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What’s New in Cub Scouting

What’s New in Cub Scouting

If you have a boy in elementary school, you may be considering Cub Scouts. Cub Scouting has been evolving to meet the current needs of boys and their families.

Pros and Cons of Sharing a Bedroom

Making a shared bedroom work for both kids and parents can involve some planning.
Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

So how do you read between the very angst-filled lines and decipher what your tween means when she’s saying something completely different out loud? We’re here to help.
10 Skills to Know Before Age 10

10 Skills to Know Before Age 10

A 10-year-old should know how to treat other people respectfully, approach adults in public, have proper phone etiquette, know how to shake hands and express gratitude when someone gives him a gift or does something for him.

Archive »Grade School (6-11)

Dance, Tumbling and Music Lessons, Oh My!

Dance, Tumbling and Music Lessons, Oh My!

We are fortunate to live in an area where opportunities abound for our children: sports, art activities, classes, camps and more. Although having so many choices and opportunities is nice, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. How exactly do you go about choosing something for your child?
Back to School Health Tips

Back to School Health Tips

Change is hard for many children, especially changing from a relaxed, slow-paced summer break back to structured classes with homework. While change is inevitable, parents have some strategies we can use to make the transition a little easier.
15 Genius Tips for Back-to-School Time

15 Genius Tips for Back-to-School Time

Discover some of the best tips, clever tricks and genius hacks for heading back to school.
How to Plan a Photography Safari

How to Plan a Photography Safari

A photography safari, or photo scavenger hunt, is a creative, interactive way to usher your kids away from screens and out into nature this summer.

Archive »Infant & Toddler (0-2)

Children’s Mercy NICU and Fetal Health Center

Children’s Mercy NICU and Fetal Health Center

Children’s Mercy is the area’s only Level IV NICU, which means they are able to provide the highest level, most acute care to the tiniest of patients. With 80 beds, they have the capacity to care for many kiddos.
Why You Need a Mother’s Helper

Why You Need a Mother’s Helper

A mother’s helper can take kids to the park to swing and play ball, color with your girls, play Legos and—perhaps best of all—change diapers! Read on to find out all you need to know about the wonderful world of mother’s helpers.
Traveling with Tots

Traveling with Tots

Try these top six tips to make it easier to travel with youngsters.
Homemade Diaper Cream

Homemade Diaper Cream

This homemade diaper cream is so luxurious and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.

Archive »Pregnancy

Children’s Mercy NICU and Fetal Health Center

Children’s Mercy NICU and Fetal Health Center

Children’s Mercy is the area’s only Level IV NICU, which means they are able to provide the highest level, most acute care to the tiniest of patients. With 80 beds, they have the capacity to care for many kiddos.
Eating Healthy When You Are Expecting

Eating Healthy When You Are Expecting

Eating well when you are expecting doesn’t have to be overcomplicated.
Creating a More Comfortable Pregnancy–Naturally!

Creating a More Comfortable Pregnancy–Naturally!

Many moms have discovered they enjoy pregnancy more, are more comfortable as their baby grows and feel like they are better supported emotionally when they use 100 percent pure essential oils.
Going the Distance: Why reaching full term matters

Going the Distance: Why reaching full term matters

Your doctor warned you these last few weeks of pregnancy would be the toughest. And she was right.

Archive »Pregnancy Slideshow

Eating Healthy When You Are Expecting

Eating Healthy When You Are Expecting

Eating well when you are expecting doesn’t have to be overcomplicated.
7 Pregnancy Myths Busted

7 Pregnancy Myths Busted

We are here to debunk those myths and let you know the facts—the “do’s and don’ts” of pregnancy.
Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave

Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave

Many moms will tell you they think working a full-time job is easier than being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Supporting early births

Supporting early births

Six years ago when Katie Gonzalez’s son, Matthew, was born at 24 weeks gestation and weighed only 1 pound, 5 ounces, he was the smallest baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He stayed there for 121 days and endured a number of procedures and complications.

