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The history you could be reading

I like history.



I listen to a history podcast and read a lot of historical fiction. I used to watch a lot of shows about history as well. From time to time I'll invite my son to watch a history program with me, and I wonder how truly interested he is in history (versus just wants to watch TV with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 19, 2019 at 8:05am — No Comments

The days you are bored

Sometimes I watch my son play in his room. (This generally works out well when he doesn't know that I am there.) I watch him build cities, assemble insane racetracks and create his own card games. I love seeing him come up with his own stuff to do.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 17, 2019 at 6:58am — No Comments

Keeping tabs on the teens

For our vacation this year, we decided to give our son some additional independence. Instead of enrolling him in a kids club at the resort we stayed in, we gave him some additional boundaries and let him have his freedom.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 15, 2019 at 6:51am — No Comments

The changes to Dad's brain

My husband is a wonderful father to our son. He is a good playmate, encourages our son to try new things and is very patient. I love him for all of these things. I loved him for the man he was before we had our child. And, while the BC and AC (before child and after child) version of my husband is basically the same guy, I have noticed some changes in him along the journey through parenthood.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2019 at 6:50am — No Comments

Understanding kindness in children

My son is in cub scouts. Since my husband was in scouts and I am a former Girl Scout, we all enjoy getting involved in the pack activities. I like that there are always things to do with the pack, and we are always looking for ways to make it even better for the kids.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 10, 2019 at 6:55am — No Comments

Following the college money

I have a few memories of going on several tours once I picked my university. There was the initial tour - the one that sealed the deal and made me think that particular institute was the one to go to. And then, after I was accepted, there were several other tour weekends, in which I learned more about the program I was interested in and attended seminars about subjects I would need to know about before classes started in the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2019 at 6:44am — No Comments

The time we have together

My son and I were talking about his summer. What I meant as a mid-summer check in, became a much larger conversation about time. You see, my son thought his summer was amazing, but it was all moving too fast for him. We talked about the adage of "time flies when you're having fun" being very true. My son wished that summer could be stretched out longer.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 5, 2019 at 7:12am — 2 Comments

The cost of those first years

I was in a large baby supply department store buying a gift for a friend, when I overheard this couple trying to determine what they should scan for their baby registry. They weren't sure which of the contraptions they were looking at they would actually need and which ones they could do without. They compromised by scanning in everything so they could move on to the next aisle. …



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2019 at 8:05am — No Comments

What I learned over summer vacation

My son is thoroughly enjoying his summer vacation. And he should be. Summer is supposed to be a magical time in a young child's life. A time when the days stretch out before you and are filled with adventures. I know that we are fortunate enough to engineer a lot of the magic in my son's summers by sending him to various day camps. I also know that time spent at these camps helps him keep up his core strengths.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2019 at 6:40am — No Comments

Knowing who you are at a genetic level

I have spent countless hours reading books, taking quizzes and talking myself into trying new things to see if I like them or not. The goal is for me to know myself better. Every time I learn something new about myself, I am a little happier because making long-term decisions about my life just became a little easier.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 28, 2019 at 7:55am — No Comments

Our house is a very very very fine house

When my husband and I were looking for a home several years ago, my wise Mother advised me to "get as much house as we needed." It was a good reminder of a conversation we had once had about home ownership: People tend to buy the biggest house they can afford, forgetting that when you have more space you need to maintain it and potentially buy things to fill up the space.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 26, 2019 at 7:52am — No Comments

Getting a little dirty this summer

There we were: The final day of scout day camp. 



I wasn't with my son's group, but I knew what he had been up to all week: The climbing, the range practice, the kickball, the fishing, the hiking...the evidence of the day was proudly displayed on his clothes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2019 at 9:13pm — No Comments

The numbers don't lie

When I was pregnant, well-meaning people would say things to me that I sounded like perfectly normal English sentences. Things like:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 21, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Work Dad; home Dad

My husband and I sometimes show our son older movies. These are mostly movies that we enjoyed growing up and think will stand up to his scrutiny. Sure there are moments we will need to explain (landlines with a really long phone cord), and moments that were very in style for the time (I'm looking at you, 1980s fashion). But there are some facets of old movies that I wonder if my son is even picking up on.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 19, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

The actions fathers show us

My son is fully at that age when he wants to be with his Dad as much as possible. Sure, Mom is still the go-to gal for reading Harry Potter at night, snuggling in general, or can still be trusted to hold someone in their seat when trying a new roller coaster. But, when it comes to fun and learning, Dad is where it's at.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2019 at 7:43am — No Comments

Wandering the world

We've been enjoying a vacation for the past week in a tropical location. We've explored the history and the culture of the area, and toured the natural beauties around us. We are lucky. I remind my son of this idea often: We are so fortunate that we are able to explore the world.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 14, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments

Keeping a room ready for the kids

When I was a teen, my Mom told me that my job was to be a good student. And I was. So, while I had a few jobs during college, none of them were the full-time variety that would help pay the bills after college. My Mom and StepDad welcomed me back home after I graduated for the two months it took me to land my first real job. And I am forever grateful for their support (just as I am sure that they are grateful I was only living with them…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 12, 2019 at 9:04am — No Comments

Looking for the family resemblance

My son looks like me. He has my nose and my lips and my earlobes. My son looks like my husband. He has my husband's chin, and eyes and facial structure. My son got the best of both of us.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 10, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments

Mom, will you watch my kid?

I love watching my parents interact with their grandchildren. Whether or not they realize it, they are always beaming, or looking incredibly interested in the most mundane topics or have a look on their face that says, "this child before me can do no wrong."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2019 at 7:02am — No Comments

The ever-changing impacts of divorce

One day, at a den meeting I was leading for scouts, I asked the kids to talk about their pets. (That was the focus of the lesson.) I heard a ton of funny pet stories, and could tell how much they loved their pets and why each of their pets were special.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on June 5, 2019 at 6:50am — No Comments

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