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Lauren Markman's Blog – April 2018 Archive (13)

She-who-shall-not-be-named

In our household, we often refer to our Echo device as "she-who-shall-not-be-named." This isn't because Alexa is evil (although I've had my fair share of arguments with her). It is because she is always listening to us. We've learned not to use her name unless we need to.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 30, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments

Those Moms who don't say No

Sometimes I will meet a woman at work and instantly become concerned for her. She will tell me how she works full time and then tell me about her home life with multiple kids who all have multiple activities and how she volunteers in lots of things and then also takes care of her older family members and has other friends who need her time and attention.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 27, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

Those children who don't have homework

My son is sitting at the kitchen counter doing his homework. He is not crying about it, he is not upset and he doesn't need my help. He is quietly doing his homework. And, because I can't believe this scenario, I am also staying very quiet. But my head is buzzing:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 25, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Watching children play in the woods

My son was at an overnight scouting weekend in the middle of the woods. He tried archery, learned to cast a fishing line, climbed a rock wall, found kindling for the fire and built things out of sticks. He (and the rest of the children there) had no access to screens.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 23, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

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

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