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...
As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, I wanted to share a bit about the holiday and how my family celebrates. For those of you who don't know, June 19th is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people...
The one thing I know about raising children is there is no perfect handbook for being a parent; the best way to learn is through your own experience. Having five kids has given us a lot of experience, but...
OK, so way back in 2017, my family stepped into the greatest club we didn’t know we wanted to be a part of...minivan life! We welcomed Winnie the Mini into our lives one warm sunny afternoon. She was a...
As parents, we watch the craziest things unfold and can find ourselves completely baffled that what is happening with our kids is actually, really, truly, happening. In the moment, these parenting situations are downright embarrassing. We see flashing words...
They. Them.  Those familiar pronouns have been part of my vocabulary for many years. And for almost all those years, these words have been plural pronouns. “They” and “them” were generalized words used to lump a group of people together...
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Have you ever been on the outside of an inside joke? You sit there... wondering what in the world people are laughing at. It's like people are speaking a language foreign to you—guess you had to be there to...
When my husband and I decided becoming foster parents was our path to parenthood, we weren't sure how everyone would react. Some parents have a hard time hearing that their adult children are not going to have the traditional path...
Reminiscing on summer camp as an adult, it was one of the most memorable times of my childhood. Team activities, art crafts, and songs galore always had me wanting to go back year after year. After having kids of...
I became a first-time mom in fall of 2019. Prior to getting pregnant, I thought I could never do the stay-at-home mom thing. But, after spending a few months at home with my daughter, the thought of her being...
Every few weeks, after dropping off my kids at school or on my way to pick them up, I listen to a podcast. One specific episode of one specific podcast. The podcast: Lola’s Ink The episode: Dear Lena: You are Black....
A storm is coming. I can see the silhouette of the clouds in the night sky in front of a distant flash of lightning. There is a faint rumble, too. A storm is coming, and my kids are asleep....
I’m sure we’ve all heard, “When I was your age, I had to walk to school uphill both ways, barefoot in the snow!” I often think about what I’ll say one day. “When I was your age, I graduated...
“So, when are you going to give your daughter a sibling?” If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me this question after giving birth to my first child 20 months ago, I would be able to...

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A Mom’s Guide to Lake Olathe

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With a swimming beach, aqua park, marina, nature playground, and spray ground, you may have a hard time fitting in all the fun available...