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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.

Prepping for an Empty Nest

Prepping for an Empty Nest

When we become parents, everyone tells us the time will move fast and to enjoy it, but do we really have a complete understanding of just how fast it will fly? I had no clue.

Unhelpful Things Parents Say

Unhelpful Things Parents Say

We’ve all been there: Our kid is upset or worried, and we try to give advice to help. But when trying to help our child feel better, we may accidentally say things that cause more harm than good in the long run.

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.

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Grant's Farm, St. Louis

Grant's Farm, St. Louis

One of the most popular attractions in St. Louis for sixty years, Grant's Farm is a great family destination enjoyed by generations. I remember visiting Grant's Farm as a girl, and it was a joy to share this great place with my family.

Best of August in Kansas City: 2014

Best of August in Kansas City: 2014

It's time to bid a fond farewell to Summer, make plans for Back To School, and enjoy many wonderful family outings in KC! Don't miss these our Top Picks for August in Kansas City!

Review: Sound of Music at Starlight

Review: Sound of Music at Starlight

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, is showing at Starlight Theatre this summer. We were delighted to see such strong performances, great sets, and a terrific cast bring the story of the von Trapps to life once again.

Review: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight

Review: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight

Andrew Lloyd Weber takes the Biblical account and does to it for adults, what Veggie Tales does to Bible stories for children, taking the tale on a musical journey through many melodious genres.

Water Fun with Little Ones

Water Fun with Little Ones

“Mommy, look what I can do!!!!” Sam yelled with excitement from the kiddie pool. His eyelashes dripped little droplets of pool water down onto his face. As he looked up I could see the whites of his eyes were already getting pink from the chlorine, but he didn’t seem the least bit phased. A deep breath in and my moppy-headed four year old thrust his head back under the water, eyes open (“Because it’s more fun, Mom!”), blowing bubbles and paddling with all his might.

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Water Fun with Little Ones

Water Fun with Little Ones

“Mommy, look what I can do!!!!” Sam yelled with excitement from the kiddie pool. His eyelashes dripped little droplets of pool water down onto his face. As he looked up I could see the whites of his eyes were already getting pink from the chlorine, but he didn’t seem the least bit phased. A deep breath in and my moppy-headed four year old thrust his head back under the water, eyes open (“Because it’s more fun, Mom!”), blowing bubbles and paddling with all his might.