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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,...
If you’re a new mom, you’ve probably heard that those first months of motherhood are hard. That you’ll be in survival mode until the baby is probably six months old. That you’ll cry a lot and sleep just a...
Dental care can be frightening and intimidating to a small child, and that first impression can often last a lifetime.  That’s why we do everything we can to make those first impressions as positive as possible. Ideally, early childhood...
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our kids to a local breakfast place for pancakes. My husband colored with my son while my daughter and I sang "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Little Bunny Foo Foo"...
I am notoriously bad at goodbyes. I often opt for the safer “See ya later…” when faced with a potentially sad situation. One recent farewell caught me off guard because of how unexpectedly hard it ended up being. I’m...
We were boarding a flight this summer and the sound echoed the terminal, a small child was having a meltdown. You could almost see the worry in the faces of the people waiting to board their plane. Secretly hoping...
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...

Potty Pressure

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I have no idea what I’m doing.  Google says the average boy is potty trained by 39 months. That makes us officially one month behind. And counting. We’ve got a long way to go.  I guess I screwed up the first part. We...
All I'm trying to do is enjoy my life. Get through the day with the least amount of discomfort as possible.  Sure, I know they'll make me get dressed, bathed, and eat. And these things are necessary... I guess....
I’ve heard a lot about this stage. The dreaded three-year-old. This past month, we’ve officially hit it. To be clear, William isn’t three-years-old yet. That happens later this month. But the attitude has arrived. Big time. And I am not...

Finding Your Ms. Phyllis

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The thought of finding a place and people to care for your child while you go to work all day is one that no mother looks forward to. And because finding reliable, safe and affordable care for an infant...
As a mom, I’m always looking for opportunities to help my daughter grow and learn. When I was still pregnant with Madeline, I read article upon article about the various ways to help nurture development and a love of...
Recently, it was that time of year again when everyone wanted to know what my kids would be dressing as for Halloween. Let's start with my son. Aside from a two-day period of telling me he wanted to be...
Lately, I'm convinced my three-year-old is conducting an experiment to see how little a preschooler can eat and actually survive. We recently had a four-day weekend, and by day four I couldn't even remember the last full meal she had...

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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...