Beth is mom to a high school sophomore and a first year college student. After fourteen years as a professional writer and editor, she earned graduate degrees in counseling and play therapy. Now she exercises her creativity as a school counselor. Beth loves reading, especially mysteries.

Writing the Perfect Holiday Letter

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that I love holiday letters. I read every one we receive each year and share the best bits with my husband or my parents or...
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Building an Emotional Vocabulary

Even before our babies are born, we begin talking to them. We read and sing and tell stories as a way to connect with this new little person. We talk about what we’re doing...
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What To Do If Your Kid Struggles at School

Like many of you, we took a class before our first baby was born. We learned about breathing and packing for the hospital and a whole bunch of other things that were really only...
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To Kindergarten or Not? That is the Question.

Our first baby was born in June, four weeks before his July due date. In the blink of an eye, we were faced with the question: Do we send him to kindergarten at 5...
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Birth Story: And Everyone Had Cake

This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  We were grown-ups when we got married. In fact, we’d been grown up for several years when we found each other and fell in love....
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The Next Big Step: Making the Transition to Middle School

As surprising as it may seem, your baby is getting ready for middle school. While you may still see a tiny little person when you look at your kiddo, the rest of the world...
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Beyond Surviving to Thriving

I recently had the chance to attend a virtual training led by my long-time friend Sonya Richardson. Sonya is a mom and grandma, a talented therapist and brain science expert. I learn something from...
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Baby Talk is Important Conversation

When I was in graduate school, I was told babies are born knowing all the sounds of all the languages in the world. Infants can learn any language they’re exposed to. Gradually, babies figure...
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In Praise of Small Towns

I was born in a small town. Like John Mellencamp, I’m happy to say that I was born in small town, the same small town where my dad was born and where my grandma was...
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Why All Kids Need Diverse Books

In her April 2019 TED Talk, America Ferrera tells her listeners “presence creates possibility.” Her words resonated for me when I first heard them and they still do. Written on a post-it note in...
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Winter Wonderful: Fun Things to Do in KC

Let’s be real. This winter has been different than the ones we're used to. This list of fun things to do with your family in KC during the colder months celebrates the familiar and...

Dear 2020: You Were Off to a Great Start, Then…

Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about...

To Regift or Not?

Gift-giving holidays are right around the corner and with them comes the age-old question "Is it OK to regift?" Even etiquette experts say "yes" when you do so carefully. You may be tempted to regift...
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Learning from Experience: The Magic of the Second Pancake

We still attend Parent/Teacher Conferences even though our kids are in high school and do well academically and ask us not to go. Last spring, we were talking to one of our younger son’s teachers...
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Another Thursday: Thoughts from a College Mom

Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a...
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