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Cyndra Whiddon

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Cyndra is a Wichita Native, mother of 4, wife of one busy MD and volunteer to many! She loves to workout, read, run, spend time with her kids and have dates with her husband. She is an RN but hung that hat up in 2001 to become a full time stay at home mom. Her favorite, hardest, most demanding, rewarding job has been being a Mom.

Parenting the “Auto-Pilot” Years

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I was walking through a bookstore recently and found myself mindlessly searching through various sections and eventually found myself in the "Parenting" section. I browsed through the books about a multitude of topics and...

5 Things You Need to Know about Teen Driving

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 We all remember being a teenager and getting behind the wheel of a car for the very first time. We were excited. We were ready to gain some independence. We were scared! However, as...

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When My Kids Were Little

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I'm often asked for advice from mom friends who have younger kids. I'm in no way an expert and I often laugh when they say, "Can you give me advice?" But I guess since...

How Yoga and Barre Saved My Sanity

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I've always been an athlete. At the ripe old age of 5, my parents starting me in competitive swimming and thus began my lifelong journey of physical activity. I swam year round for 10...

5 Things You Need to Know About School Volunteering

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When you see or hear the word "volunteering" what do you feel? Do you feel anxious, sweaty, happy, eager or even scared? If you feel anxious, sweaty or scared, you are not alone. But...

5 Things Your Labor & Delivery Nurse Wants You To Know

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In December of 1997, I graduated from Nursing School and started my career as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. I LOVED it! Sure, the hours were tough, there were complicated patients and heartbreaking outcomes,...

Why I Won’t Be My Child’s Friend

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When I was a young mom a few decades ago, I kept over hearing moms with tweens and teens say "My child and I are best friends!" I immediately thought, this is what I...

That’s Not How You Merge, Susan!

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Every August when school starts, I have this "butterfly" feeling in my stomach. You know, the kind that you get when you are excited to start something new. When you know your child is...
How to Talk to Your Kids About Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking

How to Talk to your Kids About Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking

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One of the hardest things to do with your kids is talking to them about drugs, alcohol and smoking. There are numerous books about these very topics, but who has time to read those?...

Where the Kids Hang Out

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In the 1989 Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams, Costner's character built a baseball field on his farm. Many friends and family thought he was crazy for building the field.  The phrase "if you...

40 and Fabulous: A Season of Thankfulness

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No matter what, we all have something to be thankful for. Whether it's big or small, finding those thankful things can really put your life in perspective. I'm a very thankful person, and my...

College :: A New Parenting Phase

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As moms, we all know how hard and rewarding parenting can be during any phase. The fact that our children don't come with manuals or a "how to" list doesn't keep us from diving...

The Worry of Parenting Older Kids

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I remember the days, very vividly, when my four kids were all little. I was so busy with diaper changes, temper tantrums, cutting up food and picking up toys that I would wish for them...

Top 5 Summer Jobs for Teens and Pre-Teens

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Finding a summer job may not be high on your teen/pre-teen's list of priorities, but I bet having some extra spending money is! There are tons of summer jobs to meet the needs of just...