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...
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...

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Tis the season for holiday dates and night's out with friends and nowhere is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar! The Kansas City...
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