March 2014

March 2014

Features

Three Thrilling Spring Break Family Getaways

Three Thrilling Spring Break Family Getaways

Whether sleeping with penguins, exploring cave ruins or climbing giant tree houses, family adventures are in store—right in Kansas Citians’ own backyard!

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Editor's Letter

March Editor's Letter

March Editor's Letter

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Out & About

Best Kite Flying Parks in Kansas City

Best Kite Flying Parks in Kansas City

Spring is an excellent time for kite flying in Kansas City! Choose your favorite park with wide open spaces, watch for power lines and go fly kites! This is your Kansas City guide to great kite flying parks!

Summer Camp Basics

Summer Camp Basics

As summer steadily approaches, parents all across Kansas City are beginning to think about activities to fill up their children’s free time. One option is summer camp. If you’ve been wondering what the hype is all about, look no further. We’re going to cover the types of camps offered, the questions you should be asking and items your kids will most likely need to pack.

The Great News About Homesickness

The Great News About Homesickness

If nearly everyone feels some homesickness, what can be done to prevent a really strong case of homesickness? Here’s a recipe for positive camp preparation:

Your Child’s Health at Camp

Your Child’s Health at Camp

Letting go means different things to families. Growth. Independence. Opportunities. No arena is more challenging for parents than entrusting their child’s well-being to others. At home, we have our medicine cabinets brimming with bright Band-Aids® and children’s cold medicines, not to mention the ready hug and kiss when the need arises. So, what’s a camp to do?

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Health & Nutrition

Eye Health

Eye Health

March is National Save Your Vision Month. While some of us may think that because we have good vision, our eyes must be healthy. In reality, this may not be the case. Our eyes are truly the windows to our souls. By having a regular yearly comprehensive eye exam, you will ensure not only healthy eyes and normal vision, but also a healthy body, as well.

Food Dye and Children

Food Dye and Children

As parents we can all relate to the fact that our children always seem to have more energy than we do. We may resort to coffee, tea or soda to increase our energy level and keep up with our little ones.

Kid-Friendly Snacks to Nourish Mind and Tummy

Kid-Friendly Snacks to Nourish Mind and Tummy

Parents don't often encourage their children to play with their food. However, when snack time offers the opportunity to nourish both the body and the mind, that's a treat any parent would be glad to serve their little ones.

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Faith and Family

 THE “LUCK” OF ST. PATRICK

THE “LUCK” OF ST. PATRICK

The waters flow green in our City of Fountains, the ides of March upon us. Oddly, the saint we celebrate in this “season of luck” was pock-marked with tragedy. At 16, Patrick was torn from his family and sold into slavery in Ireland.

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Education

Prepping for Testing

Prepping for Testing

No matter what your feelings are about standardized testing, it is a part of our educational system that is here to stay. I always tell my kids that it is not mine to take away the hard things in life, but it is my job as their mother to love them through it!

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Word from Dad

Write a Column

Write a Column

Autistic children have difficulty dealing with change. For many of them, routine isn’t confining; it’s a structure that comforts and protects. When things are altered, their entire world shifts, and they display their uncertainty and anger in behavioral issues.

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Craft Corner

Scented Cloud Dough

Scented Cloud Dough

This yummy smelling alternative to play dough is so easy to make and addicting to play with. It requires only a few ingredients that you are sure to already have in your pantry, and no cooking is required, so any child can help whip up a batch. The sweet smelling extract, along with the silky soft dough, makes this activity a multi-sensory experience!

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Media Reviews

Babies, Bunnies and More

Babies, Bunnies and More

Spring Brings Stories with Imagination and Charm to Bookstores

Rainy Day Blues

Rainy Day Blues

Just as it seems we are finally packing away the winter gear and saying good-bye to days stuck indoors due to the frigidness outside, spring blows in and brings us rainy days. Back inside, we hunker down and sadly wait out the weather once again. With three little ones at home this year, I’m being proactive and planning ahead for those inevitable days that will keep outdoor play off limits.

Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites

One of the most important lessons I learned in preparation for parenthood was not to play favorites with my kids—a lifelong lesson I am grateful to my parents for teaching me. I am the youngest of four daughters, and my sisters and I remain very closely connected to each other.

Manners Still Matter: Civilizing Children in an Uncivilized World

Manners Still Matter: Civilizing Children in an Uncivilized World

Once upon a time, Miss Manners surely would have insisted that young boys bow and little girls curtsey when introduced to adults.

Keeping Kids Safe in Crowded Places

Keeping Kids Safe in Crowded Places

To help with the planning, we’ve compiled some safety tips, precautions and procedures to think about and cover so you keep safety your number one priority and still have fun while you vacation!

Making a Smooth Move with Children

Making a Smooth Move with Children

Are you thinking about or getting ready to move? Purchasing a new home can be an exciting time, albeit a bit stressful. When children are in the picture, they and we face additional stress.

Fight Fair! How to Engage in Healthy Conflict with Your Spouse

Fight Fair! How to Engage in Healthy Conflict with Your Spouse

You and your spouse may spend most of your days living side by side in peaceful harmony, but every couple comes to a crossroads at some point that sparks a confrontation. The key to a healthy, happy marriage isn’t whether or not you argue, but how you argue.

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Holidays

Kansas City's Irish Restaurants

Kansas City's Irish Restaurants

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so why not take the family out to a delicious meal of fish 'n chips, shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage or Irish stew at one of Kansas City's authentic Irish restaurants.

March Calendar of Fun

March Calendar of Fun

Celebrate March's fun holidays with our Kansas City fun guide! From Irish American Heritage Month, to National Craft Month, to the Birthday of Monopoly and more - discover March's forgotten holidays.