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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)

My Tummy Hurts

My Tummy Hurts

No matter what your initial reaction is to the dreaded news of an aching tummy, finding out the reason behind it is important. There are many causes of stomachaches, including a stomach bug, a case of too many gummy worms or even anxiety.

Sensational Sleepovers

Sensational Sleepovers

Sleepovers—love them or hate them, kids are always begging for them. Whether it is just a single friend who spends the night or a rambunctious birthday party, sleepovers are a highlight of childhood. No matter the age or gender and whether it’s your child’s first or 15th sleepover, there are a few simple tips to help ensure success.

What Kids Need Most When They Misbehave

What Kids Need Most When They Misbehave

When it comes to correcting a child’s behavior, it’s important that love be a driving force for that instruction, but it’s certainly not easy in the heat of the moment, is it? Here are some ways to diffuse situations with your own children, showing them that the boundaries you are providing are for their good and the good of everyone else.

Raising Boys: Teaching Them to Be Good Brothers

Raising Boys: Teaching Them to Be Good Brothers

Do your boys prefer to duke it out rather than talk it out? Raising brothers to work out conflict respectfully despite wildly different personalities or fierce competitive streaks can prove challenging. But set a positive example, and you’ll find that nurturing brotherly love isn’t impossible!

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Preschool (3-5)

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.

5 Must Read Books for Pre-K

5 Must Read Books for Pre-K

Five modern classics young children will delight in reading over and over again! Discover brand new classics full of imagination, whimsy, and fun!

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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.

Three Babies, Three Different Deliveries

Three Babies, Three Different Deliveries

When I found out I was pregnant with our firstborn, the search was on for a good hospital system for the delivery. I knew two things right off the bat: I wanted to deliver naturally and I wanted to have a female doctor.

Healthy Eating Tips for Postpartum Weight Loss

Healthy Eating Tips for Postpartum Weight Loss

The most crucial part of your weight loss is going to come from your diet. Have you heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”? It’s true! Whether you’re aiming for a six-pack or just wanting to melt the muffin top, you’ve got to focus on what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating.

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Special Needs

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.

Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

Autumn means Fall Festivals in Kansas City! From apples to pumpkins, crafts to carnivals, ethnic festivals, and much much more... celebrate everything autumn at a local fair!

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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.

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.

Bye, Bye Naps

Bye, Bye Naps

Oh, nap time. Such a wonderful thing created for parents, especially when it goes according to plan. I remember my first baby’s dropping her morning nap and my wondering what I was supposed to do with her!

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Teens & Tweens (12-18)

Kansas City's Gold Medal Athletes

Kansas City's Gold Medal Athletes

Meet five local teen athletes who excel in sports and give back to the community.

Good Apples vs. Bad Apples

Good Apples vs. Bad Apples

There’s nothing like sitting down to read a good book…and there’s nothing quite like sitting down to read an un-good book.

The Selfie

The Selfie

Ah the Selfie. The classic teen cell phone picture. A symbol of self-centeredness and arrogance. The—Oh, good grief, I can’t even joke about that for long. True, the Selfie can be those things, but it doesn’t have to be.

Glorious Performing Arts

Glorious Performing Arts

Have you ever wanted to take a dance class, but were not able to, because the studio had some outfits and/or dance moves that you felt were inappropriate? Perhaps you should visit Glorious Performing Arts, a new studio just now opening in Grain Valley, MO.

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8 Reasons We Love Spring in Kansas City

8 Reasons We Love Spring in Kansas City

It's Spring Kansas City! Flowers are blooming (my sympathy to allergy sufferers), birds are chirping, and grass is green! We have been enjoying great parks and family fun in the great outdoors again... so why do I love Spring in Kansas City?

Best of April in Kansas City: 2014

Best of April in Kansas City: 2014

April Showers bring May flowers... we hope! This April enjoy the grand opening of favorite attractions and exhibits, delightful shows, and spring festivals!

Eating Local in KC

Eating Local in KC

These area restaurants support local farmers and growers, serving up the tastiest, healthiest and best-for-the-environment meals you’ll find in Kansas City! Visit www.KCFoodCircle.org for more restaurants.

The Jungle Book at Blue Springs City Theatre

The Jungle Book at Blue Springs City Theatre

To celebrate 120 years of the tales of Mowgli that you most likely grew up with, why not come see Blue Springs City Theatre's production of The Jungle Book?

Lakeshore Learning Merriam Town Center

Lakeshore Learning Merriam Town Center

Today, my girls and I headed out to Lakeshore Learning Materials in Merriam to check out the store and the Grand Opening Celebration. This is the newest educational toy store in the metro and it offers a vast inventory of quality toys, games, and educational supplies perfect for school, home, homeschool, church, scouts, and day cares. Tempting products line every shelf! The store features art supplies, educational games and kits for reading, math, and science, toys, and school supplies.

KC Spring Break Guide 2014

KC Spring Break Guide 2014

It's time to plan for Spring Break in Kansas City and that means many terrific family fun outings, great classes for Kansas City Kids, and Special Spring Break Programs! This is our guide to Spring Break in KC!

Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Guide 2014

Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Guide 2014

Celebrate Kansas City's rich Irish Heritage at one of our wonderful local St. Patrick's Day Parades! Here is your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day Parades in Kansas City:

Best of March in Kansas City: 2014

Best of March in Kansas City: 2014

March is a month full of family fun and celebrations with Dr. Seuss' Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, the welcoming of Spring and wonderful family friendly productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun!

Celebrate Seuss in Kansas City

Celebrate Seuss in Kansas City

Celebrate all things Seuss with our round up of Kansas City area festivities and fun! And, host your own sensational Seuss celebration at home!

Amazing Fun at Amazing Play

Amazing Fun at Amazing Play

It’s a cold and dreary KC day. Mom is climbing the walls. Dad is climbing the walls. Kids are climbing the walls. Sound familiar? With all of the cold recently, this has been the scene in the Sarver home too many times over the past few weeks. We all needed to get out and our destination for the day was Amazing Play Fun Center.

CPSC Recall and Safety Alerts

Rocky Brands Recalls Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes Due to Compression Hazard

When compressed, the steel toe cap in the men's shoe can fail to protect the wearer’s feet. Boots have a "Met-Guard" tag at the stitching.

Ontel Recalls Isometric Exercise Devices Due to Projectile Hazard

Handle grips on the ISO7X can break and cause parts to be forcefully ejected from the shaft.

Pier 1 Imports Recalls Hanging Glass Star Lanterns Due to Fire Hazard

The welds on the lantern can melt due to heat from the tea light, causing the candle holder to break and fall. One burned rug reported.