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Lauren Markman's Blog – September 2018 Archive (12)

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?"…


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…


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…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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.…


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).…


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

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