November 2014

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November 2014

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Fall in Love with the Great Outdoors

Fall in Love with the Great Outdoors

The air is crisp, the trees are lovely and nature beckons families to come explore. This autumn, take your family on an outdoor adventure to make irresistible new discoveries!
Getting Kids Off the iPad:

Getting Kids Off the iPad:

Do you sometimes wonder whether going head-to-head with your children over screen time rules is worth the fight? A recent study confirms that, yes, getting your kids off the iPad—and other electronics—is worth the battle.
31 Refreshers That Take 15 Minutes or Less

31 Refreshers That Take 15 Minutes or Less

There's nothing like the feeling of having the whole house clean all at once. But who has the time for such a consuming job? You can still enjoy the benefits of refreshment that come with a big cleaning by engaging in quick 15-minute tasks—and indulgences.
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Archive »KC Parent Editor's Letter

November Editor's Letter

November Editor's Letter

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Essential Oils: Do They Really Work or Is It Just a Scam?

Essential Oils: Do They Really Work or Is It Just a Scam?

Across the nation, we seem to be moving toward a more natural way of living by cutting toxins, upping our whole foods intake and finding ways to help our families more independently and healthfully. One way that people are choosing to help their families is by incorporating essential oils into their everyday lives. With the way essential oils recently have flooded social media, parents have been left wondering whether they really are effective or if it is all just hype.
Teaching Kids to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Teaching Kids to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Teaching children the importance of a healthy lifestyle can be an unexpectedly slippery slope. It is no surprise that healthy habits start at home, and taking steps to ensure the long-term health of your child starts early. Teaching children to have pride in their nutrition—and not shame—is possible. Here are some tips to get children to not only eat healthy food, but choose it for themselves.
10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

Focused listening is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn. Children with strong listening skills do better in school, sports, relationships and, eventually, in their careers. But many children lack this important skill, and parents are rightly concerned. What can you do?
Five Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods

Five Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods

With the number of health foods on the market today, a lot of us are trying to make more health-conscious choices about what we put into our bodies. What many of us don’t know, however, is that words like “fat free” and “natural” don’t always mean healthy. In fact, many so-called health foods can be as unhealthy as the junk food we’re trying to avoid. Listed below are some foods often believed to be better choices but, upon further investigation, are revealed as really no healthier than a pack of snack cakes or an order of fries.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

As I write this article, my grandmother is taking her last breaths. She is 94 and has lived in a nursing home for the past two years. By the time this piece is published, she will have passed on. Over the past week, I have seen her decline rapidly, but thankfully, the hospice nurses and staff have been by her side 24 hours a day. So I find it extremely fitting to write about hospice and palliative care, not only to honor those that provide this beautiful service, but also to honor my grandmother.

Archive »Craft Corner

Indian Corn Napkin Holders

Indian Corn Napkin Holders

Get your kids involved in decorating the Thanksgiving table this year by making some easy and adorable Indian corn napkin holders. You only need a few materials, and kids of all ages will enjoy creating something to make your Thanksgiving just a little more festive.

Archive »Word from Dad

Over the River

Over the River

“Come on, kids. We’ll be late.” I used to say that. We’d pile into the car with a pie or something special and dash to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoyed the food, but I loved spending time with my extended family even more. I knew the kids would learn this. They’d see how to treasure the holiday and the togetherness.

Archive »Faith and Family

The Gifts of Gratitude

The Gifts of Gratitude

The simplest things cast a glow on my children’s faces as we explore the world around us. There are frequent moments when they are stupefied with curiosity and wonder, as if their vision is cast in colors I can’t see. It’s a pity my senses are so dulled by the grown-up demands that vie for my attention, masquerading in importance and impairing my sight. I want to see as my children see.

Archive »Family

Foster Care: A local mom shares her story

Foster Care: A local mom shares her story

In the summer of 2007 I began working full time in the admissions department of a local Kansas City-area foster care agency. In my role, I was one of many workers that spent their days calling homes and locating places for foster children to live.

Archive »Holidays

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Top picks for your holiday shopping list.
November Fun Calendar

November Fun Calendar

Celebrate November's forgotten holidays all month long!
Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From mid-November to mid-December all across the Kansas City metro, switches are flipped, and the city is decked out in holiday splendor!
Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24
Native American Heritage in KC

Native American Heritage in KC

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history at these local sites:
Thanksgiving Hacks

Thanksgiving Hacks

While there is no real way to “cheat” at entertaining for the holidays, I hope you can use some of these with your family this holiday season.
5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

Many great apps can save you time and energy so that you can spend more of it with your family and less time in the kitchen.
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