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Property Laws of Toddlers: How To Survive the Rules

You may have already heard of the “Property Laws of Toddlers.” We learn life’s parenting lessons one Cheerio/Lego/SOCK/day at a time. It started so innocently as the new year rolled in and we carefully chose our “words for 2017” to be Abundance and Acceptance. Nevertheless, I am a firm believer that our children are sometimes better teachers to […]

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Five Forever

As my legs pushed his lanky giggling body into the air, he looked down at me. The gentle breeze swayed the branches on the trees and rustled the gorgeous fallen leaves back and forth. I stared up at his freckled nose and his bleached-out hair. Then, I asked him an important question,  “Will you stay […]

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Parenthood Outnumbered

We welcomed baby number three this past July.  As you can guess, there was lots of input and advice from everyone about how to handle officially being outnumbered as parents. Yes, it was true that man-to-man defense would no longer be an option. We were officially moving to zone defense, whether we liked it or not. […]

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When Your Baby Hates the Car

When Your Baby Hates the Car

So, your baby hates the car. I get it. I’ve been there, with both of my children. It’s beyond miserable for everyone involved. The baby is crying hysterically, the siblings are covering their ears trying to drown out the screams, and the parents…oh the poor, poor parents are merely trying to survive. If you are […]

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Meet Dr. Laurel Willig, Kidney Doctor and Toddler Mom

Kansas City Moms Blog is thrilled to partner with Children’s Mercy on a six-part series featuring working moms at Children’s Mercy.Dr. Laurel Willig is a Pediatric Nephrologist (kidney doctor) at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She earned an M.D. from the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and also holds an M.S. in Epidemiology […]

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An Only with an Only; Tales from a Spoiled Only Child

  It’s begun.​ ​​Our​ ​son​ ​is​ ​21 months​ ​old,​ ​and​ ​we’re​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​“So…is​ ​there​ ​talk​ ​of​ ​a second​ ​child?” question.​ ​​Already?!​​​ ​So​ ​soon?!​ I’ll​ ​admit,​ ​it’s​ ​caught​ ​me​ ​a​ ​little​ ​off​ ​guard.​ ​​​As an​ ​only​ ​child,​ ​it​ ​is foreign to​ ​me​ ​that​ ​people​ ​would​​ ​assume​ ​that​ ​I​​ ​need more children.​ ​​I usually​ ​resist​ ​mentioning​ ​to​ ​people​ […]

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Happy Holiday Recovery

On this, my fourth time around the kids-and-holidays block, here’s what I’m finally learning: the first week of January should be dedicated to one task, and one task only – holiday recovery. Even if your holidays were utterly magical, this rule still applies to you. For as my son’s preschool teachers reminded us before the […]

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Self-Acceptance: Practice What You Preach

Self-Acceptance: Practice What You Preach

If you’re like me, as moms, it feels like we are constantly working to teach and reinforce acceptance and love to our children. Maybe it is just because we’ve come off an unbelievably volatile election season, but I feel I am hyper aware of bullying, name-calling and an overall feeling of turmoil. And while I am […]

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