August 2016

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August 2016

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WAIT! Summer’s not over yet!

WAIT! Summer’s not over yet!

School is about to begin again, but your kids are still relishing summer. Make the most of the final days of summer break by doing what really only can be done in summer!
Summer Olympics, Family Style

Summer Olympics, Family Style

The beginning of the Olympics lends itself perfectly to breaking out creative and unique ideas for your family to get in the Olympic spirit!
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Archive »Editor's Letter

August Editor's Letter

August Editor's Letter

Archive »Out & About

Make the Most of Summer in KC

Make the Most of Summer in KC

School is about to begin again, but your kids are still relishing summer. Make the most of the final days of summer break by doing what really only can be done in summer!
Pokémon Go in KC

Pokémon Go in KC

Whether you’ve been hunting for a few weeks or are new to the game, here’s a list of places that KC parents list as faves for PokéStops in KC.
Five “Secret” Places to Picnic in Kansas City

Five “Secret” Places to Picnic in Kansas City

Venture beyond your neighborhood park and enjoy a summer picnic at one of these unique places in Kansas City:
Kansas City’s Dog Parks

Kansas City’s Dog Parks

Spend a day at the park with your favorite four-legged friend!

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Returning to a School Year Sleep Routine

Returning to a School Year Sleep Routine

With fall on the horizon, we have checked off supply lists, trimmed overgrown locks and filled backpacks to the brim. But if kids haven’t transitioned back to their school year sleep habits, they’re not ready for the first day.
Your Back-to-School Health Checklist

Your Back-to-School Health Checklist

Back-to-school isn’t just about school supplies, first day outfits and haircuts. Appointments need to be scheduled and everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to the health of your child.
Building a Better Lunchbox

Building a Better Lunchbox

Each day, the foods we choose to give our children play a large part in their ability to learn new information and control their behavior. It also gives them the stamina they need to excel in afternoon sports and activities.

Archive »Faith and Family

A Trophy Childhood

A Trophy Childhood

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Archive »Education

What to Do When Your Child Resists Going to School

What to Do When Your Child Resists Going to School

School should be a positive, warm, nurturing place for kids—a place they want to be. So what does a parent do when her child refuses to go? Here are some steps you can take to diagnose the problem and work with your child to improve her educational experience.
Fabulous Field Trips

Fabulous Field Trips

Kansas City is full of fun places to take groups of children. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a Girl Scout leader or a coach, planning outings is part of the job description. In addition to selecting educational and enjoyable venues, a large part of ensuring a successful field trip is understanding how to plan the event itself.
Keeping Your Middle Schooler Organized

Keeping Your Middle Schooler Organized

Set your tween up for success in a way that supports his growing independence.
New School? No Worries!

New School? No Worries!

For a number of reasons, children throughout Kansas City may find themselves starting school in unfamiliar territory this year.
Rock the School Year!

Rock the School Year!

For many of us, August is paved with good intentions. We resolve that this school year, we will be organized, patient, consistent and engaged. In August, we are rested. We have renewed our vows with parenthood, ready to be the best we can be.

Archive »Word from Dad

Off to School

Off to School

“Remember, guys.” I turned to James and Ian, tucked into their beds. “Your first day of school is tomorrow.” Neither boy answered me. Neither could. James had just turned 5 and Ian was 3 when we received the reason for their delay in speaking even the most rudimentary words.

Archive »Craft Corner

Kids’ Art Coasters

Kids’ Art Coasters

Give away sets of coasters to grandparents for a gift they will love—or set them out on your own coffee table to show off the skills of your budding artist!

Archive »Media Reviews

Good Manners and Good Friends

Good Manners and Good Friends

New titles illustrate the importance of manners and respect.
Best Educational Apps for Kids

Best Educational Apps for Kids

Face it, portable internet devices are here to stay, and our kids are fond of them. Screen time for kids becomes more palatable when we know they're learning something at the same time. Here are a few recommendations for both Android and Apple devices.

Archive »Family

A Playful Mom = A Happier Mom

A Playful Mom = A Happier Mom

Try infusing fun playtime and silliness into your life and parenting by taking advantage of everyday activities that you already do.
The No-Gift Birthday Party

The No-Gift Birthday Party

I’m proposing a radical idea: the no-gift birthday party. You’ll have a lot less cleanup, and the other parents just might thank you. Try it just once and see what you think! Here are some ideas:

Archive »Holidays

August by the Numbers

August by the Numbers

Fun facts and trivia about KC history.
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