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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.

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.

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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.

Warm Springs Ranch: A Wonderful Day Trip for Horse Lovers

Warm Springs Ranch: A Wonderful Day Trip for Horse Lovers

This summer, take a tour of Warm Springs Ranch to learn more about Clydesdales and enjoy the majestic animals. Warm Springs Ranch, opened in 2008, is a state-of-the-art Clydesdale breeding facility offering tours to the public.

My Child, Good Ol' What's His Name?

My Child, Good Ol' What's His Name?

Growing up, I was called a lot of names... but it’s not what you may think. I wasn’t picked on or called anything derogatory. I just wasn’t always called my own name by- gulp- my own mom. A lot of times, she would run down the list of my siblings’ names before she finally got to my own name (all with the intention of calling for me). And when you are one of four kids, that takes a while.

Best of July in Kansas City: 2014

Best of July in Kansas City: 2014

Fabulous Fireworks, farm fresh foods, summer nights under the stars enjoying live performances.... we LOVE July in Kansas City!

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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.