Dear 2020, I'm so mad at the memories you stole from me. Kindergarten graduation. Baseball games. Taking my oldest to spring training. A 14-day road trip. Afternoons at the movie theater. Friday nights at our favorite Mexican restaurant. In-person school....
Dear 2020, This is a letter to tell you we’re through.  It’s time.  I’m ready to move on.  The thing is, it’s not me...it’s you. You are the reason our time together has to end.  You’ve been unpredictable, irrational, disorienting, and unrelentingly harsh. You tried...
Dear 2020, Wow! You are about to head out of here, no longer the year, but a piece of the past that I will likely never forget. I feel like we need to have some closure, but I don’t even know...
Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about the last 12 months. It...
Dear 2020, I will never forget you. I am not sure anyone will ever forget you. Not even if we want to. You made “masks”, “social distancing” and “quarantine” the new buzz words. Your tests felt like someone was sticking...
Dear 2020, If we were in a relationship, I’d definitely say it’s complicated. You’re a year I didn’t see coming. One that left much heartache and sorrow in your wake. One that took so much from so many. One that...
Dear 2020,Now that you are leaving, I feel EXHAUSTED. I mean, what a roller coaster you had us on this year. Highs, lows, dips, twists and turns, and some nausea-inducing loops. And COVID-19 was only ONE of...
This wasn't the year we anticipated. But the moms of Kansas City Mom Collective have worked hard to bring you up-to-date resources as well as stories to make you feel less alone. These are the top posts of 2020...
As parents, we spend years encouraging, reminding and prodding our kids to say “thank you.” Usually, we start with a small nod, then a gentle nudge of “What do you say?” and finally we just come out and ominously...
It’s safe to say that right now our country is hurting. We are divided over issues big and small and so many of our lives have been turned upside down by the ripple effects of the pandemic. The news...
We still attend Parent/Teacher Conferences even though our kids are in high school and do well academically and ask us not to go. Last spring, we were talking to one of our younger son’s teachers and listening carefully to the...
I’ve always been skittish about using babysitters. We don’t have tons of family in town so I should be better at this than I am. Of course, we have had a few over the years that are absolutely treasured,...
Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a little more complicated than that....
How to explain the struggle of being a mom when you're bad with kids... Have you seen the SNL skit with Kristen Stewart where she is stumped on how to interact with children so she invests in Duolingo for...
And….cut! A director says to end a scene, and as a result, silence any dialogue. These days, individuals are screaming "Cut!" across social media, whenever there is a disagreement or point of contention. It’s part of the movement to...

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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the...