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Practical Life Skills to Teach Your Children

Although home economics classes have disappeared from most schools, kids have a real need to learn the skills associated with running a home and just generally being an independent adult.

Super Sleepovers!

Special occasions like birthdays are the perfect excuse to have a sleepover. A few games, light party favors—and the kids will be in one room all night, so no need to panic, right? Right??? Wrong! Well to be fair, you should never panic. Sleepovers can be awesome if they are planned effectively. Remember these helpful hints and you’ll be fine.

Love = Time to a Child: Don’t Overbook Weekends

Weekends are often used to catch up. We catch up on sleep, errands and everything modern life demands of us as parents. But do we let our kids do the same?

Nine Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

Look around you. Whiny, lazy, unmotivated kids are a dime a dozen, but self-disciplined children are few and far between. Just how can you identify a self-disciplined child and what sets him apart from all the rest? Licensed psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell suggests the following are hallmarks of a disciplined child’s make up.

All-New KC School Open House Guide

Plan your next school visit with our online private school Open House Guide.

Buddy Bonds

There are defining moments in every parent’s life, such as when your baby gets hurt for the first time. Or the moment you watch your toddler take his or her first steps. You hold back with bated breath, trying to gauge whether to jump in or not. The gut instinct is typically to save, though most situations don’t actually warrant it. This tension also comes into play the day your little one becomes old enough to begin making friends.

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. (SPDFoundation.net) “Everyone processes sensory input, but some people process it differently than others,” Carrie Grosdidier, occupational therapist from Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, says. “When the processing of this information interferes with our ability to function on a day-to-day basis, we have a problem.”

Classroom Volunteers 101

I’ll admit it. I am just not crafty. I look at a paper plate and I see a paper plate. Not an alien or a raccoon mask or a ladybug with the addition of paint and a few pipe cleaners. I rarely go on Pinterest, nor am I trained in any aspect of child development or early education. I’m not even particularly organized. Yet, here I am, somehow into my fifth year of room-parenting. As a teacher at our school put it, sometimes all they need is “a warm body.” I can do that!

How to Get and KEEP a Babysitter

It’s so hard to find and keep good help. So hard, that when you do eventually find good help, you want to do whatever you possibly can to make sure nothing goes wrong. If your sitter is great with the kids, great with the family and overall just keeps you happy, KEEP the sitter happy!

Holiday Gift Guide

Terrific gifts just in time for the holidays!
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