A mom once told me that it was time for her to stop hugging her son because it meant that her breasts were coming into contact with him. Our sons were 8 years old at the time. I was...
An old photo pops up in my Facebook feed and reminds me of a moment eight years ago... My tiny son holding his baby sister in one arm and a stash of Halloween candy in the other. I smile, remembering how...
With the arrival of Black History Month, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I, as a white mom, can honor and celebrate this month with my daughter. Over this past year, we have had a lot...
I’m a Black mom. It’s not always easy, for lots of reasons, systemic racism and unconscious bias against our children being two biggies. But I’m not here to focus on that today.  It’s Black History Month, and I am here...
In a previous post, I mentioned that my 10-year-old son was sleeping on the floor of my bedroom. That was not the subject of the post, but I received many comments, texts, and DMs from readers telling me about...
Sorry moms, but Groundhog Day isn’t just a day in February this year. That’s right — we’re doing this again. After months of staying home, entertaining ourselves inside, and rarely getting to gather with friends, it’s now the deep dark...
It has been five years. Five years since that bitterly cold January morning that I received the call from my dad with the terrible news. Suddenly and unexpectedly, my mom had died. One minute she was here, the next...
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.” When talking to a friend about how to best recognize MLK Day 2021 in writing, she pointed out...
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A Cure for Charlie

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#ACureforCharlie Charlie turned 3 in November 2020. He was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease in August 2019—so rare it is referred to only by its genetic location, SLC6A1. With this disease comes learning delays, neurological problems, as well as seizures...
Pandemic winter is here. 5 p.m. feels like midnight, and 50 degree days are now considered warm. In KC, we've just had our first big snow of 2021 — although our first snow of the season was that storm back...
Last week, our family should have been taking a 17-hour road trip. Thursday was the day we were taking our daughter, Kate, back to her home in the suburbs of Washington D.C.   Kate has been able to work remotely from...
How did I get here? I am not quite sure I belong. I have spent a majority of my life asking myself this very question, making this very statement. I look around and wonder how I fit. It got worse...
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...

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Registrations are open for Kansas City summer camps and activities are filling up fast! Check out some of our favorite summer camps for kids...
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