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Alright. Here’s the thing. We are inside. We are self-quarantined. We are doing our part to flatten the curve. This will be hard because we will all be together. All of the time. But we can do this! After crowd-sourcing...
This post was sponsored by Messenger Kids, a safer way for kids to connect with loved ones online. Opinions belong to the writer. We used to joke that my son would be happiest if everyone he loved lived in one...
The questions began around seventh grade. My 12-year-old sat across from me at the dinner table and asked, “When can I have Instagram?” With a darted glance from my husband, and 12-year-old eyes locked on me, I answered what felt...
On a scale of 1 to 10 of a smart home vs. a home from the dark ages, our house is sitting at a solid 2. I have one TV, the original NES Nintendo system, no cable and my...
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Summer Movie Guide

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Summer movies often mean family friendly flicks! Check out our favorite picks for summer entertainment. Mom Tip: We encourage you to research the movies to decide if it's appropriate for your family. Our favorite comprehensive resource is Common Sense Media.   Aladdin...

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Anyone who knows our family knows we are screen light. There are certain places where our kids will never (and yes, I know parents say "never" about a lot of things- but I mean it) use screens- an example...
I’m that mom. That one that you love to roll your eyes at. It’s OK. I get it. Really, I do. I go overboard. I have seasonal decor for holidays that most people find ridiculous to decorate for. I...
It is almost a guarantee that someday your kid will get a device that will allow them to email, text, use apps and maybe even make actual phone calls. (Although, if the device can make phone calls, it is...
Your son is finally, FINALLY potty trained! Your little girl took her first step! That family vacay went off without a hitch and the kids had so much fun! To social media, we go! In today’s generation, social media...
One of the things that brings me great joy in this life is beauty. I adore beautiful things and places. I love home design, photography, and art. Tidy and impeccably decorated spaces make my heart sing. I just learned...
It's a gorgeous August evening. The peepers are peeping, the moon has just popped out, and my 3-and-half-year-old son and I are enjoying one of our favorite summer traditions: porch popsicles. A pretty perfect night for us. Suddenly I...
“Let us see the dinosaur app!” I hear it every day. They crowd around, squeezing together to see my phone screen, and I pass it off to whoever seems to have the least-sticky hands. The "dinosaur app” is Timehop. They call...
In this technology driven age, we tried a rather extreme experiment recently. We put our kids on a 3 week long, interactive screens fast. No video games, no tablets, no computers, no cheap handheld games from drugstores, and even...
My husband and I have been in a small debate about screen exposure for our infant. While I have been on the side of no (or very limited exposure) he struggles to see the harm in snuggling up to...
Confession: I’m a crier. Reading “On The Night You Were Born” to my kids. Cried. Watching a particularly well done Folders commercial. Cried. Listening to my son sings “Dream A Little Dream,” the night-night song I’ve sung to him...

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The Kansas City Virtual School + Homeschooling Guide: Education Resources for...

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Welcome to the 2020 school year! If you're fumbling your way through this unprecedented year of pandemic education, you're not alone. This guide will...