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In May 2014, my boys were almost five and seven years old. I was a practicing attorney and life juggler like every other mom, my creative outlet being the fun and introspective blog posts that I was honored to...
10:30PM -- the night is young. I still have two, maybe three hours. Time to finish tasks I couldn’t complete while chasing our toddler, teaching high school English, or shuffling our preschooler from school to therapy. Time to actually...
If you’re like me, you have 1,000 tabs open in your head at all times. You’re either cleaning or cooking or organizing or picking up toys or planning a birthday or taking care of a sick kid or working...
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Finding Myself Again

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Maybe I have fallen into the trap of a New Year’s resolution, or maybe I am just truly ready for a change. Either way, it's time for me to take a leap of faith. I need to find myself...
It's 3:30 a.m., and I'm standing on my front porch watching for my getaway car. The tires roll up the driveway, and I hustle to the car with my luggage and no one else's. I feel almost naked with...
This post was sponsored by Messenger Kids, a safer way for kids to connect with loved ones online. Opinions belong to the writer. We used to joke that my son would be happiest if everyone he loved lived in one...
You know the drill. Moms are busy people. Between work (in or out of the home), raising tiny people to be normal adults, making breakfast, making lunch, making dinner, laundry, keeping a *somewhat* clean house, being a full-time child...
This post is sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. However, opinions belong to the writer. Until about a month ago, neither of my kids (ages 7 and 4) had taken swimming lessons.  Shocking I know, I mean how...
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Prepping for Holiday Visitors

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Christmas 2019 is upon us. And this will not be a low-key Christmas for our family. This is the biennial Graul Family Christmas! This is my mom’s side of the family, and we converge on either California or Kansas...
The North Pole magic started as guests walked in the door as Santa Jim greeted everyone with a Ho, Ho, Ho! The castle at Little Sunshine's Preschool and Playhouse was decorated magically. Guests enjoyed chicken and waffles as well as...
Dental emergencies seem to happen during the busiest times of the year and with the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to keep your nearest Smile Generation®-trusted pediatric dentist’s number on hand. Little mouths are known to get...
The American culture is one in which we are always trying to give the next generation of children a better and more magical life than the generation before experienced. The sentiment is actually quite nice. Our grandparents, who grew...
This fall, I moved for the first time in almost 10 years. Packing got the best of me. For months, it was the elephant in the room that I tried to ignore until I couldn't ignore it any longer....
Celebrations involving gifts vary from family to family. While many opt to stick with traditional gifting customs, some don’t -- no option being better than the other. Personally, my husband and I (mainly me…) have had a hard time...
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The Power of Noticing

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Children need to be noticed. They need more than just, “I like that!” or “You are so nice!” If you stop and think about it, who doesn’t? If we rephrase our words to focus more on noticing specific things...

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Guide to Pediatric Health in Kansas City

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The providers you trust with your child's health - whether it's the pediatrician or dentist you visit regularly, or the services you need during...