You don't need to fear the water when you are with your kids, but you do need to take precautions so everyone is safe and has a good time. Here are water safety tips for families from The Iowa...
My son came home from school and handed me a crumpled-up piece of paper with nothing but a phone number. “Mom, so-and-so wants to have a playdate, can you call their mom?” Well, first-of-all, I’ll text their mom because otherwise they’ll...
I have been alive for 43 years. For the better part of 16 of those years, I have been diapering one or more of my children.   My youngest will be four soon and while he definitely took his sweet time...
My daughter just celebrated her 7th birthday. When we started talking gifts, we revisited the idea of getting her ears pierced. She’d been talking about it for years, but always with apprehension. I knew she wanted to get them...
I used to teach 5th grade, and I heard over and over again, "How can you teach 10 year olds every day? I could never do that!" It always struck me as funny because I truly love this age. Now...
Now, we have officially survived her first sleepover, we won't be making it a regular occurrence. Have you done sleepovers yet? Why or why not?
A Tale of Two Goldfish Swimmers and Two Wildly Different Stories I have two children with very different personalities and levels of athleticism. Both came from the same gene pool, but you couldn’t prove it if you asked their...
Summer is a great time to get out and explore and get a little wet! From a very young age, my boys loved the outdoors. One of our favorite things to do is jump in the car and go hiking....
The decision to go forward with redshirting our kindergartener has not been an easy one to make. My son is bright, loves stories and books, and is articulate to a fault. He’s also impulsive, has problems with his “listening...
“Hi, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” is a phrase I will hear a million times from February until the end of March. If you are the parent of a Girl Scout you know what I...

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Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2022

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Warm nights, lawn chairs, snacks, and refreshments, all make for a perfect outdoor concert experience. From nights at a local winery or the big...