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For 2018, Make Finding the Right Activities for Your Kids Your New Year’s Resolution

New year, new you, new activities for your kids.  Is this is the year that Sam wants to learn to play the violin? Or Suzie wants to take up dancing? Or you need to find John a new lacrosse camp? It can be tough navigating all the options for classes, programs and camps.  In 2018, let other moms…

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Other people's children

My son is telling me about some nonsense that he has learned from his friends at school. This is how a lot of our conversation begin these days - him passing along information that he picked up from other children at school. It is because of those other children that he has questioned Santa Claus, he's learned some swear words and I've had to explain to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 19, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

The truth about swearing

The three of us are in the car running errands and a swear word is heard on a podcast we are listening to. I can hear my son's gasp of breath from the back seat.



So, I start talking to him about swear words. We talk about why people use them, and how they aren't polite, and then I ask him if he knows any.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 17, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments

I love my phone; I hate my phone

I am in my car, halfway backed out of my driveway. I realized that I had forgotten my phone and I am having a internal debate over whether I am going to go back inside the house and get it. On the one hand, I am only doing a few errands on my day off; on the other hand, it is my phone.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 15, 2018 at 8:18am — No Comments

Keeping paper in the world

I am teaching my son cursive.



He was reading some Diary of a Wimpy Kids books and couldn't read the cursive bits...when I asked the school if they taught handwriting, they said no. I don't understand why handwriting is no longer taught - at least to the level that children are able to read it. So, I teach…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

How high school teen movies will need to change

Think about the teen movies you used to watch from the 80s to the 2000s. Try to name one without a teenage party of some sort taking place. I'll wait.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 10, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Risks now; calmness later

Over the holiday break, I had many opportunities to listen to my husband and son play. This, to my ears, consists of repetitive cycle of squealing, tickling, help-me, going-back-for-more, jumping, breathless fun, that I fully admit I don't entirely understand.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2018 at 6:38am — No Comments

Do you shower in the morning or at night?

My husband and I both take showers in the morning. When we first lived together, we figured out how our morning schedules would work and then tweaked them as necessary through job changes throughout the years.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 5, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments

The behavior that rears its head

I am in the car with my son outside of my workplace. It is my day off, but we are here because he wants to visit my team.



I can't blame him. The people I work with are like family and they absolutely adore my son. We are talking about thats-my-cutie-and-he-can-do-no-wrong-let-me-make-him-some-cookies…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 3, 2018 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

The size of families

I drive a boy in our neighborhood to school in the mornings, and he often talks about his life at home with his brothers and step brothers. The stories are filled with rough housing, complaints that he doesn't have enough attention and how he hates being the youngest. My son (somewhat snarkily) counters the conversation with his views about being happy he is an only child.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 29, 2017 at 8:14am — No Comments

Hiding the toys after the holiday

I can't stop anyone in my family from buying my son toys. This includes myself. It's fun to give gifts and see children's little faces light up with joy and wonder and happiness that they have unwrapped a toy and not a sweater.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2017 at 5:01pm — No Comments

The time I spend with you

"Hey, Mom, do you want to play a game with me?"



That is what my son says almost every weekend. He usually asks when I am in the middle of something else, and well before he is allowed to play with his iPad.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 22, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

The potential of new neighbors

A few weeks ago my husband told me that the house next door to us had been sold. I was elated.



We moved to our home more than a year ago, and there was nothing but an empty lot next door to us. And another empty lot next to that one. Then, over the summer, the builder decided to develop spec houses on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 20, 2017 at 6:52am — No Comments

A global view of children with smartphones

My son has asked me (for what must be the thousandth time) when he will be old enough to have his own smartphone. I pause long enough for him to tell me a list of children in his second grade class who already have one. I tell him that he isn't old enough for one yet and that the circumstances in his life don't warrant him having one "in case of emergencies."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 18, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

The bad dream that woke me up

I am an adult, and I still get nightmares.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments

Asking your child for their thoughts

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 13, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

The light from your screens hurts my eyes

We were at dinner in a restaurant.



It wasn't a special dinner or a fancy restaurant, just the three of us having a meal together before going to an event. After we ordered, as is our custom, I pulled out a pack of UNO cards and asked my husband and son if they wanted to play. They (as usual) said yes; we…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 11, 2017 at 6:48am — No Comments

I didn't know there was such a thing as time-ins

When I was in elementary school, there was a boy in my class named Tommy who was sent to the corner for a time out at least once a day. Sometimes it was multiple times a day. It got to the point at which my friends and I discussed it and decided that Tommy probably liked being in the corner and all the extra attention and how annoying it was that the teacher didn't notice and come up with a better punishment for his classroom…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

Not in the mood to cook

Think about one of those bad days at work. The kind of day in which nothing went right. Let's say you got stuck with some work you didn't want to do, had to smile through some negative comments from customers, figured out a way to stay out of your boss's cross hairs, got some moody text messages from a spouse and a friend, and then you had to fight through traffic the whole way home only to be reminded when you got there that you have to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 6, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments

My son's future self

Like many parents, I am not as kind to my future self as I could be. Often, when I have the choice between doing something that would make my future self happier or anything else, I put my needs on the back burner. Getting out of that habit isn't easy, but I am slowly getting better at asking myself what future Lauren would have wanted me to do.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 4, 2017 at 6:41am — No Comments

The December requests have started

I have this thing where I like to celebrate my holidays in order. I am one of those people who roll their eyes when they see holiday decorations making an appearance at Halloween and will not start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments

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