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I could feel her little hand stop halfway up my back. "Mommy, either there's not enough zipper or there's too much...you." We walked out of the fitting room hand-in-hand and made our way to the next store.  Trying not to freak out...
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 build it, they will come"...
Can I be honest and transparent? Who has ever been a teenager? These questions are so simple yet they are the reality of the work we do at Rise Up For Youth. My name is Lynn Gilkey and I...
Period. Menses. Cycle. Or in my house, my exclamation point! Women between the ages of 10 and 50 will experience their menstrual cycle many times in their lifetime. It seems like a rite of passage when you're younger and...
I have two teenagers: a high school senior and a middle school eighth grader. This means both of my kids have major scholastic milestones celebrated in the same week in May, note to self. It was never my intention,...
Dear Teenage Daughter, Like other moms and daughters, we have days when we get along well, when we can share space and feel connected. And, of course, we have days when all we do is argue, when we have nothing...
Not too long ago my son was bicycling to work on a Saturday morning and was hit by a car. He was crossing an intersection with our local Dillon's and an employee leaving work didn’t see him. Isaac rolled...
Whether you're seeking a diagnosis or hunting for resources and support groups, parents of children with on the Autism Spectrum have lots of options in Wichita! These are the services providers, athletic organizations, and support groups recommended by ASD...
I am privileged to belong to a special club of moms with select few members--the toddlers and teens  moms.  You see, we are the ones crazy enough to have kids ranging all the way from the toddler to teen...
Do you have a child that frightens you with his ability to be SNEAKY?  You, my friend, are not alone.  One of my stepchildren has impressed me (and, let's be honest, infuriated me) with all his cunning ways to...
I crave a simplified life. I follow bloggers, listen to podcasts, and read books in support of a minimalist lifestyle. As I understand it, minimalism creates mental space for our passions and physical space free of clutter. These practices...
by Dylan Banning Next to Mario Day (March 10, aka Mar10=Mario), National Video Game Day is this gamer’s favorite nontraditional holiday. This year, it falls on a Wednesday, July 8, which is perfect because I can play during a weekday,...
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...
"Would you love me if…" Five words from the mouth of my middle schooler. Five words that struck my heart in a way that I will never forget. Five words that could have changed our relationship as parent and child, for the...

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