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25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Kansas City Style

25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Kansas City Style

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, surprise your loved ones with a bit of amore, Kansas City style! These are our favorite ideas for couples and families...
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February Editor's Letter

February Editor's Letter

Archive »Out & About

Co-op Camp

Co-op Camp

For several years, a friend and I planned a co-op camp for our kids. It was loads of fun to plan and execute! Read on to find out how to plan a camp in just four easy steps
Being Away from Home Builds Self-Esteem, Independence

Being Away from Home Builds Self-Esteem, Independence

One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And while these situations often are met with hesitation, slight anxiety—or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness—it is these moments that develop the 21st-century skills needed in adulthood. New situations, such as going away to camp, serve as teachers in life’s classroom, developing leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, independence and problem-solving.
Winter Animal Encounters in Kansas City

Winter Animal Encounters in Kansas City

Visit animals at Kansas City attractions all winter long.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Five Heart Healthy Tips for Kids

Five Heart Healthy Tips for Kids

What we may not discuss with our children is the purpose of our heart as a muscle and its usefulness in pumping blood through the body. Most of our kids are born with a healthy heart and it’s important to keep it that way. While heart disease is known as an adult problem, we can do things from an early age to keep it healthy for as long as possible. Genetics can play a large part in our health but so can many other factors over which we do have control. Here are five tips for keeping kids’ hearts healthy.
Tasty Meals in Minutes

Tasty Meals in Minutes

Busy weeknights can make for hectic meals, but these simple recipes prove you don’t have to trim out flavor or precious moments spent with family when you’re cutting minutes off your dinner prep time.
Protecting Your Family’s Medical Information

Protecting Your Family’s Medical Information

Health information is valuable. Your doctors need swift and easy access if they are going to provide effective treatment, especially in an emergency. But health data also has value to researchers and advertisers, and medical financial information is attractive to criminals who can use it to steal medications, equipment and services.
National Eating Disorder Awareness

National Eating Disorder Awareness

Feb. 23-March 1 marks National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Eating disorders are serious, sometimes life-threatening, conditions that involve a person’s focusing too much on weight, body shape or image, or too much on food. The three different types of eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
10 Ways to Get Active Without Spending a Dime

10 Ways to Get Active Without Spending a Dime

Winter: a time of holiday celebrations, breaks from school and hot chocolate by the fire. Unfortunately, the winter months are also a time of year when it seems easy to forget about our health.

Archive »Faith and Family

A Family Focus

A Family Focus

If your family were to choose one Bible verse to focus on this year, what would it be? Could it reside in a place where you would see it often and discuss its changing implications for each day, week and month? Would it give your family a common focus for prayers and dinnertime conversations?

Archive »Education

Tips for Helping with Homework

Tips for Helping with Homework

School is out for the day, you’re able to leave work on time and dinner is all planned and ready to go. The kids are streaming in, and everything seems to be going perfectly. So what is missing here? Homework!

Archive »Word from Dad

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

“Sandi, they’re both asleep.” I hurried to my closet, selected a tie and knotted it about my neck.

Archive »Craft Corner

String Heart Valentines

String Heart Valentines

Practice some fine motor and sewing skills with kids of all ages by making these string heart valentines! With just a few simple supplies, anyone can create these fun textured hearts that can be turned into a Valentine or hung on the refrigerator. These are so fun to create, don’t be surprised if your child wants to make one for everyone he or she knows!

Archive »Media Reviews

All the President’s Men

All the President’s Men

February brings new tales of presidents and black history.

Archive »Family

Tips for KC Moms to be the Hostess with the Most-ess

Tips for KC Moms to be the Hostess with the Most-ess

Host a variety of get togethers for your family.
Losing a Pet

Losing a Pet

As parents, we want to protect our children from hurt, be it emotional pain or physical. When our families face a loss, watching our children suffer can be overwhelming and can cause parents to feel helpless. Often the first loss a child experiences is the loss of a pet.
Love = Time to a Child: Don’t Overbook Weekends

Love = Time to a Child: Don’t Overbook Weekends

Weekends are often used to catch up. We catch up on sleep, errands and everything modern life demands of us as parents. But do we let our kids do the same?
Why Displaying Affection with Your Spouse Is Actually Good for Your Kids

Why Displaying Affection with Your Spouse Is Actually Good for Your Kids

The sparks and fireworks of marriage often come to a halt once children come into the picture. Newlywed snuggle time and the little kisses and hugs that once took place off and on throughout the day suddenly take a backseat to a new life of nursing newborns, chasing after toddlers and running tots to soccer games, dance and other activities.
Better Balance Screen Time

Better Balance Screen Time

With mobile devices readily available anywhere and everywhere, striking a healthy balance between online and in-person interaction is difficult for today’s families. How do we find a happy medium between quality family time and the siren song the pixelated forest of apps, games and social media generates?
Nine Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

Nine Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

Look around you. Whiny, lazy, unmotivated kids are a dime a dozen, but self-disciplined children are few and far between. Just how can you identify a self-disciplined child and what sets him apart from all the rest? Licensed psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell suggests the following are hallmarks of a disciplined child’s make up.
Five Most Important Things to Teach Your Child About Money

Five Most Important Things to Teach Your Child About Money

Schools offer no courses in money management, so the majority of your children’s financial education will come directly from you. Either you will actively teach them the concepts or they will pick them up by observing your behaviors. Here are the top five things to teach your kids about money before they are out on their own.

Archive »Holidays

String Heart Valentines

String Heart Valentines

Practice some fine motor and sewing skills with kids of all ages by making these string heart valentines! With just a few simple supplies, anyone can create these fun textured hearts that can be turned into a Valentine or hung on the refrigerator. These are so fun to create, don’t be surprised if your child wants to make one for everyone he or she knows!
25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Kansas City Style

25 Ways to Say “I Love You” Kansas City Style

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, surprise your loved ones with a bit of amore, Kansas City style! These are our favorite ideas for couples and families...
February by the Numbers

February by the Numbers

Fun facts for February in Kansas City.
A Valentine’s Day Playbook for Your Family

A Valentine’s Day Playbook for Your Family

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples in the heady throes of young love. Deliver sweet somethings to every important person in your life. Here’s the plan for a perfectly playful V-Day for the whole family.
Honoring Black History in Kansas City

Honoring Black History in Kansas City

February is Black History Month, and Kansas City's local museums and attractions are honoring the legacy of African Americans with special events all month long.
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