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They may drive you crazy, but you might live longer

I adore my son. I think he is brilliant, funny, quirky, sweet and kind. I love the way he wants to read on the couch next to me when he sees me reading, and the way he throws his whole body around mine in a big hug when I come home from work. He amazes me with how quickly he learns new concepts and the way he digs deep into subjects that fascinate him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 24, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Making the case for regular friendships

My son has an ever-rotating list of people whom he calls his best friend. One week it is a certain child in his class, the next week it is the kid who waits at the bus stop with him and then the week after that it will be someone in his scouts pack. For the most part, I am fine with this: As long as he is nice to everyone that is enough basis for a friendship for a seven-year-old.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Making the case for regular friendships

My son has an ever-rotating list of people whom he calls his best friend. One week it is a certain child in his class, the next week it is the kid who waits at the bus stop with him and then the week after that it will be someone in his scouts pack. For the most part, I am fine with this: As long as he is nice to everyone that is enough basis for a friendship for a seven-year-old.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

How to tell someone they are cranky

Inexplicably, my son wakes up early on the weekends. I don't know how he does this. I know why he does it, as he proudly tells me that he gets himself up early so he can have "the most amount of fun on his days off as possible." But this still doesn't explain how he will not move a muscle when his alarm goes off on school mornings yet wake himself up a good half-hour earlier than his alarm on weekends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 20, 2017 at 6:43am — 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

Remembering the person you were in high school

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 15, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments

The know-it-all in our household

I have made two key points very clear to my son over the past year:

  1. Mommy is not an octopus.
  2. Mommy does not know everything.

The first concept is an acknowledgement that I can't do everything at once, so if he sees me…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 13, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

What's that beeping sound?

When my son was a baby, the smoke alarm went off in our home. It was the same ear-piercing alarm that most smoke alarms make, but oddly, he slept right through it. He didn't even flinch. And, he was still sleeping when the firefighters arrived a few minutes later to give us the all clear that the monoxide alarm was malfunctioning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 10, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments

Sleeping on the job

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments

The parent you prefer

Like many mothers before me, I have always assumed that my son would have a few years of devotedly following me around before deciding that he wanted to be just like his wonderful Daddy, and then he would start following him around all the time. And, for the most part, this has started to happen: My little guy has started to decline time with me in favor of hanging out more frequently with my husband.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 6, 2017 at 8:08am — No Comments

Becoming the teacher's pet (when you are a parent)

Right before Valentine's Day, I received several brightly colored pieces of paper letting me know that parents were invited into the classroom to secretly decorate their child's desk for February 14.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 3, 2017 at 6:58am — 2 Comments

The person you will be one day

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 1, 2017 at 7:41pm — No Comments

A lifetime of superheroes

When my son was four, he told me about Batman. He had learned about the superhero from his friends at school and was brimming with the type of facts that get garbled up when children try to teach each other information.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 27, 2017 at 6:46am — No Comments

Taking a closer look at my firstborn

My son and I are in the bookstore. (We love the bookstore.) He is happily wandering the aisles when he comes across an entire shelf of Goosebumps books. "Mom, I am going to need a few minutes to check these out," he says.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments

Staying in tune with Mommy

I do not sing very well.



I am OK with this state of being, and have no need to torture friends and family members at karaoke or spontaneously start singing during conversations as though life were a musical. (Full disclosure: I love musicals.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 22, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments

Raising the allowance

I like to listen to my son talk about his plans for the future. They include him working as an engineer in NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, yet somehow living next door to me so he can help me cook sometimes. These plans also include him being a marine biologist on the weekends.



When he tells me all about his…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 20, 2017 at 6:20am — No Comments

Spending time with the one you love

My husband and I try to have lunch together at least once a week. He and I are fortunate enough to work only a few blocks apart, and that Tuesday lunch is a treat. It is wonderful to see him in the middle of a busy working day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Starting the substance abuse conversation

A few nights ago at dinner (heavy topics always seem to come up at dinner), my son asked me why people would want to smoke. We talked about smoking being bad for people's health and all the negative effects it has. He was able to list a lot of them as we talked, but then he pressed a little further. "But if people know it is bad for them, then why do they start?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 15, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

To sleep and forget about it

My little bear hears his alarm, turns it off and shuffles out of his bedroom to my desk where I write this blog. He scrambles into my lap, we snuggle and I ask him some basic questions to determine his morning mood.



(Bad mood days are generally turned around by showing my son pictures of cute baby animals or…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments

Moving your way to happiness

I recently went through my work calendar and made a whole lot of appointments with myself to move more. I figure that if it is on my work calendar I will be more likely to do it, and it will also prevent someone else from getting on my schedule if I show as booked. I then went the extra step (no pun intended) of recruiting someone at work to do this with me. (I have found that accountability helps me stay on task.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

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