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Margaret Sarver

Joys & Challenges of Raising Children in Kansas City

Take Time to Take Care of You

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.

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All About Me

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.

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Who Are You?

A daughter's artistic expression....

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Sarver Secret Valentine

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.

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Sarver Ski Adventure

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 meet.

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Three Things I’ve Learned this Week

Translating conversations between parents and children...

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Simple Way to Pay it Forward

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.

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I Fought the Lice and, I Won

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. I’ve run articles on dealing with lice and I’ve listened to parents talk about dealing with lice, but in the back of my head I’m always thinking, “well, that will never happen to us, so no need to pay full attention.” And then, wham-o, my younger brings home lice.

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Thankful Thoughts

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 editor’s letter. I like lists and in last year’s letter I did an A-Z list of things for which I am thankful. Mom did note that for the letter “M” instead of being thankful for my Mom, I was thankful for margaritas . So, without really remembering much from last year’s list (other than the “M”) here’s my 2012 A-Z thankful thoughts.

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But EVERYONE Else Gets To!!!

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. She’s a pretty independent thinker, so I hoped we would perhaps miss this stage? No such luck, I guess at some point all kids go through the wanting to fit in phase.

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8 Little Candles on Her Cake

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 revels in the planning and events, I always tend to get a bit nostalgic when it comes to the girls’ birthdays. I can close my eyes and picture them as newborn babies and can almost feel them in my arms as I held them for the first time.

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Ta Ta, Thumb

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

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Homework Helper

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

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Picture Perfect Opportunity

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 about our favorite photographer and make an appointment today!

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Parents’ Dictionary

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Margaret Sarver

Joys & Challenges of Raising Children in Kansas City

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photo of Margaret Sarver Editor of KC Parent Magazine and KC Baby Magazine, Margaret Sarver, enjoys the joys and challenges of raising two daughters. A former elementary school teacher, she currently spends her days volunteering at her girls’ school, leading Daisy Scout meetings and trying to keep her girls from growing up so quickly. In addition to being a busy mom and wife, Margaret enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, traveling, attending concerts and date nights with her husband, Ty.

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