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Ah, it’s finally here, my fave time of the year: summer! I adore the lazy days of having nothing scheduled, no place to be and nowhere to go. I live for days by the pool, dinner on the patio and flip flops on the feet. I’m also a big fan of takin... Read more

Editor's Letters

Challenge your family to complete the summer fun hunt below to make memories and enjoy all the season has to offer! Read more

Summer

After the candles are blown out and the presents unwrapped, it's time for party favors! Finding kid- and parent-pleasing favors can be a snap, here are some ideas to help with your search! Read more

Parenting

We all know the importance of exercise, but how many of us take time to fit it into our already bulging schedules? For years, I didn’t. I was lucky and blessed with a good metabolism and health and didn’t have the time or desire to work out in an... Read more

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Parenting

Tasty treats to try when visiting Kansas City. Read more

Summer

When my younger was a toddler, we used to joke that we were going to get a button installed on her forehead that, when pressed, would say, “Again!” Because it didn’t matter what you did, read, sang or played with her, she always wanted to do it a... Read more

Editor's Letters

I still use a paper planner for our family calendar. In fact, I’ve used the exact same brand of calendar since 2006 and I’d be lost without it. I keep all of our calendars from years gone by—it serves as a kind of journal and history of our life’... Read more

Editor's Letters

It’s March! I look forward to this month’s arrival every year. In my mind, it signals that hope (read that as warmer temps and longer days) is on the horizon. We’ve made it through the depths of winter, and spring is just around the corner! Yes, ... Read more

Editor's Letters

My husband and I don’t get out for dates often enough. I know you can relate. Work, kids, responsibilities—they all add up, and then by the end of the week I’m exhausted. But date nights are so valuable! To take time away from the everyday and sp... Read more

Editor's Letters

28 ways to spread love throughout the month of February. Read more

Parenting

Happy New Year! I trust your holiday season was a good one! After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, January is a good time to settle in and enjoy a comfy, cozy winter. We here on the KC Parent staff are divided on the issue of summe... Read more

Editor's Letters

A look into a person’s Google search history can reveal many things. Mine can tell you that I don’t know much about algebra or world history. When my girls come to me needing homework help, more often than not, Google is what helps them with thei... Read more

Editor's Letters

A few months back, I asked my daughter to empty out her closet, drawers, storage bins, hampers, etc., etc. Together we went through every item in her room and kept those she would still use or wear and then donated the rest. After all was said an... Read more

Editor's Letters

Many moons ago I was student teaching during the holiday season. My cooperating teacher told me that to decorate the room, I could just have the kids make the ornaments she always makes with them. I appreciated not having to come up with somethin... Read more

Editor's Letters

This week there’s been a lot of talk regarding breast cancer due to the news that Angelia Jolie recently had a mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene which puts her at a higher risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Read more

Parenting

My sisters read US Magazine and when in STL I will take a peek. They have a column called “25 things you didn’t know about…” and it’s 25 facts about a movie or pop or television star. Read more

Parenting

A daughter's artistic expression.... Read more

Parenting

For Valentine’s Day last year, we began a new tradition, the Sarver Secret Valentine. Each of us drew a name one week before Valentine’s Day and each day during the week leading up to Feb. 14, we did something for our secret Valentine. Read more

Spring in KC

Our family recently took our first ski trip. I’ve thought about a ski vacation in the past, but honestly was overwhelmed at the thought of packing ALL that stuff, not to mention the fact that I’m not the most athletic person you’ll ever mee... Read more

Vacations

Translating conversations between parents and children... Read more

Parenting

Do you donate blood? I have three times in my life. Two times were directed donations; once for when my brother was having surgery and then last year before my Dad had his mitral valve repair surgery. The third time was when I taught. Read more

Parenting

Yes, when reading above title you should be singing to the tune of the Clash song “I Fought the Law and the Law Won.” Back to the matter at hand: lice. We have lived through a lice invasion in our home and I’m here to tell you, it’s not fun... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

I was in St. Louis recently for my nephew’s birthday. My mom had a copy of last November’s KC Parent sitting out. When I inquired as to why she had that particular issue on the coffee table, she said she held onto it because she liked my ed... Read more

Editor's Letters

Well, it has started in our home. Tori is 11 and in the 5th grade, and over the past week, has suffered injustice (in her eyes) three times. She can quickly list three times in which, “EVERYONE” got to do something, and she, sadly, did not.... Read more

Parenting

It’s time to celebrate! My Ally is turning 8 and we’re in full birthday preparation in our home. She’s chosen a game theme for her party and TRex for her birthday dinner and a cookie cake is her treat of choice to bring to school. While she... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

Ally is 7 (8 next month) and my baby. And I let her suck her thumb WAY too long. I know this. Read more

KC Baby Magazine

One thing I dread about school is all the homework.... Read more

Parenting

Kia Bondurant, Photographer for Kansas City Parent Magazine, has branched out on her own and is working this month on building her portfolio and trying out different backgrounds AND, she’s doing all of this at a reduced fee! Learn more abou... Read more

Best of KC

There have been so many things that I wish I would have known before becoming a parent. But, I guess that would have taken away some of the fun of learning as I go and letting my girls watch me stammer and sweat my way through certain situations.... Read more

Parenting

It’s my Tori’s 11th birthday. Please, someone tell me, how in the world did my baby get to age 11 so quickly? Read more

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It’s no secret that I love summer. I love all aspects (and I’ll take the heat over the cold, snow and ice any day of the week and twice on Sunday) but one of my most favorite things to do is spend the long summer evenings at home, playing g... Read more

Summer

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s hot outside. While I’m not complaining because I’ll gladly take the heat over the cold, it does make things like make dinner a bit of a challenge. Read more

Summer

Well, we’ve wrapped up another year of Girl Scout day camp. This was my 4th year attending. I’ve been three times as a unit leader (co-leader) with Tori and had my first camping experience with Ally this year. As I’ve written in the past, I... Read more

Parenting

One of the biggest issues with an at-home office arrives each summer with the end of the school year. So, last year I instituted “Mommy Money” in our home. Read more

Parenting