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Eva Melusine Thieme

I KNOW FOR A FACT you are only reading this because you saw the title and thought: She must have gone off her rocker. Singing an ode to teenagers is akin to praising the U.S. Congress for having accomplished something. Or liking the moles t... Read more

Parenting

As I was shoveling snow this winter, I reflected upon the fact that in other societies, my 13-year-old son would have this job. I would love blaming the xBox he was playing at the moment, but in all honesty it is my own fault for not puttin... Read more

Parenting

Sending your kids off to college, a daunting financial prospect in the best of times, has become even harder in our current economy. The College Board recently reported that average college tuition in the United States rose by 6.5 percent t... Read more

Parenting

In many ways, life for our kids is very different from what it was for us 20-odd years ago – just think of text messaging, Google and iTunes. Yet one thing has remained virtually unchanged: Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high... Read more

Parenting

Trying out a new Christmas Tradition is not only fun, it gives you a chance to spend some meaningful time together during the holidays. And who knows, maybe it will be the one your kids will hand down to their own children many years from n... Read more

Christmas in KC

Cell phones are just one of many entertainment options my generation did not have growing up, such as round-the-clock TV programming of every flavor, video games, personal music players and social networking sites. According to most parents... Read more

Parenting

If you have early school age children, you will have made it through the Terrible Twos. Yet most likely you are still dealing with anger outbursts and tantrums on a regular basis. Read more

Parenting

Pennies for Peace, a philanthropic program tens of thousands of American school children participate in every year, grew from Mortenson’s early efforts to raise money. The idea is that everyone can participate, since everyone can spare a pe... Read more

Parenting

If your son or daughter is entering 11th grade, this will be their year of taking the SAT or ACT. But the question is, will they be taking it just once, or should they retake it several times, maybe even helped by a test prep class? Accordi... Read more

Parenting

At some point, every parent is faced with the question of whether a child is ready to stay home alone. The Census Bureau estimates that nearly 7 million school-age children are routinely left at home by themselves. But there is no singl... Read more

Parenting

Getting your child to buy into the idea of giving up the thumb or pacifier is your best bet. You’ll be amazed how much just talking to him will accomplish. Read more

KC Baby Magazine

Numerous studies have shown that language study aids brain development, leading to higher ACT and SAT scores, creative problem solving and better performance in math and logic. Read more

Parenting

Whether you are new to the Kansas City area or just starting out your family’s soccer adventure, you will find a myriad of information to sift through and many factors to consider. This Complete Guide will help you find a Soccer Club for yo... Read more

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