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Lauren Markman's Blog – July 2019 Archive (14)

One and done

I never gave much thought to the size of other people's families until I had my son. When I was a child, I had friends that had one or two siblings, and a couple of families that had five children or more. I even knew a few single kids. And they all seemed perfectly happy and normal to me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 31, 2019 at 8:10am — No Comments

Narrate your phone use

I have read lots of expert advice regarding phone use around children. This has covered everything from "put the phone away" to "seriously put the phone away and give your child your full attention." (There's not a lot of variety to the advice.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 29, 2019 at 6:41am — No Comments

Where children don't live

A couple of times over the summer, we've taken our son into the city where we work. It's not a big city, but there are skyscrapers and a denser population than where we live, so to him it must feel big. Or, at least, bigger than where we live.



My son has asked me why we don't live in the city - especially…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 26, 2019 at 6:36am — No Comments

Play that funky music, Momma

My son wakes up and asks our Alexa to play "Hungry Like the Wolf." There is a dance breakdown in the loft that is a thing of wonder to behold. Later, he will ride on his hoverboard and request that C+C Music Factory's Gonna Make You Sweat plays as he zips around the living room.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 24, 2019 at 6:42am — No Comments

The ways we first learn to sleep

I have always considered myself fortunate that my son was such an easy baby. He was a good eater, he was not really a crier and (most importantly to a new parent) he was a good sleeper. I wasn't sure how I ended up so lucky, but I definitely enjoyed it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2019 at 6:51am — No Comments

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

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