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January 2016

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KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

Winter in Kansas City—you either love it or you hate it, but if you live here, you’ve got to survive it. So, take our quiz and plan the perfect calendar of winter fun to suit your own winter weather personality!
What Working Moms Have That Stay-at-Home Moms Want (and Vice Versa)

What Working Moms Have That Stay-at-Home Moms Want (and Vice Versa)

Let’s discuss and debate and then put it aside and be one community. The best way to build up moms, and help our kids, is to all be there for each other.
Three Steps to Changing Your Financial Future

Three Steps to Changing Your Financial Future

Budgeting is simply “telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” It is making a plan for your money, so YOU are controlling it, rather than its controlling you.
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January Editor's Letter

January Editor's Letter

Archive »Out & About

KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

KC Winter Weather Survival Quiz

Winter in Kansas City—you either love it or you hate it, but if you live here, you’ve got to survive it. So, take our quiz and plan the perfect calendar of winter fun to suit your own winter weather personality!
The Best Day for Fun in KC

The Best Day for Fun in KC

When the winter doldrums set in, our daily guide to Family Fun in Kansas City will help keep the “I’m bored!” at bay.
Favorite Indoor Pools in Kansas City

Favorite Indoor Pools in Kansas City

Looking for a little summer fun in the winter? Enjoy exercise and enjoy family frolics at these superb indoor pools in the Kansas City area.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Give Sides Center Stage

Give Sides Center Stage

Fall is a busy time for families on the go, but dinner can still be approachable and wholesome. One easy solution: transform a simple everyday side dish into a meal that will have your family asking for more.
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

No longer is diabetes categorized as juvenile onset or adult onset. With the obesity epidemic on the rise, diabetes is now divided into type 1 and type 2. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that interrupts how our bodies use and break down the sugar and carbohydrates that we consume. The food we consume is broken down into glucose, which is used for growth and energy. Glucose then enters our cells by insulin, which is produced in the pancreas.
National Folic Acid Awareness

National Folic Acid Awareness

Folate is the generic term referring to both natural folates and folic acid, both forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate occurs naturally in food, and folic acid is the synthetic form found in supplements or enriched foods.

Archive »Craft Corner

Candy Garlands

Candy Garlands

Make your own colorful garlands for your next party using candy! So many different colors, shapes and sizes of candies are available at the store that you can create an endless variety of festive garlands. This craft is great for both preschoolers and older kids alike. Small children can practice making patterns out of the various shapes and colors of candy, while older kids can string the candy themselves with some parental supervision.

Archive »Education

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. (SPDFoundation.net) “Everyone processes sensory input, but some people process it differently than others,” Carrie Grosdidier, occupational therapist from Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, says. “When the processing of this information interferes with our ability to function on a day-to-day basis, we have a problem.”
Classroom Volunteers 101

Classroom Volunteers 101

I’ll admit it. I am just not crafty. I look at a paper plate and I see a paper plate. Not an alien or a raccoon mask or a ladybug with the addition of paint and a few pipe cleaners. I rarely go on Pinterest, nor am I trained in any aspect of child development or early education. I’m not even particularly organized. Yet, here I am, somehow into my fifth year of room-parenting. As a teacher at our school put it, sometimes all they need is “a warm body.” I can do that!

Archive »Word from Dad

The Cold

The Cold

“Dad, the TV isn’t working,” James said from the living room. “I know, James. The ice storm just cut our power.” Sandi called the power company while I looked for the candles. The afternoon light was fading fast, and we’d need more than flashlights.

Archive »Media Reviews

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Take a stroll through new picture books and graphic novels this January
11 Peaceful Apps for Families

11 Peaceful Apps for Families

Here’s a news flash: Life can be stressful. For parents. And for kids. Technology, of course, is part of the problem. But it also can be part of the solution. The following apps were designed to promote well-being. Some are intended specifically for family members at different ages and stages; others are more generic. All offer respite from the demands and pressures of family life.

Archive »Family

Beat the Winter Blahs with Movie-Inspired Fun

Beat the Winter Blahs with Movie-Inspired Fun

Cabin fever often finds us turning into couch potatoes, wiling away the winter hours in front of movies. This season, use movies to inspire themes as you beat the winter blahs with creative family fun!
Plan the Perfect Party!

Plan the Perfect Party!

Fun themes for your child's next party.
Double Up on Birthday Fun

Double Up on Birthday Fun

Let’s face it: Birthday parties are fun, but the stress and cost of planning and throwing them can be overwhelming for parents. One solution is to have a joint birthday party for siblings, cousins or friends who have close birthdays. Joint parties are great for kids who have many of the same friends and can reduce the workload for parents.
Improve Your Family Life by Changing Your Routine

Improve Your Family Life by Changing Your Routine

Routines can be a good thing; that’s why classrooms are built on schedules and why family dinnertime is important.
Buddy Bonds

Buddy Bonds

There are defining moments in every parent’s life, such as when your baby gets hurt for the first time. Or the moment you watch your toddler take his or her first steps. You hold back with bated breath, trying to gauge whether to jump in or not. The gut instinct is typically to save, though most situations don’t actually warrant it. This tension also comes into play the day your little one becomes old enough to begin making friends.
How to Whack Out Whining

How to Whack Out Whining

Mommmyyyyyy…I want CANDDYYYYY—Let me stop you right there! We all deal with it, whether it’s from a 5-year-old or a 15-year-old. When they want your attention, it seems like they’ll get it by any means necessary. This includes whining. So how do we stop it? Search no further—the answer is here.
Why Your Teen’s First Car Should Be a Clunker

Why Your Teen’s First Car Should Be a Clunker

Getting those keys in your hand is such a memorable time and a fun rite of passage. When it comes to cars, quite a spectrum of choices is available. On one end, you have the shiny new luxury vehicle and on the other end is the rusty clunker/jalopy category. If you were like me, your first car was closer to a clunker.

Archive »Eating Out

Best Pies in Kansas City

Best Pies in Kansas City

Buttery, flaky pie crust and delicious filling—mmmm! The cold winter months are our favorite time to savor classic American pies! Be they chocolate, pecan, cherry or something a little more exotic, delicious pies just like Mom used to make (or maybe even better) are served up by masterful local bakeries.

Archive »Holidays

January by the Numbers

January by the Numbers

Fun facts for January in Kansas City.
New Year, New Attitude: How to Tap More Joy in 2016

New Year, New Attitude: How to Tap More Joy in 2016

Want to bring more joy into your home this year? Try shifting your mindset. Not only can adopting a more optimistic attitude create a happier life, you’ll influence how well your kids respond to life’s daily challenges too.
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