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Supporting Teens though the COVID-19 Pandemic

The role of a parent of a teenager can feel more like being an Uber driver than an actual caregiver. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, stay-at-home orders are in place and all those events are on hold. While your parenting duties have likely shifted with the recent stay-at-home orders, you are likely wanting to find ways to support teens who feel lost with extra time and limited social interaction.

Anxiety and Depression Red Flags while Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to repeatedly hear the words – quarantine, isolation and social distancing. Although social distancing tactics show the highest rate of success against the coronavirus, these measures can also impact the mental health of our children. The uncertainty around this time of school closings and social distancing can lead to anxiety and depression. Here are some signs to look for and tips to help everyone in your household get through this stressful time safely.

Ideas to invigorate your kids’ social-distancing routine

Social distancing is hard, especially when you are a kid. Their entire world has been rocked and it is hard to understand why they can’t do the things that they were able to do just a few weeks ago. Recently, there was a Parent-ish blog about five things to consider when it comes to social distancing. Of those five items, the first one was structure. As a parent, you might have already put a routine or schedule in place, but maybe you are feeling a lull and want some ways to improve the experience for everyone in your home.

5 things to consider as a social-distancing parent

By this point, parents are all too familiar with the term “social distancing.” Although humans are social in nature, this tactic of social distancing appears to be our best combatant against the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease. Even though it is an effective strategy, social distancing comes with a new set of challenges. Those hurdles include parents being asked to work from home, the shutting down of schools and the combination of trying to balance these changes within the confines of our homes. Fortunately, with adversity comes great opportunity.

Debunking myths about COVID-19

There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19 and it is important for people to be educated about the virus and how to help keep it from spreading. But with so much information available there also comes misinformation. Which is why we turned to our medical experts to set the record straight by dispelling some of the common myths.

Talking to kids about COVID-19

Children are becoming more and more aware of the coronavirus — though they may not fully understand it or know how seriously to take it — as it begins to affect their daily lives with school closures, event cancellations and travel restrictions. With this, many parents are trying to figure out how to talk to their children about the virus.

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5 tips to keep connected with your partner after kids

Date nights when you’re a parent can be... hard to come by and to be honest, the last thing you want to do when you do find free time as a mom. Let’s be honest, it can be challenging to feel confident in being “date-worthy” when you’re in the thick of it. Feeling confident and comfortable in your postpartum body and just trying to figure out your new normal can make it feel like you’re starting over in your relationship. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Kids and springtime allergies:  6 mistakes you might be making

After a cold winter, spring is finally here. And now that the temperatures are warming up, it’s also time for that other season—the one that’s just a little less exciting: allergy season.

Keys in the fridge and other signs you might have pregnancy brain

Keys in the Fridge and Other Signs You Might Have Pregnancy Brain - After morning sickness and bizarre cravings, pregnancy brain might be one of the most common experiences that veteran moms warn pregnant women about. “Get ready for your brain not to work the same way.” “You’re going to forget things.” If those kinds of foreboding predictions have your blood pressure rising, hopefully you can find some comfort in the real experiences of local moms (including me).

Helping your child take medicine

Learning to take medicine can be hard for kids. Sometimes the pill seems too big, or there is a funny taste or smell. But if your child is prescribed a medication, it is important they can take the medication as advised by their health care provider. Here are some ways to help your child learn to better take medication:

Your baby’s sign

Babies are born looking like their mother or father. Although, sometimes a stray great-great grandparent’s genes will surprise their way to the top of the gene pool because genetics are weird like that. As the baby grows, the toddler emerges and a personality forms. The personality may be up to genetics – or not. Some personality traits may be a learned behavior.

Rules of divorce: Easing the transition for your family

Every year, thousands of children experience the divorce of their parents. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.

It’s okay to ask for help as a mom

I don’t really remember much from the first few weeks home as a new mom. The best way to describe it was like riding a rollercoaster. There were highs, lows...and days that felt like a blur. Part of the fun of riding a rollercoaster is having someone next to you to scream, laugh and throw your hands in the air with. I remember wishing I had others to lean on during the process and looking back, I was forgetting to ask.

Hitting and biting: what parents need to know

Imagine it: You’re at the store with your toddler, loading up on applesauce pouches and toilet paper when your sweet angel sinks their teeth into you without any warning *cue Jaws music*. You’re shocked, maybe angry, then panicked that your kid is headed for a life of troublemaking.

The great cover-up

There are a lot of parents in the world. I don’t know the exact number or percentage but it’s a lot. We can all agree there are a lot of parents. And with parents come opinions. You’ll receive parenting advice whether you seek it out or not. Some of it is solid advice, some unsolicited. There are no right or wrong answers. Even the “parenting experts” don’t always get everything right.