Mom Bloggers

Real Parents, with Real Perspective

We’ve gathered these Kansas City mom bloggers to share their thoughts on the topics that are important to them, their kids’ health and other parents. Read their latest posts below, then follow them on Twitter and join the conversation by including #CMHmoms in your tweets.

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Flu Season

Check out our resources to help the community stay healthy throughout flu season. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the flu, helpful tips, and locations where you can get a flu shot.

What Our Moms Are Saying

Handmade in the Heartland: It's flu season and we hate getting sick, I've got 3 tips for helping ease shot anxiety in kids to make your trip to get the flu vaccine a little less painful. 

Chasing Davies: Those few sniffles remind me of all the worse potential sicknesses to come... Winter is cruel like that, and having kids in school is pretty much a guarantee for something to come home with them. 

The Redefined MomCan we talk about flu shots for a moment? I really thought I knew everything there was to know...until karma came and bit me in the butt.

Our Kids MomMy least favorite season? Flu Season. That’s right. Flu Season. Here in Missouri, flu season has already started and is is spreading rapidly.

Giving Up on PerfectI’m marking my 2017 calendar and making a mental note to start thinking about flu shots when I start thinking about Halloween costumes! I don’t want another flu season to sneak up on me.

Healthy Meal Planning

Making healthy meals can seem challenging with busy schedules, but it’s important to make sure kids are getting the proper nutrition they need in order to be healthy and grow! Fruits and veggies are loaded with minerals and vitamins that can help prevent certain diseases. Healthy complexion, blood flow and strong muscles and bones are just a few of the benefits that kids receive from healthy eating habits. Parents are the best role models for healthy eating in their kid’s lives. Creating a plan that fits with your schedule is the best way to stay on track! Click here to learn more about 12345 Fit-Tastic.

What Our Moms Are Saying

Never Home Stay At Home Mom I have found that meal planning for my family is one of the best ways to stay on track with eating well and saving money. Another thing that helps, is getting the kids involved. 

Chasing Davies: I think it's super important for parents to model good eating behavior - so that's one motivating reason to eat your veggies. 

The Redefined MomCarrying on the tradition of eating dinner together as a family (and making the sacrifices to do it) is important to my husband and myself.

Our Kids Mom: Getting them involved in what they will be eating each day helps you to recognize their preferred foods, while also introducing them to healthier options on a regular basis.

Food Allergies

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, is proud to announce the establishment of the FARE Clinical Network. The network is an initiative that aims to accelerate the development of drugs for patients with food allergies as well as improve the quality of care for this serious illness. FARE Clinical Network members will serve as sites for clinical trials for the development of new therapeutics and will develop best practices for the care of patients with food allergies and as a powerful driver of collaboration to advance the field of food allergy, with member centers contributing to the development of a national food allergy patient registry and biorepositories. Click here to learn more.

What Our Moms Are Saying

Handmade in the Heartland: I have enough friends who have kids with food allergies to know that I always need to have an allergy friendly snack available when my kids have friends over.

Chasing Davies: "Food allergies are no joke - so no matter if your kids have them or not, their friends might."

Healthnut Foodie: "What exactly is a ketogenic diet, and how does it control seizures? Let’s consult our experts from Children’s Mercy…"

Sports Medicine

Our team of sports medicine specialists understand the growing bodies of student athletes. Injuries to children can be very different from those experienced by older patients and our team of specialists is able to provide care that meets these unique needs. We are one of only a handful of programs in the country that provides a comprehensive approach to care, for a full range of youth sports injuries. Click here to learn more.

What Our Moms Are Saying

Never Stay Home at Home Mom: As a Mom of a 3 sport athlete it is a relief to know that (Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center) exist. It is my hope that he never needs it, but if he does get injured, it will be the first place I take him.

Rhyming & Reading

Research shows that 15 to 20 percent of all children will experience difficulty in learning to read. Children with speech and language deficits are four to five times more likely to have a reading deficit as compared to typically developing children. Developed by our pediatric specialists in speech pathology, Rhyming to Reading™ is a systematic, multi-sensory and research based program that is designed to help educators, speech-language pathologists and parents teach young children early reading skills through visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile means. Click here to learn more.

What Our Moms Are Saying Did you know I adore reading? I am crazy-addicted. Like my best friends in high school were the Bronte sisters.

Specialty Summer Camps

Are you looking for something more than medication to help your child? There are several summer camps and programs tailored to the needs of the kids we see every day in a fun, worry-free environment.

  • ADHD Summer Treatment Program - Designed for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related problems, this program incorporates a set of evidence-based treatments into an eight-week therapeutic summer day camp.
  • Camp ChiMer - Operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, this summer camp is specifically geared for children ages nine to 17 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis or who have had a renal transplant.
  • Camp Joint Adventures - Operated by the Arthritis Foundation, Camp Joint Adventures is a 4-day, 3-night experience for boys and girls aged 7-15 living with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.
  • Centerview Food Allergy Management
  • Camp Hope - Operated by Camp Hope-Heartland, Inc for kids with cancer ages 5-17.
  • Camp Quality - Operated by Camp Quality USA for kids with cancer ages 4-17. Locations in Northwest Missouri, KC, Central Missouri, Ozarks, Kansas.


Inside Pediatrics

On Feb. 16, Inside Pediatrics returned with a special episode - The Heart of Children's Mercy - following two patients awaiting a heart transplant. Watch it here. Inside Pediatrics is an Emmy Award-winning series following the medical journeys of families and the life-changing experiences that unfold inside Children's Mercy Kansas City. Narrated by Paul Rudd, the series will give viewers a look inside the hospital, where dedicated staff members treat children diagnosed with conditions ranging from the common to the complex. Watch episodes from Season 1 and Season 2 here.

What Our Moms Are Saying

Making of a Mom: This is real, this is happening. It’s hard not to get sucked in and start to really care about these kids and feel for these families.

Redefined Mom: Each month, I’ll be sharing with you personal stories, information and resources from the Children’s Mercy team (with over 700 pediatric specialists – they are kid experts) about ways to keep kids healthy and happy.

Giving Up on Perfect: For me, as a mom, it’s comforting to know that, whether the issue at hand requires a simple diagnosis or treatment or something more complex, the entire team doesn’t just dabble in children’s health. They’re the kid experts.

A Day in Mollywood: The surgery was done quickly and like we had hoped, the changes were almost immediate. Our Brigham was better because of the amazing people at Children’s Mercy.

Kansas City Moms Blog: Though it’s a place no mother hopes to be with her child, it’s comforting to know Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital can take care of your family in its most vulnerable moments.