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 (based on page views) that made you laugh, cry and feel empowered to take action.
“If I had to pick one condition or deal breaker that my husband had prior to marrying me, it was that I had to know how to cut his hair. His mom did it for him growing up, and he really wanted to have a wife who would do the same. So, he got me some scissors and clippers and… I learned. Four little boys later, I am very grateful to my hubby for enabling me to learn this little trade! And because I know lots of other moms with little boys who would also love to save those trips to the salon, here’s a quick tutorial on how to do a basic little boys’ haircut.” Read more.
“All choices come with benefits and risks. But during pandemic parenting, the risks could mean a breakdown in mental health, serious financial consequences, or exposure to a virus that has killed more than half a million people worldwide. We’re told to make the best decision for our family. But what if there is no good choice?” Read more.
“We have compiled a list of 101 ideas for taking advantage of all the family time coming up, while you’re practicing social distancing. Learn new things, play games, make all the things, and take care of each other. You can do this!” Read more.
“Toddlers: too old to sleep the day away while you work, but too young to entertain themselves while you work. How are you supposed to fulfill your work obligations when a tiny human wants to sit on your lap and demand “SNACKS!” every minute of the day? Well, it isn’t going to be easy, but hopefully with these tips and ideas, you will find it doable!” Read more.
At Kansas City Mom Collective, we always encourage you to support local. We would like to challenge our readers to seek out Kansas City’s Black-owned businesses. This directory includes a variety of businesses including restaurants, business and financial services, home and family services, fashion, beauty, health and wellness. Read more.
“I am not going to lie. I wanted to give the dog back. We’d made a terrible mistake. But this is America, where dog’s have their own cupcake bakery (Yes, I am talking about you Three Dog Bakery) and things get ugly fast on Nextdoor when anyone posts a pet for sale post – how dare you give up on a member of your family?! So for the sake of social conformity, we hit Amazon Prime and ordered every conceivable puppy training book out there in a bid to raise a puppy we could live with. The advice was spookily similar to many parenting books out there. Here’s my 5 tips for surviving puppies and toddlers.” Read more.
“Looking at Christmas lights is a tradition that I know many of us enjoy with our families. I love a good walk around the Plaza to look at the lights or a visit to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center, but sometimes you just need to put on your holiday jammies, grab a hot chocolate, and drive around with the heat blasting in search of great, homegrown light displays! Here’s a roundup of some of the best neighborhood light displays in Kansas City to check out this holiday season!” Read more.
“Olathe’s newest family hot spot opened last year, and we can’t get enough of it! With a swimming beach, aqua park, marina, nature playground, and Olathe’s first spray ground, you may have a hard time fitting in all the fun in one visit. Here’s what you need to know to spend a day (or a weekend!) at the new Lake Olathe.” Read more.
“With so many of us letting go of all that excess stuff right now, it’s a good idea to consider our options when donating gently used items. While there are a few well known organizations and thrift stores in the Kansas City area, there are some you may not have heard of. Many of these organizations offer important services across the Kansas City Metro and appreciate donations to continue to provide for our community.” Read more.
“In the short time that we’ve been parents, we’ve found that having an infant has not stopped us from doing the things we have always loved. The privileges of having one kiddo, who sleeps easily on the go and has not yet mastered crawling! We keep a diaper bag stocked for a spontaneous adventure, and we engage in some casual pre-planning and event management when it comes to bigger outings like baseball games and lake days. Here are a few of the tips that helped us enjoy a weekend on the water.” Read more.