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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....
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,...
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...
Over the past 20 years, we have conquered the terrible twos, potty training, stitches, the driver’s permit and the break-ups. Surely we were ready to send her off to college? It was the day that she had waited patiently for...

Puberty is Knocking

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I first noticed it in the team huddle after the game I had just coached. It was a familiar smell, one that I grew up noticing from years of playing indoor team sports. The intoxicating scent of natural body...
Picture it and take a journey with me. The year is 1997. I am one week away from college and handed my first set of car keys. My car keys. To my car! What was the car, you ask? ...
  I sit on the sidelines and I’m in awe of you. I watch around me as other parents yell and scream. I can’t bring myself to do that because that’s not me and you. Son, I’m proud of you  no...
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Gearing up for Prom

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It's prom season in our house! My freshman and junior are beyond excited. This mommy is not as excited as I am sad to see my babies growing up. We have a few short weeks until the big day and...
Am I a terrible parent? A terrible person in general? Because I have decided, it is time to let my kids fail. Helicopter parent is defined as: A parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of...
When I first signed my daughters up for sports, I went the traditional route of dance and gymnastics. My friends opted for soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball with their kids. Kansas City has so many fantastic options for all of...
If you have a daughter, you know how that relationship between a mother and daughter can be very complex and occasionally difficult, especially when your daughter is a budding preteen dealing with not only physical but emotional changes. Sometimes...

A Run with My Son

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I thought I had nailed parenting. My son and I laughed and played together great. Then he began to grow up. Slowly I realized that my way of playing was too tame for him. He didn’t want to...
We’ve entered tweendom, and it’s been much more hard than I expected. Much more hard on me than it is on you. And it’s only going to get harder. I accept it, I’m ready for it and I will hold you,...
Those adorable first baby sounds, the coos and babbles that we try so hard to make sound like real words are the beginning of a lifetime of communication ups-and-downs between parents and their kids.  From those first little words that...
Recently, my daughter and oldest child became a 12-year-old. Three days later my youngest child became a 7-year-old, so excuse the whiny tone of this post. I'm struggling to wrap my head around how it seems like in the...

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Family Date Ideas in Kansas City

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What do you love more? Family dates? Or dates with your partner or best friend? For me, it is nearly impossible to pick, because...