I was in the sixth grade on September 11, 2001. I was in woodshop class - a class we had to take, and I hated it. It was a normal day, and while the teachers were huddled around a...
My daughter is about to turn seven, and I've noticed a shift. I used to curate her social schedule — penciling in play dates, camps, and other things to fill that aspect of her life.  These plans used to...
Dearest daughter, The day you came into this world was the day I learned that no amount of planning could have prepared me for you. You arrived two weeks early, on the Fourth of July, which was also your big...
We often talk about how meaningful it is for a child to see themselves reflected in characters they see in media like movies, TV and books. But, it is equally important for kids to see characters different from themselves. It...
It happened by accident. We were already playing multiple team sports and really did not have a lot of time to commit to another thing. But when my daughter’s very best preschool friend started playing tennis, she was immediately...
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A Midlife Job Change

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At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, I did a thing. I left my teaching job.  Now, I didn’t up and leave the profession altogether, even though last year was quite possibly the most taxing of all my 20...
If you have been to a Target lately, then you are well aware that school is around the corner. I have even seen pumpkins and fall decor popping up! Personally, I am not ready for summer to be over,...
We’ve all heard it a million times. "You only get 18 summers with your kids, so make them count!" Well, I think that is just a bunch of bull poop. While theoretically, I suppose this is true for many, it’s...
Summer is waning, the masks are off, and Target is filling up with pencils and crayons and backpacks. As I think about my kids getting on a school bus at long last in a few weeks, I start to...
Coined by the queen, Megan Thee Stallion, “hot girl summer” means embracing a lifestyle that many of us moms feel as though we left behind many moons ago. The term, for those stuck under the raising small kids rock,...
To preface, I am a first-time mother to an 18-month-old daughter, so I won’t pretend to have all the answers. I do know what has worked for us, both for our own sanity and for our daughter. Distress tolerance....
We are in the middle of summer, and you might be near the end of checking things off of your bucket list. Or, like me, you don’t have a bucket list and are simply running out of new ideas....
Naming a child is a special responsibility not to be taken lightly. I definitely felt some pressure with that, but it comes with the territory. With our firstborn, my husband and I took quite a while to agree on...
In the early 90s, there was a popular TV show where the baby affectionately called the dad “not the mama.” This was always just an entertaining catchphrase until our daughter essentially deemed my wife “not the mama.” You see,...
I was at a happy hour with a few work acquaintances when someone asked what my husband did for a living. I smiled and said he was a stay-at-home dad. "Oh," they said. To be clear—there is almost always an...

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Trick (and Trunk) or Treating in KC

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Need an excuse to wear that Halloween costume one more time and add to your candy stash? Check out these fun and mostly free...
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Guide to Fall in Kansas City

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