December 2017

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December 2017

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Hot Letters Can Cool a Temper

Hot Letters Can Cool a Temper

Some of our historical elite, such as President Lincoln, wrote what he termed a “hot letter.” If he was upset with someone, rather than speak from an angry place, he would pen his feelings but never send the missive.
Hygge: The Art of Cozy

Hygge: The Art of Cozy

Hygge. If you haven’t stumbled upon this easily mispronounced concept yet, it’s only a matter of time before you do. The Danish way of life, roughly translating to “cozy,” has become an international craze and buzzword, landing a well-earned place in the Oxford Dictionary and spurring the production of more than 20 books on U.S. soil last year alone.
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Archive »KC Parent Editor's Letter

December Editor's Letter

December Editor's Letter

Archive »Ages & Stages

Coming Clean: Organization Skills for Kids

Coming Clean: Organization Skills for Kids

Strong organizational skills serve children well through grade school, college and beyond and help them avoid the daily stress of hunting down lost items—not to mention tardy slips, missed buses and late classwork.
How to Rock Family Fun Night with Tweens & Teens

How to Rock Family Fun Night with Tweens & Teens

To make hanging with the family something tweens and teens look forward to, try these ideas to jumpstart the family fun.
10 Money Lessons to Help Your Kids Avoid Debt

10 Money Lessons to Help Your Kids Avoid Debt

When it comes to teaching financial literacy, parents play a vital role in how kids will manage their money in the future. Here are ways to raise smart money managers.
Tips for Playdates with Special Needs Kids

Tips for Playdates with Special Needs Kids

Here are some tips for hosting a playdate with kids with disabilities.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Dealing with Sleep Issues

Dealing with Sleep Issues

Although there is no fool-proof method, here are some proven tips to improve your child’s sleep.

Archive »Craft Corner

Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

Making homemade Christmas ornaments is a tradition that kids love to do every year.

Archive »Word from Dad

New Traditions

New Traditions

Ian turned to me at Thanksgiving dinner. “Dad, when are we going to put up our tree?”

Archive »Education

Helping Kids with Learning Math

Helping Kids with Learning Math

Have you seen any of the headlines regarding U.S. students and their performance in mathematics? The headlines are alarming. They paint a very bleak picture for our students and the future of this nation when it comes to mathematical thinking. But if you dig a little deeper into the actual data, the situation might not be as alarming as it first appears.

Archive »Media Reviews

Tales of friendship and magic fill the shelves this winter.

Tales of friendship and magic fill the shelves this winter.

Tales of friendship and magic fill the shelves this winter.

Archive »Family

Is the Family Dog Driving Everyone Crazy?

Is the Family Dog Driving Everyone Crazy?

Team Up to Train Your Pet with These Five Tips.
Better Mornings

Better Mornings

You know how it goes. “Get your shoes on! We are late! Did you brush your teeth?! I don’t know where your library books are. That’s not my responsibility. Can you please eat more breakfast? You cannot wear that. Because it’s 45 degrees outside. Yes, you need a coat. Yes, you do.”

Archive »Holidays

Kansas City’s Living Nativity Guide

Kansas City’s Living Nativity Guide

As you celebrate this holiday season, set aside time to remember the birth of Christ at a local living Nativity or pageant.
Santa Sightings in KC

Santa Sightings in KC

Santa and his elves are celebrating the holidays with special events all season long!
December by the Numbers

December by the Numbers

Kansas City's December Facts & Trivia
Songs of the Seasons

Songs of the Seasons

December is here, and Christmas music is part of the festive fun. Has it been playing in your home for months?
Holiday Baking for Family and Friends

Holiday Baking for Family and Friends

A holiday season filled with gatherings calls for simple recipes that make baking for family and friends easy and enjoyable.
What Kind of Holiday Mom Are You?

What Kind of Holiday Mom Are You?

Ignore the dust mites under the TV cabinet for a few minutes and take our quiz to see what kind of holiday mom you are.
Giving gifts worth remembering

Giving gifts worth remembering

When the toys and clutter begin piling up in your home and you want to give your children something more meaningful for Christmas, consider these ideas...
Bring Back Joy to the Holidays

Bring Back Joy to the Holidays

What are we parents to do to bring the joy back into this magical time of year?
10 Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holidays

10 Ways Kids Can Give Back During the Holidays

Here are some ideas for ways kids can give back during the holiday season in your community—and worldwide.
Sweet Holiday Memories…Kansas City Style

Sweet Holiday Memories…Kansas City Style

Holiday memories are even sweeter with a visit to one of these local sites where they put a special twist on Christmas classics.
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