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When you’re shopping for baby clothes either for your own newborn or as a gift for someone else, it can be tricky to navigate the oversaturated supply that’s available. Between adorable outfits that will only get pulled out once...
Whether Friday night lights fracas, an errant high kick in dance or the mid-air separation of skateboard and skater, more and more young athletes are experiencing concussions or other Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease...
I was standing in the parking lot of the grocery store, talking to a mom friend. I asked her how her college kid was doing. And she started to cry. He was doing well and enjoying school, she said....
We've all heard that every child is different. My first born is a people-pleasing rule follower. My second born is a honey badger. Girlfriend will look you in the eye while you tell her "no" and do it anyway.  For...
People ask me all the time, "How do you do it?" And I literally have no wise words to say. I sincerely wish I did because I love helping people. That's sorta my love language. And as a teacher,...
Our family vacation this year was amazing! Just the four of us. My husband Doug and I, our daughter Kate, and our son Ryan met in DC and drove to Toronto with several stops and side trips along the...
We are all settling into our school routine now and the craziness of the morning rush. As the chaos and hustle occur, safety mistakes are more likely to happen as parents' attention is divided.  As cold and flu season approach...
When I was going through middle and high school, there was little acknowledgment for students who were not going to college. College was the perceived next step after high school, and if that wasn’t in the plans for you,...
Let’s face it. Back-to-school anxiety is a common malady for all of us, especially our kids.  Whether it’s a sudden tummy ache, a temper flare, surly attitude or even a downright refusal to let go of your leg at...
Back to School

Back to School Guide

Dear Kindergarten Teacher, The day has finally arrived. My tiny baby girl is officially a big kid, starting big school, and I am entrusting a large piece of my heart into your care. There are a few things you...
This past year my teenage daughter has gone from passenger to driver. Last week, she received her restricted driver’s license, which means she can drive to work and school on her own. As I watched her drive away for...
Intimidated. Overwhelmed. Indecisive. The first year of homeschooling was all over the place. A big beautiful mess of transition. I had this dreamy idea of how I wanted our days to go, how I wanted our space to look,...
The goal of the first appointment is to determine if treatment is needed and, if so, the best way to proceed. A thorough clinical examination of your child’s teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure will be performed. Photographs, x-rays,...
Don't be scared! I'm just the PTO lady (and my name is Karen. Can I talk to your manager? Just kidding.).   This was going to be a post about how I got involved with the PTO and am now knee-deep...
If you or someone you know has recently sent their first child off to kindergarten you may have noticed that the (mostly) chill mothers of preschoolers often transform into a ball of worry when their first child starts elementary...

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Ultimate Guide to The Holidays in Kansas City

The holiday magic in Kansas City is one of our favorite things about where we call home! From holiday festivals to magical theater to...