using an app that sends me notices throughout the day. There are notices when they post comments on the app, and there are notices for when parents comment back. There are notices for when my son gets behavioral points (or demerits) throughout the day. And there are notices for me to get more out of the app.I need to go into the…See More
Sep 23
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Won't you be my friend?

There's this clever trick that my son's teachers have incorporated into their classrooms. They all refer to the class as "friends." Not as "students," or "kids" or even "children." Friends. I've heard statements like, "Clean up your stations, friends, and we can all head to the library." And: "I'm not sure where the humming is coming from, my friends, but it needs to stop."…See More
Sep 20
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The songs that fill your home

I think I need to spend some time looking for some new music to play.  I get in this music rut every now and then when I play the same playlists too often, and I just want to hear something new (or at least a favorite song that I have temporarily forgotten). It's in these times that I break out of my rut that my son usually gets exposure to new music as well.…See More
Sep 19
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Lucky to have grandparents

My son has three sets of grandparents. That is three sets of people in his life that he can learn from and grow special bonds with. He's a lucky kid. And I'm a lucky adult, because none of the parental sets is overly intrusive into our lives. I am sure there have been lots of moments in which I've been judged, or I've cringed over something that they have said or done, but on the whole - everyone seems to enjoy their special role. I get that this is not always the case. Some…See More
Sep 16
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The path to growing up

My son has asked for - and received - some new responsibilities this year. All of the items are activities he is definitely capable of, and he seems to like doing them. I like watching him mow the lawn or help with more chores or make decisions about his after school activities. But - what I really wonder - is why I didn't encourage him to try these responsibilities out sooner. I wouldn't say that I am a pushover parent, but I am definitely the one who still sees my son as more kid than young…See More
Sep 13
Lauren Markman posted a blog post

Talking to your baby

I remember talking a lot to my son when he was a baby. We talked about the activities that we did during the day, the chores and how they got done, the funny things our cats did and the objects in the world around us. I talked to him so much because - like a lot of parents - I had read studies that it was important to talk to your baby.But there may be another…See More
Sep 11
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Starting homework off on the right foot

Homework has started up again for my son. For the record: I think my son has an appropriate amount of homework for his grade level. And now, with the change in school hours so he gets home sooner, I think there is plenty of time for him to get it all done.My son, on the other hand, sees things a little differently: Homework is something he has to do…See More
Sep 9

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Lauren Markman's Blog

Dividing the work means dividing the rewards

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 10:08am 0 Comments

My wonderful husband plays many roles in my life: He is my best friend, my rock in rough times and my partner. That last role is super important to me, because it is a big factor in the overall happiness level in our household.…

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The right-sized home

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 7:08am 0 Comments

When we were in the market for a home, my very wise Mother gave me some practical advice: To buy the right-sized home for us. She wanted to make sure that we were buying a home that we could afford, of course, but also one that we could take care of without feeling that we were cleaning all the time. We fell in love with our current home and over the years, I've felt like it has exactly enough space for each of us.…

Continue

When we overeat together

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 7:57am 0 Comments

I am a big fan of the family dinner. I think of it as a sort of a family reward - at the end of a long day of work and school and being apart, we can come together and eat something yummy (I try my best) and catch up with one another. Sure, we are sometimes exhausted or not in the best of moods, but most of the time, family dinners are my favorite part of the day.…

Continue

More meaningful conversations at dinner

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 8:34am 0 Comments

Somewhere in my house there is one of those decks of conversation topics that the entire family can answer. And that is a good thing, because I need a little help.…

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At 7:35am on January 8, 2018, Mom Bloggers Club said…

Hello Lauren - Just stopping by to say thank you for being such a great member!

At 1:01pm on August 19, 2016, Tiffany N said…

Hello! 

Welcome to MBC, I'm new here too! Looking forward to reading more from your blog! I'm from NC as well (Mooresville!)

I'm over at: Http://TheNilsens.Blogspot.com

-Tiffany

At 3:10pm on February 9, 2016, Quirky Homemaker said…

Yes!  I totally agree that moods can be contagious!  Thankfully, it's been a while since I've had any kind of depression.  That doesn't mean I don't have my days when things overwhelm me and everybody around me can tell!  I've been trying to be conscious to not let things get to me so that the whole house doesn't end up anxious.

At 1:00pm on November 6, 2015, Lady Anne Louise Barrun said…

Hi Lauren. I love your blog. Let's stay connected. Please follow me on my social sites.

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At 10:37pm on March 11, 2015, Lyn Sweeny said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog name ( I didn't listen either) and find your blog very amusing.  I'm new to here and hoping to connect to some professionals.  Are you up to the challenge?  j/k I hope that I "see" you around though! 

At 5:34pm on February 19, 2014, Lisa Lori said…

Thank you!  I am so happy to be a part of it!

At 1:11pm on February 17, 2014, InShapeMom.com said…

Thank you for saying hello, sorry about the late response. Been a little busy with the family. Hope your having a good start to the week!

At 1:57am on February 13, 2014, Jolie Stultz said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog and thank you for your sweet comment of my pictures!! 

At 10:06pm on February 8, 2014, Elaina Lamley said…

Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to learning & sharing.

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