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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.

April 2014
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.

April 2014
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.

February 2014
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!

January 2014
Raising Girls: Teaching them to be Good Sisters

Raising Girls: Teaching them to be Good Sisters

Now as the mom of three young girls, I’m learning that raising respectful, loving daughters who also desire to be close friends takes a good measure of intentionality mixed with lots of listening and heaps of love.

January 2014
It’s Called PLAY (and our kids aren’t doing enough of it)

It’s Called PLAY (and our kids aren’t doing enough of it)

With the holiday season in full swing, parents are on the prowl for the newest, coolest gadgets that will have their kids drooling long after the wrapping paper has been ripped off. It’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub—it seems as if every tablet, toy and DVD is stamped with some added educational bonus to our kids. As parents, this makes us feel good. We’re increasingly being told by books and marketing ploys that if we’re not buying all of these shiny, mentally stimulating products, we’re not helping our children excel.

December 2013
The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

In 2013, Oct. 9 is International Walk to School Day. There is an online pledge for parents and their children and resources for schools in the Kansas City area at www.WalkToSchoolKC.com.

October 2013
Surviving the Witching Hour

Surviving the Witching Hour

The witching hour is not just for Halloween; it is a real event that occurs every evening in our homes, turning our well-behaved children into tyrants and causing massive meltdowns. Around 4:00, after a long day of work, school, play dates or errands, our bodies register, “I’m done!” Unfortunately, the day isn’t done, and neither is all the “stuff” we have to do.

October 2013
The Art of an Apology

The Art of an Apology

Children aren’t always sorry for their behavior, and if they are sorry, many kiddos have a hard time mustering up the phrase or even sounding like they mean it. Teaching your child how to apologize is a gradual learning experience that takes time, patience and practice.

October 2013
Match Point

Match Point

With the wide array of sports and activities our kids have to choose from, a 1500-year-old board game may not rank at the top of their (or your) priority lists. But maybe it should! French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal called chess the “gymnasium of the mind,” and research agrees.

October 2013

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