clairer

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After growing up in Bellevue, Nebraska and graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Claire made her way to Kansas City where she met her husband, Scott. They live in Olathe with their three children — Evan 6, Abbie 4, & Baby Isaac. (Fun fact: All three have November birthdays!) Claire spends time advocating for early childhood education/intervention and is always looking for ways to become more civically engaged; she attends Olathe City Council meetings on the regular! She loves cheering on the Huskers and our KC teams, date nights, reading five books at once, writing, contemplating the deeper issues of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and listening to her kids giggle together.
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Birth Story: My Unscheduled, Non-emergent C-Section

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This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  So, my babies all have big heads. And because my firstborn has a particularly large noggin, we headed down the road of induction when it...
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Beyond the Dream: Teaching Our Children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.” When talking to a friend about how to best recognize MLK Day 2021...
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Dear 2020: If We Were in a Relationship…

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Dear 2020, If we were in a relationship, I’d definitely say it’s complicated. You’re a year I didn’t see coming. One that left much heartache and sorrow in your wake. One that took so much...
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Informed Voting Is Responsible Voting

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I vote whenever the opportunity presents itself. I try to get to know the people and initiatives on my ballot as best I can. I talk about upcoming elections with friends and family regularly....
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Kids’ Masks by Charlie Hustle, a KC Favorite

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This post is sponsored by Charlie Hustle, a Kansas City based brand representing the civic pride of the Midwest. Use the promo code COLLECTIVE15 for 15% off purchases of $25 or more. Valid 9/08...
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Starting Kindergarten During COVID-19

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Quite a few members of our team have little ones slated to head off to kindergarten this upcoming school year. While there are no easy or even good choices to make right now in regard...
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A Pandemic Pregnancy

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What I’ve been telling people, as some sort of self-imposed clarification I guess, is that we planned for this pregnancy — TMI, this baby was not a quarantine conception. What we didn’t plan for...

Course Correction: Navigating the New Normal

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I’m going to be honest with you. During the early days of social distancing, in the aftermath of no-more-school-for-the-rest-of-the-year, while I digested this new normal, all of the color-coded schedule, science experiment, creative art...
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My View: Worried.

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So many feelings to process. One that‘s been bubbling to the surface of my mind since the infamous Wednesday (you know, the day the NBA shut its doors and Tom Hanks announced he and...

Where Do All the Socks Go? And Other Kid Clothing Woes

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Of all the things about parenting I thought would bring me anxiety, organizing and laundering my children’s clothing wasn’t on my radar. That was, until we had our first baby shower and were inundated...
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A Local Look at Early Childhood Education

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Over the last two years, I’ve felt compelled to learn more about how various systems in our area work in order to be a better informed citizen who does more than merely vote when...
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Activate Awesome at Urban Air Lenexa

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This post is sponsored by Urban Air Lenexa, the area’s newest trampoline and adventure park. Opinions belong to the writer. We all need to deepen our bench of indoor activities that allow our kids to...

Why I Love (and Hate) Staying Up Late

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10:30PM -- the night is young. I still have two, maybe three hours. Time to finish tasks I couldn’t complete while chasing our toddler, teaching high school English, or shuffling our preschooler from school...
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Gift Anxiety: When Something has to Give

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Celebrations involving gifts vary from family to family. While many opt to stick with traditional gifting customs, some don’t -- no option being better than the other. Personally, my husband and I (mainly me…)...

Election 2019: Why Odd Years Aren’t Off Years

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I so vividly remember the first time I voted. In fact, I switched my voter registration from my hometown of Bellevue, Nebraska to my sorority house in Lincoln, Nebraska -- Go Big Red! --...
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