This post is sponsored by Mazuma Credit Union As parents, one of the most important jobs we have is making sure our children are set up with the tools they need to be successful in the future. Beginning to introduce...
As I sit alone during my workday and think about how the evening could go there are so many conflicting feelings going through my mind. It’s part anxiety, part confidence, part frustration, part positivity.  The confident parent in me says – hey,...
More than 28 million children in the United States are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine after a Pfizer vaccine was shown to be more than 90 percent effective against symptomatic infection. As parents consider whether or not to...
Now that so many of us are working from home, isolation, lack of collaborating and focus can be a continual challenge. Co-working spaces can be the answer to a work experience outside the home leading to more inspiration, networking...
Before starting a family, my spouse and I talked about religion, schooling, and our political beliefs. However, we didn’t talk about something that would prove to be a huge problem in our relationship: youth sports. When it comes to...
My daughter — our only child so far — recently turned two. Not only was it a time to celebrate her two wonderful years, it was a time I found myself going down DEEP rabbit holes of the thousands...
The snack situation in our house had gotten out of control. My kids—ages 4 and almost 2—LOVE snacks, and all day they would ask for them constantly. It felt like I couldn’t sit down for five minutes without someone...
All my life, people have mispronounced my name. Teachers, nurses, doctors, coffeeshop baristas, restaurants hosts and hostesses, co-workers, parents of my friends, parents of my kids' friends, etc. I get it. It’s a unique grouping of letters here in...
Even before our babies are born, we begin talking to them. We read and sing and tell stories as a way to connect with this new little person. We talk about what we’re doing and seeing and thinking. All...
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An Ode to Coffee

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Coffee. The delicious, energy-giving elixir of the heavens. The life force behind cheery, smiling moms ready to face the day. The gasoline which fuels parents everywhere. Deep, dark, almost black or pale, creamy and lovely brown. The beautiful, playful steam drifts upwards from the...
It’s no secret that when my wife and I decided to start the process of having a child, we needed some help. My wife dreamed of being pregnant, and although I wanted to be a mom, I had no desire...
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...

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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

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Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a...
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