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It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mother or just as a person; sometimes just going through life day-to-day can feel taxing. Anytime I begin to feel this way, I think of my sister and the strength...
Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s a major change that is...

Your First Day of School

You are my first. I am learning to be a mother because of you. You've taught me more about myself and about life than anyone ever has. We are about to begin an entirely new chapter. This is such...
5…4…3…2…1…Happy new (school) year!  Seeing the new boxes of crayons and glue sticks in the stores is my cue to start making my new (school) year’s resolutions. It is also the cue that starts my nerves working overtime. I’ve...
Summer is winding down, and the stores are full of crayons, glue sticks, and pencils. My second grader is grabbing the school list and checking it twice. My preschoolers can’t read a calendar, but they feel something in the...
If you're like me, you probably try your best to limit screen time but also know sometimes flipping on a show is the easiest way to wind down, distract, or even spend some relaxing family time together on a...

Great Introductions

My palms were sweaty, and I cleared my throat. It had seemed like a good idea, but now that the moment was here I felt the magnitude of the situation. Two people who had shaped how I view the...
Private School Guilt

Private School Guilt

Any time someone asks me where our soon-to-be kindergartner will be going to school next year, I cringe and try to change the subject. As a product of public schools, a public school teacher, and someone who believes vehemently...
Will my teacher(s) be nice? Where will our classroom be located? Will I get a lot of homework? Who will I eat with at lunch? What will I eat at lunch? Who will I sit by on the bus?...
Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About the only thing my degree...
"Aren't you sad?" I have been asked that question a dozen times in the last month. You see, my youngest, my baby boy, is growing up... and graduating preschool. Every time it's mentioned, I look at the questioner with a bit...
As a teacher, the surprise ending of the children’s book First Day Jitters always brings a smile to my face. Amidst all the back to school mania – shopping for school clothes and shiny new school supplies, changes in...
It's the MOST wonderful time of the year! Yes, friends...my favorite time of year is upon us. Aisle after aisle of boxes filled with perfectly sharpened Crayola Crayons. The box of 64, please! I'll take two! Folders and spirals in...
You know the old adage, "practice makes perfect"? Did you know it's not actually true? Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. In the education world, we prefect the phrase, "practice makes permanent." Did you know that students...
Late last year, my husband and I started the search for a new daycare for our daughter (now 2.5). While some parents dread the seemingly endless process of calling, touring, interviewing, decision-making and checking references, I am an anomaly...

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Ultimate Guide to The Holidays in Kansas City

The holiday magic in Kansas City is one of our favorite things about where we call home! From holiday festivals to magical theater to...