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What colleges want from your kid

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.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 17, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments

Starting the science education early

My son loves science. He has grown crystals in our kitchen, created chemical reactions with science kits and made slime more times than I can count. I have marveled at the teachers in his preschool who started the science conversations early, and I love hearing about all the experiments he gets to do in school now.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 15, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

My partner in life

more extensive than mine. So while I could spend additional time learning how to do the maintenance he does for the house or acquiring his technical knowledge, instead I focus on how lucky I am that I have a partner in life who rounds out my skill set.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 13, 2017 at 2:08pm — No Comments

The baby is crying



I'm guessing that you picked up the baby, held him close and started talking to him. Shortly after that, the baby calmed down and stopped crying.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 10, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

The potty training will eventually happen

There is nothing that quite prepares you for parenthood. At no point of time before I had my son would I have believed that I would one day be genuinely proud of another human being for using the toilet.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 8, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

The balance that was passed on to you

Like many working parents, I struggle with work/life balance. At least once a day, I wonder if I am spending enough time with my family, or if I am committed enough to my job. I do my best to model a family first attitude for my team, but I know they have seen evidence of me working late into the night from time to time. I hate not knowing how my son will really feel about having two working parents - and the effects upon his life from…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Let that teen get to work

Think about your first job for a moment. I'm guessing that it wasn't your dream job, but I am also guessing that you learned a lot. You probably learned how to deal with a boss, and how to treat customers; you learned how to handle your money and how to own up to your mistakes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

An excuse to hold more family movie nights

I love when we have a family movie night. There is the popcorn, the curling up together on the couch and the ability to pause the movie when someone needs a drink refill or has to use the bathroom.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 1, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

The fears we have at birth

I have often hoped that I would not pass along my fear of snakes to my son. And for several years, I think I did a pretty good job. He eventually learned that I was afraid of snakes, but he still doesn't seem to be afraid of them. So, yay me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 30, 2017 at 6:52am — No Comments

Picking apart dinners

For a few years now my family has had a special tradition on Wednesdays: We let our son pick dinner. When he was younger, this meant that we usually ate at one of his favorite restaurants. But now that he is older, he actually cooks dinner for the family every other week.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Too many things; too little time

I was listening to a friend of mine describe her daughter's schedule, and it scared me. She told me how her daughter would come home on the bus by 5:30 pm, start homework, leave for sports practice at 7 pm, return home at 8:15 pm to eat dinner and then do more homework until 10:30. She would then wake up at 5 am the next morning to finish up the rest of her homework. My friend is worried because she knows her daughter isn't getting enough…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Involving myself in my son's screentime

Like many parents, I constantly struggle with the right amount of screentime for my son. For the time being, we have settled into a comfortable groove and he knows what the rules are. But, every week when I read something new about children and technology use, I rethink all my decisions.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 23, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

It's OK to be funny

My son likes puns.



I partially blame this on my wonderful husband who also likes puns. He can't help it. A childhood filled with watching The Muppet Show taught him to appreciate a well turned phrase and the results are that I often get to hear the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 20, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Is this a loan or a gift?

My son and I are in the store and he wants to buy something. He knew we were going to the store ahead of time, but he said he didn't want to bring any money with him. But, since he now wants to buy something, we get to have a conversation about the difference between a loan and a gift.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 18, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments

Gaming your exercise routines

I gave up on my fitbit a long time ago. At first, I loved it (especially my sleep data), but after more than a year, it made me feel bad about my life. When I did not meet my step counts for the day, I felt like I let myself down. In the end, I recognized that the fitbit wasn't a good exercise accountability partner to get me to move more, so into the drawer it went.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 16, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

We need to trust each other

My son and I have been talking about trust. It's a hard concept to define, so I ask my son to raise his arms over his head and I tell him that I promise I will not tickle him. He looks a little warily at me, but he does it. I don't tickle him. That's trust, I tell him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 13, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments

Admitting you need sleep is the first step

My son's alarm goes off at 7:35. I can hear him get up, turn the alarm off and then...silence. I know he has gone back to bed. At 8 am, I tentatively go into his room and gently wake him up. He is cranky and angry and tells me that he feels like he didn't sleep at all. I do my best to be gentle with him and coax him into the day, even though I desperately wish I could send him back to bed for a few more hours.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Keeping tv out of the bedroom

In my fantasy life, I would have a treadmill in the family room where we keep the television. This way, if I wanted to watch tv, I would pair it with the treadmill and get more exercise in my life as I walked to watch.



But, that fantasy hasn't come true (yet).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 9, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

A space for homework

I have a vivid memory of my parents installing a built-in desk in my room. It was a counter that was affixed to the wall, but I loved it. I thought of all the work that I would do at that desk. I made designer outfits with fashion plates and colored pictures and set up villages for my dolls there.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments

It's OK to throw it away

A friend of mine once told me that she has several large tote bins in her basement filled with all of her daughters' school work. At first I thought she was kidding, but she said that she had saved everything that the girls had done, because they didn't want their work tossed out.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

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