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Purple Up! The Month of the Military Child (B.R.A.T.)

“Purple Up” in April for the Month of the Military Child, or what is affectionately known as a “brat”. While this word typically carries a negative connotation, in this case it’s meant as a badge of pride, a membership in a worldwide group full of (semi) normal kids with oftentimes unconventional upbringings. As a child raised in […]

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Life Lessons with Daniel Tiger

Life Lessons from Daniel Tiger

If you have young children, chances are you are familiar with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The PBS series follows the lives Daniel Tiger, his family, and friends. Children learn age-appropriate social skills with Daniel through creativity, imagination, and music. For me, the songs are what stick out. Or, rather, get stuck in my head. I find myself […]

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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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Things I'm Done Apologizing For

Things I Am Done Apologizing For

The prevalence of “Bad Moms” and “Mommy Wars” has exposed that as moms, we are far too hard on ourselves and to each other. Nonetheless, I still find myself apologizing for, rationalizing, and defending my parenting choices on an almost daily basis (albeit, often self-imposed). Here is my solemn vow to quit apologizing for things that […]

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5 TV Shows to Enjoy With Your (Older) Kids

TV is a big source of entertainment in our house. Like the go-to source of entertainment. Being a childless adult I got to watch whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. After I became a parent the channels moved towards more kid-appropriate shows (even though my ears bled when hearing an auto-tuned song on the Disney Channel). Now […]

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A Letter to My Daughters Absent Father

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing :: A Letter to My Daughter’s Absent Father

“Sorry” is a word frequently used in this world. So common, in fact, that unless actions back it up, it’s practically useless. I believe forgiveness is divine, but I struggle with bestowing that upon you in particular, my daughter’s often-absent father.    I don’t wish you any ill will, in fact, I hope you lead […]

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Hey Kids, We’re Going on an Adventure!

It’s a random weekday and we have no plans. “What are we doing today?” my son asks. We, my boy, are going on an adventure! As I buckle the kids in the backseat and start driving, I feel a sense of relief, happiness really, as we soon are only surrounded by blue sky and wide […]

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5 Gifts to Give Your Child Before Kindergarten

5 Gifts to Give Your Child Before Kindergarten

Thanks to Christ the Savior Academy for sponsoring this post and for offering quality education to Wichita families!Kindergarten teacher Lauren Jabara has a school supply list that may take years for parents to complete. It won’t cost a lot of money, but it can ensure your child’s academic success for a lifetime. Despite a decade […]

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Where Did My Little Girl Go?

Where Did My Little Girl Go?

The other day, I was driving my 14 year old daughter somewhere and it hit me…where did my little girl go? She was sitting next to me in the passenger seat looking at her phone while singing lyrics to the song that was playing. I began to think back to when she was a baby. The […]

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How Motherhood Forced Me Out of PeoplePleasing

No More “Nice Girl” :: How Motherhood Forced Me Out of People-Pleasing

I’m a lifelong non-confrontational, “nice girl”. Like all other “nice girls”, I learned at a pretty early age  to keep quiet when something upset me and accept inappropriate remarks and behavior with a polite smile, because that’s what “nice” people do. They keep the drama quotient low and avoid conflict whenever possible. The problem is that conflict […]

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A Forever Kind of Love

Special thanks to Martin Pringle for sponsoring this post and helping local moms in their journey to motherhood. On National Adoption Day thousands of children in foster care are adopted by their foster families.  I attended our local celebration at Exploration Place in November. There were hundreds of people – all gathered to celebrate something […]

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