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Dear Mom love letters

I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me.



"Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this."



He handed me a notepad, and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments

Stay in school, kids

As my son and I waited way too long to get a prescription filled the other day, an older gentleman started chatting with us. He remarked that my son was being very patient, and he asked my son how old he was. My son replied politely. (Proud Mommy moment.) My son then volunteered the information that he was allowed to talk to strangers but not leave…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 16, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments

Yes, of course your phone is hurting your relationship

On the (sadly) rare occasion that I leave my desk for lunch, I take my phone with me. I know I cannot successfully walk and text, but I will usually type out a brief note to my husband on the escalator ride through my building,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 15, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

My child is really special (to me)

My son is building a pirate ship behind me right now. Along with the construction work to create the perfect pirate vessel, he is telling me about the various adventures we are going to have once on board. There will be buried treasure, sword fighting and a daring rescue of trapped monkeys. Listening to the way his mind works is a privilege for me. In short, my son is one of the most amazing people I've ever met.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

It's true: Your teen isn't listening to you

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is that you have this person in your life that you are completely responsible for, but you can't actually control. Yes, you can influence, encourage, support and punish this person. But, in the end, they are a separate individual from you and going to do things their own way and you just have to take a back seat and deal with it (preferably without losing your temper).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

Does milk still do your body good?

I grew up watching those milk commercials where a scrawny tween drank milk to capture the attention of an older, hotter teenager. And to this day, I drink milk. I don't drink the supposedly recommended three cups a day, but I do generally have a cup a day. From a young age, I bought into the whole marketing campaign: Yes, I want strong bones and teeth and I understand that milk provides me with the bulk of my daily calcium…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

Google for kids

When I let my son use my computer, he is usually sitting in my lap (or I am right next to him). He likes to use the mouse, he likes to type his name and we watch videos of Sesame Street friends or PBS videos with child-friendly content.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 8, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

I am not cool; I am a parent

Take a deep breath and revert back to your 15-year-old self for just a moment. Are you there? Now, think about your parents when you were 15. Were they cool?



Probably not. And that is a good thing.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Let's pretend you didn't say that

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started curbing my swearing. Admittedly, it had gotten a little out of hand as I was working for a company that had a stress-inducing, boy's club environment, and f-bombs were dropped by multiple people in every meeting.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

Why we don't eat cupcakes

We eat dinner as a family whenever possible. And although I have been a little slack about it lately, we try to eat our meals family style because they teach children about portion control.



What I didn't…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 2, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

Hey, Mom! Watch this!

It is the echoing cry of children throughout the playground:



"Hey, Mom! Watch this!"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Having a second childhood

I had a fantastic childhood (thanks, Mom!). Even when my memories fail me, I have lots of pictures to look back on: Christmases full of presents, parties with lots of friends, family vacations to new and unusual places. (And caves...what was it with having children visit caves as part of a vacation? But I…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 28, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

Hey, Dads. Let's talk.

I fondly recall my husband holding our son, smiling at him and saying over and over again: "Da-da. Da-da. Da-da. Da-da." Our son smiled at him and laughed. And then, when he was six months old, our son said his first word: "Mama."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 26, 2014 at 6:20am — No Comments

More kids equals more stuff done at work

Parents develop skill sets that no one talks about. In addition to awesome time management and the ability to function on a lack of sleep, we also have the ability to make up songs on the fly, invent games to distract children while waiting in line and even build super-cool forts out of pillows and blankets.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments

The movies we watch

I have a confession to make: I really can't watch the movie Planes again. Or Cars. I've seen those movies way too many times. And, seeing as how I didn't really enjoy them the first time, each subsequent viewing has torn away a piece of my sanity.



But they are my son's favorite movies. And…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 24, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

How many children lead to happiness?

People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments

Let's talk about sex again

My son has an imaginary wife. And he loves to tell me stories about her.



Her name is Captain Flamers. She is a cowgirl and she was sick for a long time, but he took good care of her until she was better. She and he like to ride horses together.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 12, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

The year of no weddings

When I was in my mid-20s, there was a three-year period where every other weekend I had a wedding (or wedding-related party) to go to. I bought items off registries, made appropriate wishes for the bride and groom and tried to not make any wardrobe blunders caught forever in someone else's wedding album.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

That's not the school bell ringing - it's your phone

I could tell open this post by telling a story about waiting in line to use a payphone in my high school to call a friend who was supposed to pick me up after sixth period. Or I could reminisce about when pagers became very cool and lots of friends at my high school had them.



But that would make me feel old,…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 10, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Staying in sync with the kids

When I was in junior high school, my Mom worked a varied schedule. Sometimes she was there to pick me up right at 3:30; other days I would go into after school care until 5 pm. Sometimes a friend's parents took me home. (That particular Catholic school didn't have a bus.)…



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Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2014 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

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