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Everyone is arguing over screen time

It has occurred to me (on more than one occasion) that it doesn't actually matter what the screen time rules are in our household, because someone will find a reason to argue over them.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2018 at 8:47am — No Comments

Parental free time

When I meet new people these days, I am trying to remember to ask them what their hobbies are. Although I am generally interested in what other people choose to pursue in their free time, I have noticed that a lot of people don't have hobbies. Or maybe they do have hobbies, and they don't want to share what they are.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments

Keeping risks in our lives

When my son was little, I had to squash down my Mommy worry and encourage him to take risks: Yes, you can go down that big slide; yes, you can try to cross the monkey bars; yes, you can swing higher.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 10, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

What my son wants to watch

When I was a little girl, I loved Sesame Street. I would watch it from our home in Michigan in two language - English and French. I am not sure how much of the French I retained, but I loved the Muppets and the familiar adults and children, and the stories. To this day, I have a favorite Muppet. (It's Bert, because he loves the beautiful ordinary things in life like oatmeal and paperclips, and he just wants some quiet time to read his…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 8, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments

Move. Play. Sleep.

My son loves to come home from school and tell me about other children in his class. He is at an age where children enjoy comparing their home lives, so I am used to hearing about what other kids get to do or have. I have listened to stories of children who have their own smartphones or children who get to stay up late and children that get to play video games all weekend.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Using stress as a teacher

I believe I have a normal amount of stress in my life: I get challenged regularly to take on new projects at work, I have stepped up my involvement in some outside-of-work activities and I deal with the mistakes I make and want to learn from.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 3, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Learning from my mistakes

One of the main reasons I do this blog is so that I learn: I learn what other parents are doing, what the experts say parents should be doing, and from my own mistakes. It's often hard for me to see the mistakes I am making in the moment, so I need a way to write them out, think them through and try to remember not to repeat them.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 1, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

How's your inner peace these days?

In one of the Kung Fu Panda movies - I think it is the second one, but I've watched them with my son so many times that they kind of blur together - Po has to find his inner peace. I do recall the first time I saw that movie and thought, "Inner peace - what's that like?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 28, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments

Counting on yourself

My son is working through a math problem for his homework. (Not the one in the picture; that is slightly above third-grade math.) The problem only takes him a few seconds and he is upset because he has to show his work and not just complete it in his head. I let him grumble and complain through it, because in the end I will be able to remind him that it is a good skill to be able to complete math problems both ways - in the head and on…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 26, 2018 at 7:50am — No Comments

Learning to drive from the backseat

My son and I are on the way to school, and from the backseat of the car, I hear this:



"Mom, do you have any new episodes of the podcasts that I like? I mean not now, but when we get to the drop-off line at school. When we get to that point, and you park, and the line isn't moving, can you go through the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 24, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

Yes, your worrying is normal

Before I had my son, my wonderful Mom once told me that parents never stop worrying about their children. I absolutely believed her. What I didn't realize was that the worrying happened on a daily basis.…

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

The daily schedules that don't match

In our county the school system decided to stagger start times to help prevent additional traffic woes in the morning. For our family, this means that our son's school day starts and ends much later than school did when I was little.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 19, 2018 at 7:41am — No Comments

When writing gets a little loopy

When I was in second grade, I distinctly remember the teacher from third grade visiting our class to teach a lesson. As she wrote on the blackboard, a slight gasp arose from the class. She asked us what was wrong, and one of my classmates said she wrote really pretty, but we couldn't read her writing. It was because she wrote in cursive.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 17, 2018 at 6:39am — No Comments

Talking about differences with your children isn't enough

I did not grow up in a very diverse world. The other children in my elementary school looked a lot like me. It wasn't until we moved several times and I went to high school that I was able to meet and make friends from different racial and economic backgrounds than mine.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 14, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

How important are things to your child?

There is an experiment that you can do at home, in which you ask your child to make a collage (or drawing) of all the things that are the most important to them. Even better: You could ask your child to make this collage as they enter each new grade. And that will tell you the point of time at which material goods start to gain importance in your child's life.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 12, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Tips for tackling homework

When I was little, I did my homework in several different places. I remember doing exercises in my Phonics workbook at our kitchen table when I was in elementary school. And there was the algebra homework I would try to complete in after school care in middle school. By high school, I did the majority of my homework in my room at my desk.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 10, 2018 at 6:50am — No Comments

Remembering not to nag

School is back in full swing here, and with it comes the change of schedules, additional responsibilities, need for greater organization skills and...oh yes: The reminder that nagging children doesn't work.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 7, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments

The parenting tricks you learn on the job

I have several Mom friends who have children much older than my son, and I love to listen to them talk. They talk about the new hobbies that their children have, or the ways that they are navigating their child's education or they talk about the deep conversations they have with their children on grown-up topics.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 5, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

Looking for a few good grand kids

My husband and I had an in-depth conversation at lunch last week about how our generation would need to find new ways to combat loneliness by the time we were our parents' age. Since our generation (and the ones after us) tend to connect online socially, we would need to re-examine how we make in-person connections (which all people need).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 3, 2018 at 8:38am — No Comments

How did you feel about gym class?

I like to tell my son about the time my fifth grade class was all set to have our gym class in the indoor pool at our school, only to arrive and see that it was filled with nuns doing their laps. They were confused on the times that the pool was reserved for student use - or they just didn't care - but all the same, the memory still stays with me. So does the memory of the time we had to take a written test on how to play basketball -…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

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