My son recently lost his first tooth. He LITERALLY lost it. While he was doing his schoolwork, I noticed the empty space in his top row of teeth. I asked if he noticed a tooth was missing, and he...
When my son was diagnosed as being autistic two years ago, I thought I understood what that meant. I thought it meant communication delays, trouble with social interaction, sensory meltdowns, and more. I had puzzle pieces practically coming out...
This post is sponsored by Science City, Kansas City's dynamic, hands-on science center at Union Station.  Who doesn't love a carnival? Especially the games along the midway. You don't have to go to an actual carnival to get a similar...
OK, working mamas. Mute your Slack channels. Take your break. Hide in the closet from your kids. Let’s check in. How are we doing? I personally can’t believe it’s been a year since I started working from home. What started...
On Tuesday, March 16, eight people, six of them Asian women, were shot and killed at three massage parlors in the Atlanta-area. A 21-year-old white man was arrested after a manhunt. This crime happened amidst increasing violence against Asian Americans in...
Tutu girl. That’s what my son told me a bully at school called him. It was pajama day and he wanted to wear hot pink zip up jammies with a hood. They also had kitty cats on them. Not just...
I consider myself to be relatively evolved, or “woke” as the cool kids say these days. (Don’t they? Maybe not. I’m still all side part and skinny jeans over here.) We have two daughters who are nearly three years...
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In Praise of Small Towns

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I was born in a small town. Like John Mellencamp, I’m happy to say that I was born in small town, the same small town where my dad was born and where my grandma was born. I was the third...
About four years ago, when my third daughter was born, I decided that I wanted to work part-time to reduce our daycare costs, support our growing family, and help my husband with our small business. I thought that reducing...
This post is sponsored by Camp Birchwood, a summer camp in Minnesota for girls. Did anyone else have a nemesis when they were growing up? I did, we’ll call her Sally. Sally bested me in everything. She had the coolest...
I don’t say the “n-word.” I have never intentionally discriminated against someone based on their race. I have “Black friends.” I dated outside of my race before I met my husband, and I’ve proudly talked to my children about...
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Pet-less and Fancy Free

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When I became a parent, I knew I would face lots of judgment from others. Would I send my baby to the nursery the night they were born? Would I sleep train? Would I let them eat the cracker...
Last fall, my wife and I made the decision to move our family 700 miles west to Colorado later this year.  Are we crazy? Possibly! Did we weigh everything from being close to family to the expenses we would need...
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Managing My Son’s Migraines

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The headaches started the summer before kindergarten. I blamed it on too much activity in the blazing August sun. The headaches continued into the first few months of kindergarten. I was coming to pick him up from school at least...
This post is sponsored by Children's Mercy. If your kid experiences frequent headaches, you are not alone. More than 40,000 kids in the Kansas City metro suffer from headaches. The good news is that headaches aren’t usually serious, but they...

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Kansas City Summer Camp Guide

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Registrations are open for Kansas City summer camps and activities are filling up fast! Check out some of our favorite summer camps for kids...
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