April 2014

April 2014

Features

Reuse It, Repurpose It & Restore It, Kansas City

Reuse It, Repurpose It & Restore It, Kansas City

One of the simplest and most fun ways to “go green” is to develop a habit of repurposing, restoring and reusing. These local places make it easier than ever before to reuse it, repurpose it and restore it!

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Editor's Letter

April Editor's Letter

April Editor's Letter

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Ages & Stages

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.

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.

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Out & About

10 Reasons Why Teens Should Work at Camp

10 Reasons Why Teens Should Work at Camp

Any search for summer camp opportunities in the Kansas City Metro will yield a wealth of happenings. But what if a teen has already “been there, done that”? Perhaps it’s time to go back—not as a participant, but as a leader.

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Health & Nutrition

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.

Ways for Moms to Have More Energy

Ways for Moms to Have More Energy

After the elation of your baby’s debut, you quickly realize that parenting is a thrilling, exhausting, 24/7 job with no sick days, no weekends off and “bonus pay” in the form of hugs and kisses (that do make all the hard work worth it).

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.

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Faith and Family

Holy Week Seder

Holy Week Seder

Our Jewish friends gather for the Passover Seder, known to Christians as Jesus’ Last Supper. Every Easter, our family celebrates a Holy Week-inspired Seder (modified from Heather Craw at PowerofMoms.com ) to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. As custom dictates, we invite your family to join our Seder table.

Church Camp

Church Camp

Bring on the bonfire tunes and shaving cream wars, the zip lines, kayaks and blobbing and you’ve got summer camp! Throw in some friendship-making fellowship and faith-shaping communion, and it’s a whole new adventure. If you want to equip your child in all arenas of life—physical, mental, emotional, social—and ignite your child’s spiritual life with a passionate love for God and neighbor, then church camp’s the place to cabin up.

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Word from Dad

Because I Said So

Because I Said So

“Why, Dad?” It might have been “Why not, Dad?” or any other question designed to make me give in. Both Ian and James do it. Anything is fair to undermine my authority, make me question my judgment and, ultimately, give them what they want. This time, Ian did it.

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Craft Corner

Simple Recycled Bird Feeders

Simple Recycled Bird Feeders

If you are looking for a crafty activity that’s perfect for spring, look no further! These bird feeders are assembled out of recycled materials and make a fun and quick spring craft activity. Your kids will love watching to see what kinds of birds flock to their creations!

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Media Reviews

Day Dreaming

Day Dreaming

New Books Focus on Achieving Your Goals.

Making Mom Friends

Making Mom Friends

Do you feel stuck in a hyperactive cycle of activities and draining relationships? Time to sweep out what isn’t working and usher in a fresh start. Carefully consider your priorities to create space for more fulfilling, satisfying friendships and a happier life.

Television in Their Bedrooms: Good or Bad?

Television in Their Bedrooms: Good or Bad?

Thinking of giving your child a television of his own soon? While many parents allow TV in the bedroom, others are dead set against it.

Signs Your Child Is Over Scheduled

Signs Your Child Is Over Scheduled

Parents often spend their nights and weekends at one event or another and driving all over town to drop the kids off at this practice or that lesson, leaving them feeling drained, annoyed and tired.

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Eating Out

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.

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Holidays

Trees, Trees, Terrific Trees

Trees, Trees, Terrific Trees

Arbor Day, celebrated this year on April 25, originated in Nebraska City, NE, on April 10, 1872, when J. Sterling Morton encouraged Nebraskans to plant trees and celebrate an awareness of their contribution to the environment. This April, you can enjoy these tree adventures…