Encouraging Resilience: The most challenging job

Ballard Community Services employs a framework of 5 Protective Factors to prevent child abuse and encourage healthy families. The factors are: Enhancing Parental Resilience Strengthening ...


Take Back the Night Brings the Community & Campus Together Against Sexual Assault

Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, April 30th to conclude Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

With sexual assault capturing the nation's and the local community's attention, there is no better time to come together to take a stand. Take Back ...


LUNAFEST 2015 Celebrates Women in Short Film Festival at Lawrence Arts Center


LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted ...


What do families and children need? Grit.

I recently watched a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about grit. It struck me that I have always had a sense that "grit" (or ...


Ballard Community Services works to fight child abuse


Friday Evening: Dating Violence Prevention Workshop at Lawrence Public Library

One out of every three teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 will experience some form of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or cyber abuse ...


Give Gifts That Give Twice This Valentine’s Day

Recycled sari products, like those made by Sacred Mark and other Bangladeshi artisan
groups, are both eco-friendly and unique.

Share your love with gifts that give twice this Valentine’s Day by celebrating the work of The Willow Domestic Violence Center and Ten Thousand Villages ...


Put on your own oxygen mask first

Sometimes a large beer helps too

I’m not a big fan of unsolicited parenting advice. It makes me uncomfortable, annoyed, and even anxious. Does that stop me from receiving it? No. ...


My parenting has reached an all new low

There are most definitely hills and valleys to this parenting gig. I’m in a very low and dark valley right now. My days are exhausting ...


Parents, Stop Parenting Other Parents

It never ceases to amaze me how people ignore or completely throw out the idea of social norms when it comes to parents. Fellow moms ...


Safer Streets

27th & K-10 - Accident waiting to happen

The City of Lawrence has a critical need for safe pedestrian infrastructure. Too many of our controlled intersections and major thoroughfares are downright hostile to ...


Break the Running Rules

Looking to run your first 5k, marathon, or maybe simply stay motivated to move? Intimidated by all the information on how to do it? Don’t ...

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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 ...