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The past three weeks, I have been teaching summer school Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Going into it, everyone was unsure. We didn’t know what to expect from the students, we didn’t know what to...
How do you plan a family vacation where everyone feels safe? Most families plan their big trips together during the summer. Except, for this summer, vacations look a little differently. Despite the ongoing pandemic, families are eager to get out...
Spring and summer 2020, what an absolute dumpster fire, a complete failure of epic proportions. What is supposed to be a time of rebirth with flowers abloom and milestones to celebrate as communities reemerge from their homes after a...
You wake up. Breakfast is being delivered to your studio apartment for the 100th day in a row. You used to be able to eat in the dining hall, but now, you are restricted to the four walls of...
Let's be honest, navigating social-distancing guidelines is challenging for even the most resilient and adaptable adults. As a parent of a toddler, the stress of trying to keep our family safe reaches a whole other level, especially when considering...
It was my rock bottom. I had to spend over an hour on the phone with the credit card company to cancel charges for “magic pills” that turned out weren’t so magic after all. This magic pill company was...
I get it. Quarantine. We’re all over it, right? Not over it like we are going to have 150 people to our house for a kegger, but just like mentally over it. As we all move into our new...
We frequently talk with our kids about making good choices. Evaluate the pros and cons, and make the good choice. But what if there isn't one? What if all the choices just suck? Welcome to pandemic parenting. Right now, it's...
As we continue to live through the COVID pandemic, masks are proving to be an incredibly simple and yet extremely powerful way for us to keep others healthy while also going back to many of the activities we love.  While...
Maybe you remember the childhood magic of the do-over. This fantastical process allowed you to try again as if the previous incident had never occurred. In my circle of friends, the do-over was widely used and accepted.  It seems to...
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A Pandemic Pregnancy

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What I’ve been telling people, as some sort of self-imposed clarification I guess, is that we planned for this pregnancy — TMI, this baby was not a quarantine conception. What we didn’t plan for was this pandemic. See, we decided...
Anyone with a young child, or better yet multiple young children, will most likely tell you flying with children is quite a feat, pandemic or not. Whether traveling to see family or for the sake of fulfilling one's wanderlust, doing...
Who is up for a day trip? In these times? Okay I understand your hesitancy, but what if I told you, you could take your family on a road-trip that was Covid-conscious, family friendly, and within driving distance of...
For the past three summers, my husband and I have enjoyed an adults-only vacation to Tucson, Arizona. We go for a week with fellow teachers, usually soon after school is done for the year. Our dear friend’s...
Just wear the mask, please! It’s a simple form of self-preservation and human decency, an act that takes very little time, money, and exertion. And yet I continue to be baffled as to why, after months of isolation, hardship,...

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Your Guide To KC

The Kansas City Virtual School + Homeschooling Guide: Education Resources for...

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Welcome to the 2020 school year! If you're fumbling your way through this unprecedented year of pandemic education, you're not alone. This guide will...