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Christa Hines

Children who read for pleasure acquire stronger vocabulary and writing skills and a better understanding of human nature and different cultures. Motivate your child to read by appealing to his personality and interests. Read more

Parenting

With tornado sirens blaring, thunder crashing and lightening forking through dark clouds, most anyone might feel a mixture of unease and awe at nature’s dramatic display. Many parents, however, would prefer to skip the whole show, given the... Read more

Parenting

Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Discover the best camp for your children with our Summer Camp Guide! Read more

Summer

Roughly two-thirds of American families own at least one dog. Add baby to the mix and oftentimes the family dog drops quickly on the priority list or is removed from the household altogether. Before your baby arrives, prepare your dog for t... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, raising children with pets can benefit a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence and can encourage compassion and empathy. But, unlike a sweater that you can return if it d... Read more

Parenting

A baby’s umbilical cord blood contains a rich supply of potentially life-saving stem cells that can treat leukemia, lymphoma and many other critical medical conditions. Uncertain of the future, but put off by the cost, many parents wrestle ... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

School’s out, steamy mirages hover on sun-baked streets and the smell of chlorine and sunblock hangs in the air. It may be the dog days of summer, but for many area teens, it’s the season that signals pounding the pavement for part-time wor... Read more

Parenting

Kids may not always listen to the life lessons we try to impart, but when it comes to money, they are an amazingly attentive audience. T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm, found in a recent survey that 65 percent of kids appr... Read more

Parenting

Helicopters carry heavy loads and hover as they rescue people from precarious situations. As parents, we sometimes perform helicopter duties like carrying a sobbing child through a crowded airport or scooping up a toddler before she runs in... Read more

Parenting

The idea of losing a child and not knowing what happened to him is every parent’s worst nightmare. Although abduction by strangers is statistically rare, the media sensationalism of such events makes the ordeal seem all the more likely. Fol... Read more

Parenting

A parent’s frequent and prolonged absences due to business travel can put enormous strain on a marriage and family unit as a whole. And such an arrangement is even more difficult when no extended family is nearby to help ease the burden. Read more

Vacations

Bullying continues to haunt children throughout our country’s communities and schools. But what do you do if you find out your child is a bully? Read more

Parenting

Dr. Stephen Lassen, associate professor of behavioral pediatrics at KU Medical Center, says that childhood fears are common. “Fears regarding dogs tend to peak at age 5, then decline over time,” Lassen says. “(Children) need to know that th... Read more

Parenting

Worried about the effects of homesickness on your child’s camp experience this summer? While homesickness isn’t unusual, a proactive approach now can minimize homesickness hardships later. Amy Gragg, a licensed clinical social worker with T... Read more

Summer

The first few words out of our children’s mouths, such as mama and dada, are like little warm drops of sunshine on our spirits. But do you have the same feeling about the word “no”? The ubiquitous word creeps into a child’s lexicon before m... Read more

Parenting