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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 'responsibility' (35)

The case for intentional laziness

I am trying to get better at not doing things for my son.



For example: He likes to cook, so twice a month, he has to cook dinner for the family. While either my wonderful husband or I will act as his sous chef, we make sure he does the bulk of the work. This gets hard if he claims he has had a "long day"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 20, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

Creating the ability to be independent

My son recently had a birthday. And with every age, we reassess his maturity level and what new responsibilities he can handle.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2018 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Somebody's watching you

One of my son's favorite activities seems to be asking when he will be old enough to have a smartphone.



This is a conversation that we have had often...and my answer hasn't changed. But, I understand why my son likes to ask: He is trying to wear me down. (That is one of his primary jobs as a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 9, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

Shutting down the cell phone conversation

My son likes to remind me of his age.



"Before you know it, I'll be nine," he says. "And then I will be able to be alone at home by myself after school."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 5, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments

Learning to moderate your own screentime

My son loses screentime when he breaks one of our family rules. This is a consequence that he is aware of - if you were to ask him about it now, he would recite it. But it doesn't make the punishment any easier to accept; he hates losing his screentime.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 29, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

I love my phone; I hate my phone

I am in my car, halfway backed out of my driveway. I realized that I had forgotten my phone and I am having a internal debate over whether I am going to go back inside the house and get it. On the one hand, I am only doing a few errands on my day off; on the other hand, it is my phone.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2018 at 8:18am — No Comments

A global view of children with smartphones

My son has asked me (for what must be the thousandth time) when he will be old enough to have his own smartphone. I pause long enough for him to tell me a list of children in his second grade class who already have one. I tell him that he isn't old enough for one yet and that the circumstances in his life don't warrant him having one "in case of emergencies."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

I'm teaching you to become an adult

A friend of mine told me (semi-jokingly) where it all went wrong. He said he gave his son a great childhood and they became buddies during his son's teenage years. He said that this is the reason why now - when his son is in his 20s - my friend can't get him to leave the nest. My friend doesn't blame his son: Why would anyone want to trade in a cushy life in a happy home for many poor years in a crappy job and a small…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments

One way to buy happiness

Think about these chores for a few moments:

  • Mowing the lawn (including all the edging work)
  • Doing the weekly grocery shopping
  • Thoroughly cleaning all…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 7, 2017 at 8:10am — No Comments

Another reason why I miss our cats

I really, really miss our cats. They have both moved on from us, and I still find myself missing their presence in our lives. I know my son misses them (well, the one he can remember), as he occasionally sings me a song about her and how sweet she was.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2017 at 6:24am — No Comments

Alert: Your child missed an assignment today

I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

Ten things kids should know by the age of Ten

I was having a conversation with my neighborhood Bank Teller. We so happened to be getting lunch at the same Deli. I asked him how things were going with his son's Senior year and College prep. He said going as best as could be expected. I remembered earlier conversations we had had in regards to his…

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Added by Mari Corona on February 8, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Unpacking at the end of the day

My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.



This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.



He frowned at me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

A Lesson In Responsibility



Growing up my mother kept a clean and tidy home. She taught all five of us kids the importance of taking care of our things and the home. As an adult I get anxious at the site of… Continue

Added by Cascia on September 4, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Does Motherhood Freak You Out?

A friend of mine who does not have children, recently asked me a very interesting question…and it got me thinking.

She asked, “Do you ever think, ‘I are responsible for three human beings’, and does that ever freak you…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 21, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

This Christmas

Have you ever come across a post on social media that changed the way you see your world? I did, just this week. I came across a post on my newsfeed that showed dirty, rough hands. It had a story attached, that always piques my interest, so I read it and it hit me hard. My husband and I do so much for our kids so they never go without,…

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Added by Ronda on December 12, 2014 at 1:13pm — No Comments

I want to teach my child to be...

I talk a lot on this blog about things that I try to teach my son: cooking, healthy living, to be a nice person and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 23, 2014 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

The Surrogates by Consuella Harris

A brilliantly intriguing story.

The subject of surrogacy raises various emotions and views in people, depending, I suspect, on such factors as, their sex, religious viewpoint and life…

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Added by Susan Keefe on August 27, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Being a Mean Mom isn’t Easy

 

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If any of you happened to see my Facebook status on Monday you know that I faced a motherhood dilemma.

Scenario; I had asked our kindergartener ½ a dozen times if he placed his lunch in his backpack and to which he replied, yes, each time. So, I drop the kiddos off at school. I get home and go to the fridge to get our 3-year-old a snack and guess what I see in the fridge? His lunch!! Mind you, I asked him like ½…

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Added by Kat Tom on September 19, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

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