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Helping Kids Cool Down

Helping Kids Cool Down

Everyone has to deal with feelings of anger and frustration at times. While these feelings are normal, kids have to learn how to deal appropriately with them. Parents and kids can work as a team to come up with strategies for these situations.
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)

All-New KC School Open House Guide

All-New KC School Open House Guide

Plan your next school visit with our online private school Open House Guide.
Team Sports Vs. Individual Sports

Team Sports Vs. Individual Sports

Youth sports offer a host of emotional and physical benefits, from helping kids stay active to building self-esteem and learning to work with others.
Correspondence for Kids

Correspondence for Kids

The earlier you can teach appreciation for personal correspondence, the happier you will be that you have given your children the tools to handle (and even perhaps enjoy) this form of communication.
Five Realistic Ways to Cut Chores in Half

Five Realistic Ways to Cut Chores in Half

The last things we want to think about are household chores, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our attention. Here are some tips to cut chores in half:

Archive »Preschool (3-5)

How to Whack Out Whining

How to Whack Out Whining

Mommmyyyyyy…I want CANDDYYYYY—Let me stop you right there! We all deal with it, whether it’s from a 5-year-old or a 15-year-old. When they want your attention, it seems like they’ll get it by any means necessary. This includes whining. So how do we stop it? Search no further—the answer is here.
8 Things That I’ve Learned as a Mom of Quadruplets

8 Things That I’ve Learned as a Mom of Quadruplets

I get asked fairly frequently what it’s like to raise quadruplets. While I don’t have anything to compare it to, I have learned a few things along the way!
Life Through the Eyes of a Toddler

Life Through the Eyes of a Toddler

Part of being a parent is also being a teacher. Your kids look up to you, mimic you and want to be like you. But have you ever stopped to think about how things must look in their little worlds? We were all kids once, but many of us have forgotten about the curiosity, wonder and giant messes that we embraced at that age. On a day with little patience left in the tank, maybe looking at things from their perspective will help.
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.

Archive »Pregnancy

Healthy Babies Start with Proper Pregnancy Planning

Healthy Babies Start with Proper Pregnancy Planning

A healthy pregnancy begins long before conception. By planning ahead you can lower the risk of complications and give your baby the best support from the very beginning.
Tips for a Healthier C-Section Delivery

Tips for a Healthier C-Section Delivery

Those precious moments in the delivery room after childbirth can be a profound and lasting experience for any mom: seeing your baby take his or her first breath, then holding your newborn for the first time.
Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

While my husband and I have not found out the gender of our babies prior to birth, many expectant parents do. The Internet and Pinterest are full of fun and creative ways to announce not only a pregnancy, but more recently, Baby’s gender. In fact, gender reveal parties are on the up and up. Here are a few fun stories from local KC moms…
10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

Moms usually know best, especially when it comes to food. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: “Eat your vegetables!” I never really understood the importance of eating my vegetables until I was well in adulthood and taking a health promotions class in graduate school. The truth is that fruits and vegetables can actually save your life. And what better life to save than your unborn child’s?

Archive »Pregnancy Slideshow

Your Pregnancy To-Do List

Your Pregnancy To-Do List

A mother’s to-do list often seems never ending. “I feel like I chase my tail most days. Just when I think one list is taken care of, I realize I get to start all over the next day!” says Bridget Winters, Overland Park mom. When you add the list of what needs to be done to prepare for a new addition, it can be truly overwhelming. Have no fear: Your step-by-step guide on what to watch for and what to take care of is here for you!
Tips to Make Labor Easier for KC Moms

Tips to Make Labor Easier for KC Moms

Well, they don’t call it labor for nothing. Bringing Baby into the world is often considered one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, works of a woman’s life. Preparing for labor, then, may be one of the wisest uses of your time as you anticipate your little one’s pending arrival.
10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

10 Pregnancy Super Foods For Moms

Moms usually know best, especially when it comes to food. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: “Eat your vegetables!” I never really understood the importance of eating my vegetables until I was well in adulthood and taking a health promotions class in graduate school. The truth is that fruits and vegetables can actually save your life. And what better life to save than your unborn child’s?
Pregnancy and Zika Virus

Pregnancy and Zika Virus

Images of babies born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus have pregnant women everywhere worried about the health of their unborn babies. What if they get bitten by a mosquito?

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)

Newborn 101

Newborn 101

Caring for your newborn, especially if he’s your first, can be an intimidating experience. Sure, you’ve read the books, gotten advice from family and friends and asked your physician dozens of questions, but nothing quite prepares you for those first few weeks home from the hospital.
Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

Pink or Blue…If You Only Knew!

