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Teaching Consent

Teaching Consent: We Can Do Better

The last few months have been a whirlwind of media reports about sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. Every day we hear of another celebrity or politician accused of doing unspeakable things. While I’m glad women are coming forward and exposing these men (pun not intended), I’m disappointed to see so many articles outlining ways women […]

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Guns in the home

Gun Safety and Your Child

There are so many things we, as parents, can disagree on. Clothe diapers vs. disposable. Organic vs. Genetically modified foods. Screen time! Can I get an “AMEN”?    Its hard to find another family who agrees on EVERYTHING. I thought that gun rules in all homes were the same, but I have recently realized that […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Local Resources for Kansas Citians

This month is the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Some sobering facts: 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men have been victims of domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV),  20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. This amounts to 10 […]

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daycare

Daycare Doubts: Questions to Ask When Choosing Childcare

It’s one of the toughest decisions you will make as a parent. Choosing a babysitter or childcare provider can come with lots of questions, concerns and doubts. Let’s be honest, if you need a a babysitter, nanny or childcare provider than your child will most likely spend more time in their hands than in yours. […]

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How to Have an Allergy Friendly Playdate

One of my sons, has Celiac Disease, he has extreme reactions to small amounts of gluten (found in many grains like wheat, rye, and barley and processed foods). He has another food allergy, too. Bonus: he’s 2 years old, so he constantly puts things is his mouth. Before having a child with Celiac, I don’t think […]

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Overland Park fire

The Firefighters

We left a birthday party last week and headed northbound on the highway back home. I casually looked out my window and noticed an enormous growing black cloud headed upward, eerily contrasting the pale blue sky. I knew something was wrong. We got off on our exit and immediately fear entered my heart. My boys and […]

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Winter Car Seat Safety Reminders

Hi, mama! Winter is coming, and this is a great time to chat about some car seat safety reminders. We have all seen the sanctimommy who just can’t keep herself from dispensing unsolicited advice. I promise it won’t be like that! I am not a CPST (Child Passenger Safety Technician), but I am mom to a one-year-old and […]

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Teal Pumpkin Project

The Year of the Teal Pumpkin

It was just a little over a year ago that one of my sons got sick. It was a nightmare scenario; we were traveling abroad in my husband’s home country, a place where we didn’t know the doctors, weren’t familiar with the hospitals and our then 6-month-old came down with what we thought at the […]

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To the Mom of the Kid with Food Allergies

To the Mom of the Kid with Food Allergies

Dear Mom, I see you over there, the one with the allergic kid. Looking worried, looking tired. I saw how you hovered near the playground searching the ground for errant animal crackers or peanuts, the offending food that could send your little one into an attack, that could keep him from breathing, that tiny bite […]

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