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

Keeping our pictures private

My son has recently discovered how wonderful our family photo albums are.



Side note: I spend a lot of time scrapbooking our family photos, so I am ridiculously pleased that he has started appreciating them.…

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

Thinking about those school visits

My son has been really enjoying his holiday time off - we took a trip, he has had family visit and we are about to visit more family in the days to come. He's had nothing but fun and time with the people he loves.



I reminded him last night that he will need to go back to school eventually, so if there is…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 28, 2018 at 7:32am — No Comments

The gifts that they will forget

Yesterday was an explosion of wrapping paper and joy. Family and fun. Food and more food. As I tucked my son into bed last night, I asked him if he had had a good Christmas. He declared it to be the best Christmas ever. …

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 26, 2018 at 7:24am — No Comments

I want to believe

Last year, when my son was seven, he told me that he had figured out that the Santa thing wasn't real. He gave me some story that he and his friends at school had worked out - Santa couldn't be real, because all the parents leave the house on Christmas Eve after children go to bed to go buy presents.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 24, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

A little help with lunch

I usually pack my son's school lunch while he is brushing his teeth. I never really planned out this timing - it's just how the morning schedule seemed to develop. Because of this, my son usually doesn't find out what is in his lunch until he is in the school cafeteria, ready to eat.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 21, 2018 at 7:28am — No Comments

Someone you can laugh with

I've been showing my son the scrapbooks that I've put together over the years as a way to make his memories stronger and as a way to teach him our family's history. I love watching him point out the events that he does remember or when he points to a picture of my husband and I from before he was born and asks where he was.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Unplugging from our screens

I am enjoying the new feature on my phone that tells me how much I've used it that week. I like to see it go down, and it makes me think through my actions over the course of a week when it goes up (did I play too many games? was this the week I started a group text with my team?)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

Are your children moving enough?

I really like my son's doctor. She has known him since he was only a few days old, and she has watched him grow up. In all the times that we have seen her, she has taken the time to answer all my questions (and allay my new-mom fears). Now that he is older, I've noticed that she has taken some extra time to answer my son's questions.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 14, 2018 at 7:25am — No Comments

Strengthening communication with schools

I get a lot of communications from my son's school. This includes everything from text messages and emails to printed notes and online flyers. I try to read through everything that comes in and ensure that I am not missing anything major. Sometimes this is difficult, as the school sends multiple messages out each week.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2018 at 7:18am — No Comments

What our children worry about

I am always surprised when my son is paying attention to the money that we spend as a family. For example, we recently bought an inflatable for our holiday decorations, and he was upset over the amount of money we were spending on it - at least until I explained to him that the price of the inflatable was spread out over several years and led to our overall enjoyment. After that math breakdown, he relaxed a bit.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2018 at 7:36am — No Comments

Another list of things we should be doing

If you open any parenting-based magazine, you will quickly come across a list article. And, undoubtedly, the list article will be of things you should be doing as a parent, but you probably aren't.



These types of articles used to get me down and make me feel like I wasn't holding up my end of the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

When your birthday really matters

I have a birthday in June.



When I was little, this meant that I could stay up as late as I wanted on my birthday or celebrate it with a slumber party on the day of my birthday without having to wait until the weekend. But I was sometimes unhappy that I had a birthday outside of the school's calendar: I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

A time for giving

We've spent the last two weekends decorating for Christmas. I have been enjoying the process of expanding our Christmas decorations this year, and I love the way our home has turned out. I have even noticed (just as science told me) that decorating for the holiday puts me in an overall cheerier mood than usual. I hope that…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments

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