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Why I’m Raising A Santa Believer

For kids, believing in Santa Claus is magical; for parents, it’s nostalgic. Santa represents goodness, giving and joy and believing in him just feels…well, good! When I strip all that away, though, and discern why I’m really raising my daughter to believe in things like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy—there’s one […]

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My 3-Minute House Cleaning Trick {Plus 50% OFF Coupon Code}

Thank you to Cleaning Buddy for sponsoring this post and providing easy, quality house-cleaning services for Wichita families!Have you ever cleaned your house in under three minutes? Not the “unexpected guests drill” shoving things in closets, squirting toilet bowl cleaner in the john, and doing a quick spit shine on the counter. A real, whole […]

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Real-Life ‘Wonder’ :: Growing Up with Treacher Collins Syndrome

Thanks to Plastic Surgery Center for sponsoring this post and offering excellent medical care for Wichita families! Based on the New York Times bestselling book, the movie Wonder is a moving and uplifting story that showcases the physical and mental ups and downs of a young boy named Auggie who lives with Treacher Collins Syndrome. […]

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Holiday Drinks for Every Party :: From Our Team to Yours

Any time I throw a party, from a simple potluck to an elaborate Oscar-watching party, my mind races with all the details: Will there be enough food? Will everyone like the food? What if someone is allergic to something? And most importantly, What will the people drink? I polled our contributor team to get out […]

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Finding Strength in #MeToo

“….me too.” Those two words broke my heart for a week solid after Alyssa Milano took to social media in October with Tarana Burke’s phrase #metoo that raised our society’s awareness to the prevalence of sexual misconduct. In post after post, I witnessed courageous family, friends, co-workers and brave strangers come forward with those two […]

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Getting Your Child to Open Up

“How was your day, honey?” “Fine.” “What did you do at school?” “Nothing.” Anyone else have conversations with you kids like this one? Even with my three year old, it’s like pulling teeth some days to get him to talk. As a teacher, it baffled me when a kid’s response to their daily happenings was, […]

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