Author Archive | Vanessa Knight

Summer Kids Movies in Kansas City

Summer Kids Movies: New Releases, Park, Dive-In and Drive-In

WHAT TO SEE Before you take your kids to see any of these films, check out Common Sense Media’s reviews for a complete description of what to expect to determine if they are right for your child. Follow the title links below for some fun interactive sites (some have games for kids)! Here’s what to see when […]

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We Hired a Sibling Doula

We Hired a Sibling Doula

I’ve had three babies. All of my extended family lives out-of-state, all over the country. When I went into labor with the first, I didn’t have to worry about childcare for any other children. The second time, I had to think about arrangements for a spur of the moment call for help, or to fly […]

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Five Parenting Tips for the Uncoupled or Divorced

5 Parenting Tips for the Uncoupled or Divorced

The divorce rate is going down, but so is the marriage rate. More couples are having children as non-married partners. I’m a professional counselor (…substitute “therapist,” “shrink,” “talk doc”), and many of my clients are shocked to find out that I’ve been married, divorced and remarried. My coparent and I manage to attend events together with […]

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My Kitchen Counter Office

My Kitchen Counter Office

The biggest success of my day is wiping my kitchen counter. Yes. Spraying my counter with cleaner and taking a towel to it. I’m not a neat freak or a super clean mama. When I wipe my kitchen counter, I’ve managed to contain the bills, to-do lists, bank deposits, dinner ingredients, tomorrow’s lunch boxes, Legos, […]

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That's a Good Way to Kill a Baby

That’s a Good Way to Kill a Baby

When my elementary school aged kids were little, all the responsibility for their safety in our household fell to me. My childproofing skills were a.m.a.z.i.n.g.  I had the outlets covered. Check. I had the blind cords wrapped up. Check. I had the stovetop guarded with a plastic shield. Check. The doorknobs were encased in plastic, the stairs had […]

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Speaking Physically to Newborns: 3 Tips for Understanding Newborn Behavior

Speaking Physically to Newborns: 3 Tips for Understanding Newborn Behavior

Newborns are like fetuses outside the body. You have to change diapers, feed every 2-3 hours sleep deprived with no rewards… and then there’s a smile. And you wonder if it’s just gas. Remember the British lady on Oprah who studies babies’ cries and taught new moms to listen to five basic sounds all newborns […]

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An Open Letter to the Mommy Blog Editors

An Open Letter to the Mommy Blog Editors

The sound of an orchestra tuning before a concert is happening on the Internet. A network of sounds – low and deep, high-pitched, staccato and playful, slow and grieving – all moving around a central note in order to attune to one another and play their instruments of dissonance and resolutions. Mothers everywhere are playing […]

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