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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)

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.
Love = Time to a Child: Don’t Overbook Weekends

Love = Time to a Child: Don’t Overbook Weekends

Weekends are often used to catch up. We catch up on sleep, errands and everything modern life demands of us as parents. But do we let our kids do the same?
Nine Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

Nine Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

Look around you. Whiny, lazy, unmotivated kids are a dime a dozen, but self-disciplined children are few and far between. Just how can you identify a self-disciplined child and what sets him apart from all the rest? Licensed psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell suggests the following are hallmarks of a disciplined child’s make up.
Buddy Bonds

Buddy Bonds

There are defining moments in every parent’s life, such as when your baby gets hurt for the first time. Or the moment you watch your toddler take his or her first steps. You hold back with bated breath, trying to gauge whether to jump in or not. The gut instinct is typically to save, though most situations don’t actually warrant it. This tension also comes into play the day your little one becomes old enough to begin making friends.

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?

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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?
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.

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)

Better Balance Screen Time

Better Balance Screen Time

With mobile devices readily available anywhere and everywhere, striking a healthy balance between online and in-person interaction is difficult for today’s families. How do we find a happy medium between quality family time and the siren song the pixelated forest of apps, games and social media generates?
Why Your Teen’s First Car Should Be a Clunker

Why Your Teen’s First Car Should Be a Clunker

Getting those keys in your hand is such a memorable time and a fun rite of passage. When it comes to cars, quite a spectrum of choices is available. On one end, you have the shiny new luxury vehicle and on the other end is the rusty clunker/jalopy category. If you were like me, your first car was closer to a clunker.
Ode to Teenagers

Ode to Teenagers

I KNOW FOR A FACT you are only reading this because you saw the title and thought: She must have gone off her rocker. Singing an ode to teenagers is akin to praising the U.S. Congress for having accomplished something. Or liking the moles tunneling under your lawn. Or being particularly fond of bee stings.
Home Alone: Ready or Not

Home Alone: Ready or Not

Does the idea of leaving your child home alone evoke images from the 1990s movie Home Alone? No need to panic! For many, leaving children home alone is not only an “earned” convenience of sorts for parents, but also a rite of passage for children.
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KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

Winter in Kansas City—you either love it or you hate it, but if you live here, you’ve got to survive it. So, take our quiz and plan the perfect calendar of winter fun to suit your own winter weather personality!
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.
Visiting the Fairy Princess

Visiting the Fairy Princess

The Fairy Princess is one of our city's original Christmas Traditions 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!
November Fun Calendar

November Fun Calendar

Celebrate November's holidays and fun days - Kansas City Style!
Visiting Johnson Farms Pumpkin Patch

Visiting Johnson Farms Pumpkin Patch

Johnson Farms Pumpkin Patch does so many things well, it's truly hard to choose a favorite! My girls and I made our annual visit to the patch and we were delighted to enjoy the traditions we love (a BEAUTIFUL, real, large patch, friendly staff, tons of fun) AND new attractions.
Visiting Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Visiting Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Carolyn's is one of the largest patches in the area and one of the most popular. The attraction is beautiful, educational, and offers a lot of family fun.
October Fun Calendar

October Fun Calendar

Celebrate unusual holidays: KC Style
Spooky New Reads for Fall Fun

Spooky New Reads for Fall Fun

Favorite books to cuddle up and enjoy on a fall day!
Truffle-Stuffed Pumpkin Treats

Truffle-Stuffed Pumpkin Treats

A decadent truffle mixture serves as both a delicious indulgence and a creative decoration.

CPSC Recall and Safety Alerts

Crescent Point Energy Recalls To Inspect Propane Gas Due to Fire and Burn Hazard

The recalled propane does not have sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers of a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion and thermal burn hazards.

Nuna Baby Essentials Recalls High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

The arm bar can bend or detach during use, posing a fall hazard to children.

Arctic Cat Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Crash, Injury Hazards (Recall Alert)

The brakes can fail, posing a risk of injury or death to the operator.
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