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Those children who don't have homework

My son is sitting at the kitchen counter doing his homework. He is not crying about it, he is not upset and he doesn't need my help. He is quietly doing his homework. And, because I can't believe this scenario, I am also staying very quiet. But my head is buzzing:Did we turn a corner here? Has my son finally accepted that homework is a part of his life?Is he…See More
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Watching children play in the woods

My son was at an overnight scouting weekend in the middle of the woods. He tried archery, learned to cast a fishing line, climbed a rock wall, found kindling for the fire and built things out of sticks. He (and the rest of the children there) had no access to screens.And they were all fine. More than fine, actually. They got lots of fresh air and…See More
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The case for intentional laziness

I am trying to get better at not doing things for my son. For example: He likes to cook, so twice a month, he has to cook dinner for the family. While either my wonderful husband or I will act as his sous chef, we make sure he does the bulk of the work. This gets hard if he claims he has had a "long day" at school, but we still insist that he is the head chef and is responsible for getting dinner on the table.…See More
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It's allergy season...for teenagers

I know it is Spring: My car is covered in hyper-yellow pollen and my son and I have started to take our allergy medicine more seriously than in the other months. I used to think that he wasn't going to develop allergies, but a quick glance at his puffy eyes and runny nose has me breaking out the children's medicine so he can dry up and get back to bike rides.My…See More
Apr 18
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It's OK to forget your number 2 pencil

My husband and I - who are only a few years apart - went to the same high school. And because of that, we have the same stories about our school's relationship with scantron sheets. We fondly recall how they were often reused (make sure you start this test at number 51, or you'll get all the answers wrong), and how sensitive they were (number 2 pencils were required and you have to fill in the circle completely).…See More
Apr 16
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Creating the ability to be independent

My son recently had a birthday. And with every age, we reassess his maturity level and what new responsibilities he can handle.Side note: I know that maturity levels are not attached to age and that I should review levels with him every few months, but time moves way faster with children than I expected...so we are sticking with birthdays. For his most…See More
Apr 14
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Twenty-eight colds are in your future

Before I had my son, all my friends told me that I wouldn't sleep again for a long time. And I believed them. But that didn't mean that I was ready to experience the deep level of tiredness I did those first weeks of my son's life.I also had people tell me how four-year-olds ask endless questions all day. Again, I believed them, but it still didn't prepare me…See More
Apr 12
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Somebody's watching you

One of my son's favorite activities seems to be asking when he will be old enough to have a smartphone. This is a conversation that we have had often...and my answer hasn't changed. But, I understand why my son likes to ask: He is trying to wear me down. (That is one of his primary jobs as a child.)When we talk about his phone use, I tell him that…See More
Apr 9
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The resentment breeding in the sink

When I was little, I went to Girl Scout camp over the summers. The week-long camps were at a really nice facility with a huge mess hall filled with square tables that sat 5-6 girls. After every meal, the entire table would pick Popsicle sticks with chores written on them: Wash dishes; dry dishes; wipe down table; sweep floor; table runner (who got the washing bins for the table and put everything away afterward).…See More
Apr 6
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Can you face your clutter demons?

My husband and I are pretty good about clearing away clutter. A decade of moving together and making ourselves purge before every one made us good about living simply. When we bought a house, we promised each other that we would still purge often. And in the time since then, we have moved bags of no-longer-useful-to-us stuff out of the house. We hope that our son learns to purge early and often.…See More
Apr 4
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WIll this be on the test?

Sometimes my son's school will send home an announcement that indicates there is a round of standardized testing going on. More often than not, this message is brief, includes only an anagram of the name of the test (so that I get to look it up online later), and then asks that children get a good night's sleep before the test and that we parents encourage them to do their best. It's not helpful, is what I am saying.…See More
Apr 2
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Will you remember this?

I remember being eight. I remember liking being eight. It was fun - no responsibilities and lots of time outside with friends and I made relatively few decisions. My Mom and Dad made sure my life was full and wonderful.And maybe it is because I had such a happy childhood (thanks, Mom and Dad!) that I sometimes wonder if I am making enough lasting memories for…See More
Mar 30
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Studying education over a lifespan

My son started school at six weeks old. Technically it was more of a daycare situation in the beginning, but the facility was actually a school. So as he got older, they taught him a lot: I have a binder full of his work from that facility - times when he finger painted, pictures of him learning sign language before he could speak, collages that taught him about textures and lots of tracings of his hand.…See More
Mar 28
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Thinking about future support

It was time for my son to get ready for bed (or as we call it: his "clean routine"). He likes to stall some nights (shocking, I know), but after a few minutes, he gave in to our insistence that it was time to move along. As he was going up the stairs, he called out to us: "I won't be staying here with you forever, you know. One day, I'll move out."When my…See More
Mar 26
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The former girly-girl raising a boy

I was a bit of a girly-girl when I was little. (That's me in the bonnet at the top of the page.) I wore dresses every day to school, my socks had little ruffles, pink was my favorite color, I owned a plethora of Barbie dolls and my room looked like Laura Ashley exploded in it. My life goals included becoming a ballerina.Was part of this my Mother's doing?…See More
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Those children who don't have homework

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 7:05am 0 Comments

My son is sitting at the kitchen counter doing his homework. He is not crying about it, he is not upset and he doesn't need my help. He is quietly doing his homework. And, because I can't believe this scenario, I am also staying very quiet. But my head is buzzing:…

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Watching children play in the woods

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 7:03am 0 Comments

My son was at an overnight scouting weekend in the middle of the woods. He tried archery, learned to cast a fishing line, climbed a rock wall, found kindling for the fire and built things out of sticks. He (and the rest of the children there) had no access to screens.…

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The case for intentional laziness

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 6:58am 0 Comments

I am trying to get better at not doing things for my son.



For example: He likes to cook, so twice a month, he has to cook dinner for the family. While either my wonderful husband or I will act as his sous chef, we make sure he does the bulk of the work. This gets hard if he claims he has had a "long day"…

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It's allergy season...for teenagers

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I know it is Spring: My car is covered in hyper-yellow pollen and my son and I have started to take our allergy medicine more seriously than in the other months. I used to think that he wasn't going to develop allergies, but a quick glance at his puffy eyes and runny nose has me breaking out the children's medicine so he can dry up and get back to bike rides.…

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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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