August 2014

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August 2014

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Beneficial Boredom

Beneficial Boredom

It is the end of summer, and the pool is no longer a novelty. Camps are coming to a close, and school is not in session for a few more weeks. This is when the “I’m so bored” chant begins. While those words and the tone in which they are uttered are like nails on a chalkboard, they also can open the door to encouraging healthy creative skills in your child.
Not Just for Grown-Ups

Not Just for Grown-Ups

I want my children to be comfortable learning, exploring, asking questions and discovering new things. I want their world to be larger than their bedrooms and playrooms, and so we visit museums.
Your Stressless Back-To-School Planner

Your Stressless Back-To-School Planner

A few years ago I took my two young children back-to-school shopping just a week before the big day. We had a mile-long list of supplies and clothing to buy and three stores to hit.
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Archive »KC Parent Editor's Letter

August Editor's Letter

August Editor's Letter

Archive »Ages & Stages

Ensure Student Athletes Are Ready for the Season

Ensure Student Athletes Are Ready for the Season

For many kids, playing sports is an important part of growing up, and that’s a good thing. Sports are a great way for children and adolescents to develop lifelong exercise habits, build relationships and learn teamwork.
TV Alternatives for Tots

TV Alternatives for Tots

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 2 and older get no more than two hours of screen time a day, while those under 2 watch none. For most parents, this isn’t new information. We all know excessive TV time is linked to some unfortunate consequences, such as childhood obesity, language delays and shortened attention spans.
Beneficial Boredom

Beneficial Boredom

It is the end of summer, and the pool is no longer a novelty. Camps are coming to a close, and school is not in session for a few more weeks. This is when the “I’m so bored” chant begins. While those words and the tone in which they are uttered are like nails on a chalkboard, they also can open the door to encouraging healthy creative skills in your child.

Archive »Out & About

Exploring Some of Kansas City’s Most “Grown-Up” Museums

Exploring Some of Kansas City’s Most “Grown-Up” Museums

I want my children to be comfortable learning, exploring, asking questions and discovering new things. I want their world to be larger than their bedrooms and playrooms, and so we visit museums.
Favorite August Festivals & Fairs

Favorite August Festivals & Fairs

Make it an annual tradition to attend the best Festivals and Fairs in town!

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers

Knowing your numbers, in part, pertains to knowing your cholesterol. Surprisingly, cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, our bodies make all the cholesterol we need to keep us healthy.
Kids and Caffeine

Kids and Caffeine

About 73 percent of kids and adolescents consume caffeine daily, according to a 2014 study published in Pediatrics. And although there have been studies to calculate the prevalence of caffeine consumption in our society, the long-term effects that caffeine has on a child’s health have not been adequately studied.
Older Kids Need Immunizations, too!

Older Kids Need Immunizations, too!

There are four recommended vaccines that preteens should get when they are 11 - 12 years old. Plus, it’s not too late to get any shots they may have missed.
School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

School Lunch vs. Sack Lunch

Teaching children to eat healthily is easy when they are at home and only face the choices we stock in our own pantries and fridges. Away from home, things become a little trickier.

Archive »Craft Corner

Back-to-School Craft: Pencil Creatures

Back-to-School Craft: Pencil Creatures

Make these adorable pencil creatures with your kids as a way to pass the time until school starts, as well as to send them off with some funky pencils that will stand out from the rest of the class!

Archive »Word from Dad

How Was School Today?

How Was School Today?

I pulled my chair to the table and made eye contact with each boy. “What did you learn in school today?”

Archive »Education

7 Ways to Constructively Use Carpool Time

7 Ways to Constructively Use Carpool Time

It’s back-to-school time, and for some moms, that means sitting in the car rider line waiting for their child to come out. That time doesn’t have to be wasted.
Get a Smart Start

Get a Smart Start

It’s easy and largely expected for teachers to lay out goals for their students at the beginning of a school year. But equally important is students’ setting goals for themselves.
5 Tips for a Fantastic First Day

5 Tips for a Fantastic First Day

Simple ways to make the most of the first day back to school!
Fun Once the Bell Rings

Fun Once the Bell Rings

After school activities are an essential and fun way to round out your child’s overall educational experience. Integrate both structured and DIY activities that complement your child’s disposition, age and interests.
YOUR STRESS LESS BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANNER

YOUR STRESS LESS BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANNER

A few years ago I took my two young children back-to-school shopping just a week before the big day. We had a mile-long list of supplies and clothing to buy and three stores to hit.
Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

With the first day of school right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make the most of our 2,700 seconds (that’s 45 minutes to those of us who are math challenged) in the mornings!
Back to Savings

Back to Savings

The National Retail Federation reports that 56.2 percent of back-to-school shoppers are looking for discounts, 41.7 percent are ditching brand-names in favor of generics and 40 percent are using more coupons.

Archive »Faith and Family

Gather the Outcasts

Gather the Outcasts

You’d think we were in Pamplona, Spain, at the annual running of the bulls, but no. This, folks, is the back-to-school ice cream social. At an appointed time, and not a moment too soon, an elementary staff member plasters the glass doors with the rosters of this year’s classes. If your child happens to be trampled underfoot in the hordes of squealing classmates, not to worry! The lists cover the walls of social media in light seconds, to be analyzed by parents like a play-by-play at Sporting Park. And the obsessing begins.

Archive »Media Reviews

What Dreams are Made Of

What Dreams are Made Of

New Titles Inspire and Motivate Kids to Think and Dream

Archive »Family

Make No Mean NO

Make No Mean NO

Children hunger to know that their parents say what they mean and mean what they say. And even though they might protest, it is no truer than when you, as a parent, lay down the law and say no.
Raising a Child Who Gives Back

Raising a Child Who Gives Back

What does it mean to “give back” to the community, and why is it important that our children participate? At what age should we begin to instill this value in our kids? And how do we, as parents, foster volunteerism?

Archive »Eating Out

The Best Peach Treats in Kansas City

The Best Peach Treats in Kansas City

Celebrate National Peach Month with a delectable peach treat from a local restaurant!
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