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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...
“Is my child ready for elementary school?”  If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....
I’ve recently come to the realization that my daughter is a closet hoarder. As in, she literally hoards things in her closet, like Ariel with her hidden trove of treasures.   It started innocently enough with her moving a few of...
It’s a fact: children start learning from the moment they are born, and the brain develops faster in the first five years of life than at any other time. That knowledge can create a lot of pressure on parents...
Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. When it was time to enroll my daughter in an early learning program, I was ready. I was getting an early start. I was ready to do my research. I was going...
“It’s not even sticky, Mom."  These were my daughter’s famous last words. The ones that forced me to ban slime from our house last year.  You see, as an educator, I want to like slime. I really do. I think...
I found myself sitting in a pediatric gastroenterologist's office hoping my 4-year-old had a health issue. I know that is insane for me to admit. He's being have stomach issues, and it all started around the time he began...
At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool®, we are enthusiastic advocates of play and believe that learning should be filled with fun, curiosity and imagination. Research shows that playtime, both directed and undirected, is one of the most important contributing factors to...
Starting school can be exciting and intimidating for students of all ages, but especially for very young children. As a parent, you can rest assured that separation anxiety when starting school is a normal part of child development, and that it...
Halloween is fast approaching! The stores are already filled with costumes, candy, and creepy decorations! If your children are anything like my son, they've already changed their minds five times about what they want to be. A zombie. A...
It’s a Monday. In our household that means my 3-year-old son has preschool. It also means that for the next hour and half, my morning will be filled with trying to prepare my son for his day at school....

I’m So Bored

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Roughly five minutes into playing pretend with my preschooler, a little voice pipes up, “I’M SSSOOO BORED!” Nope, it’s not coming from my daughter. It’s coming from inside my head. Truth time: I get really bored playing with my daughter. Often....
Walk around my house on any given day, and you'll find a three year old little boy who has the energy of an Olympic champion with the heart of a lion. He explores and learns every detail about things...
There so many options for preschool, and the even bigger question - is preschool really that important? If you're wondering if it's worth investing in early childhood education, the answer is YES! But once you understand the importance of early education,...

Sneaky Veggies

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My kid loves to eat. He is a developing foodie with a bottomless pit for a stomach and an obsession with fruit. Where he lacks an appetite is when it comes to veggies. He will usually eat broccoli and...

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Guide to Kansas City’s Favorite Drive-Thrus

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Supporting local restaurants is something that is really important to my family, even more so during the current pandemic. I especially love drive-thrus because...