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,...
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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Romantic Inns and Bed and Breakfasts near Kansas City

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For a weekend getaway with your partner, a bed and breakfast or locally owned inn is a great option. There are many in the...
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