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Tame the Butterflies

These days, kids are taking more tests—and earlier—than ever before. Anxiety over a pressure to perform academically or athletically is an increasing problem that affects a wide age range of children. Some stress is to be expected and is normal, but keep an eye out for severe anxiety symptoms.

Help Your Student Deal with Cliques

You have the cliques that hang out together because they share certain interests; these students often help foster each other’s development and are usually not a problem. Then you have the groups of kids who are actually excluding other kids and bullying. How do you help your child deal with cliques?

Getting Your Teen and Tween to Talk

Remember those toddler and preschool days when your child began talking your ear off and asking questions nonstop? Now, as a parent to a tween or pretween, you probably wish you had a little bit of that back. Right?

Why Do Kids Start Smoking?

“Each day approximately 1,110 kids become regular, daily smokers and between one third and one half will eventually die as a result of their addiction,” according to the American Lung Association. Lovely topic, I know!

Media Mix: Tweenage Girls

Too old for toys, too young for boys. Tweenage years are a perilous time…for parents. Arm yourselves!

Password Police

More and more of our children are signing up for their own accounts, typing and receiving e-mails and text messages, “friending” people on Facebook and leaving us with a very important question. Should parents have access to their children’s accounts?

Thrillsville: Adventures in Kansas City

Discover adventures that are safe, fun and memorable right in our own backyard where you can soar to new heights, plunge to new depths and travel at incredible speeds as your family creates some wild and unforgettable memories!

Teens & Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?

What? A morning without our cup of Joe? It’s a scary thought for many of us coffee-addicted parents. Even scarier, though, is the fact that our teens are now waking up to the caffeine habit. From sodas and energy drinks to coffee shops popping up around every corner, caffeine is hard to avoid these days, and it’s easy to see why teens want in on the trend. “There’s an obvious (if temporary) ‘energy boost’ that’s appealing. Advertising is also a huge influence; many energy drinks have marketing strategies designed to appeal to teens. Then there are teens who want to do the ‘grown-up’ thing, which is drinking coffee,” says Antonette Acosta-Dickson, M.D., at Kansas City’s Kimball and Associates Family Medicine.

Tips from the Trenches-Preventing Summer Brain Drain

Summer is finally in full swing, and you’ve seen the reports: students lose more than two months of knowledge during the summer. This phenomena, otherwise known as “brain drain,” is a formidable foe. Here are some tips from local teachers to help your child keep that hard-fought-for knowledge.

Are American Girls Reaching Puberty Earlier?

Puberty…ah, every parent’s favorite memory—and a time each can’t wait to get over with their children. It’s a challenging, hormonal, crazed time which is hard to decipher, harder still to predict—perhaps hardest yet when it finally hits your home.
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