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December 2014

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25 Days of Christmas Countdown: Kansas City Style

25 Days of Christmas Countdown: Kansas City Style

A Kansas City Style Advent Calendar for your family. Enjoy Kansas City's most joyous holiday traditions as the Christmas countdown begins!

Our Favorite Cookie Recipes

Our Favorite Cookie Recipes

We asked KC Parent’s writers and staff to share their favorite holiday cookie recipes. Find a new favorite!

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Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

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Ages & Stages

Friend or Foe: Guiding your child through the friendship labyrinth

Friend or Foe: Guiding your child through the friendship labyrinth

Some stay in our lives for moments and some for years. They teach us, comfort us and influence our decisions. These people are our friends. In the formative years, children learn how to navigate friendships, how to make friends, how to cope with losing them and how to understand what a healthy friendship looks like. As children grow and develop, parents can play a role in guiding them.

Fostering Friendships Between Special Needs Children and Their Peers

Fostering Friendships Between Special Needs Children and Their Peers

When high school junior Dan Walker was crowned homecoming king at Shawnee Mission East this year, a lot of people were cheering.

The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

I’ll never forget the moment I separated my two oldest children on account of bickering and my 6-year-old looked up at me and pleaded, “Please don’t make us go to separate rooms, Mom! Arguing is how we love each other.” Immersed in a tense situation, it took everything within me to hold back from chuckling. And if that were, indeed, the case, I could rest assured they loved each other very much!

Creating a Family Time Capsule

Creating a Family Time Capsule

It’s funny how strange it is to think another year has passed every year, and how odd it is to get used to the new year for a while. A fun way to brighten the after-Christmas and back-to-school blues is to create a family time capsule each New Year’s Eve. Kids love traditions and presents, and this little family memory could end up being both!

Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Your 5-year-old is now 25 and looking for a job. Several of the jobs he/she will be doing haven’t even been invented yet. What life skills can you teach now to help prepare for the future?

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Health & Nutrition

Cold and Flu? Not you! Ways to prevent cold and flu during the height of the season.

Cold and Flu? Not you! Ways to prevent cold and flu during the height of the season.

Hearing that very first cough, sneeze or sniffle can send any parent into the fetal position with a wish to hibernate until spring. While not all illness can be avoided, here are a few tips to protect your family.

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Faith and Family

Sacred Traditions

Sacred Traditions

Traditions. They’re meant to usher us into a season of comfort and joy, peace and goodwill, but often leave us feeling more harried than merry. Take, for instance, the daily ritual of an Elf-on-the-Shelf’s soaking in marshmallow bubble baths, T.P.-ing the tree and plunging down zip lines over the breakfast table. For such tiny creatures, these sly imps demand an inordinately large amount of my time and sanity, commodities already in short supply over the holidays. Trying to conjure up a Norman Rockwell Christmas is not only exhausting, it’s a series of “Pinterest-fails” waiting to happen.

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Word from Dad

Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

“This year, I’m going to trust you to get Mom something all by yourself. Choose something she will like. I don’t even want to see it ’til Mom unwraps it on Christmas morning. Do you understand?”

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Craft Corner

DIY Snow Globe

DIY Snow Globe

Add some crafty Christmas charm to your holiday season by creating a DIY snow globe! You will be surprised at how easy it is to create, and you probably already have most of the materials on hand.

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Media Reviews

Seasonal Charms

Seasonal Charms

Authors Highlight Special Moments for Parent and Child During the Holidays.

The Importance of Dads

The Importance of Dads

If you played sports growing up, you probably had a coach or two who was big on drilling the fundamentals. And sometimes it’s good for fathers to do the same.

Mommy, It’s Naptime!

Mommy, It’s Naptime!

Guess what, kids? Mommy is TIRED and needs a nap! And here are a few reasons why she should take one.

What Kind of Mom Are You?

What Kind of Mom Are You?

Aren’t we all a little guilty of labeling other moms? Sure, we all share the common goal of nurturing a happy, healthy family, and we make different choices to get there. But just for fun, have you ever considered what “mom” category you most likely fall into?

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Holidays

25 Days of Christmas Countdown: Kansas City Style

25 Days of Christmas Countdown: Kansas City Style

A Kansas City Style Advent Calendar for your family. Enjoy Kansas City's most joyous holiday traditions as the Christmas countdown begins!

Long-Distance Holiday

Long-Distance Holiday

Whether you just moved out of state (or country) or have lived a long distance from family for years, staying in touch over the holidays each year can prove to be tough. However, when you and your children take time to get creative, staying connected can be a lot of fun for everyone in the family!

December Fun Calendar

December Fun Calendar

Celebrate December's forgotten holidays all month long!

National Safe Toy and Gift Month

National Safe Toy and Gift Month

Toy related injuries are all too common. As we moms buy gifts for our kids this holiday season, this is something to keep in mind.

Favorite Cookie Recipes

Favorite Cookie Recipes

We asked KC Parent’s writers and staff to share their favorite holiday cookie recipes. Find a new favorite!

Alternative Gifting Ideas

Alternative Gifting Ideas

’Tis the season for crowded stores and limited parking spaces. Parents are easy to identify: determined eyes and multiple lists in colorful scrawl. The gifts may vary, but the end goal is the same. We look forward to the joy on our kids’ faces when they receive exactly what they wished most for. These moments seem fleeting, however. What if we could harness that joy into something long-lasting?

A New Year's Countdown That Will Have You Looking Up

A New Year's Countdown That Will Have You Looking Up

10...9... 8. Across the globe the last seconds before midnight on December 31st draw people together to follow the tick of the clock. The collective countdown heightens our anticipation. It culminates our celebrations. And it anchors us in the transition from old year to new.

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