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The day after our daughter’s traumatic entrance into this world, we learned she had cerebral palsy. On top of midnight feedings and dirty diapers, those first years for us were also filled with surgeries, doctors, therapists, monitors and equipment,...
If you are jonesing for a vacation but don't have the funds or the time off to take a long trip, hit the road for a fun weekend getaway to Kansas City. There's so much more to KC than Legoland...

10 Tips for Parenting Teens

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Let's face it: teenagers get a bad rap. Society, social media, television, and sometimes even their own parents love to portray teens today as being moody, sullen, rude, rebellious, angry, entitled and lazy. And while everybody I've ever met exhibits some...
When the clock strikes 5PM at my house on New Year’s Eve, we are in full party mode ringing in the new year. There’s cheering, toasting, kissing and grapes. Yep you read right, grapes are a big part of...
"Too many toys...", that's always my thought when birthdays and holidays roll around. The older my kids get, the more we incorporate experiences - but they still end up with more than they need, and very little keeps them...
DO NOT USE THIS POST TO UPDATE - USE THE ONE PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2020 Reading is an important skill for all ages, and keeping up with it over the summer can be hard. Thankfully, many businesses around Wichita...
In early 2017, I unexpectedly spent 2 weeks in the hospital while my husband was in France on business. My two children (aged 6 and 3) expressed worry but seemed to bounce back quickly once their father and I...
The inevitable happened to us last Christmas - our oldest, 10 at the time, became highly suspicious of Santa. First came the questions: “So, how does Santa know exactly what I want?” Then rumors: “Mom, there were a few of the...
As a Kindergarten teacher, I often have friends and family wanting to know how to best help their kids prepare for school. Identifying letters, counting, and knowing shapes and colors are all wonderful and important, but one critical skill...
Fruit picking is one of our family's favorite activities. My two boys look forward to our annual peach picking excursion every year and this fall we added apple picking to our bucket list. A trip to the orchard never...
I don’t know about you but my kids love their screens, and there are times when I have to push past the mom guilt and embrace the screen time. For example when I have been laid up with one...
School's out, but we can all use ideas for learning activities with items we have on hand through the summer too, right? These are some low (or zero) prep ideas to keep your toddlers and preschoolers entertained and learning...
While families in Wichita, and across the country, are continuing to adapt to the current school year’s challenges, they also need to start planning for the 2021-22 school year. One of the first choices families need to make to...
The holiday season, and Advent in particular, is a time of preparation, a time for waiting, and a time for giving. Whether your family celebrates the birth of Jesus during this season, or you simply cherish the extra time for...

Guides + Resources

Guide to Fitness, Health, and Wellness in Wichita

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When it comes to health and fitness in Wichita, there are so many options! Schedules, budgets, and fitness goals are not one size fits...