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Aqua Tots Olathe

Swimming lessons are FUN…

…and so much more!  Confession – we have said we were going to do swimming lessons for a while now. We have done them with our oldest, but haven’t with our younger two yet. We weren’t consistent with them and the few weeks that he did them, not much stuck in terms of mastery of […]

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Finding the Right Doctor Matters

Finding the Right Doctor Matters

Just a few hours after our sweet baby boy was born, a doctor walked in and told us (in not so choice words) that they couldn’t tell if he had one of his testicles. She said it could be undescended, but based on her evaluation it looked like he didn’t have one at all on […]

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Gentle-ish Reminders for Your Friends Who Misuse Car Seats

  Hey friends, I know this is not for you. You all read your manuals and checked the updated AAP, CDC, and NHTSA safety guidelines for proper child restraint use. And with that knowledge, I’m sure that you too have noticed a friend or relative, through a photo on Facebook or before your very eyes, […]

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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 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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