While my husband and I have not found out the gender of our babies prior to birth, many expectant parents do. The Internet and Pinterest are full of fun and creative ways to announce not only a pregnancy, but more recently, Baby’s gender. In fact, gender reveal parties are on the up and up. Here are a few fun stories from local KC moms…
Caring for Baby’s Teeth

Caring for Baby’s Teeth

Looking at your new baby, you may find it hard to believe you already need to think about caring for what’s inside his tiny little mouth. The truth is, you do. Proper oral hygiene starts in infancy, so here are a few tips to ensure your baby’s gums and incoming pearly whites are in good shape.
Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-led weaning has nothing to do with weaning from breastfeeding or from bottle feeding. Instead, it has everything to do with introducing food and, instead of starting with pureed baby food, letting your child feed himself solid foods (BabyLedWeaning.com). Talk with your pediatrician to see whether your child is ready to start solid foods, but most babies are ready for food by 6 months. Signs your baby is ready to be introduced to food are being able to sit up by himself, having lost the tongue thrust reflex and being able to grasp food with his hands and hold onto it.

Archive »Teens & Tweens (12-18)

THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

You've reached that ever-looming reality that your strong-willed firstborn daughter, the one you named with purpose and depth, the one for whom you've had such dreams and high standards, the one whose schedule, eating habits, activities and friendships you've been able to keep in a relatively controlled box, has become a TEENAGER.
Why Social Media Behavior Matters

Why Social Media Behavior Matters

For our digital natives, online interaction is part of the new order. But that doesn’t mean our kids don’t require old-fashioned parental guidance.
Surprising Teen Conversation Starters

Surprising Teen Conversation Starters

Your teen is a growing, independent soul. Sometimes parents get so worried about their teens that they forget they are separate individuals who process the world differently because of being in a different stage of life and having a different social position than their parents.
Mom & Daughter Time: Great Ways to Build the Bond

Mom & Daughter Time: Great Ways to Build the Bond

It’s not easy being a ’tween or a teen girl; nor is it easy being the mother to one. We see our daughters spend more time in their bedrooms, on the phone, computer and hanging out with friends. Many don’t want us around because we embarrass them. So, what’s a mom to do—or not do? Definitely don’t bail out! They need us now more than ever. As our daughters enter some of the most difficult stages of adolescence, learning to adapt and bond with them becomes increasingly important.
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THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

You've reached that ever-looming reality that your strong-willed firstborn daughter, the one you named with purpose and depth, the one for whom you've had such dreams and high standards, the one whose schedule, eating habits, activities and friendships you've been able to keep in a relatively controlled box, has become a TEENAGER.
High Seas and Adventures

High Seas and Adventures

New titles offer fun in the sun
Selfies Are All About You, Your Vacation Should Be Too.

Selfies Are All About You, Your Vacation Should Be Too.

Kansas City, KS offers an exciting mix of experiences that make it the picture perfect summer vacation destination. We've created a list of selfie hot-spots in Kansas City, KS to help you capture memories that will last a lifetime.
Take a Kansas City Wine Tour

Take a Kansas City Wine Tour

The popularity of locally harvested wines expands every year, and both Kansas and Missouri are home to dozens of vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are within an hour’s drive of Kansas City, making them a great day trip for tasting the best of the local harvest.
Town Center Crossing to Host

Town Center Crossing to Host

Town Center Crossing, a premier open-air shopping venue of Leawood, Kansas, will host “Make Mom Smile” on Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. in celebration of Mother’s Day. This special event, to take place at the Town Center Crossing fountain, will include food, fun, freebies and a special photo booth.
Discovering Trains in Kansas City

Discovering Trains in Kansas City

Children young and old love trains. Screaming in the tunnels, listening to the rhythm of the tracks and waving at passersby are train ride memories that highlight childhood. Kansas City is home to several affordable train rides for families. This list of outdoor excursions is sure to delight your little engineers.
Everything Is Better with Friends

Everything Is Better with Friends

Summer delivers books that focus on friendship and fun.
Driving 101

Driving 101

Do you have a teenager who is nearing driving age? Are you wondering about steps needed to obtain a driver’s license? All 50 states now have a three-step Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system in an effort to reduce teenage driver crashes. Under the system, teens build up driving experience as they develop skills. There is no national GDL law, so individual states make their own laws.
January by the Numbers

January by the Numbers

Fun facts for January in Kansas City.
Best Pies in Kansas City

Best Pies in Kansas City

Buttery, flaky pie crust and delicious filling—mmmm! The cold winter months are our favorite time to savor classic American pies! Be they chocolate, pecan, cherry or something a little more exotic, delicious pies just like Mom used to make (or maybe even better) are served up by masterful local bakeries.

CPSC Recall and Safety Alerts

Lorex Recalls Video Baby Monitors Due to Burn Hazard

The video monitor’s batteries can overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off. This can expose hot batteries.

Nu Skin Recalls Mist Diffusers Due to Risk of Mold Exposure (Recall Alert)

Mold can develop on the product, posing a health risk to individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.

Crosman Recalls Crossbow Rope Cocking Devices Due to Injury Hazard

Tabs on the hooks attaching the rope cocking device to the crossbow string can break and cause the rope to recoil.
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