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
Added by Patricia Rose Upczak on November 4, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments
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:
Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
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
Added by Christy Garrett on March 4, 2014 at 7:02pm — No Comments
It will start with three jars.
The first jar will be spending money - for candy and small toys that fall into the "want it now" category.
The second jar will be saving money and we'll stick a picture of whatever he is saving up for on the…Continue
Those pleasantries that we all learn as we get older. Those short pat answers and replies that flow off of our tongues. Right about now you may be wondering what I am talking about and are about to move on to the next post but I ask you to continue reading, you will see yourself soon or maybe you won’t.
Scene one: Someone has received bad news, it may be health related or…
Added by Cindi Walton on December 31, 2013 at 10:37am — No Comments
Added by Cindi Walton on November 20, 2013 at 11:21am — No Comments
My son loves his school. In an affectionate, nurturing environment, he learns socialization skills, masters safety scissors and learns insanely adorable songs. Because of the amazing teachers at his school, he can tell me who Johnny Appleseed is, can identify all his continents on a map, and gets plenty of exercise. We do his homework together every week to strengthen the concepts he learns there. I love his school and his fearless…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 19, 2013 at 6:45am — No Comments
Come visit Mama's Blissful Bites (MBB) for more toddler and preschooler activities!
There is something magical about magnets. How they draw to each other, how they fly in fast, the clang they make when…Continue
Added by Amber Poole on September 27, 2013 at 7:25am — No Comments
For many parents the new school year also means the return of a familiar question, followed by what I will call “The Homework Power Struggle”. It starts off something like this…”Did you do your Homework?”….”I don’t have any homework!” AAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! You know they have homework or at least something to study besides the text messages coming in every 5…Continue
Added by Gabriella Lassiter on September 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments