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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.

Archive »Grade School (6-11)

Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Calling for a Little Peace and Quiet

Calling for a Little Peace and Quiet

Ever felt the need for a peaceful retreat if for no other reason than to collect your thoughts? Your kids might need to do the same.
Raising a Confident Child

Raising a Confident Child

As technology continues to rapidly shift and evolve, so do the demands of day-to-day interactions with the world and those around us. Social media and cell phones have become a permanent fixture, presenting a unique set of challenges regarding overall confidence levels, especially for our youth. Parenting in this new age is akin to sailing through uncharted waters, but there are some simple foundational rules we can work with to keep our kids on course.
Raising a Child with Cultural Intelligence

Raising a Child with Cultural Intelligence

Previous generations could live their entire lives surrounded by people who looked like them and believed in the same things they did. Some people still live this way, but most of us regularly encounter others who think and live in ways that are radically different from ourselves.

Archive »Preschool (3-5)

Those Mom Moments

Those Mom Moments

In the world of parenthood, many things unite us. Our love for our children, our passion for building their futures and our desire to go to the bathroom without interruption are just a few. Many parents also enjoy talking to other moms and dads about those funny moments our children bring into our lives.
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.

Archive »Pregnancy

Making Mom Friends

Making Mom Friends

As you feather your nest, don’t forget to give your social life a little love, too. Connecting with a community of women who can relate to the challenges of new motherhood will help you feel more supported and less stressed. Thankfully, Kansas City offers plenty of options.
Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant women are often told to “sleep now, while you can”—but sleeping during pregnancy is easier said than done. Just ask Emily Waggoner, who was surprised to find herself sleepless while pregnant with her daughter, Sarah, now 3.
Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to preparing for a baby, but did you know that your body is one of the most crucial elements of that? You’ll probably hear a lot about what you shouldn’t do—no smoking, drinking or Jacuzzis—but what about what you should do? It’s important to eat well and maintain regular physical activity. Just don’t forget about the vitamins.
Take Back Your Pregnancy

Take Back Your Pregnancy

When I was newly pregnant, more than 11 years ago, I was over-the-top giddy—for about a week. Then I went to the doctor. And I bought a few pregnancy books. And I scoured pregnancy websites. A few weeks later, we announced our news to family and friends.

Archive »Pregnancy Slideshow

Making Mom Friends

Making Mom Friends

As you feather your nest, don’t forget to give your social life a little love, too. Connecting with a community of women who can relate to the challenges of new motherhood will help you feel more supported and less stressed. Thankfully, Kansas City offers plenty of options.
Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant-zzzz: Getting the Sleep You Need When You’re Expecting

Pregnant women are often told to “sleep now, while you can”—but sleeping during pregnancy is easier said than done. Just ask Emily Waggoner, who was surprised to find herself sleepless while pregnant with her daughter, Sarah, now 3.
Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

Q & A: Prenatal Vitamins

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to preparing for a baby, but did you know that your body is one of the most crucial elements of that? You’ll probably hear a lot about what you shouldn’t do—no smoking, drinking or Jacuzzis—but what about what you should do? It’s important to eat well and maintain regular physical activity. Just don’t forget about the vitamins.
Take Back Your Pregnancy

Take Back Your Pregnancy

When I was newly pregnant, more than 11 years ago, I was over-the-top giddy—for about a week. Then I went to the doctor. And I bought a few pregnancy books. And I scoured pregnancy websites. A few weeks later, we announced our news to family and friends.

Archive »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).”

Archive »Infant & Toddler (0-2)

The Name Game: Choosing the Perfect Name for Baby

The Name Game: Choosing the Perfect Name for Baby

Among the many decisions you will make during your pregnancy lies one that will affect your child for his or her entire life. A baby’s name will be with him forever. No pressure, right? Choosing a name for your baby isn’t easy, so here are some tips that will help you to pick the perfect name to last a lifetime.
Hola, Bebe!

Hola, Bebe!

Did you know that in other modernized nations like ours, the norm is raising children bilingual? Children around the world are growing up fluent in two, three or more languages while most American children are raised learning English only. Thankfully, parents and educators throughout the United States have begun to realize the endless benefits of bilingualism, and the trend is growing to expose young children to a second language.
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.

Archive »Teens & Tweens (12-18)

Setting a Curfew (and sticking to it!)

Setting a Curfew (and sticking to it!)

Yikes! You have a teenager! And that teenager probably wants more freedom, right? If you are fighting the curfew battle, here are some tips to help you navigate these choppy waters of parenting teens.
Growing Up Online

Growing Up Online

Even though there are good reasons to postpone networking on grownup sites, kids have figured out that it’s very easy to lie about age online. Also, many parents regard the under 13 rule as a guideline, more like the ratings associated with movies rather than the law of the land. As a result, millions of children have signed up for accounts on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
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.
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Archive » Blogs

10 Things You Should Do for Yourself in 2015

10 Things You Should Do for Yourself in 2015

If I could focus on one thing for this new year, it’d be the art of learning to take care of myself. Parents, but especially mothers, tend to deprioritize themselves. Picture a totem pole and try to visualize where you’d rank yourself on it. I bet you’d be somewhere closer to the bottom, right? With kids, spouse, extended family and friends higher up? Even the family pet might rank higher, and that’s an indicator something clearly has gone awry.
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

Cosco Recalls Convertible Hand Trucks Due to Injury Hazard

The wheel hub can separate or break and eject pieces during inflation, posing a risk of injury to the consumer and bystanders.

Kenmore Electric Ranges Recalled by Electrolux Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

The heating element can fail to properly adhere to the cooktop.

Safe Step Walk-In Tubs Recalled by Oliver Fiberglass Products and NuWhirl Systems Due to Burn Hazard (Recall Alert)

A towel or other item covering the seat of an empty tub can cause the seat to overheat.
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