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National Safe Toy and Gift Month

National Safe Toy and Gift Month

Toy related injuries are all too common. As we moms buy gifts for our kids this holiday season, this is something to keep in mind.

Expectant Mom's Hospital Guide

Expectant Mom's Hospital Guide

Choosing the best hospital or birthing center for the arrival of your baby is an important decision. You will find the Best Hospitals and Birthing Centers in Kansas City with our online guide, complete with maps, detailed descriptions, photos and rich media to help you select the perfect place to welcome your new child.

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Grade School (6-11)

Friend or Foe: Guiding your child through the friendship labyrinth

Friend or Foe: Guiding your child through the friendship labyrinth

Some stay in our lives for moments and some for years. They teach us, comfort us and influence our decisions. These people are our friends. In the formative years, children learn how to navigate friendships, how to make friends, how to cope with losing them and how to understand what a healthy friendship looks like. As children grow and develop, parents can play a role in guiding them.

The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

I’ll never forget the moment I separated my two oldest children on account of bickering and my 6-year-old looked up at me and pleaded, “Please don’t make us go to separate rooms, Mom! Arguing is how we love each other.” Immersed in a tense situation, it took everything within me to hold back from chuckling. And if that were, indeed, the case, I could rest assured they loved each other very much!

Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Your 5-year-old is now 25 and looking for a job. Several of the jobs he/she will be doing haven’t even been invented yet. What life skills can you teach now to help prepare for the future?

10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

Focused listening is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn. Children with strong listening skills do better in school, sports, relationships and, eventually, in their careers. But many children lack this important skill, and parents are rightly concerned. What can you do?

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Preschool (3-5)

Make No Mean NO

Make No Mean NO

Children hunger to know that their parents say what they mean and mean what they say. And even though they might protest, it is no truer than when you, as a parent, lay down the law and say no.

The Truth Behind Bed-Wetting

The Truth Behind Bed-Wetting

Bed-wetting is one of those problems that can be difficult to share with others, because shame and embarrassment—for kids and parents—attach themselves to the issue.

Who is Sally, honey?

Who is Sally, honey?

If your child has or develops an imaginary friend, it may seem logical to worry about it, but research leans the other way.

Activities and Toys YOU Love (Just as Much as Your Kids Do)!

Activities and Toys YOU Love (Just as Much as Your Kids Do)!

It has been found that the average parent spends more than a month of his or her life playing solo with the children’s toys. Researchers found that 25% of parents admitted that their own boredom with their children’s toys triggered new purchases.

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Pregnancy

Preeclampsia: Finding the Truth Through the Fears

Preeclampsia: Finding the Truth Through the Fears

On the road to motherhood, there are many pit stops for worry, stress and fear of the unknown. Whether you are trying to conceive your first child or carrying your last of many, we all have that voice in our head that reminds us something could go wrong. Hopefully, these fears go unfounded for nine months, and a healthy baby arrives.

Support to a Mom with a High Risk Pregnancy

Support to a Mom with a High Risk Pregnancy

Chances are you know someone who has or is currently going through a high risk pregnancy. Pregnancies get classified as high risk for a multitude of reasons, including multiples, history of miscarriages, genetic issues and the mother's health. My pregnancy was classified as high risk because of my carrying quadruplets.

Pregnancy in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

Pregnancy in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

So what is the perfect age for pregnancy? The answer is as unique as we each are. There are advantages and disadvantages with every age group, so when the time is right for you, tune out the negative and forge ahead with confidence and optimism.

Nurturing That Nesting Instinct:

Nurturing That Nesting Instinct:

Whether you are a mom-to-be, a new mother or seasoned mom, grandma or aunt, there is just something about new babies and young children that can bring out the nesting instinct in the best of us.

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Pregnancy Slideshow

Preeclampsia: Finding the Truth Through the Fears

Preeclampsia: Finding the Truth Through the Fears

On the road to motherhood, there are many pit stops for worry, stress and fear of the unknown. Whether you are trying to conceive your first child or carrying your last of many, we all have that voice in our head that reminds us something could go wrong. Hopefully, these fears go unfounded for nine months, and a healthy baby arrives.

Turn, Baby, Turn!

Turn, Baby, Turn!

Does the diagnosis of a breech baby mean that a cesarean section is in your future? Not necessarily. There are natural and medical techniques that can assist your infant in flipping.

Have Baby, Will Travel

Have Baby, Will Travel

Everything about pregnancy is an adventure. There are the obvious physical changes—hello, belly!—coupled with an endless stream of emotional roller coaster rides. It can be enough for any woman to want to get far, far away. And why not? Travel is a great distraction from all the changes and stress that show up long before your baby.

Common Pregnancy Worries---Fact or Fiction

Common Pregnancy Worries---Fact or Fiction

Is it safe to eat deli meat? Can I get a pedicure? What if I want to color my hair? Will I hurt my baby if take a hot bath, keep up with my normal fitness routine, eat sushi or fly on an airplane? The list of worries expectant moms feel is about as long as the nine months we anxiously await our child’s arrival, but is the basis of each concern fact or fiction?

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Special Needs

Fostering Friendships Between Special Needs Children and Their Peers

Fostering Friendships Between Special Needs Children and Their Peers

When high school junior Dan Walker was crowned homecoming king at Shawnee Mission East this year, a lot of people were cheering.

A Letter to My Special Needs Children

A Letter to My Special Needs Children

You children were born super early through no fault of your own, but it is something that directly influences almost every aspect of your lives. Because of this prematurity, you have certain disadvantages. You have very low functioning immune systems, and that’s why we go to the doctor every other week (not a joke). Elizabeth has pretty severe asthma. Everyone’s speech is delayed, most especially Caleb’s. You all have sensory issues that cause meltdowns at the drop of a hat. Elizabeth and Caleb will each have surgery by the end of the year to correct more preemie issues.

