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The Kansas Speedway provides plenty of pre- and post-race entertainment, so it's a full day event. The area around the speedway becomes a mini-city! Racing flags, smoking grills, picnics and games create an electric atmosphere. Arrive 1-1 ½... Read more

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The tween-age years generally extend from 8 to 13 and are a time of widespread change—physically and emotionally. While it's important to help tweens adjust to their physical changes, parents must also stay alert to their sometimes drastic ... Read more

Parenting

Today's parents have much to keep track of: friends, activities, schoolwork, homework, physical and emotional health, peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, driving, family relationships and the countless details that make up family life. Sp... Read more

Parenting

We're sports fans. Our kids play lots of sports and we attend large sporting events such as the KC Royals, or the Chiefs, but last weekend—courtesy of KC Parent magazine—we took in a new sport in a very different arena: the STP 400 Race at... Read more

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Got the travel bug, but can't go far? Try visiting a new part of town, where lesser known spots offer one-of-a-kind experiences. Discover wonderful adventures for all ages across the metropolitan area! Read more

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In the adoption field, special needs usually refers to older children living in foster care homes who may have significant physical, learning, medical and social-emotional or behavioral challenges. Read more

Parenting

Marc and Anne Wayne of Overland Park are professional performing artists raising seven talented children: they all sing, five are in theater, four dance, one makes films and two play piano. Thankfully, their parents bring more than 30 years... Read more

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Do your children’s toys leave you wondering: What happened to pretend play? It’s called gender marketing and there is seemingly no escape for parents. Read more

Parenting

During severe weather season, the threat of natural disasters reminds us to have our “house in order.” Being emergency ready means more than practicing your exit strategy, it also means knowing where your important papers are located and ha... Read more

Parenting

Think about the optimistic people you know. They don’t just think positively, they do positive things. Optimists believe that good things will happen in their future and they persistently work toward goals that will help them achieve happin... Read more

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Birth order can help parents understand why kids raised in the same house, under the same rules can be so different. Sibling rivalry, gender, spacing, multiple births, parenting styles and a host of other factors influence one’s development... Read more

Parenting

Why are we so afraid of being considered fat? Well, it’s easy to blame “the media” that has been feeding girls advice about controlling their weight since the Victorian Era. Couple that with children’s access to websites and social groups p... Read more

Parenting

Where, you ask, can you plunge 650 feet below the surface and then visit outer space? Answer: in Hutchinson, Kansas. And, it’s probably the only place you can visit such extremes within driving distance of the Kansas City area. Driving time... Read more

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Day trips are a great way to pack a lot of fun into a short vacation. So, pick a destination and make some memories without the stress of planning and paying for an extended vacation. Read more

Vacations

Take your family back to a time when it took five months to travel 2,000 miles to reach the “Pacific country.” Embark on an adventure at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, MO, the “jumping off” point for more than 250,000 ... Read more

Vacations

It’s important to know the facts about food allergies and the signs of a reaction; it could save someone’s life. The number of children with food allergies has increased 18 percent since 1997, making it critical that parents are aware of th... Read more

Parenting

Learning to manage back talk is about as appealing as addressing a 2-year-old’s temper tantrum, but it is an equally important parenting task. The good news is, if you have tamed the terrible twos, you are well armed to squelch back talk as... Read more

Parenting

Surely, in this era of the “Great Recession,” every parent wants their children to know how to manage their finances. Studies show that children are not learning about money at school or elsewhere. So, it’s up to parents to teach kids money... Read more

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away; frogs give you warts … No matter how practical you are, old wives’ tales are a part of our culture and often influence our behavior. These tidbits of wisdom seemingly have no basis in fact, but have bee... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

Striving for a “clean house,” many homeowners devote lots of time to cleaning kitchen countertops and cutting boards nearly every day, preferably with a disinfectant. But, do we pay attention to what may be lurking beneath the surface? ... Read more

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