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Symptoms to Take Notice of in Children

The NHS has been facing ever-increasing pressures in recent years, with slashed budgets, staff shortages and lack of resources taking its toll on the quality of care. One of the many ways we commonly see the impact of these pressures is in waiting times for GP…

Mother of the Bride Guide

The day you’ve dreamed of for years has finally arrived! Your little girl is all grown up and has chosen a partner to start her life with, and you are officially a MoB -- Mother of the Bride! While congratulatory remarks are appropriate at this juncture, so are a few…

How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

All Blog Posts Tagged 'play' (107)

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

Playing should be riskier business

I was watching my son play outside. He was hauling a huge log out of the woods to place it across two other logs. He basically made a precarious balance beam. And there he was...at the top of a pretty big hill...testing a balance beam that he built. And I did nothing.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Why parents put up with stepping on LEGOs

Me to son: Did you pick up all the LEGOs off your floor?

Son to me: Yes.

Me to son: Really?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments

Risks now; calmness later

Over the holiday break, I had many opportunities to listen to my husband and son play. This, to my ears, consists of repetitive cycle of squealing, tickling, help-me, going-back-for-more, jumping, breathless fun, that I fully admit I don't entirely understand.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2018 at 6:38am — No Comments

Hiding the toys after the holiday

I can't stop anyone in my family from buying my son toys. This includes myself. It's fun to give gifts and see children's little faces light up with joy and wonder and happiness that they have unwrapped a toy and not a sweater.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2017 at 5:01pm — No Comments

The time I spend with you

"Hey, Mom, do you want to play a game with me?"



That is what my son says almost every weekend. He usually asks when I am in the middle of something else, and well before he is allowed to play with his iPad.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

The social network you create for yourself

My son and I are at the park and we've hit it at just the right time - there are about 30 other children already there. My son's face lights up and he spends the next hour running all over the playground with other children and eventually plays catch with a few of them. By the time he is ready to go home, he is sweaty and exhausted and can't stop smiling.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2017 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

Working hard for the money

My son was in the loft playing office.



Even if he hadn't told me this several times, I would have been able to figure it out based on the number of "important meetings" and "back-to-back" phone calls he said he had. At some point he told me his…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

Playground versus Screentime

Here's the problem:



When I was young, I was sent outside to play with my friends. We lived in a very safe neighborhood with two parks nearby and there were always other children playing outside.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 14, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Pillow Fort, Unicorn Ride plus other Make Believe Adventures.​

UPDATE: Ellie is currently hooked with Boss Baby.

It was a relief! We memorized both songs and lines in Moana and even with eyes closed we know the scenes by heart. Who wouldn’t? We watched Moana and Maui for more than 100 times already.Now that Ellie is turning two, she can easily pick up words and phrases and one of the developments that we noticed is that she is into pretend play and make-believe. Just like Tim (the young boy in Boss Baby). In the story, Tim has a great imagination…

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Added by Abigail on July 10, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

A Valid Way to Find More Mom Friends

Are you a mom who wishes she had more mom friends? I was too, until I found mom.life – an app just for moms. I was feeling pretty lonely as my husband works long, tiring hours about an hour away. I was pregnant when I first found this app. It used to be known as Preggie, but with a new app design came a new name - and so was born Mom.Life.

I really had nobody to really talk to as a mom. I didn’t…

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Added by Sarah McCormick on June 23, 2017 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Men at play

I do not understand the way my husband and son play together.



Yes, I have read the research around the importance of fathers and the way they play with their children. I understand that fathers encourage their children to take more risks and explore the world. I also understand how important it is for…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 5, 2017 at 7:46am — No Comments

The Amazing Truth About Being Outside

Almost everyone agrees that sending kids outside to play is good for them. This focus on outdoors has spawned the increasingly popular forest preschool phenomena in Northern Europe and even …
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Added by Lorë Phillips on April 23, 2017 at 9:57am — No Comments

No time like the present

My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…

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

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

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