Archive »Preschool (3-5)

At-Home Preschool

At-Home Preschool

Let me encourage you with this simple truth: As a mom or dad, you already have been unofficially teaching preschool within the home.
Pint-Sized Pursuits: Enrichment Activities for the Preschool Crowd

Pint-Sized Pursuits: Enrichment Activities for the Preschool Crowd

Providing extracurricular activities for your preschoolers can encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning.
Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

It's every parent's worst nightmare. One second your child is by your side, then a momentary distraction, and your child is gone.
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.

Archive »Special Needs

Kansas City’s Best Inclusive Parks and Playgrounds

Kansas City’s Best Inclusive Parks and Playgrounds

Kansas City’s local parks and rec departments have been working in recent years to respond to the community’s needs by installing new playground equipment that is inclusive and accessible for all children.
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.

Archive »Teens & Tweens (12-18)

Seven Reasons I’m Singing the Back-to-School Blues

Seven Reasons I’m Singing the Back-to-School Blues

As happy as I am that school is back in session, it does bring its share of hassles that drive me crazy.
Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

For many teens, summer is just as busy as the school year. Jobs, athletic activities and social events can keep that so-called “break” jam-packed with action.
Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

Tween ‘Tudes: What Are They Really Saying?

So how do you read between the very angst-filled lines and decipher what your tween means when she’s saying something completely different out loud? We’re here to help.
Teen Parent, Private Eye

Teen Parent, Private Eye

Teens by nature crave independence and privacy. As parents, how far should we go to respect their privacy while still ensuring they’re making sound decisions?

Archive »College Finance Slideshow

Surviving and Thriving: How to Make It on a Single-Income Budget

Surviving and Thriving: How to Make It on a Single-Income Budget

Life is expensive. Life with kids is even more expensive. So how do some parents who rely on one income not only survive, but still find ways to create a happy, well-rounded life for their families?
Survival and Sacrifice: The Financial Portrait of a Single Parent

Survival and Sacrifice: The Financial Portrait of a Single Parent

I will never forget the terror I used to feel in the checkout line at the grocery store. Would my card clear? If it didn’t, what would I do? I would look at my items on the conveyor belt and decide what to put it back, if necessary. But sometimes, putting an item or two back wasn’t enough. Sometimes, my debit card didn’t clear and I couldn’t buy anything.
Emergency Cash Flow Strategies

Emergency Cash Flow Strategies

There are only two ways that I know of to help your financial situation: Bring in more money OR pay out less money. If you are a busy parent, paying out less money is usually the easier option.
Raising Financially Responsible Kids

Raising Financially Responsible Kids

The dreaded F-word looms large in our household: Finances. Are you nervous to look at your credit card bills when they arrive? Or do you know down to the penny what you’ll be paying with a quick look at Quicken?
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Archive » Blogs

Tips for the Best Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Tips for the Best Day at the Pumpkin Patch

With so many local patches to choose from, and so many activities to enjoy, how do you make the most of the fun?
Four Fall Fun Ideas for Free in KC

Four Fall Fun Ideas for Free in KC

Save money with these free outings.
Rules and Rebels

Rules and Rebels

New titles offer fun and adventure for all ages as children head back to school.
Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops

Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops

The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer!
Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

Five Time-Savers for Busy Teens

For many teens, summer is just as busy as the school year. Jobs, athletic activities and social events can keep that so-called “break” jam-packed with action.
Simple and Succulent Succotash

Simple and Succulent Succotash

We are confident this will soon become one of your family’s favorite ways to use fresh corn. Serves six as a side item, and the leftovers taste great for an easy lunch the next day.
Monsters and Mayhem

Monsters and Mayhem

New books offer fun, adventures and light scares for the summer.
Explore Outside

Explore Outside

Warm weather brings out books full of adventure.
Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Deviled eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats for developing brains and bodies. Mixing them up with multiple flavors also keeps boredom at bay.
Favorite Irish Restaurants and Markets in Kansas City

Favorite Irish Restaurants and Markets in Kansas City

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a delicious Irish meal at a local eatery.
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