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The Red Dirt Guide :: Wichita Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball

Before you know it, Spring will be here!  And that means rain and baseball (hopefully not on the same day!). With kids in our family currently ranging from t-ball age to high school JV age, I consider myself something of a veteran baseball mom. For those parents wondering where to start, I’ve put together a little […]

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Read Across America :: Our Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

What is Read Across America? Created by the National Education Association in 1998, Read Across America is a national celebration of reading falling on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, each year. The idea is to celebrate reading and, more importantly, get kids excited about reading. Motivated readers mean better readers, better writers, better imaginations, and […]

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Social media and motherhood

Social Media and Motherhood

I check my Facebook and Instagram several times a day. Okay, more than several. I don’t understand Twitter, and  Snapchat confuses me. The filters are funny, but aside from that, I don’t get it. And, I believe that we can form bonds with people we only know through social media, for example, I truly love […]

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The Day My Child Found A Gun

Starting Difficult Conversations :: Kids & Firearms

It wasn’t a conversation I was ready to have. My kids are so young, babies really, and I thought I still had a few more years before broaching this subject. But I was abruptly brought into a new reality the day my one-year-old discovered a shotgun. It started as a normal day, my kids and […]

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Maternity Leave Snuggles

Time’s Up! When Maternity Leave Runs Out

About 16 months ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and took an eight week vacation from my 9-to-5 filled with Netflix, poopy diaper explosions, Purple crying, and squishy sleeping newborn snuggles. Sure, it wasn’t sipping Pina Coladas on a white sandy beach, but it is still the best vacation I’ve ever taken. […]

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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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Dear Daughters, This Is Why I Work

Dear Sweet Daughters, You may not quite understand why I work yet, but someday I have faith that you will. You’ve never really known a time when I stayed home. After experiencing the pure elation of bringing each of you into the world, three years apart, I went back to work when you were each […]

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