June 2011

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June 2011

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OP Boy on a Mission to Help Kids

Over the past five years, Jack Novorr has raised around $21,000 for Children's Mercy. Now an 11-year-old, Jack brainstorms with his parents and siblings to come up with ideas for his fundraisers. Learn how you can help!

When Your Child Doesn’t Make the Team

Do’s and Don’ts of Reassuring a Child Who Doesn’t Make the Team

Ice Cream Whoopie Pies

These pies are a classic chocolate whoopie, just a little bit chillier, and perfect for a barbecue party on a summer’s day. You’ll need to assemble them at the last minute so that the ice cream doesn’t melt. I’ve used vanilla here but you can substitute any flavor you like—why not try chocolate for a double chocolate treat!
Create Father’s Day Memories in Kansas City

Create Father’s Day Memories in Kansas City

Let Dad know just how much he’s loved with a day of family fun creating great memories doing something he enjoys with the people he loves most. Discover delicious dining, family adventures, loads of laughs, and more ideas to create an unforgettable Father's Day!
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Beyond the Lemonade Stand: Summer Job Ideas for Teens

School’s out, steamy mirages hover on sun-baked streets and the smell of chlorine and sunblock hangs in the air. It may be the dog days of summer, but for many area teens, it’s the season that signals pounding the pavement for part-time work. In this tough job market, enterprising teens who take a creative approach to summer employment may find it easier to rake in extra cash without competing with more seasoned job-seekers.

Archive »Out & About

Get Outdoors!: Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

School is out and summer officially starts this month. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to do just that.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Just when you think your children are out of the woods with the cold and flu season behind them, a summertime disease called Hand, Foot and Mouth rounds the corner. It comes on with fever, muscle aches and painful blisters attacking your child’s mouth and throat, the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet.

Archive »Media Reviews

June Media Mix

Is summertime high flying or low-riding for you and your kids? Check out these resources for hot weather help.

Archive »Family

Plan to Be Spontaneous This Summer

For many families, summer is the time to hit the open road and see the country. However, there is a lot of pressure for parents to take their children everywhere, see everything and keep a tight schedule, according to "Family Adventure Mom," Deborah Geigis Berry.

Summer Memory Makers

Think of all of the little things that were magical about summers as a kid: Catching fireflies in a mason jar, eating popsicles on your back steps with colored juice running down your arms or lying in the grass under a tree in your backyard reading your favorite book. Those seemingly little memories are a big part of what makes childhood so special. Here are some ways to make memories this summer with your children that don’t require a lot of effort or planning but will last in their minds for years to come.

A Maiden Voyage

I looked sadly at the large tree limb as it lay where the storm had tossed it in my front yard. The sugar maple that lost this large limb is a beautiful, mature tree that shades our house in summer and anchors our Christmas decorations in winter. Although it caused no additional damage as it fell, I regretted the lost beauty that would take years to reemerge.

Birth Order: Where Do You Stand?

Birth order can help parents understand why kids raised in the same house, under the same rules can be so different. Sibling rivalry, gender, spacing, multiple births, parenting styles and a host of other factors influence one’s development. Although birth order remains slightly controversial, enough trends have emerged that parents can use the findings to maximize their children’s place in the family. As family psychologist and birth order expert Kevin Leman writes in The Birth Order Book, “Understanding your birth order won’t change your or anyone else’s personality,” but it is “an influence that determines how a child turns out.”

Planning a Successful Reunion

Summer is finally here. The school year has come to an end and the summer activities can begin: A whirlwind of backyard BBQs, lunch dates at the pool or park, office picnics, family vacations and yes, family reunions. Once upon a time, our extended and immediate family all lived within a five mile radius. Now, our extended families are more widely dispersed; it is rare to run into anyone who still lives in the town where they were born or even raised.
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