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This post is written and sponsored by HCA Midwest Health. For you and I, a well-woman visit is likely a routine event we check off our to-do list every year. But visiting the gynecologist for the first time can be...
I see you, Senior Mama. You're planning for graduation parties and senior pictures and college dorm rooms. More important than having the right stuff for college, though, is making sure your kid has the right independent living and relationship skills....
Over the years, I’ve joked about hoping my kids can live on their own someday, rather than hanging out in my basement forever. This may not seem like a lofty parenting goal, but it suggests that my kids will...
Like most things in parenting, getting a kid ready for college or their own apartment is easier the second time around. I know now what is important and likely to be helpful—and what isn’t as good an idea. I...
Today we are tackling the topic of puberty. We cover when it starts and what to expect, starting the conversation with our pre-teens, common myths to debunk, challenges of late bloomers, emotional and mental aspects of puberty, what doctor...
It’s happening. Our oldest child is ready to fly. Well, drive. Sixteen is around the corner, and we have been working hard to prepare our teen driver for life on the road and her new independence. While we do...
As surprising as it sounds, your tiny baby will most likely eventually go to high school and then prepare for something after graduation. I was as surprised as you when we entered the almost-ready-for-college part of our parenting journey....
My daughter came sprinting into the house, as most informants do, to let us all know that my son was going to ask a girl out. After picking my jaw up off the ground I immediately launched into a...
This post is sponsored by Children’s Mercy Kansas City.  There’s a stereotype for teens of sleeping in late, struggling to wake up and being night owls. It’s one we’ve all seen, and you may even see it in your own...
You read the title correctly. I do in fact often let my 11-year-old daughter watch The Bachelor shows with me. I know I’m going to catch a lot of flack for this, but just listen.  Now, we’ve always been a...
As surprising as it may seem, your baby is getting ready for middle school. While you may still see a tiny little person when you look at your kiddo, the rest of the world sees an almost teenager. How...
As an educator, I’m constantly encouraging my students to advocate for themselves, for their interests and needs. With this crazy school year and full classes, it’s hard to know the specific needs of all my students all the time,...
Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a little more complicated than that....
TV comedies are full of references to "The Talk," an uncomfortable, one-time discussion about the “birds and bees.” Maybe that’s even how you learned the facts of life.  I remember my mom giving me a booklet about puberty (provided...
Full disclosure: I’m currently 31 years old, and my children are still very young. I have not yet had the chance to parent a teenager, but I do have a sister who is a decade my junior. By the time...

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