January 2018

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January 2018

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Let It Snow….Or Not

Let It Snow….Or Not

Snow is almost a guarantee in January in Kansas City, but the amount of snow, when it will come, how long it will last and the quality of “fun snow” varies. You can make the most of the winter and turn a snowy day into a family memory with these ideas.
Cut Your Kitchen Time

Cut Your Kitchen Time

I’m setting out to find some new ways to cut my time in the kitchen. Here are a few things I’m planning:
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Archive »KC Parent Editor's Letter

January Editor's Letter

January Editor's Letter

Archive »Kansas City Trivia

What's Your January KC IQ?

What's Your January KC IQ?

Test your local smarts with this quiz.

Archive »Ages & Stages

Science Says: Make Time for Play

Science Says: Make Time for Play

According to researchers, a child’s earliest learning is rooted not in formalized education, but in play.

Archive »News You Can Use

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

What does the latest research say about economic factors on parenting strategy, the effect of screen time on sleep patterns and infectious diseases in organized sports?

Archive »Out & About

Board Games… They’re Not Boring Anymore

Board Games… They’re Not Boring Anymore

These locally owned and operated game shops specialize in selling a variety of board games, card games and role-playing games and they all have game rooms where customers can try out something new.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Medicine Measured by “Teaspoonful”… Misleading

Medicine Measured by “Teaspoonful”… Misleading

Measuring medicine by the teaspoonful might seem obvious, but it actually may not be in light of a recent study of how parents give their children medicine, published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Spoon Up Tradition

Spoon Up Tradition

When cooler temperatures call for something to warm you up, good, old-fashioned soups and stews may be just what you need.
Women’s Heath: Decade by Decade

Women’s Heath: Decade by Decade

Caring for yourself well assures that all the roles you fill can be done to the fullest potential. Here is a step-by-step guide to taking charge of your health decade by decade.

Archive »Craft Corner

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

This easy craft is a great way to celebrate winter without having to break out the coats and gloves. Your kids will love decorating their own snowflakes and making each one unique!

Archive »Education

Five Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Five Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Technology literacy is a necessary skill for our 21st century learners. They must be able to work independently and with others to utilize technology to their advantage, to follow their passions and meet their future needs. Coding is one essential skill all young learners should, at the very least, be exposed to.

Archive »Word from Dad

Independent Contractors

Independent Contractors

“Dad, I need some money.” Ian said one to me one winter evening.

Archive »Media Reviews

Be Yourself and Be Happy!

Be Yourself and Be Happy!

New titles offer stories of empowerment.

Archive »Family

Speed Up the Dawdler

Speed Up the Dawdler

Here are some tips to help you speed up the dawdler in your family.
Five Things to Say (and Not Say) to Your Child

Five Things to Say (and Not Say) to Your Child

Here are five things to say (and not say) to your child to be sure he hears you and understands what is being asked.
Getting Happy by Giving Back

Getting Happy by Giving Back

Volunteering not only helps you feel good, but people who volunteer have lower rates of heart disease and live longer than those who don't volunteer, according to a recent report in the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource newsletter.
Happy Family, Happy Life

Happy Family, Happy Life

Happiness can vary depending on our personal circumstances. But why are some families more resilient and happier despite the obstacles life throws their way?
Embracing Minimalism as a Parent

Embracing Minimalism as a Parent

With the holiday decor put away, the house tends to feel bare at first but then clean and spacious after some time passes. But because we’ve just celebrated the holidays, we parents have MORE stuff to put away and find homes for.
Beating the winter blues

Beating the winter blues

When it’s nice outside and the kids start getting a little rambunctious, the easy solution is to send them outside to run and play. Yet on very cold or snowy days, finding ways for them to exert energy and arrange entertainment can be a challenge.
Eight Steps to Hosting the Perfect Party

Eight Steps to Hosting the Perfect Party

Well Moms and Dads, you don’t have to. You can host a fun and memorable party for your child without breaking the bank or making your head spin. Here are few simple tips.

Archive »Eating Out

Five Faves for KC Comfort Food

Five Faves for KC Comfort Food

Enjoy these delicious comfort food faves at local restaurants.

Archive »Holidays

31 Days of Fun

31 Days of Fun

Don’t let the short days get you down! Below are fun ideas for every day in January.
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