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5 Common Fundraising Mistakes that Might Be Hurting Your Organization

Fundraising is hard work, done with the best intentions in mind. While you might get caught up in the spirit of “doing good,” you could be doing it wrong. Whether it’s a communication failure or a lack of foresight, here are five mistakes you’ll want to avoid when…

Life Changes I Wish I’d Made Sooner

By the time I turned 25, I was sure my life was a single-lane highway.

A single-lane highway with no exits. As far as I was concerned, I was headed in the same direction, with no…

3 Easy Ways to Share Nature With Your Kids This Summer

There’s something about the summer that brings out the fun in kids. Long summer days without any thought of school foster the type of carefree living children relish every year. The only bad thing about the summer is it can go by really fast. As parents, it is important to…

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The fighting is coming from within the house

Once upon a time, right after our son was born, everyone started asking if we were going to have another baby. And the way they asked it, they expected to hear the word "yes" right away, and not the litany of answers that we gave, which included "we aren't sure," or "we just had this one, can't we just enjoy him for a little while?" or "do we know you?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 13, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

Sucking down the nutrients

I recently showed my son pictures of himself when he was first eating solid foods. He asked what type of food was his favorites. It was bananas. He couldn't wait for me to slice them so he could shove them into his mouth and gum them down.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

Our changing motivations

One of the best parts of my work is that I talk to people in every stage of life. I work with people who are just out of college who want to prove themselves or find their inspiration; people who are starting families and need to shift the amount of time they work; empty nesters who have different career goals for the first time in years; and folks who are about to retire to pursue other passions in their lives.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 9, 2018 at 7:41am — No Comments

When waking up is hard to do

In my ever-constant fascination with sleep, I continue to read about our circadian rhythms and how it's not healthy to fight our own clocks. Of course, that makes the world a little harder for my bears that I live with, as the world is built to accommodate morning people like myself.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 6, 2018 at 10:57am — No Comments

Rethinking the role of Dad at work

I work with a fair amount of men who are fathers. These men are all incredibly intelligent, very conscientious team members and great fathers. I know about the last part, because they share. They open up about their role as Dads, and the way they play with their children and the struggles that they sometimes experience as a working parent.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 4, 2018 at 8:08am — No Comments

The regular hours I keep

For most of high school I walked to school. Although we lived in a few different houses, the walk was only a few blocks long. I was pretty adamant about walking. Even when various boys would offer me rides home, I told them that I preferred to walk.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 2, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

Learning over the summer

Like most school districts, ours encourages parents to keep up the learning activities over the summer. While I want my son to have new adventures and enjoy his break, I am doing my best to keep up our end of the bargain.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 29, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

Trying not to talk about the S-word

It's summer break here, which means my son is enjoying a variety of camp activities designed to get him away from the screen, try new things and (hopefully) wear him out a bit. He is having a blast and loves telling me about all the fun stuff he did during the day while I was at work.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Relieving some of the pressure

My son wanted to quit swim classes.



I asked him why and he gave me a litany of reasons that were all centered around the same theme: He felt like he wasn't making any progress and he had been in his current level for a long time. He said he hated swimming.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 25, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

An argument for living like elephants

I have always liked elephants. There is a row of six elephant plush animals in my office that my son likes to rearrange. (There used to be seven, but one has migrated to his room.) My son asks me why I like elephants so much, so I tell him:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 22, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Recruiting a little help

My son is eight. And because he is eight, he understands chores. He knows that they are a set of shared responsibilities to maintain our home the way we like it. And there are very specific chores he helps with (cooking, sweeping, drying dishes).



I've noticed quite recently that he doesn't volunteer with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 20, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments

Recruiting a little help

My son is eight. And because he is eight, he understands chores. He knows that they are a set of shared responsibilities to maintain our home the way we like it. And there are very specific chores he helps with (cooking, sweeping, drying dishes).



I've noticed quite recently that he doesn't volunteer with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 20, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments

Setting boundaries for your tech

I try my best to keep my phone at bay when I am present with my son. This includes ignoring the noises that it makes and the list of things I don't know in the moment that I want to look up. But, I can say that I am more fully engaged in things like dinner time, games and other family-based activities.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 18, 2018 at 6:45am — No Comments

One thing at a time

I have a bad habit that I am actively trying to fix. It has to do with mornings. While I make sure that my son sleeps enough and has plenty of time to get ready for school (and now camp) in the morning, it all comes crashing down in the five minutes before we head out the door.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 15, 2018 at 6:45am — 1 Comment

Changing the rules of the game

My son is almost always up for a game of tag. He starts a spontaneous game of tag in almost every Boy Scouts meeting, chance meet up with friends and during after school play. Tag is easy to learn and easy to play.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2018 at 6:51am — No Comments

Are you attempting a digital detox on your summer break?

I am a little jealous of my son's summer. He is going to all these amazing camps with field trips and classes and getting to swim every day. It is exactly what a summer should be (at least for someone with two working parents): Some scheduled activities but a lot of free time to explore.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 11, 2018 at 7:08am — 1 Comment

The need for personal space

When my son was little, he would follow me around the house. Most of the time, it was sweet, but it did make me feel a little odd. You see, our cat would also follow me around the house, so every time I moved rooms, a mini entourage would follow me. It was like a parade through the household. But with fewer floats. And no candy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

Thinking about that next meal

I was talking to my son about puberty. As I explained that his body would be going through a lot of changes, I included that he would probably want to sleep and eat more, too. He asked a few questions and went on his merry way, but I kept thinking about the conversation. Especially what his growing appetite would look like.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2018 at 6:47am — No Comments

The social media platform of choice

My son and I are looking at pictures from his school.



"Wait," he says. "This is Facebook. This is my school's Facebook page."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 4, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

Parents of teens need a nap

I do my best to get a good night's sleep every night. I am generally aware of how many hours I need to be a happy bee in the morning and throughout the majority of the day. I've also long been aware of how much sleep my son needs to be at his best, and try to ensure he is getting the right amount.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 1, 2018 at 6:47am — No Comments

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