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All Blog Posts Tagged 'safety' (93)

Maybe you won't have to nag your teen for a while

Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in…

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

If you are going to nag your teen, nag them about this

My son really, really wants to start the car for me.



He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments

No news is good news (for young children)

It happened at breakfast. I don't know why these things happen over breakfast. Maybe it is the quietness of the morning. Or the contemplative nature of maple syrup. But that is when my son started randomly telling me the story of how the twin towers fell on 9/11.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

That time I got burnt by a sparkler

As the Fourth of July arrives, I am filled with childhood memories of summer: going to camp and catching fireflies, of riding bikes and when Dad fired up the grill because it was too hot for Mom to use the oven every night. I can even remember the one summer there was a lunar eclipse and I was allowed to stay up and watch it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2015 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

Biting the hand that feeds you

Our family cat is 15 years old. She has been "retired" for the last five years and is no longer required to kill any bugs that creep into our home. She enjoys a life of relaxation, attention on her terms and pampered quiet.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2015 at 6:35am — 3 Comments

1000 photos in five years

How many photos do you have from your childhood? I am lucky - I had two parents who weren't afraid to break out the camera for holidays, vacations or even everyday events and didn't let the price of processing film scare them off. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2015 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

The PSAs that still haunt me

With all the television that I watched as a child, I recall there being an awful lot of Public Service Announcements. There was the egg one about your brain on drugs (and the other drug one where the frying pan destroyed the kitchen), and all the more you…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Another Kind of Family Planning: 5 Tips for Surviving a Disaster

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Added by Gabby Revel on March 10, 2015 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Stalking your children with technology

We had a sound/video baby monitor in my son's bedroom for the first two-and-a-half years of his life. Through that little camera, I watched him sleep, kick out of his blankets, sit up in his bed, and even saw the time our cat ended up in his crib and meowed out for help when she realized she was trapped.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 26, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments

The risks of independent children

When I was little, I walked everywhere: To school, to my best friend's house, to the park across the street and to the park a few blocks away. Sometimes my brother was with me; sometimes he wasn't. As I got older, I walked more places: To the store to get milk, to the theater to volunteer as an usher and sometimes I just walked for exercise.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 21, 2015 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Google for kids

When I let my son use my computer, he is usually sitting in my lap (or I am right next to him). He likes to use the mouse, he likes to type his name and we watch videos of Sesame Street friends or PBS videos with child-friendly content.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

Hey, Mom! Watch this!

It is the echoing cry of children throughout the playground:



"Hey, Mom! Watch this!"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

WAKE UP- THE KIDS NEED US

http://4usmama.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/wake-up-the-kids-need-us/

 littleguy  Today’s blog will start with something very scary that happened to me when my oldest son was two years old.   We were in the Self Checkout at the grocery store.  He was standing by me as I rang up our groceries.  When I looked down to ask him something, he…

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Added by Angela Alexander on November 12, 2014 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Something is growing in your car seat

Sometimes when I am at work I look at my keyboard and am disgusted because I can't remember the last time I cleaned it. This is usually followed by a bout of spraying and swabbing it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 29, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

If you’re like many families out there, you will probably be dressing up your little goblin or ghoul this Halloween for Trick-or-Treating. Here are several tips to keep everyone safe this holiday and able to have a fun time out.

Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Use Sidewalks – When available, always use the sidewalks rather than the street
  • Don’t…
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Added by Krystal Chiarolla on October 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Creating an exit strategy

My son wants to live with the firefighters. He has told me numerous times about his plans to live at the fire station and be in charge of fixing the trucks with special tools. He told me he doesn't want to fight the fires, but he does want to be able to slide down the pole.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Can I please just drive?

My son and I are on the way to the grocery store and my phone dings. I ignore it. It dings again. Then my phone rings. Normally, I have Bluetooth enabled in my car, but it is off right now, so I don't answer the phone. My son asks me why I don't answer the phone and my answer is, "Because I'm driving and people can wait."…



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Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

A love letter to feet

When my son was three, he liked to play a game where he dressed up like either mommy or daddy. This mostly involved wearing our shoes. He would come clunking out of the closet with my husband's shoes on, struggling to lift his feet in them, or he would slide around in a pair of my heels and ask me, "how do you walk in these shoes, Mommy?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Parents: Stop calling your kids

I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

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