I often ask my son what he thinks about things.
Sometimes, this goes really well, and he will give me a great insight into how he is feeling. For example, I had to take him to a religious site for cub scouts over the weekend, and I took him to a Catholic church (he's never been before). I asked him…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 13, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments
I was recently listening to two of my girlfriends who each have older children chat about the college admissions pressure that their kids were going through. I heard the expected comments around grades and test scores and extra curriculars, but then I heard some things that shocked me - including that the discussion around college started after eighth grade.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 17, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments
I was a late-in-life driver. There were a number of reasons why that is, but when it was time for me to learn what to do behind the wheel, my parents were not available to teach me. So, my Mom got me a driving instructor. (Thanks, Mom!)…Continue
When I was pregnant, I started to notice how many other pregnant women there were around me. They were everywhere! Of course I know that there were always a lot of pregnant women around, but it really took me being pregnant to notice other women in the same condition as me. Or maybe I started noticing them because I started hanging out in the same stores as them buying maternity clothes and baby toys.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 25, 2017 at 8:58am — No Comments
A friend of mine told me about the orientation she went to for her daughter's high school. She said that the best and worst moment was when the school's principal addressed the parents to say they should stop making their child lunch. The principal said that it was the child's job to make themselves lunch every day and that was one of the many painful steps parents were going to have to go through.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
Learning how to drive and getting out on the roads is yet another step into the adulthood your teenage son or daughter will eventually make. As…Continue
Added by Helen Shep on July 21, 2017 at 10:20am — No Comments
When I was a teen, I talked to my Mom about getting a job. She told me that I already had a full-time job, which was to be an excellent student. So, I stayed unemployed and maintained excellent grades. When summer approached, I talked to her again about getting a job, and she reminded me that I would be working my whole life: I should enjoy the summer off while I could.…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 14, 2017 at 6:50am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
A few months ago we took our son to the local high school to watch a robotics competition. In addition to the robotics, he loved seeing the older students and spent some time talking about how large the school was and what he would learn there.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 15, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments
Before I go to bed, I check in on my sleeping son. I love to watch him sleep - he is so still and peaceful and quiet. I often wonder what he is dreaming about as he lays there so still, usually with an arm wrapped around a stuffed animal friend.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments
When my son was only five weeks old, we toured the school we would be sending him to when I returned to work. We walked through each of the brightly lit rooms, starting with the infant room. We ended the tour in the room of three-year-olds. Those children looked massive to me and I could not wrap my head around my little baby being one of those giants one day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2017 at 7:41pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
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.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
I have three sons. Soon to be in 8th, 7th and 4th grade. I’m wondering, has puberty has arrived simultaneously for all three? The air feels different. It’s heavier to me.
My soon to be 8th grader has both feet planted in puberty. My soon to be 7th grader, has at least one…
Added by sarah kato on July 24, 2015 at 3:10pm — No Comments
On days of high stress at my office, my coworkers and I will message one another with phrases we've picked up from the younger members of our team:
This meeting: I can't even.
I literally can't with this person right…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 16, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments
In this darkly comedic road trip novel, seventeen year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged “Rapture” to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian’s quest for the truth begins. Find out more at http://katiecoyle.tumblr.com/…Continue
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Stop by Kristi's Book Giveaway!
Title: Wishing Will
Author: Daniel Harvell with Benjamin…
Added by Kristi Bernard on October 10, 2014 at 11:37pm — No Comments
If you are as ambitious as I am about the future of your children, you've probably already made a high school and even an university plan, a full-day schedule filled with elaborated activities and lots of goals for your little ones to achieve.
Although this kind of parenting can be partly questionable, statistics show the more teens are engaged in the development of their life, the better they find their place in the education and industry sectors. And we all like statistics,…Continue
Added by Joanna Johnson on August 26, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments