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How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

Tips to Spring Clean Your Home

With Spring arriving it is time to start Spring Cleaning your house.…

How Due Date Calculators Can Change Your Pregnancy for the Better

Learning that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions in a woman’s life. As many of us know pregnancy can happen spontaneously or after much trying.  Regardless of how a woman becomes pregnant, it is vitally important for her to know when she…

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The case for intentional laziness

I am trying to get better at not doing things for my son.



For example: He likes to cook, so twice a month, he has to cook dinner for the family. While either my wonderful husband or I will act as his sous chef, we make sure he does the bulk of the work. This gets hard if he claims he has had a "long day"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 20, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

It's allergy season...for teenagers

I know it is Spring: My car is covered in hyper-yellow pollen and my son and I have started to take our allergy medicine more seriously than in the other months. I used to think that he wasn't going to develop allergies, but a quick glance at his puffy eyes and runny nose has me breaking out the children's medicine so he can dry up and get back to bike rides.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 18, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

It's OK to forget your number 2 pencil

My husband and I - who are only a few years apart - went to the same high school. And because of that, we have the same stories about our school's relationship with scantron sheets. We fondly recall how they were often reused (make sure you start this test at number 51, or you'll get all the answers wrong), and how sensitive they were (number 2 pencils were required and you have to fill in the circle completely).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 16, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments

Creating the ability to be independent

My son recently had a birthday. And with every age, we reassess his maturity level and what new responsibilities he can handle.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2018 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Twenty-eight colds are in your future

Before I had my son, all my friends told me that I wouldn't sleep again for a long time. And I believed them. But that didn't mean that I was ready to experience the deep level of tiredness I did those first weeks of my son's life.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 11, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

Somebody's watching you

One of my son's favorite activities seems to be asking when he will be old enough to have a smartphone.



This is a conversation that we have had often...and my answer hasn't changed. But, I understand why my son likes to ask: He is trying to wear me down. (That is one of his primary jobs as a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 9, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

The resentment breeding in the sink

When I was little, I went to Girl Scout camp over the summers. The week-long camps were at a really nice facility with a huge mess hall filled with square tables that sat 5-6 girls. After every meal, the entire table would pick Popsicle sticks with chores written on them: Wash dishes; dry dishes; wipe down table; sweep floor; table runner (who got the washing bins for the table and put everything away afterward).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 6, 2018 at 8:36am — No Comments

Can you face your clutter demons?

My husband and I are pretty good about clearing away clutter. A decade of moving together and making ourselves purge before every one made us good about living simply. When we bought a house, we promised each other that we would still purge often. And in the time since then, we have moved bags of no-longer-useful-to-us stuff out of the house. We hope that our son learns to purge early and often.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 4, 2018 at 10:42am — No Comments

WIll this be on the test?

Sometimes my son's school will send home an announcement that indicates there is a round of standardized testing going on. More often than not, this message is brief, includes only an anagram of the name of the test (so that I get to look it up online later), and then asks that children get a good night's sleep before the test and that we parents encourage them to do their best.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 2, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

Will you remember this?

I remember being eight. I remember liking being eight. It was fun - no responsibilities and lots of time outside with friends and I made relatively few decisions. My Mom and Dad made sure my life was full and wonderful.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

Studying education over a lifespan

My son started school at six weeks old. Technically it was more of a daycare situation in the beginning, but the facility was actually a school. So as he got older, they taught him a lot: I have a binder full of his work from that facility - times when he finger painted, pictures of him learning sign language before he could speak, collages that taught him about textures and lots of tracings of his hand.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 28, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

Thinking about future support

It was time for my son to get ready for bed (or as we call it: his "clean routine"). He likes to stall some nights (shocking, I know), but after a few minutes, he gave in to our insistence that it was time to move along. As he was going up the stairs, he called out to us: "I won't be staying here with you forever, you know. One day, I'll move out."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 26, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

The former girly-girl raising a boy

I was a bit of a girly-girl when I was little. (That's me in the bonnet at the top of the page.) I wore dresses every day to school, my socks had little ruffles, pink was my favorite color, I owned a plethora of Barbie dolls and my room looked like Laura Ashley exploded in it. My life goals included becoming a ballerina.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 23, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

Playing should be riskier business

I was watching my son play outside. He was hauling a huge log out of the woods to place it across two other logs. He basically made a precarious balance beam. And there he was...at the top of a pretty big hill...testing a balance beam that he built. And I did nothing.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 21, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

What's a number line?

I didn't like math in school. I was actually pretty good at math, but I didn't like it. It seemed too finite. I loved writing because there was a lot of room for interpretation, but in math there was only one answer. And I had to show my work.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 19, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments

Ideal income for your family

I try to have honest conversations with my son about money: How to save some, how to give back, all the different ways to earn it (outside of his traditional allowance). Sometimes the older boy from down the street comes over and talks about how there isn't enough money in his household to do the things in life he wants to do, and that sparks more conversations with my son. Because, like most parents, I want my son to understand how…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 16, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments

The way my son changed my digital life

There is an utterly shocking number of websites that my son uses during his school week. Several of them are for math, there are a few for reading, and there are a couple that cover both math and reading. I understand that each website is different and tracking different skills, but I dislike how many there are. A few weeks ago, my son brought home a flyer touting a new website that we could use at home. That flyer went into the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

The books on the list we haven't read yet

When my son was little, I had a great time picking out books for him. I read him books that I loved when I was little, books that other Moms recommended, and we discovered several new fun series. Some of the books from my childhood had lost their charm, but most of them were like visiting with a very dear friend.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 12, 2018 at 7:09am — No Comments

Those years I stopped eating chicken

If you were to listen to my Mom's side of the story, it would sound like no big deal. She tells the tale of how - for several years - I refused to eat any meat, and my brother wouldn't eat any vegetables. So, she would give me extra helpings of my brother's vegetables and she would give him my meat and everyone was happy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 9, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

I don't want to play kickball

I was listening to a friend of mine discuss her schedule of dropping off children for soccer each week. She has three children. They all play soccer. It sounded brutal.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 7, 2018 at 6:53am — No Comments

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