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Won't you be my neighbor?

When I was little, we spent a lot of time with our neighbors. The teenage daughter was our babysitter, the older son cast us in the adventure movies he liked to direct and we would go over to their house for parties often.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments

Traveling companions are better than apps

We recently took a 10-hour drive to New Jersey for a family reunion. (Not in one day. That's craziness.) This trip went significantly better than the last really long car trip we took because of several things:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 1, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Footing the bill for college

A decade from now when my son does an Internet search on me and comes across this blog, I want him to read this post in which I state the following:

I love you, and I am not footing your entire college bill.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Just five more minutes, Mom

As mentioned before, when it comes to mornings, I am awake and ready to go. This ability served me well in middle school and high school when I was responsible for getting myself awake, dressed and to school (via the bus or my own two feet) on time. I set my own alarm and I…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Taking care of Mom and Dad

My son likes to remind me that he is my only child. He'll snuggle in my arms and say, "you are just my mommy - no one else has you for a mommy but me." It's possessive and sweet and it comes with a lot of responsibility that he doesn't understand yet.



Being a single child, he will fee lots of pressures in…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 26, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Oh! You have a blog?

I don't broadcast my blog as much as I probably should. So, when I do mention it to friends or families and give a brief explanation of what it is about (news that all parents could use), I usually get one of the following reactions:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 25, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments

Apparently, I've peaked

I went on a date with my son. For five hours we hung out together, I introduced him to the Lego store, we ate ice cream, he went on a carousel ride and we bought some books. He told me that he wanted to go on another date with me soon because he was "happiest with Mommy."



I love spending time with him - he…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

Where did that skill come from?

Like a lot of parents, I often think about the nature/nurture influences on my son. In addition to his daddy's captivating eyes will he inherit a love of playing music, too? My little guy has already showed some proficiency at telling stories like his Mom, but will that skill…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 20, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Hey, Dads: Is this really worth arguing over?

My husband and I were friends for years before we became a couple. All those years of friendship added up to lots of funny stories about mutual friends and was a great way to determine how compatible we are. Since the time of our transition from buddies to spouses, we've had relatively few arguments. Sure there are areas where we don't always see eye-to-eye, but overall, we are on the same page.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2014 at 6:34am — 2 Comments

YourBaby'sName.com

There were a lot of considerations that went into trying to find the right name for our son. We wanted something unique, but not crazy. Something that was meaningful to us, but wouldn't set him up for a lifetime of trying to explain his name to others.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2014 at 6:42am — No Comments

Dinner for one: Eating by yourself

I know several moms who have multiple children with active schedules. Those Moms spend their evenings and weekends chauffeuring their children to various sports activities, musical activities and dance lessons. I'm always amazed by that (think of the planning and coordination that takes), and I usually have one question for them: Where do you find the time for dinner?…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 15, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

When families collide

I've got family on my mind.



I live close to my Mother (you're welcome, Mom). But most of my extended family lives in an area of the country that requires a 9-hour car drive. (And, if you have ever been in the car for nine hours with a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 13, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Who is smarter in your marriage?

My husband and I have different educational backgrounds. I really enjoyed all my years of school, made excellent grades and went off to complete college in less than four years. My husband's experience was different as he doesn't have many fond memories of classes.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

Parents: Stop calling your kids

I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

There is now a happiness equation

Whenever I used to ask my mother what she wanted for a birthday or Christmas, she would always answer the same thing: "Nothing." If pressed, she would tell me that all she wanted was for us to be happy.



It's the sort of non-answer that a lot of Moms give. Yes, parents want their children to be happy,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

A boy not meant for vegetables

When faced with vegetables, my son has come up with a go-to phrase:



"I'm just not meant to eat vegetables, Mommy."

It's funny, but at the same time, we need to expand his horizons.…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 6, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

How does a pterodactyl say I love you?

There is a video of my son at seven months old. He is in his high chair with a sippy cup in front of him. In the video I ask him, "What does a baby pterodactyl say?" And he proceeds to screech and giggle in a manner that I find faintly Jurassic and very funny.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 5, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

I survived being unpopular

We moved several times in my childhood, which meant that I had to start over in a new school several times. Although I did my best to fit in, I never made long-term friends this way. I can't really say, "We've been friends since childhood," about anyone. I had friends for a few years, tried to stay in touch, but we always lost each other along the path of growing up.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 4, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Nickle and diming the kids

My son is a picky dresser.



I've not been allowed to pick out his clothing for at least two years. Yes, I supply him with enough neutral pants/shorts so he generally matches, but it is quite clear that I am not allowed to pick out his shirts. If he needs new clothes, then he is picking them…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 30, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

The inherent stress of vacations

Most of us know that we need to take a vacation from work. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. But they are also stressful, especially for parents. There's the planning, the activities, the worry about the fun that you will or will not have, and the exhaustion from traveling.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 29, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments

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