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Editor's Letter: October 2012

Editor's Letter: October 2012

Archive »Ages & Stages

Texting, Tweeting and Friending, Oh My!

Texting, Tweeting and Friending, Oh My!

The world our kids live in bears little or no resemblance to the one we grew up in. The days of communicating by full sentences and land lines are long gone for teenagers.
Help Kids Become Great Problem Solvers

Help Kids Become Great Problem Solvers

When babies are born, they rely on their parents and other caregivers to solve their most basic problems. When they are hungry, someone feeds them; when they are wet, someone changes them.

Archive »Out & About

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Sugar's Hidden Dangers

Sugar's Hidden Dangers

With October here, your kids are probably looking forward to a deluge of tasty treats. And while candy and cookies might be alright in moderation, mounting evidence suggests that high sustained sugar consumption is the number-one culprit behind childhood obesity, type II diabetes and other metabolic disorders. In fact, recent studies even suggest that the sweet stuff may contribute to the development and growth of cancer cells. No matter how you choose to celebrate this year's October festivities, you may want to seriously consider cutting back on your family's year-round sugar intake.
BRCA

BRCA

Have you heard of the BRCA gene? Don’t worry if you haven’t—but you will be seeing more about it in the future.
Love You, Pumpkin!

Love You, Pumpkin!

The crisp smell of autumn permeates the air, telling you to head to one of the local pumpkin patches because it’s time again to pick that perfect orange orb for carving your family’s masterpiece! The one thing that can ruin your October day is if someone gets hurt, and a child’s playing with knives is a surefire way to program your GPS for an urgent care trip.

Archive »Education

What Your Child’s Grade Card Really Says

What Your Child’s Grade Card Really Says

When you get your child’s report card, you may wonder whatever happened to traditional ABC grades. Learn how to understand new grading systems.

Archive »Word from Dad

30 Hours

30 Hours

”Trick or treat,” James and Ian mumbled as they stood by the door. Just recently verbal, this was their first Halloween when they said the time-honored phrase instead of having Sandi and me speaking for them. Even so, the boys loved it.

Archive »Family

SAHM vs. Working Moms

SAHM vs. Working Moms

Deciding to stay at home with your children or to return back to work is always a difficult decision. It’s a personal choice for you and your family, yet there seems to be so much unnecessary outside commentary from the public and complete strangers. While they might just be trying to make pleasant conversation and really mean no harm, some things just rub the wrong way—and others are downright offensive.
Quick Click Fixes

Quick Click Fixes

Keeping track of kids’ sports schedules, dentist appointments, work meetings and time with family can quickly become daunting. There is nothing worse than showing up for soccer practice at 6:00 only to discover the practice was at 5:00. Staying organized is key to a mom’s sanity and survival.

Archive »Holidays

Successful School Parties

Successful School Parties

October, November and December can feel like a hectic holiday hullabaloo, especially in the classroom. This overstuffed three-month stretch is daunting for room parents and classroom volunteers, all expected to be nothing short of the life of the school party.
Kansas City’s 9 BEST Places for Leaf Peeping

Kansas City’s 9 BEST Places for Leaf Peeping

There’s nothing better than autumn: the crispness in the air, the crunch beneath our feet … and the vibrant fall colors everywhere! The season of pumpkins and apple cider calls forth the nature lover in everyone, drawing us to our favorite spots around Kansas City to see and celebrate this feel-good time of year.
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