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Thinking in future terms

My son is seven. He has long legs and has developed strong arms from swimming. He has soft, floppy, light brown hair and dark brown eyes. There is a smattering of freckles under his eyes and across his nose from spending summer outside. He laughs easily and often.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

Waiting to be a parent

There is no end to the debate on what the "right" age is to be a parent: Do you have your children in your 20s so you have the most amount of energy to chase after them? Or do you have them in your 30s, when you feel a little more settled and are at your peak health (and before you cross over to the high-risk pregnancy zone after 35)? Or do you wait until your 40s when you have had enough success in your career and are fully ready to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 5, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

You've probably peaked by now

I often wonder about the next milestones in store for my son. When he was a baby, the milestones were frequent and momentous: First rollover, first crawl, first words, first steps. As he has gotten older, the firsts in his life are further apart and sometimes harder to notice.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 10, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments

What that older Mother knows

As mentioned before in this blog, I sometimes play the game "when my Mother was my age" to remind myself of how different my life would be if I was a young Mom like she was when she had my brother and me.



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

Making the case for regular friendships

My son has an ever-rotating list of people whom he calls his best friend. One week it is a certain child in his class, the next week it is the kid who waits at the bus stop with him and then the week after that it will be someone in his scouts pack. For the most part, I am fine with this: As long as he is nice to everyone that is enough basis for a friendship for a seven-year-old.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Making the case for regular friendships

My son has an ever-rotating list of people whom he calls his best friend. One week it is a certain child in his class, the next week it is the kid who waits at the bus stop with him and then the week after that it will be someone in his scouts pack. For the most part, I am fine with this: As long as he is nice to everyone that is enough basis for a friendship for a seven-year-old.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

The person you will be one day

When my son was only five weeks old, we toured the school we would be sending him to when I returned to work. We walked through each of the brightly lit rooms, starting with the infant room. We ended the tour in the room of three-year-olds. Those children looked massive to me and I could not wrap my head around my little baby being one of those giants one day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2017 at 7:41pm — No Comments

The older mom on the block

Someone asked me the other day if I wanted to have another baby. People like to ask parents that question. (I don't know why, as it is really none of their business, but they ask.) I have my standard answers:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

The Stages and Phases of Motherhood

Photo by Vlado. FreeDigitalPhotos.net Image ID: 100143151

Photo by Vlado.

FreeDigitalPhotos.net Image ID: 100143151

With every milestone our children make, one door closes and another opens.  It all starts with the bottle and never seems to end.  Next comes the diapers, the crib, the pacifier and the toddler bed.  Time seems to move so quickly yet when we look back, it seems like ages ago that it all began.

We don’t often think of the stages and phases a mom…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on November 12, 2015 at 12:46pm — No Comments

iPad Potty Training

I know I’m going to catch a lot of flak for this, but hear me out guys. My oldest was done potty training at 2 years 4 months. To say that my new trainee was not responding well to toilet training would be the understatement of the year. The kid is stubborn. Like really stubborn and temper-mental. She’s kind of nuts actually. I introduced her to a potty around 16 months. She screamed like a banshee. The first potty had Disney Princesses, with music.  Her little…

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Added by Kelli on September 25, 2015 at 8:58am — 2 Comments

Dealing with that stubborn parent

My parents are relatively young. They had my brother and me in their early 20s, and I am fortunate that they are both in good health and should be with me for many more years. Some of my friends, however, are later-in-life children. I hear the guilt/sorrow/frustration in their voices as they discuss their parents. One of the topics that comes up the most often is when they have a parent that doesn't want to change their…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 11, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Time to "Face" Getting Older

We focus so heavily on our children’s birthdays and how fast they are growing up and getting older.  Newsflash…that means we are getting older too!  As my husband is about to turn 40 and I am only a few short years away, I have been focusing more and more on what it really means to be getting older.  In our twenties, my husband and I always talked about what 40 would look like.  When you are 21, 40 might as well be 70.  Not sure how it…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Finding Quality Before and After School Childcare Options

As the new school year is quickly approaching, parents are often scrambling to get their child ready for the start of a new school year.  If your child is starting school in a few weeks, now is the time to start looking for your child before and after school care.  There are plenty of options when it comes to…

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Added by Christy Garrett on August 1, 2013 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Thank god she's not our nanny!

I read a lot of Mother's Day blogs and articles online yesterday, and one article was about the pressure to be the perfect mom. Moms are not even willing to admit to the every day silly mistakes that all parents make anymore, because no mom wants to expose herself to the criticism and scorn from the other "perfect" parents. Back in the day, you could screw up occasionally and admit it without fear of universal…

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Added by grayhairedmom on May 14, 2013 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Sleep No More

"Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more!"

William Shakespeare, …

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Added by grayhairedmom on March 16, 2013 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Other uses for diaper rash ointment: A handy tip from grayhairedmom



There are none. Especially, don't use it to brush your teeth. Yes, I tried it; No, not on purpose; And no, I wasn't even old or a mom yet, so I really can't use senility, "Mommy Brain," or sleep deprivation for an excuse.

I was babysitting my niece one day, and we both took a big nap after lunch. I woke up…

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Added by grayhairedmom on March 11, 2013 at 6:54pm — No Comments

So this old, pregnant woman stumbles out of a bar.....

New York City is not a bad place to be pregnant at age 50. But even though most New Yorkers have seen it all and make fewer assumptions, I was prepared for awkward situations, I thought. I knew strangers might look at me, especially on the subway, and wonder, "fat or pregnant?" I've done it myself! I will stand up and offer my seat (most of the time as long as I haven't had a horrible day) to older people (and that…

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Added by grayhairedmom on March 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Why Do Older Children and Teens Lie to Their Parents?

Parents it is very important that you have a continuous relationship with their child as they are growing up so that when your child becomes a teenager, you will know them well enough to determine when they aren’t telling you the truth.  Kids will tell you a story if they think that they can get away with it.…

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Added by Christy Garrett on February 25, 2013 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Maybe 40 Won't Suck After All....

On Monday morning, I awoke to find even bigger bags under my eyes and four new grey hairs at the crown of my head.  I stared at my tired reflection in the mirror and thought, "Wow, is this REALLY what the next decade is gonna look like?"  Here I was all prepared to rock my forties like a champ, but the day sure wasn't getting off to a very good…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 18, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

The older I get the more I appreciate!

Music and memories…what is your favorite kind?



It is funny how every generation has their own style of music. I remember being young and thinking, “there is not way I am gong to like old people’s music.” Well if the 80′s is considered “old…

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Added by Tawna Richard on August 4, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

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