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Getting sick at daycare

My son started daycare at 6 weeks old. I remember the heartbreak of leaving him (he was so little!) and the relief of picking him up on that first day (he had gotten bigger!). I did love that facility - the nurturing attitude, the brightly lit rooms, the web cameras for me to check in on him throughout the day.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Reading for reading's sake

My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

The Karate Kid Check-In Part 2

Early bird gets the worm…

I don’t know what it is about this gym, but I really like it there.  The lady who seems to be in charge was there alone when we arrived early for class and I talked to her about Martial Arts a little since we had time.

With that time I immediately asked some…

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Added by Patty Gordon on April 5, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Why Our Child Goes to Public School

Monday when I dropped Elijah off at school, I noticed the message on the school marquee sign about kindergarten registration. I can hardly believe that it’s been almost a year since that same announcement made my heart sad.

Last year at this time, Brad and I…

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Added by Kishona Lape on March 3, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

21 Questions to Ask Your Preschooler

Dear Diary,

This fall, Caitlynn started school. My little girl--who wasn't even on earth a few years before--was sitting in a classroom, learning letters, singing songs and making friends. So much goes on in the span of six hours. Although I would love to call off work and spend the day in pre-k, I have to make money to pay the tuition that posts to my bank account on the first of the month. To make sure I don't miss out on anything, I generated a list of questions to find out how my…

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Added by Heather Hopson on February 22, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

My most stressed out time as a parent is ahead of me

There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:

  • The amount of time you will spend talking about your child's bowel movements
  • The way you will react the first time your child has a public meltdown …
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Added by Lauren Markman on February 12, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad. I don't know how she knew that about me, but if I started to feel blue, she would hop up next to me (she was never a lap cat) and purr to let me know that I wasn't alone in the world and she had my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

One Question I'll Be Asking My Children (& Myself) Everyday

Yesterday when I picked up Elijah from school, I did the same thing nearly every parent does when they see their children at the end of the day:  I asked him, “How was your day?

I actually hate that question. It’s so cliché, but even more so, it never really invites real…

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Added by Kishona Lape on January 21, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

Why I ignore most of my son's homework

My son has been in school since he was six weeks old. Not daycare. School. Before he reached preschool age, he had endured extensive homework requests to put together collages of various themes, build beanstalks, retell stories and (once) to build a robot. And we did it all because education is important to me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Rewards System to Help your Kids LISTEN

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Added by Mercedes Sherman on December 11, 2015 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Go ahead and talk to me

I keep a few older videos of my son on my phone. I like to watch them and compare what he was like a few years ago to how he is today. One of the items that I notice right away is how he talks. Not necessarily how much he talks (although I notice that, too) but the way he pronounced his words. At the time I took the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2015 at 6:20am — 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

But Mommy likes to read at bedtime

In the evenings, my wonderful husband supervises our son's bath activities and I am the one who gets to read to him at night. I don't remember how this started. I don't think we made any sort of agreement or arrangement around it - it may have been a natural progression of my cleaning up after dinner, him taking the little guy upstairs for bed, and our son liking to snuggle with me more (generally speaking).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

Finding the time to eat

Every evening when I come home from work, I ask my son about his lunch. Most days he gives it high praise: "It was double fantastic awesome!" Some days he gives me helpful criticism: "Please pack the crackers and the cheese separately so the crackers don't get soggy." Our deal is that he has to bring home everything that he didn't eat so I can make sure that he is consuming enough healthy food.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2015 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Life without preschool

My son is a product of preschool. My husband and I both work and our parents are either too far away or they also work and were not able to watch him for us. So, off to school he went. It was crazy expensive, but the costs of him going outweighed the cost of me quitting my job. And, thankfully, he loved it. In preschool he learned most of what his teacher is covering now in Kindergarten.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 2, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

This will be on the test

My son is in real school now: He has defined classes, grades and real homework. So far, he has loved all of it.



As we continue on his academic journey, I am trying to keep a close eye on how he handles the structure and rules of school. Especially tests. He had a math test last week that he was excited to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

The best age to start dating

The other night at dinner my son asked me to tell him a story. So I told him about how one day he would be a teenager and how he would be moody all the time, and hair would sprout on his face and that he would want to have a girlfriend. He treated the tale like it was a horror story, because in his words "girls are DISGUSTING!"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 29, 2015 at 6:21am — 2 Comments

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