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Dressing Without Drama

I think it’s fair to say we would all enjoy having our children dressed in clothes that are appropriate for the season, the activities they will be participating in, and coordinated in some manner.

Managing the Mess

We have welcomed our third baby home and, since then, trying to stay afloat on housework has been a challenge. I feel defeated often but like to think about a meme I saw online about having a clean house, happy kids or your sanity—and that you can only choose two at a time (if that). Although that’s a great reminder you can't have your cake and eat it off a clean fork too, I do know that I am a better mom and wife when the house is picked up.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly:

Secrets are a normal part of a child’s life and actually even can help foster an ability to problem solve and get out of sticky situations. Maybe a math grade has fallen below a C and the child works really hard to bring the grade up, with Mom and Dad never the wiser. Granted, these secrets aren’t ideal but, in the end, are relatively harmless. On the flip side, there are secrets that should never be kept from a parent, and it’s vitally important to let your kids know the difference between the two.

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.
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