Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about the last 12 months. It...
Dear 2020, I will never forget you. I am not sure anyone will ever forget you. Not even if we want to. You made “masks”, “social distancing” and “quarantine” the new buzz words. Your tests felt like someone was sticking...
Dear 2020, If we were in a relationship, I’d definitely say it’s complicated. You’re a year I didn’t see coming. One that left much heartache and sorrow in your wake. One that took so much from so many. One that...
Dear 2020,Now that you are leaving, I feel EXHAUSTED. I mean, what a roller coaster you had us on this year. Highs, lows, dips, twists and turns, and some nausea-inducing loops. And COVID-19 was only ONE of the life-altering...
This wasn't the year we anticipated. But the moms of Kansas City Mom Collective have worked hard to bring you up-to-date resources as well as stories to make you feel less alone. These are the top posts of 2020...
As parents, we spend years encouraging, reminding and prodding our kids to say “thank you.” Usually, we start with a small nod, then a gentle nudge of “What do you say?” and finally we just come out and ominously...
It’s safe to say that right now our country is hurting. We are divided over issues big and small and so many of our lives have been turned upside down by the ripple effects of the pandemic. The news...
We still attend Parent/Teacher Conferences even though our kids are in high school and do well academically and ask us not to go. Last spring, we were talking to one of our younger son’s teachers and listening carefully to the...
I’ve always been skittish about using babysitters. We don’t have tons of family in town so I should be better at this than I am. Of course, we have had a few over the years that are absolutely treasured,...
Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a little more complicated than that....
How to explain the struggle of being a mom when you're bad with kids... Have you seen the SNL skit with Kristen Stewart where she is stumped on how to interact with children so she invests in Duolingo for...
And….cut! A director says to end a scene, and as a result, silence any dialogue. These days, individuals are screaming "Cut!" across social media, whenever there is a disagreement or point of contention. It’s part of the movement to...
I sat in front of my computer for two days, trying to figure out how to put my thoughts in to coherent sentences regarding decision fatigue. Alas, here it is, and I can’t decide if I like it or...
I have a habit I am trying to change — punishing myself while holding my kids accountable for undesirable behavior. Do any of the following sound familiar? “Hit him again, and you are going to your room for the...
As mothers, it's a struggle to find an authentic balance between doing what feels right and doing what is expected or what society deems as "normal."  When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had been warned about...

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