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Acquiring a Taste for Wine – How to Properly Enjoy This Elegant Beverage

Even if you drink wine regularly, you might not have a developed taste for it. Drinking box wine from your local supermarket does not mean that you know wine, but if you would like to acquire a more elevated taste for this extremely elegant and at times sophisticated beverage, the process is…

Things To Know Before Taking Out A Personal Loan

Personal loans are designed to give individuals a rapid influx of cash when times are hard. They offer people a way to acquire the necessary capital to carry out some home renovations or to pay off debts and raise their credit score.

Of course, as with any other…

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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

I'm teaching you to become an adult

A friend of mine told me (semi-jokingly) where it all went wrong. He said he gave his son a great childhood and they became buddies during his son's teenage years. He said that this is the reason why now - when his son is in his 20s - my friend can't get him to leave the nest. My friend doesn't blame his son: Why would anyone want to trade in a cushy life in a happy home for many poor years in a crappy job and a small…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 2, 2017 at 7:09am — No Comments

Making peace with your Mother

From a non-scientific, small study of my peers, I have determined that I have an abnormal relationship with my Mother. It's not abnormal in a bad way - it's actually the opposite: She is a loving, supportive woman who will give me advice when I ask for it, challenges me to be my best self and brings a richness to our family's lives. She is a dynamic lady.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 29, 2017 at 6:52am — No Comments

Do you let your child swear?

I don't swear very often.



Before I was pregnant, my husband and I worked in an office in which it was fairly normal to hear swear words. A lot of them. When I got pregnant, we made a concerted effort to stop swearing so that our child's first word wouldn't be something we'd regret later. Now we work in…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2017 at 7:08am — 2 Comments

The social network you create for yourself

My son and I are at the park and we've hit it at just the right time - there are about 30 other children already there. My son's face lights up and he spends the next hour running all over the playground with other children and eventually plays catch with a few of them. By the time he is ready to go home, he is sweaty and exhausted and can't stop smiling.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2017 at 6:49am — 1 Comment

A baby by any other name...

A friend of mine was telling his parents that he and his wife were expecting a baby boy. And when my friend told his parents their first choice as a baby name, he said his father looked him straight in the eye and said "Nope. What's your second choice?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 22, 2017 at 6:53am — 1 Comment

Sending the kids to Grandma's house

My wonderful Mother recently took my son for the day. When I picked him up, he was very upset that he had to leave. Over the next few days, a series of stories about what they did in that one day together came out (played werewolf, had a pillow fight, played a concert on a keyboard, took care of the cats, checked out my Step-Dad's camera collection). The amount of stuff they did in that one day is almost staggering and I now understand…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 20, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments

That daily twinge of parental guilt

I've finished tucking my son into bed, told him that I've loved him and am about to turn off the light when he tells me that I am the best mom ever. It's a sweet statement that gives him extra kisses and cuddles and reassurances from me that I just try to be the best mom for him that I can be, and I am glad that I did a good job that day.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 18, 2017 at 7:08am — 2 Comments

The fears that keep us up at night

We are still in the throws of back to school time here. As my son gets used to his new routine and slowly starts to face the return of his biggest fear (homework), I am starting to switch into my new routines as well: I can finally let go of my summertime fears that he will be bit by a snake or slip while running around the pool and replace them with the fears that he will get picked on at school or injure himself on the playground…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 13, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

You will pay attention to me now

My phone buzzes on the desk.



I am in the middle of writing something that I am terrified of forgetting, so I ignore it and keep on writing. By the time I am done writing, I have forgotten that my phone has…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 11, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

Who is really paying attention?

My son is sitting at the dinner table with a somewhat vacant stare and not answering my questions about his school day. I am not sure what he is thinking about.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments

Dear old(er) Dad

When our son was younger, we would ask him questions we thought he didn't know the answer to, just to hear the funny answers he would come up with.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 6, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

I can't ignore Alexa forever

Last year, I watched my son and my niece (who are the same age), give conflicting commands to Alexa, the digital assistant in our household. At first they were doing pretty well, taking turns asking for different songs, but it devolved into them talking over one another until parental intervention was required. On another occasion, I had a guest (who was used to interacting with digital assistants) interrupt almost every song on a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2017 at 7:28am — No Comments

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