Marsha Roth

“I’m Marsha, the devoted wife of a Nebraska Husker fan, mother to a sweet laid back 11-year-old boy named Kellen and a 9-year-old spunky know-it-all named Rowen. I am a Kansas City native, proud Northwest Bearcat Alumni, and enthusiastic 4th grade teacher! I enjoy stolen moments where I can read in peace, indulging in chocolate chip cookies whenever possible, tending to my vegetable garden and finding new ways to annoy my daughter! My goal in life is to be my authentic self, follow the motto of ‘She did what she could,’ and share that with other moms!”
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Video Games are Changing How Kids Play

Back in the day, play used to consist of banging on neighbors' doors and riding bikes (sans helmets) all over the neighborhood, possibly to the gas station if you were brave enough. It was...
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Back to School: Six Things You Can Do to Get Ready

The upcoming school year is at the forefront of most minds. Do we send the kids? Do we keep them home? What about homeschooling and virtual school? Will my kids be safe at school?...
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When Self-Consciousness Takes Over

It was my rock bottom. I had to spend over an hour on the phone with the credit card company to cancel charges for “magic pills” that turned out weren’t so magic after all....
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My View: Cleaning Out Our Classroom

I walked into a time machine. All of your things were there from March, lots of St. Patrick's Day green! Your books were right where you left them, your coat was still hanging in...
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I am a Familyvert

noun, singular -- Familyvert. A person who likes hanging out with his/her family a lot. “Man, I must be a familyvert because I'm having so much fun spending all this time with my family...
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Chores Done Easy!

If you are like me, maybe you didn’t have set chores when you were a kid. No one ever showed me how to properly clean anything. I just watched my mom (when she did...
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When Your Parents Move In

Being an “Elder Millennial,” I am on the cusp of sending my kids away to college (I mean, like seven years from now), but that was the step we were mentally preparing for. Instead,...
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The Day the iPad Crashed

Our iPad was slowing down and hadn’t worked correctly for about a week. It kept turning off, wouldn’t load things correctly and continued saying there was no space available.  I was sitting in a...
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Cooking with Crazy

Raise your hand if you grew up in a house with a feminist mom who was into women’s rights and breaking down stereotypes! The kind of mom that taught you Barbie could have any...
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The Power of Noticing

Children need to be noticed. They need more than just, “I like that!” or “You are so nice!” If you stop and think about it, who doesn’t? If we rephrase our words to focus...

Game Night Lessons

Games. Board games or card games -- it doesn’t matter. Bring on the games in this house! There is so much to be learned through a simple, no-risk game. In our home, game night...

Parenting Lessons from Aunt B

Recently my favorite TVLand Aunt along with many other moms have been making headlines for allegedly doing things to help get their children into good schools. Lots of people jumped to their defense saying...
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Technology: The Addiction We Didn’t See Coming

I am a child of the 80’s. I grew up watching The Smurfs, Full House, and TGIF. I learned valuable life lessons from Saved By the Bell! My husband can quote entire episodes of The...
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Grand Carnivale at Worlds of Fun: A International Festival of Fun for All Ages!

Grand Carnivale has arrived in KC! Worlds of Fun is bringing the largest summer event in park history through August 4. This international festival features five countries: India, Italy, Germany, China and France. Each country...
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My View from the Pool

As we plunge into summer weather, my recent view from the pool has made me very reflective. If you are reading this and you have met all of your summer fitness goals and fit...