Author Archive | Rachel Banning

Bathroom Equality for All

Bathroom Equality for All

When you have a child with a disability, your entire perception of the world shifts dramatically. Yes there are the obvious barriers, everything gets tighter and seems out of reach, but there are other things – like bathrooms – that come into focus with unimaginable clarity. Accessibility is universal. Everyone can use a wheelchair ramp, […]

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Clean Room

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms

“Is your room clean?”   Ah, the age old question that leads to tantrums or to miraculously finding lost library books the day before they are due, or maybe unearthing dishes from the carpet and discovering the matching sock you thought the dryer sucked away. Often, when we cleaned our son’s room, we would discover empty candy wrappers we never […]

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Journey Back to Me GoTimeTraining

The Journey Back to “Me”

Special thanks to GoTimeTraining for sponsoring this post and bringing quality health and fitness programs to moms in our community. “Hello. It’s me. I’ve been wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…” When I was asked if I wanted to complete GoTimeTraining‘s 28-day challenge to lose weight, I practically elbowed myself to the […]

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Burning Your Candle At Both Ends :: 5 Tips for Time Management

Everything was chaos, and I was miserable. More noticeably, I was making everyone around me miserable, too. I was so busy putting out fires, that I couldn’t prevent them. I was burning my candle at both ends.  In the past, I had a cleaning schedule, meal planned, and set aside time for scheduling. I read one to two […]

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Wichita Fall Festival Guide

Who doesn’t love autumn in Kansas? Friday night football games, Saturday evenings around backyard fire pits, and of course, annual small town fall festivals! Fall festivals are a great way to support small towns and a great excuse to partake in funnel cakes while getting a jump start on holiday gift collecting from unique arts […]

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Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Raising Global Citizens by Hosting Foreign Exchange Students

Thank you to AFS Intercultural Programs USA for sponsoring this post and for educating our community on the impact we might make by hosting a foreign exchange student.  Traveling abroad with small children simply wasn’t practical for our family. It was difficult to explore safely on our limited budget and accessibility. My husband and I wanted […]

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Dadentity :: When Being “Dad” Isn’t Enough

DAD-EN-TI-TY:  noun. The state of being identified as a dad.  (also known as DAD IDENTITY). My husband takes the cake every year when it comes to “Father of the Year”. He did the diaper changes and middle of the night feedings, laundry, chores around the house, grocery shopping, field trips for school, date nights and flowers frequently, […]

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power struggles

How to Survive Power Struggles

I like everyone to think that I have the cutest, perfectly well-behaved children. But the reality is that our son is constantly in trouble and into everything! He climbs, jumps, flips, flaps, rocks, spins, runs, and does exactly opposite of what we tell him to do. I often feel like I am the worst mother ever. When Oppositional […]

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