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As surprising as it may seem, your baby is getting ready for middle school. While you may still see a tiny little person when you look at your kiddo, the rest of the world sees an almost teenager. How...
As an educator, I’m constantly encouraging my students to advocate for themselves, for their interests and needs. With this crazy school year and full classes, it’s hard to know the specific needs of all my students all the time,...
Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a little more complicated than that....
TV comedies are full of references to "The Talk," an uncomfortable, one-time discussion about the “birds and bees.” Maybe that’s even how you learned the facts of life.  I remember my mom giving me a booklet about puberty (provided...
Full disclosure: I’m currently 31 years old, and my children are still very young. I have not yet had the chance to parent a teenager, but I do have a sister who is a decade my junior. By the time...
About a year ago when my therapist kept encouraging me to journal, and I kept resisting this suggestion, I set out to figure out WHY I had such a strong aversion to journaling. After all, I'd done it regularly...
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Being a Senior Mom in 2020

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There are lots of big feelings in my heart lately. Like most folks, I’m worried and anxious. I’m trying to figure out how to take good care of my family and contribute to my community. I’m wondering how I...
Contributor note: This guest post is written by my 18-year-old daughter, Jelise. She is sharing her story to remind moms how hard it can be to accept yourself and develop a healthy body image, especially in the digital age....

Mom vs. Daughter

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She was 12 years old, and we were locked in a heated battle over something so unimportant, I don’t even recall the topic. But what is seared into my memory are the words that followed the argument. My husband...
When my kids were little, it was easy to figure out how to be involved in their learning and school life. Volunteer sign-ups and donation requests pointed me in the right direction. Parent organizations reached out to let me...

My Sacred TV Time with My Girls

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After years of watching Disney cartoons, My Little Pony, and countless other kiddie TV shows and movies, I am thrilled to report that my kids' taste in TV shows and movies has finally progressed to a point where we...

The Day My Son Became a Tween

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My family and I went on a Disney Cruise in July. This was our second cruise, and we loved the first one SO much, we chose the exact same ship and itinerary this time. My parents also went with...
These two call me mom, and it’s my favorite name. Jeter, our 80-pound yellow lab, well, he doesn’t listen when you call him, and he likes to sleep all day. Being an empty nester and mothering adult children is so...
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,...

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Spooky Halloween Events in Kansas City

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While there are plenty of fall and Halloween events in Kansas City to look forward to this year, for some it's not Halloween without a...
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