February Editor's Letter
The illusion of needing to be a great, Pinterest-perfect mom exerts a lot of pressure these days. I’ll admit it’s easy to get swept up into feeling that to be a great mom, I need to provide my kids need a perfectly themed birthday party; cute, homemade valentines; a well-balanced, hand-packed lunch every day (with clever notes or jokes); etc., etc. It’s also easy to spread yourself too thin and get to the point where you decide enough is enough.
I will have to say, when I personally reached that point, it was a relief. Now I do my best to be an okay mom. As an okay mom, I sometimes don’t home-bake school treats, but buy them from Costco and place them on a platter so they look homemade (I sprinkle some powdered sugar on top to add to that homemade look). I grab clothes out of the laundry hamper and spot clean before handing them to my daughter and telling her they’re clean. I stopped decorating for every holiday. I purchase gifts for birthday parties on the way to the party and drop them in a gift bag.
Throughout every day, I’ve found there are moments when I’m a great mom, a bad mom, an okay mom and a lazy mom. I asked Liberty mom Kim Antisdel to write an article on being an okay mom. Check it out for a few ways to tell whether you’re an okay mom. And if you are, that’s okay!
Kansas City is a great place to raise kids! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and celebrating love, Kristina Light takes a look at why we love KC.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Kansas City!