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Local Faces of Adoption

Local Faces of Adoption

For Natalie Burger of Platte City, adoption wasn’t as much to fulfill a desire to be a mother, but more to help out a child in need.

Are Video Games So Bad?

Are Video Games So Bad?

Video games get a bad rap in the parenting world. Many times, they're characterized as an almost evil influence on our kids. Like most parents, I have been warned. Yes, I've heard that it makes our children lazy couch potatoes. Their brains will rot. That they're so violent it makes our kids violent.

Declutter Your Life

Declutter Your Life

I’ve got schoolwork, cleaning, bills and talon-length toenails all waiting to be tended. But I can’t find my notebook, the Windex is gone, today’s bills are mixed in with last year’s and, of course, the toenail clippers haven’t been seen for a week. I’m stressed out of my gourd. Can you relate?

Kansas City’s Archives and Resources to Uncover Your Family Story

Kansas City’s Archives and Resources to Uncover Your Family Story

Three terrific facilities in Kansas City are home to rich resources to help you uncover your family history through collections of thousands of documents, maps, photographs and records.

Adopting Special Needs Children

Adopting Special Needs Children

In the adoption field, special needs usually refers to older children living in foster care homes who may have significant physical, learning, medical and social-emotional or behavioral challenges.

Quick Click Fixes

Quick Click Fixes

Keeping track of kids’ sports schedules, dentist appointments, work meetings and time with family can quickly become daunting. There is nothing worse than showing up for soccer practice at 6:00 only to discover the practice was at 5:00. Staying organized is key to a mom’s sanity and survival.

Arts in the Family

Arts in the Family

Marc and Anne Wayne of Overland Park are professional performing artists raising seven talented children: they all sing, five are in theater, four dance, one makes films and two play piano. Thankfully, their parents bring more than 30 years of stage experience to the family table.

10 Steps to Squash Sibling Rivalry

10 Steps to Squash Sibling Rivalry

When the phrase "sibling rivalry" comes up in conversations among parents, chances are it is closely followed by "bane of my existence." While it's not likely we'll ever squash it completely, there are some steps you can take to make life at home more harmonious.

Ponies and Princesses, Tykes and Transformers

Ponies and Princesses, Tykes and Transformers

Do your children’s toys leave you wondering: What happened to pretend play? It’s called gender marketing and there is seemingly no escape for parents.

Super Moms!

Super Moms!

Look Around. All over KC, you'll find super moms. Moms who work hard day in and day out taking care of their families. Look in the mirror and you'll see a super mom looking back at you.

Don’t Wait for a Disaster: Secure Your Vital Records in Four Steps

Don’t Wait for a Disaster: Secure Your Vital Records in Four Steps

During severe weather season, the threat of natural disasters reminds us to have our “house in order.” Being emergency ready means more than practicing your exit strategy, it also means knowing where your important papers are located and having a plan to bring your family’s vital information with you. Consider this: How quickly could you prove you own your home and the value of its contents?

Would You Like Some Cheese with That Whine?

Would You Like Some Cheese with That Whine?

Whining is a behavior that is inevitable; sooner or later your child will dabble in it. It usually occurs when a child feels like the communication is broken between himself and his parent/caregiver and wants to get a message across.

The Cure for the Common Brat

The Cure for the Common Brat

According to recent studies, an epidemic of narcissistic behavior— fueled by an increasing overemphasis on individualism and self-focus—is wreacking havoc on society. So what can you do to immunize your child against the prevailing self-centered mentality?

Local Student Spreads Message against Bullying

Local Student Spreads Message against Bullying

Bullying in all of its various forms has unfortunately been evolving over time rather than dissolving. One local teen is taking matters into her own hands in an effort to end bullying here in Kansas City.

The Cost of Saying “Yes”

The Cost of Saying “Yes”

“Please, mom! Please, please, puh-leez!!” It’s hard to keep our emotions from getting the best of us, especially when it comes to our little ones. Their “needs” (or should we say “wants”) are a far cry from what you may remember from your childhood. Not to mention, more expensive. So, how does your child’s asking for the latest and greatest impact the family budget? The cost may be more than you realize.

Organizing Kids’ Treasures

Organizing Kids’ Treasures

They are little bits and pieces scattered around the house. What to do with all the wonderful treasures that are scattered everywhere around your home?

Help! I Think My Mother-in-Law Hates Me

When it comes to the often-feared relationship with a mother-in-law (MIL,) busting down barriers and even building a friendly camaraderie often take time, patience and persistence.

Grandparent Names

Grandparent Names

What’s behind a grandparent’s title, and how does one decide on this noble name? Kansas City parents have a lot to say about this age-old subject.

Let me call You Sweetheart

I watched Sandi leave the house as I stood by her car door. I didn’t need to open her car door; she was perfectly able to do it herself. I wanted to do it, though. I decided long ago that we would remain newlyweds, no matter how many years we were married.

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Spring into Family Fun

Spring into Family Fun

After a winter that far overstayed it’s welcome, April has been a welcome month on the calendar. Birds are chirping, tulips are in their full glory, and- cue the angel music- Deanna Rose is open again for the new year! As a mom of little ones, this is perhaps the greatest news of all!

Georgetown Pharmacy's Old Time Soda Fountain & Espresso Shop

Georgetown Pharmacy's Old Time Soda Fountain & Espresso Shop

This soda fountain is very charming and a nice addition to the Merriam community; it is so special what they have tried to create for local customers.

Smile Pretty (and, for free!)

Smile Pretty (and, for free!)

KC Parent is giving away a set of braces from Bulleigh Orthodontics. You read that correctly. One free set of braces. Now you can get your child’s (or even yours-my Dad had braces at 40) teeth straightened and still take that vacation. It’s a win-win!

8 Reasons We Love Spring in Kansas City

8 Reasons We Love Spring in Kansas City

It's Spring Kansas City! Flowers are blooming (my sympathy to allergy sufferers), birds are chirping, and grass is green! We have been enjoying great parks and family fun in the great outdoors again... so why do I love Spring in Kansas City?

MESSY MONDAYS

MESSY MONDAYS

Have you ever watched a comedy show for a few much-needed laughs, only to find that the humor is dull, inappropriate, dumb, or consisting mostly of potty-humor? Have you ever wished that there was a wholesome, genuinely hilarious show out there that could really make you laugh, and make you think at the same time?

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Spring into Family Fun

Spring into Family Fun

After a winter that far overstayed it’s welcome, April has been a welcome month on the calendar. Birds are chirping, tulips are in their full glory, and- cue the angel music- Deanna Rose is open again for the new year! As a mom of little ones, this is perhaps the greatest news of all!