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The First Year with Your Baby

The First Year with Your Baby

Kids change year over year, but babies change day over day, hour over hour, minute over minute. What will she be surprising you with in the coming months? Here’s a basic guide to help you know what to look for and when.
You Might Be an Okay Mom…

You Might Be an Okay Mom…

No one is perfect, and mediocrity is bound to work its way into your parenting. But don’t sweat it; every mom has been there.
Are You Raising Rude Eaters?

Are You Raising Rude Eaters?

Table manners, like all types of manners, arise from the idea of showing respect for those around us.
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.

Archive »Grade School (6-11)

Helping Kids Navigate Tough Friendships

Helping Kids Navigate Tough Friendships

No parent wants to see her child suffer. We aim to protect, nurture and shelter our children from pain. It’s why we rush to retrieve Neosporin and Band-Aids at the first sight of a small cut or scrape and run to the rescue at the sight of a more serious injury. But a hurting heart? No tool in the medicine cabinet is able to cure that.
The Low-Down on Parents’ Posts, Processed Foods and Outdoor Play

The Low-Down on Parents’ Posts, Processed Foods and Outdoor Play

What does the latest research say about the potential harm of parents’ online sharing, the concerns about prepackaged, processed meals and the benefits of outdoor family time?
How to Teach Children a Good Work Ethic

How to Teach Children a Good Work Ethic

Want to be sure your child will develop a good work ethic and the ability to tough it out when things get difficult? Here are some great tips on how to lead her into becoming a responsible, self-sufficient adult.
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.

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

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.
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.

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.
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!

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)

Homemade Diaper Cream

Homemade Diaper Cream

This homemade diaper cream is so luxurious and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.
Got a climber on your hands?

Got a climber on your hands?

Just like rolling over, crawling and walking, climbing is a rite of passage for young children, and like it or not, eventually all children will find their love for climbing on all sorts of objects. Our job as parents is to keep our child as safe as possible while she is spreading her wings, climbing and giving us heart attacks at the same time!
Winter Fun for Tiny Tots on a Shoestring Budget

Winter Fun for Tiny Tots on a Shoestring Budget

It’s been said that kids spell love T-I-M-E. Spending one-on-one time with your child, from an early age, can be the beginning of a healthy and loving parent/child bond. These are favorite ideas for outings with little ones—on a shoestring budget!
The First Year with Your Baby

The First Year with Your Baby

Kids change year over year, but babies change day over day, hour over hour, minute over minute. What will she be surprising you with in the coming months? Here’s a basic guide to help you know what to look for and when.

Archive »Teens & Tweens (12-18)

Unplug: How Unstructured Time Fosters Better Connection

Unplug: How Unstructured Time Fosters Better Connection

Whether you want to become a stronger, more intuitive communicator or you’re trying to raise one, free time spent unplugged can make a big difference.
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.
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Archive » Blogs

Great New Books for Young Readers

Great New Books for Young Readers

Looking for some story time inspiration? Check out these new releases sure to please even the pickiest little reader in your home!
Favorite Places for Fall Photos in KC

Favorite Places for Fall Photos in KC

It’s Baby’s first autumn. Capture smiles this season at local landmarks.
Best Popcorn in KC!

Best Popcorn in KC!

Popcorn! This all-American snack is so popular we consume approximately 13 billion quarts every year. That’s 41 quarts per person, according to Popcorn.org! Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri, with a few growers in Kansas as well. So, let’s celebrate with the best of Kansas City popcorn!
Visiting Gieringer's Orchard Pumpkin Patch

Visiting Gieringer's Orchard Pumpkin Patch

This fall, Gieringer's Orchard expanded their business opening the area's newest pumpkin patch. Their debut year includes an incredible and interactive corn maze, a giant jack o'lantern jump pad, a mega corn crib, several fun play areas, and scrumptious food trucks on weekends. The patch is off to a great start with a terrific team of friendly employees at the helm.
Hometown Holidays

Hometown Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and for Kansas City that means princesses, crowns and thousands of lights adorning landmarks.
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.
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