Emily Gafford

Emily Gafford
I am a mom of two girls, 4 & 6 and a baby boy who arrived in June as well as our fur-baby, Walter. I've been married to my southern raised, patient and silly husband for 8 years. Born and raised in Kansas City, I am naturally an avid Chiefs fan. I am the Director of E-Commerce & Retail at J. Rieger & Co. distillery and thoroughly enjoy being a full time-working mom. I am an open book and hope that my real stories of what works for our family and the raw emotions that come with each of life's curve balls helps guide other families along their journey. Being a Mom of two wildly active girls, one whose spirit needs some extra attention, I am currently navigating child advocacy and support for parents who lean on professional resources for children with behavioral disorders. I love getting lost in the kitchen or a book, going on walks and spending time with friends & family.
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Sensory Friendly Guide to Kansas City Activities and Venues

Many family friendly spots in Kansas City are opening up sensory friendly days, offering sensory kits or sensory rooms to provide more inclusivity to all children (and adults). This guide highlights some of the...
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The Mom’s Guide to the Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium

This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium. Whether you have been going to the Kansas City Zoo and Aquarium for years or are visiting for the first time, there is always...
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Child Therapy Services in Kansas City

Mental health is at a peak for our children and navigating therapeutic services can be a daunting task. So daunting that many people just push the passing thought aside and hope that the behavior...

Returning to Full-Time Employee, Full-Time Mom

As I back out of the driveway, tears streaming down my face, I wonder how I am going to leave my new baby boy five days a week. Maternity leave has ended, reality has...
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When the Newness of the School Year Has Worn Off

New teachers, backpacks and supplies get us all geared up for a new school year but what happens when a month has passed and the newness has worn off? It is common to see an...

Transitioning from Two to Three Kids

Where does the time go? Time for each kid (don't forget the dog), time for your husband, time to clean, time to cook, time to write (this article) and time for yourself. We seem...
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Our First Post-Pandemic(ish) Family Trip

Our first post-pandemic trip—Is it post-pandemic? Maybe post-vaccinated trip—was in March 2021. We flew to San Diego for a few days and then drove to Palm Springs for five days. Traveling with all the new...
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Setting Your Exceptional Kids Up for Summer Camp Success

Reminiscing on summer camp as an adult, it was one of the most memorable times of my childhood. Team activities, art crafts, and songs galore always had me wanting to go back year after...
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Sleep: No One Wants To Talk About It, but Everybody Needs It

Another night of a 3 a.m. wake-up call with my 6-year-old. “I just can’t sleep, Mom. I can’t turn my brain off.” The roller coaster of sleep in children seems impossible to solve. We...
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