Five Things Children with Autism Wish You Knew

Five Things Children with Autism Wish You Knew

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with difficulties in social interaction, delayed or impaired verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests and activities.

Raising Gifted

Raising Gifted

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

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Infant & Toddler (0-2)

Combating GST

Combating GST

It’s become clear to me that no matter where I have to be with three children, I will almost always be ten minutes late. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the unspoken laws of parenthood. And to fight it, is like trying to fight gravity.

TV Alternatives for Tots

TV Alternatives for Tots

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 2 and older get no more than two hours of screen time a day, while those under 2 watch none. For most parents, this isn’t new information. We all know excessive TV time is linked to some unfortunate consequences, such as childhood obesity, language delays and shortened attention spans.

Make Baby's Birthday a Smash

Make Baby's Birthday a Smash

For many parents, a baby's first birthday celebration wouldn't be complete without a messy, hands-on cake tasting. According to a recent Betty Crocker survey conducted by KRC Research, 58 percent of moms think watching the birthday baby scoop, smear and smash their first cake is the most memorable moment of the party.

Biggest Scare of the Winter:

Biggest Scare of the Winter:

Hearing the diagnosis of RSV for a sick child—your own or one your baby has been exposed to—can strike fear in a parent’s heart. But knowing the facts and being vigilant in prevention can bring a little peace.

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Teens & Tweens (12-18)

Getting Kids Off the iPad

Getting Kids Off the iPad

Do you sometimes wonder whether going head-to-head with your children over screen time rules is worth the fight? A recent study confirms that, yes, getting your kids off the iPad—and other electronics—is worth the battle.

Tween Timelines

Tween Timelines

Tweens are searching for freedom and testing boundaries, and as a parents, it’s hard to know when to give them that freedom. Understandably, each child is different, and each family is different. The ages listed below are just guidelines and are not meant to be concrete rules.

Prepping for an Empty Nest

Prepping for an Empty Nest

When we become parents, everyone tells us the time will move fast and to enjoy it, but do we really have a complete understanding of just how fast it will fly? I had no clue.

Tween Summer Bingo

Tween Summer Bingo

Best. Summer. Ever.” are the words we’d all like to hear from our tween daughters. Why not make 2014 a summer to remember? Creating a summer bucket list is the perfect way to ensure your daughter’s summer days aren’t idled away in the summer sun or in front of a screen.

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Archive »Blogs

Visiting the Kansas City Fairy Princess

Visiting the Kansas City Fairy Princess

The Fairy Princess is a real-live genuine Kansas City Tradition and as the mother of four real-live Kansas City girls, it has become one of our family's favorite holiday traditions to enjoy every year! This year was the BEST.

Creative Gender Neutral Baby Shower Themes

Creative Gender Neutral Baby Shower Themes

Baby shower planning. There are a million different themes, color palettes, and menu items all at your disposal. But why is it when Baby’s gender is a surprise, the theme always ends up being yellow & green? Here are a few unique themes to push past the standard fare.

Long-Distance Holiday

Long-Distance Holiday

Whether you just moved out of state (or country) or have lived a long distance from family for years, staying in touch over the holidays each year can prove to be tough. However, when you and your children take time to get creative, staying connected can be a lot of fun for everyone in the family!

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

“This year, I’m going to trust you to get Mom something all by yourself. Choose something she will like. I don’t even want to see it ’til Mom unwraps it on Christmas morning. Do you understand?”

Sacred Traditions

Sacred Traditions

Traditions. They’re meant to usher us into a season of comfort and joy, peace and goodwill, but often leave us feeling more harried than merry. Take, for instance, the daily ritual of an Elf-on-the-Shelf’s soaking in marshmallow bubble baths, T.P.-ing the tree and plunging down zip lines over the breakfast table. For such tiny creatures, these sly imps demand an inordinately large amount of my time and sanity, commodities already in short supply over the holidays. Trying to conjure up a Norman Rockwell Christmas is not only exhausting, it’s a series of “Pinterest-fails” waiting to happen.

Alternative Gifting Ideas

Alternative Gifting Ideas

’Tis the season for crowded stores and limited parking spaces. Parents are easy to identify: determined eyes and multiple lists in colorful scrawl. The gifts may vary, but the end goal is the same. We look forward to the joy on our kids’ faces when they receive exactly what they wished most for. These moments seem fleeting, however. What if we could harness that joy into something long-lasting?

A New Year's Countdown That Will Have You Looking Up

A New Year's Countdown That Will Have You Looking Up

10...9... 8. Across the globe the last seconds before midnight on December 31st draw people together to follow the tick of the clock. The collective countdown heightens our anticipation. It culminates our celebrations. And it anchors us in the transition from old year to new.

To Know or Not to Know

To Know or Not to Know

Pros and cons abound whether you find out the gender of your little one during pregnancy or hold out for a big surprise in the end. Here are just a few.

November Fun Calendar

November Fun Calendar

Celebrate November's forgotten holidays all month long!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24

CPSC Recall and Safety Alerts

Kiddie Korral Recalls Girls Hoodies with Ponies Due to Strangulation Hazard

A drawstring through the hood of the hoodies can pose a strangulation hazard to children.

Yamaha Recalls YZ250 Competition Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Risk of Injury, Death (Recall Alert)

The engine of 2015 model numbers YZ250FFL and YZ250FFW competition off-road motorcyles can lock up during operation, causing a rider to lose control and crash.

Giggles International Recalls Animated Monkey Toy Due to Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores

The toy's battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit.
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