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Today, I stepped on a LEGO

At least twice a month, I step on a LEGO. I look upon it as an exercise to hurt myself and not curse aloud.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 18, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Extending the boundaries of play

My son is looking at me incredulously. "All the way to the edges? Are you sure?"



Yup, I'm sure.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2016 at 7:09am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Toddlympics

I had no idea the 2016 Summer Olympics would affect our life so greatly. Now I’m only being slightly facetious here. I love the Olympics and find myself a little lost now that I don’t have a new series of events to cheer for every night. Maybe I’ll get into bed before 1am now. Yeah right.

How…

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Added by Meg Kerns on August 24, 2016 at 12:26am — No Comments

Toddler Life: Water Table Sensory Play

In this post: Five ways to use a water table for sensory play.

Water Table Play

Hello, dear ones! Here’s the second Toddler Life post and it’s all about the fun you can have with a water table. I never had a water table with Michael, but I’m really enjoying creative water play with Leeland. Even Michael gets in on the fun.…

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Added by Amber Dover on August 12, 2016 at 2:07am — No Comments

You gotta know when to push them...

My son gets a weekly allowance and dutifully puts the money into one of his jars. We've used the money in his Give jar a few times for donations to his school and other causes that he chooses. It's the Save and Spend jars that I am still teaching him to work with.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

The way we play

My brother recently texted me a photo of a wooden critter playset and asked if I had something similar to that when I was little. I affirmed for him that I was the proud owner of many Sylvanian Families: Skunks, foxes, bears, squirrels - I had them all (thanks, Mom!). I adored these woodland, hard-working creatures and their…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 27, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

The color of your urine

At some point in my twenties, I learned that my urine should always be really light yellow - never dark. I vividly remember reading that but can't recall where. For some reason, out of all the health advise I've collected (and forgotten) over the years, that piece has stayed with me: If the color is too dark, you need to drink more water.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Keep off my (very small) lawn

My son does not like the backyard in our new house.



In our old house, there was a big backyard that was mostly flat and it was perfect for water battles and running around. In the new house, the backyard mostly consists of a hill (that will be great for sledding on), but we definitely can't have water…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Why we need good Dads

Whenever people see my family for the first time, they tend to stare at my son, then my husband, then me. They are trying to see who my son resembles more. Most people ultimately give up and declare that my son is a perfect blend of my husband and I. (We think so, too.) I like knowing that my son is part me and part my husband, because we both - like all parents - have a big role to play.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 20, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

When did Lego sets turn violent?

When my son was born, he received a couple of LEGO sets. Even though he wouldn't be able to play with them for years, family and friends knew that my husband was a big LEGO fan and were certain that my son would be one, too.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

Focusing your attention on the important things

My son is six now, but I vividly remember the oh-so-brief period when he was a baby. He would sit on the floor with toys scattered all around him and either his Daddy or I would be on the floor nearby, watching him play and sometimes joining in to help him with his blocks or trucks. I never wondered if we were playing with our son in the "right" way or even if there was a "right" way to play with him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 3, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Is depression becoming inevitable?

It doesn't matter what you are doing as a parent, if you read enough studies you learn that you are parenting wrong. But it is easy to accept that you are wrong as a parent: You have, after all, a constant walking/talking reminder in your life that you are an unfair, mean person and that you are crushing all the joy out of life because you won't let someone play on his iPad and instead keep insisting that he brush his teeth.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 26, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Feeling a little ticklish

I am not ticklish.

Let me clarify…
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Added by Lauren Markman on April 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

A-Frame Tent Project

A simple weekend project, we made a wood a-frame tent for our children to play in. For more details including downloadable instructions you can read more at …

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Added by EMILY ROLFING-GUMMOW on April 13, 2016 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Getting off the park bench

When it comes down to it, I have two choices.



1. I could sit here on this park bench, which is in the sunshine and giving me a much-needed boost of vitamin D. And I could read my book, which I have…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 12, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

Teaching girls to be afraid

Like most parents, I have noticed that my son plays differently with me than he does with my husband. With me, he wants Mommy to do things with him or for him and he tends to choose activities that aren't risky. With my husband, he wants to try new things, explore the world a bit more and generally tumble around.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on February 29, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

DIY Cornstarch Slime



Little A honestly has the attention span of a gnat. All throughout the day, he's fluttering from activity to activity, quickly…
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Added by Savannah Noe on February 4, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Just say No to homework

Imagine this: School is over. Your children go to their after-school sports activity or music lesson and finally comes home. They have time to play outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. At the dinner table, everyone has time to talk about their day before retiring for their separate activities for the evening. Your children go to bed on time.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments

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