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Don’t Compare

Don’t Compare

Parents often battle the urge to compare one child to another. Comparing is a natural reaction, considering we use comparisons to make decisions involving nearly every other aspect of our lives.
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.
Raising a Competitive Child

Raising a Competitive Child

The world is a competitive place, and we all want our children to do well. How do you find a balance between encouraging a little healthy competition and bringing up a child who will burn out or alienate others?
The Gift of Raising Girls

The Gift of Raising Girls

As a mom to two girls, I must say (and without sarcasm), “Raising girls is fun!” No, really.

Archive »Grade School (6-11)

Wrap It Up! Surviving the End of the School Year

Wrap It Up! Surviving the End of the School Year

May means school is wrapping up and activities are in full force. That can be overwhelming for your kids (and you!), so here are some tips for coping with this busy time.
Calming the Butterflies

Calming the Butterflies

Even though nerves are common, parents can help kids calm the butterflies and be successful.
Going screen-free

Going screen-free

Families find various ways to take breaks from the digital world.
ABCs of Raising a Culturally Curious Child

ABCs of Raising a Culturally Curious Child

With thoughtful resourcefulness, teaching our kids to appreciate our world’s rich tapestry of cultures and customs can be as simple as A, B, C.

Archive »Preschool (3-5)

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.
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.

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 »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 »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.
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.
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!

Archive »Teens & Tweens (12-18)

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?
Spend the Summer Giving Back

Spend the Summer Giving Back

Discover amazing ways your family can give back and volunteer in the Kansas City area.
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.
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Archive » Blogs

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.
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
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