When I was nine, my Mother showed me a video in which a mother created a uterus and ovaries out of pancake batter to show her friend's daughter how menstruation worked. Some of you may be weirded out by this, others of you will have a vague memory of the video and rest of you will be shocked at how many hits come back when you Google "pancake batter menstruation video." (Evidently, lots of people have fond memories of that…Continue
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When I was eight years old, my friend Annie told me about a movie she saw at home. She described scenes of a naked woman riding a horse and a man peeing in a woman's mouth. Many (many) years later I realized Annie had watched one of her father's porn videos. (Is this a Sorry, Mom moment? I don't know.)
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At about this time last year, I wanted to introduce my son to money. But it was too early for him, as evidenced by the fact he would still mix the play money in his cash register with the real thing. So, we took a step back and waited.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 6, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments
Like most parents, I try to do activities with my son that do not cost lots of money. I'll get him to go on a bike ride with me instead of taking him to the bouncy house. He'll play guitar with his Daddy at home, rather than go to a music instructor. We play a lot of board games.…Continue
As we take time to celebrate and remember the life of a man who forever changed the landscape of America, let's do more than consider it a day off of work and school. Although my children are too young to truly understand the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work, I am committed to using his powerful…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments
My son has an imaginary wife. And he loves to tell me stories about her.
Her name is Captain Flamers. She is a cowgirl and she was sick for a long time, but he took good care of her until she was better. She and he like to ride horses together.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 12, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments
My life has been filled with chaos, joy, grandchildren, children, animals, students, writing intermingled with walks along the beach and hikes through the mountains. None of this has turned my life upside down like my latest endeavor! We have a wonderful conference in its 2nd year coming up this April in Minneapolis, MN. It is designed to bring creatives (musicians, artists and writers) together with brain experts and educators. I can't believe how amazing this…Continue
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A decade from now when my son does an Internet search on me and comes across this blog, I want him to read this post in which I state the following:
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My husband and I have different educational backgrounds. I really enjoyed all my years of school, made excellent grades and went off to complete college in less than four years. My husband's experience was different as he doesn't have many fond memories of classes.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments
My son is a picky dresser.
I've not been allowed to pick out his clothing for at least two years. Yes, I supply him with enough neutral pants/shorts so he generally matches, but it is quite clear that I am not allowed to pick out his shirts. If he needs new clothes, then he is picking them…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 30, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
When my son sees two people kissing, he often says, "Those two people are kissing and then they will go and get married." Evidently my sex talks with him have paid off. (Just kidding.) When I ask him about the leap from kissing to married, he shows me the various wedding pictures of my husband and I kissing right before we tied the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments
Do you feel the intense pressure to make sure that your child knows how to speak his/her mother tongue?
Because I do.
I remember that even when I was pregnant, my family members would continuously remind me about the importance of Olive learning how to speak her native Chinese. I never really thought too much about it – I didn’t think it would be too…Continue
Added by Jody Che on June 17, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments
I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…Continue
In my nightmares, I am sitting at a too-small desk, faced with a series of computations. I have to solve for x...but I have no idea how to do the work.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 16, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments
The TCAP standardized tests (aka the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) have finally wrapped up for the school year.
Have you seen the clip from the Stephen Colbert's Report yet? (You can find it here.) Kind of sums up how I feel about Common Core and the testing procedures. He just doesn't swear as much as I do when I talk about them. Because they are completely &#$*%@*…Continue
Added by Dawn K Rutt on May 9, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
My son has been in school since he was 6 weeks old - not daycare, but a school with curriculum and accreditation and the works. Sure it was all fun and games as he focused his young energy on learning how to walk and talk, but once he hit the age of two, the homework started.…Continue
Did you know that you can teach your child how to sort by color without spending a ton of money? Look around your house and you can easily find a wide variety of items that you can use to teach your child their colors. For example you can use cereal, gummy bears, articles of clothing, blocks, construction paper, and a variety of other object around…Continue
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