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Why Music?

In today’s society, we are exposed to music almost constantly, whether it’s a movie soundtrack, music in a store, attending a concert, singing in the shower or just listening

Going Overboard: When parents help too much

Parents want their child to be successful and supported, and sometimes this results in over-parenting. “There are several ways parents might over-parent without realizing they are actually doing so,” says Kimberly Levitan, Kansas City area clinical social worker, registered play therapist and owner of Playful Solutions LLC.

Encouraging Creativity at Home

Creativity. You either have it or you don't, right? Wrong. While some assume creativity is something you're born with, it's actually more skill than inborn talent. What's more, it's a skill that parents can help their children develop.

15 Ways for Kids to Volunteer

We all want the best for our children, so it makes sense that we work hard to surround them with both love and learning opportunities. Often, we take these efforts to staggering heights.

Desperately Seeking Sleep:

First, the bad news: Your seemingly-healthy child may be harboring a serious health problem. Left unchecked, this highly common condition can contribute to weight gain and hinder school success. When your child is irritable, inattentive or sullen, this often-overlooked ailment may be to blame.

Kids and Collections

We’ve all been there. You and your child are tidying up her room, and you find a pile of seashells hidden under her bed. You are frustrated and ready to toss this clutter out the window, right? How about trying a different approach? If your child has shown a passion for a particular object, category or theme, encouraging a proper collection for her may be a beneficial idea.

Choosing the Best Extracurricular Activities

A brand new school year is upon us, and with it comes an opportunity to sign up your child for any number of extracurricular activities. Here in Kansas City, the sky’s the limit when it comes to options.

Push back against peer pressure

Once considered a hallmark of high school, peer pressure is showing up earlier and earlier. Case in point: Recent research from the University of Maryland found that children can recognize group dynamics and feel pressured by peers as early as age 9.

From Greedy to Grateful

When my 5-year-old firstborn was placed on Santa’s lap and asked what he wanted for Christmas, he looked deep into Santa’s eyes and uttered those words that every parent yearns to hear: “I have all that I need, Santa. I just enjoy seeing you!” I was reassured that my husband and I must be doing something right. The next year, however, something changed. Instead of a similar response, my 6-year-old came equipped with a long wish list to present to St. Nick, all organized in sequence of priority. It wasn’t long after Christmas presents were opened that I found Post-it’s throughout the house with reminders of what he would like for his birthday—which was a full six months away!

Creative Activities to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

When daily course work gives way to summer fun, keeping kids’ brains sharp can be a struggle. While summer bridge workbooks or packets are important and helpful, there are other ways to keep your kids thinking while having fun at the same time. Check out these ideas to get you started!
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