Editor's Letter: Fall 2013



Your blood pressure rises. Your voice goes up a few octaves. You begin to sweat. Ah, is there anything like a toddler tantrum? It evokes such strong feelings in even the calmest of parents. In fact, my mom likes to tell the story of a doozy of a tantrum I pulled as a child. I was near 2, and my mom and I were at the mall. She was very pregnant with baby #2, and it was difficult for her to lift and carry me. We had finished shopping and it was time to leave. Only I decided that I wanted to stay at the mall. Each time my mom attempted to leave, the tantrum began. Being pregnant, she was unable to contain my kicking and screaming self and get me out of the mall. So we walked. And we walked. And we walked. In all, what should have taken a few minutes ended up taking a few hours.

The best way to stop a tantrum? Nip it in the bud before it starts. While there is not full-proof way to keep a tantrum from happening, Kansas City mom Jennifer Bosse provides some great tips and suggestions on how to try to stop a tantrum before it begins.

Going through labor and giving birth is stressful. Throw in issues with your baby once he or she is born and it becomes a lot to deal with. We are fortunate to have some terrific NICUs in the Kansas City area to help families when their baby needs some extra care. In our NICU issue, Belton mom Tisha Foley lists 10 important ways for parents to bond with their baby during time in the NICU.

Enjoy the beauty of fall in KC with your little ones!

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