October 2013

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October 2013

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Kid’s Craft: Fall Frames Three Ways

Kid’s Craft: Fall Frames Three Ways

Here is an easy and frugal craft for kids of all ages that uses materials you probably already have on hand! These fall frames would make a cute teacher gift, a creative way to display a colorful leaf or simply to frame a fall photo.
Kansas City Thrills for the Mystery Buff

Kansas City Thrills for the Mystery Buff

Mystery lovers young and old will relish exploring our favorite Kansas City attractions for suspense and intrigue!
Signs You're Over-Parenting

Signs You're Over-Parenting

We all want to be good parents, but sometimes in our quest to raise our children to become well-mannered, bright, successful adults, we over-parent. By hovering over our children every moment, we prevent them from becoming independent. Here are a few signs you might be over-parenting:
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Editor's Letter October 2013

Editor's Letter October 2013

Archive »Out & About

Fun One, Fun All:  A Kansas City Activity Guide for Families with Large Age Ranges

Fun One, Fun All: A Kansas City Activity Guide for Families with Large Age Ranges

I come from a long line of age-gappers. My grandmother, mother and I all have had families of two older boys and a girl that came six years later. You would think I would have been prepared when my third bundle of joy came along. Instead, I panicked a little. Family togetherness is very important to us. What activities could we possibly find that would be equally as interesting and engaging to our 12-and-8-year-olds as our baby?

Archive »Health & Nutrition

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

The Wheels on the Bus are Keds

In 2013, Oct. 9 is International Walk to School Day. There is an online pledge for parents and their children and resources for schools in the Kansas City area at www.WalkToSchoolKC.com.
A Smart Fire Safety Plan

A Smart Fire Safety Plan

As parents, it’s easy to obsess over issues of health and safety when it comes to our kids, but we often overlook a preventable danger that kills more than 4,000 Americans each year: fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, children 5 years old and younger are responsible for nearly half of all home fires from their playing.
Healthy Breakfast On the Go

Healthy Breakfast On the Go

These 10 grab-and-go breakfasts will get you and your family out the door with a balanced and delicious start to your day.

Archive »Word from Dad

Homemade Costumes

Homemade Costumes

Homemade costumes were nothing new to me. In my trick-or-treating days, manufactured costumes were a frivolous extravagance and never indulged. That didn’t matter to me, though. I had my imagination.

Archive »Education

Raising Gifted

Raising Gifted

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”
Applying for College, Year by Year

Applying for College, Year by Year

Graduation is just four short years away for your child who just entered high school, and you may be wondering what you can do now to help your student get into college. Starting preparations early is important, so don’t put everything off until the senior year when it may be too late to get into your child’s top schools.

Archive »Media Reviews

Mysteries and Make Believe

Mysteries and Make Believe

New Books Offer Something for Everyone This Halloween.

Archive »Family

Surviving the Witching Hour

Surviving the Witching Hour

The witching hour is not just for Halloween; it is a real event that occurs every evening in our homes, turning our well-behaved children into tyrants and causing massive meltdowns. Around 4:00, after a long day of work, school, play dates or errands, our bodies register, “I’m done!” Unfortunately, the day isn’t done, and neither is all the “stuff” we have to do.
The Art of an Apology

The Art of an Apology

Children aren’t always sorry for their behavior, and if they are sorry, many kiddos have a hard time mustering up the phrase or even sounding like they mean it. Teaching your child how to apologize is a gradual learning experience that takes time, patience and practice.
Match Point

Match Point

With the wide array of sports and activities our kids have to choose from, a 1500-year-old board game may not rank at the top of their (or your) priority lists. But maybe it should! French mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal called chess the “gymnasium of the mind,” and research agrees.
15 Questions to Jump Start a Conversation

15 Questions to Jump Start a Conversation

You know the drill. Your child returns home from school and drops her backpack on the floor, disappears for a while or perhaps even starts on homework. Eager to reconnect with her at the end of the day, you say, “Hi,” and ask, “How was your day?”

Archive »Eating Out

Favorite German Restaurants in Kansas City

Favorite German Restaurants in Kansas City

Celebrate German American Heritage Month. With Oktoberfest celebrations across the country and festivities marking the occasion, this autumn observance puts us in the mood for traditional German dining. Our favorite German restaurants in Kansas City:

Archive »Holidays

Pumpkin Patch Tips

Pumpkin Patch Tips

Pumpkin patches are fall amusement parks, offering fun-filled attractions for the entire family! With pony rides, pumpkin chomping dinosaurs, creative play areas, corn mazes, zip lines, petting zoos and, of course, hayrides to pick the perfect pumpkin, a visit to the local pumpkin patch is a fall bucket list MUST! With so many local patches to choose from and so many activities to enjoy, how do you make the most of the fun?
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