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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)

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?

Crying "Bully"

Crying "Bully"

Over the last few years, there has been a vast metamorphosis in the word "bully." A term that used to explain a relatively rare situation has seemingly been downgraded to describe any type of emotional discomfort a child may experience from his peers.

Changing Over Kids’ Closets for Fall

Changing Over Kids’ Closets for Fall

Now that school is back in session, perhaps one of the items on your to-do list is going through the kids’ closets in order to prepare for the upcoming colder weather and those seemingly never ending growth spurts.

Raising a Child Who Gives Back

Raising a Child Who Gives Back

What does it mean to “give back” to the community, and why is it important that our children participate? At what age should we begin to instill this value in our kids? And how do we, as parents, foster volunteerism?

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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

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).”

Without a Word

Without a Word

Older now and verbal, they always ask to go out and always obey our directions to stay in the yard. This makes me more comfortable, but I’ll never forget Ian’s grin when he figured out how to unhook the door without a word.

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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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November Fun Calendar

November Fun Calendar

Celebrate November's forgotten holidays all month long!

Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From mid-November to mid-December all across the Kansas City metro, switches are flipped, and the city is decked out in holiday splendor!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24

Native American Heritage in KC

Native American Heritage in KC

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history at these local sites:

Thanksgiving Hacks:

Thanksgiving Hacks:

While there is no real way to “cheat” at entertaining for the holidays, I hope you can use some of these with your family this holiday season.

5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

Many great apps can save you time and energy so that you can spend more of it with your family and less time in the kitchen.

Finding His Voice

Finding His Voice

“Eeeeeeeee!” my sixteen-month-old squeals excitedly, his chubby hand clasped tightly while he points his index finger in the direction of the object of his fascination. His eyes are focused intently on the item of choice that he feels he so clearly has called by name.

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

It is the debut year for Kansas City's newest pumpkin patch, the Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch in Kearney! While it may be their first year in operation, you wouldn't believe it after spending a day enjoying their attractions!

Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

It's an annual fall ritual for our family to visit Carolyn's Country Cousins ... our family enjoys it with each visit and it's always fun to discover what is new each year! Carolyn's is one of the largest patches in the area and one of the most popular. The entire attraction is beautifully maintained, professionally staffed, and educational.

Same Day Surgery

Same Day Surgery

It was during my one-year-old Jonah’s annual well check that I heard our family doctor mutter those words I have been awaiting for several months now.

CPSC Recall and Safety Alerts

Visonic Recalls Amber Personal Emergency Response Pendants and Kits Due to Pendant Battery Failure

An accelerated circuit drain of the Visonic Amber MCT-212 GS LA S (315) ENR pendants and Visonic Amber Kits GS LA (315) KIT2 pendant battery can result in a shorter than expected “low battery” warning period, from 30 days down to a nine day warning period

Cost Plus World Market Recalls Modular Storage Bars Due to Injury Hazard

When weight is applied to the storage bar, the screws holding the mounting plate can pull out of the bar allowing the storage bar to fall, posing an injury hazard.

Tectron International Recalls USB Chargers Due to Fire Hazard

The charger can overheat while in use, posing a fire hazard.