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

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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

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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...
Although there are so many competing skills and ideals moms want to impart to our children, one of the things I knew before we even decided to homeschool (see my reason why here and what a morning in our life looks...
Even with the many opportunities afforded to women in the workforce, the decisions we face surrounding motherhood and career can be quite complicated. One such decision for many women is whether to continue working in a formal capacity once they...
We homeschool. As I’ve already learned firsthand from awkward silences, enthusiastic embraces, disapproving glances and/or a looks of concern as the person I’m speaking with adds up the number of children calling me “mom” at that moment, this confession...
With the holiday season upon us, we remember the joy and magic of holiday books! It might be the characters in the classic Little Golden Books like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, or The Night Before Christmas. Polar...

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ShopKC 2020: Kansas City’s Local Shopping Guide

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We love sharing our favorite local gifts each year, but this year the importance of shopping local is so much higher. Kansas City Mom...