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Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son.



I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Blinding them with science

One day far into the future, when my son accepts his Nobel Prize in chemistry, I fully expect him to thank his Mom for doing all those "way cool" egg experiments with him on that one rainy Saturday afternoon. "Because of her," he will say, "I learned to look at the world as a place filled with answers. You just have to know the right questions to ask." And I will tear up, and it will be lovely. (Trust me.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 25, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

The case for more cuddling

One day when I dropped my son off to school, a little girl in his class came over to greet him with a giant hug and some happy words. My son bared it, the girl walked off and my son looked up at me and said, "These girls - they always want to hug me."



My son's school is technically a hug-free zone (for the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 24, 2015 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

You aren't that good at this; and that's OK

You're at a party. Not a children's birthday party (for a change) but a party with only grownups. Some of the guests are talking about politics, others are talking about their new hobbies or careers and still others are discussing literature. You find yourself chatting with a person who has lived an extraordinary life. As they continue talking you learn how they have had success at sports, in the business world and in their family life.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Taking your coffee in a sippy cup

My son is not a morning person. I am fine with that. I am fine with talking gently to him in the morning, making his room brighter and even helping him get dressed on the days when he is really not into getting out of bed. I'll do whatever it takes to help him start his day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 20, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Why I'm "mean" to Girl Scouts

I was getting some exercise with coworkers a few weeks ago when I saw a Girl Scout. She was about eight years old and with her daddy and absolutely adorable. She was also selling cookies.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 18, 2015 at 7:50am — No Comments

The cost of family planning

Well-meaning friends and family members always have questions. When you start dating someone for a while, they want to know when you are getting married. When you get married, they want to know when you are going to have a baby. When you have a baby, they want to know if you are going to have another baby. (And, if several years go by, they really want to know if you are going to have another baby. If you hedge at all, they are…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

You are your father's child

Once a baby is born, all parents/friends/relatives start playing the same game: Who does the baby look more like? Mothers will point out that the baby has her chin or her eyes. Fathers will point out the baby has his hair color or his lips. Serious players will pull out old baby photos and do side-by-side comparisons.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 16, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Bring on the peanut butter

I recently introduced my son to the joys of peanut butter and banana sandwiches (he wasn't ready to switch up his jelly game for a long time.) Upon trying a bite of mine, he declared me to be the best Mom ever. Then he stole my sandwich.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 13, 2015 at 7:06am — No Comments

Dealing with that stubborn parent

My parents are relatively young. They had my brother and me in their early 20s, and I am fortunate that they are both in good health and should be with me for many more years. Some of my friends, however, are later-in-life children. I hear the guilt/sorrow/frustration in their voices as they discuss their parents. One of the topics that comes up the most often is when they have a parent that doesn't want to change their…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 11, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

When to talk about pornography

When I was eight years old, my friend Annie told me about a movie she saw at home. She described scenes of a naked woman riding a horse and a man peeing in a woman's mouth. Many (many) years later I realized Annie had watched one of her father's porn videos. (Is this a Sorry, Mom moment? I don't know.)



As…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 10, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Knowing your body's clock

I am one of those dreaded morning people.



But let's start at the beginning: It's 5 am when my alarm goes off (yes, even after the daylight savings time switch). The cat is…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 9, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Money talks

At about this time last year, I wanted to introduce my son to money. But it was too early for him, as evidenced by the fact he would still mix the play money in his cash register with the real thing. So, we took a step back and waited.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 6, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments

When your bully lives at home

My son likes to tell me stories about his classmates' behavior at school. (He's a bit of a talker.) I know all about the children who use too many paper towels, or the ones who never sleep during quiet time, and even about the ones who have too many "hateful words." I remind my son that I am only interested in his behavior. Then I remind him that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 4, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

I know what's in your garage

As I've previously complained, I run in the mornings. I try to stay focused on my breath and my stride and not slipping on unseen ice on the sidewalk and falling on my butt (again), but sometimes I get distracted: Mostly by people's garages.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 3, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments

Before you upload that picture...

Let's start with privacy basics: The bathroom door.



After several years of repeated discussions, my son has finally learned to knock on the closed bathroom door. About 60% of the time he also waits for acknowledgement before trying to come in. It is (in my head) a parenting triumph.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

Don't wake that baby up

In our household I think about sleep a lot: Who is getting enough of it and how to get more quality sleep. I am obsessed over my own sleep as well as that of the bears I live with and help wake up in the morning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 27, 2015 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

You might be making your spouse fat

My husband and I both work full time. And there was a long period where we worked in the same company (albeit different departments). And we both worked really long hours.



Then we had our little guy and life had to change: There were more important aspects to our life together than work.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 25, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Beauty is skin deep

My husband recently took our son to a dermatologist for a rash, and I filled out the forms online before the appointment. One of the questions was about sunscreen: Did the patient use it daily and what SPF?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2015 at 6:31am — No Comments

The book on the shelf

I recently took all my cookbooks to our used book store and traded them in for store credit. While there, I let my son choose some new books. He was super excited to go to his section and pick out whatever books he wanted (at only $2 per book, I said yes to everything he chose.) He chose some new Disney story books, a few I Can Read books and some Sesame…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2015 at 8:01am — No Comments

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