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Baby's First Field Guide to Kansas City

Life is full of firsts: first car, first date, first day of school. But many of the most special firsts are celebrated in the first years of life.

Oh, What Fun! I’m Turning 1!

Hurray! You made it through the first year of being Mommy and Daddy! Now, it’s time to throw that first birthday party for your little human. Don’t fret—you’ll find many ways to commemorate the day beyond the traditional birthday party.

Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

Women who follow some simple guidelines are much more likely to experience a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

It Bears Repeating: The Need for Repetitive Play

The wheels on the bus go round and round, but that’s not the only thing repetitive in your life right now.

Top 10 Labor and Delivery Fears

Feeling apprehensive about your upcoming labor and delivery? Knowing what to worry about and what not to can help alleviate fears you may be experiencing.

Baby Talk

Even though babies communicate in many different ways from a very early age, every parent anxiously waits for those first real words to come tumbling out.

What Baby Needs to Thrive

How do we know we’re doing everything correctly? Is there a secret recipe?

New Parents’ Guide to the Delivery Room

Childbirth holds a lot of unknowns. What to expect in the labor and delivery room shouldn’t be among them.

Autism Myths and Truths

"Autism is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Inspire Your Child to Learn Without Nagging

We all remember homework. Some of us spent time in our rooms reading through pages, then couldn’t remember what was important enough to be on a test. Or, we worried about what the word “study” meant and panicked.

Preparing to master kindergarten

Of all the many skills kids need in school, the most important ones can be hard to pick out.

STEM for Preschoolers

Even kids who are not naturally drawn to all things math and science enjoy exploring their environment and figuring out how things work. STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and math) engage kids of all ages in these specific areas.

Tween-Approved Movies

Are you wanting a family movie night but aren’t quite sure what movies are appropriate for your tween?

Dear Google

I Google every single day, multiple times a day. Google has become my new best friend. I ask her (Him? It?) every question that pops into my new-mom brain, and I usually ask the same questions eight different ways as well.

Starting Baby on Solids

A baby’s developmental readiness for solid foods cannot be determined by a calendar.

Five Rules for a Fabulous Pregnancy

Being prepared mentally, physically and emotionally is crucial to tackling well the nine months before Baby arrives.

Elementary School Blues

Parents who are tired of packing lunches and reminding children to put their shoes on for the fifth time in one morning can find it hard to stay positive.

The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

The practice of writing personal thank you notes teaches invaluable lessons to children.

Challenges and Benefits of Having a Sibling with Special Needs

Having a sibling with special needs is a unique experience, both challenging and beneficial.

Traits of Self-Disciplined Children

How can you identify a self-disciplined child and what sets him apart from all the rest?

Gap Year Guide

More and more students are taking a gap year between high school and college, or between college and settling down with a job.

Make Housework a Family Affair

Check out these ideas to turn housework into a fun family affair.

What Happens When You Take Away the Screens

People today have a constant wealth of information at their fingertips and access to social media for keeping up with family and friends. But at what cost?

Birthday Party Life Lessons

Discover a few teaching opportunities for your child’s next birthday party

To School or Not to School

Let’s look at some common symptoms kids have and when it’s okay to go to school and when it’s best to stay home and recuperate.

Pluses of Childhood Pets

Bringing a pet home and taking care of it does offer many benefits.

Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Toddlers

To make sure you don’t run into any of the toddler years’ hidden minefields, here are some mistakes to avoid when dealing with your toddling time bomb.

Baby Quirks

Every new parent at some point wonders: Is my baby supposed to do that? Is this normal?

Inside the NICU

Each year 10-15 percent of babies born in the United States are admitted to the NICU because of premature birth, heart defects, infection or breathing irregularities, according to Parenting.com.

Toddlers Who Bite

Biting phases are completely normal in child development, but what exactly causes toddlers to bite? And what is the best way for parents to handle their toddler’s biting or being bitten by another child?
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