March 2012

March 2012

Features

The Cure for the Common Brat

The Cure for the Common Brat

According to recent studies, an epidemic of narcissistic behavior— fueled by an increasing overemphasis on individualism and self-focus—is wreacking havoc on society. So what can you do to immunize your child against the prevailing self-centered mentality?

Snapshot of a KC Quad Mom’s Life

Snapshot of a KC Quad Mom’s Life

5:45 a.m. - I turn off my alarm clock in my sleep and roll over. I’m still exhausted from yesterday.... so begins a day in the life of a Kansas City family with quadruplets.

The Ultimate Destination Staycation

The Ultimate Destination Staycation

This year, surprise your kids with the “next best thing” and plan an unforgettable spring break week fulfilling their wildest dreams—all without leaving town!

10 Home Ec. Skills All Kids Should Know

10 Home Ec. Skills All Kids Should Know

As parents, we want to give our children all the skills they need to live a good life. We live in a time where home economics is becoming a lost art, and when we need to impart these skills now, more than ever we shouldn’t rely only on schools to do it.

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Editor's Letter

March Editor's Letter

March Editor's Letter

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Ages & Stages

Local Student Spreads Message against Bullying

Local Student Spreads Message against Bullying

Bullying in all of its various forms has unfortunately been evolving over time rather than dissolving. One local teen is taking matters into her own hands in an effort to end bullying here in Kansas City.

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Out & About

1950s All-Electric House

1950s All-Electric House

In the 1950’s, KCP&L developed a model home known as the Electric House, renowned for having the most modern conveniences of its day. It created quite a buzz, attracting some 60,000 people through its doors at a time when Johnson County’s own population barely exceeded 60,000!

Preparing Happy Campers

Preparing Happy Campers

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Discover the best camp for your children with our Summer Camp Guide!

Thrill the Family with a Train Ride to a Secret Destination!

Thrill the Family with a Train Ride to a Secret Destination!

A family enjoys a two-day train trip vacation to Hermann, MO. They enjoyed local food, watched the Missouri River glide by under the scorching sun and toured a winery along with houses dating from the 1850s.

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Health & Nutrition

Carsickness:  A Sticky Situation

Carsickness: A Sticky Situation

Back in the old days when children and automobile safety weren’t uttered in the same breath, carsickness was treated differently, too. Whenever Mom and Pop had a nauseous kid, they cracked the windows and had her hop up to the front seat. What solutions can a modern mom put to use when carsickness strikes?

5 Bad Things That Are Actually GOOD For You

5 Bad Things That Are Actually GOOD For You

We’ve all heard that we should stay away from caffeine, that carbohydrates are bad for us and alcohol is harmful. We’ve been told to be leery of the sun and avoid all kinds of stress. But these things can actually be good—in moderation and with some parameters.

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Education

AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: ADHD

AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: ADHD

Stepping out of the doctor’s office, arms loaded with pamphlets and prescriptions, you feel a little shell-shocked. Your child has just been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What do you do now?

Tame the Butterflies

Tame the Butterflies

These days, kids are taking more tests—and earlier—than ever before. Anxiety over a pressure to perform academically or athletically is an increasing problem that affects a wide age range of children. Some stress is to be expected and is normal, but keep an eye out for severe anxiety symptoms.

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Word from Dad

Patience

Patience

”Laura, if you use that word one more time, I’ll hang up,” I told my irritated, teen-aged daughter who had just dropped the “F-Bomb.” I will not tolerate that language from my daughter. Hardly pausing after my ultimatum, Laura used the word again, intentionally frustrating my direction and my authority.

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Media Reviews

Traveling Tots

Traveling Tots

For spring break or just a weekend ride, consider these titles for traveling in trains, planes or automobiles.

March is a Good Time To...

March is a Good Time To...

March welcomes spring! March is a great time to enjoy many fun family traditions... from kite flying to green eggs and ham, you'll find fun ideas for all ages.

The Cost of Saying “Yes”

The Cost of Saying “Yes”

“Please, mom! Please, please, puh-leez!!” It’s hard to keep our emotions from getting the best of us, especially when it comes to our little ones. Their “needs” (or should we say “wants”) are a far cry from what you may remember from your childhood. Not to mention, more expensive. So, how does your child’s asking for the latest and greatest impact the family budget? The cost may be more than you realize.