How do you spread holiday cheer?

HJ's first Christmas 2011

Our family is still trucking along with our whole “less is more” Christmas makeover. The girls are loving the holiday activities we’ve planned and don’t ...


I Broke Christmas

Please don’t be angry with me, but I have a confession: You know those crazies who go out shopping the day after Thanksgiving? The ones ...


Keepin’ it real: My kids have dirty mouths

B's first dentist visit

It’s that time of year again. Rest assured, I’m not talking about the holidays right now. You don’t need me to tell you that they’re ...


Fine, Be a Witch

HJ, the witch

My 3-year-old is killing me. There’s a daily battle of wills going on at our house, and I feel like I’m losing. HJ now has ...


Lawrence: a great place to have a baby

Lily celebrates her first birthday Thursday in Lawrence.

This, sadly, will be my last Daddy Rules column. Ironically, my writing a farewell column at this time has a lot to do with the ...

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New dads need support, too

Moments like these make all the stress and hard work worthwhile.

Fatherhood has never been easy. But with all the societal pressures of today, is it more difficult now than it's ever been? Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a ...


5 Things I Want to Tell New Parents

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There are so many things that I wish someone had told me when I first became a mom, and I’m not talking about which diapers ...


Endless worries accompany parenthood

Ray with paintbrush

In the cold light of day, I can get away with calling it a penchant for planning, or on rare occasions when things go right ...


Mama needs to put down the phone

My husband and I have been discussing our (particularly MY) phone use lately. The conversation has been mostly focusing on the amount of time I ...


Your kids are what you eat

Lily, 11 months, caught with her hand in the vegetable drawer.

Show me a picky eater and I'll show you someone whose parents were picky eaters. One thing I've tried avoid during the first 11 months ...


Teach them about sex, the right kind

This is a hard time to raise girls. It’s not because of all of the reasons I’d thought would make it difficult either. The newest ...

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Saying Goodbye to My Baby

One of the things I struggle with as a parent is saying goodbye to each stage and welcoming new stages without sadness. No matter how ...


Detect and Correct High Cholesterol Levels

Brought to you by LMH WellCare Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading ...


Get an Award for Being a PAL

LMH WellCare Wellness Tip

Wednesday Wellness Tip Brought to you by LMH WellCare Now that autumn is almost here, vacations are over, and cooler temperatures will arrive soon, many ...


Parenting: You’re doing it wrong

B and one of her many (very necessary) safety devices

If you’re a parent of small children, just how many foam, plastic or rubber contraptions do you have around your home? You know, the ones ...

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9 ways to protect your child’s vision health

A rare moment when Lily kept her sunglasses on.

My 10-month-old daughter just will not keep her sunglasses on. That's not surprising — given that she's 10 months old — but all the same ...


Organic, Schmorganic

B prefers to wear her non-organic yogurt.

Corn syrup. Red dye 40. Pesticides. These are just a few of the things that I’m not supposed to be feeding my kids. Add to ...


Why Workwell Works for me

Workwell Lawrence is, if you didn't already know, a part of the Livewell Lawrence coalition, and promotes wellness policies and practices in workplaces with a ...


Fund offers grants for local environmental projects

Children working in the Hillcrest Elementary School Garden

The Douglas County Community Foundation is now accepting proposals for funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund. The application deadline is October 1. The fund ...


Are smartphones a gift or a curse for parents?

Parents, how many times has this happened to you? Your child is doing something adorable — laughing hysterically, fully in the moment — when, instead ...