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Claire M. Caterer

How do families strike a balance, ensuring that siblings feel just as honored as their special need child, who requires more time and attention? Read more

Christmas in KC

Foster families come in all varieties, including single parent, blended families and mixed race. The most important factor is being willing to give children—even the more challenging ones—a second chance. Read more

Best of KC

Autism is an umbrella term encompassing a number of neurological disorders characterized by deficits in language, developmental and social skills. Learn more about autism and how to help your child. Read more

Parenting

Cynthia Jacobsen, Ph.D., has studied the topic of language development for decades. A speech pathologist, she’s the director of the hearing and speech department at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. “There’s a very rapid growth spurt... Read more

Parenting

Do acronyms like PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) or ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) really tell us anything about what’s going on inside the child? Learn the value of labeling special need... Read more

Parenting

Drumm is unique in the Kansas City metro area: a group foster-care facility that gives kids a permanent place to call home. The institute is now open to both boys and girls. Learn more about this amazing facility. Read more

Parenting

If you’ve been tiptoeing past your child’s bedroom door, afraid to peek inside, you’re ignoring one of the crucial steps in the back-to-school dance: getting your kids organized. You can certainly benefit from these timely tips from Kansas ... Read more

Parenting

You hear it all the time: “My second baby was so much easier than my first.” Veteran parents are more relaxed and prepared than newbies, and why not? They’ve been through it all before. We’d love to bottle that experience and sell it, but i... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

One of the best ways to enjoy these early summer days is on a bicycle. Luckily, some of the most beautiful trails in the Midwest are only a day trip away. Read more

Summer

Whether your children are attending an overnight or day camp this summer, one thing is likely to be on their minds: How will I fit in? Will I be able to make friends? Camp officials from around the metro are accustomed to this question, and... Read more

Summer

Ever wonder why TV is called the boob tube and not the Education Machine or the Idea Generator? Parents must take the lead in their child's television viewing habits. But how? Read more

Parenting

Hands up if this sounds familiar: Your son fashions his morning toast into a pistol, taking aim at his sister, who’s quietly dressing her Barbie doll. He can’t sit still; her wardrobe is 90 percent pink. You wonder how this happened; you th... Read more

Parenting

“Special” occasions come around so often that our lives seem like a year-round sugar fest: birthday parties, grandparent visits, restaurant outings, scout meetings, classroom rewards. That makes it all the more crucial to limit sugar inta... Read more

Parenting

Most of us decry the holiday commercialism. We all talk about wanting to restore the true spirit of the season. You can do it with planning and persistence. But if you sit back and let Madison Avenue take over, you’re sure to have a lot mor... Read more

Christmas in KC

For better or worse, dining out is the American way. Parents shoehorn dinner in between their work schedules and children’s extracurriculars. Often that means grabbing a bite at the drive-through. But David Zinczenko, author of Eat This, No... Read more

Parenting

I know you’ve seen the tattletale emerge—that clamoring, whining beast that makes even the most reasonable parent pull his or her hair out. Are we doomed to resolve every dispute between our children? The experts say no—in fact, the les... Read more

Parenting

Sometimes it’s gradual, as it was in our family. We didn’t have a firm diagnosis of high-functioning autism until age 5, even though some signs were evident from age 2. And sometimes right from birth, or even before, a diagnosis like Down’s... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

Kids are hard-wired to love music, and we’ve all heard about its benefits. Robert Cutietta, author of Raising Musical Kids (Oxford University Press, 2001), claims “music is one of the great joys of being human”—that it has a unique ability ... Read more

Parenting

If you’re looking for a way to bond with your family, teach good values and get involved with your community, now is the time. Once reserved for high-schoolers looking to beef up their college applications, community service opportunities n... Read more

Parenting

If you’re a parent facing middle school with your child, you may even have a few questions: How will my disorganized child juggle his schedule? What if she’s a target for bullies? How will he deal with peer pressure? You’ll soon find yourse... Read more

Parenting