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When to go: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care

When your kiddo is sick or injured it’s the worst. And of course, it always happens when your doctor’s office is closed. So, the dilemma every parent faces at some point…do you go to the Emergency Room (ER) or Urgent Care? Generally speaking, urgent cares are designed to save unnecessary trips to the ER, and are usually easier to access, have shorter wait times and cost less than an ER visit.

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Under-scheduled and unapologetic

Children are busier than they ever have been. From organized sports, to music lessons, to church activities, to scouts their schedules are jammed packed. In fact, kids are so busy it prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to issue recommendations to pediatricians to “prescribe” play for young children. Sounds crazy, but sometimes kids (or should we say parents) need to be reminded to simply play. And as parents, it’s our job to make sure they are getting that time to play in a safe and supportive environment that doesn’t always have an agenda.

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Headaches and kids: what parents need to know

It’s back to school time, which can add a lot of excitement and stress to life. If your kid experiences frequent headaches, you are not alone. More than 40,000 kids in the Kansas City metro suffer from headaches. The good news is that headaches aren’t usually serious, but they can still be debilitating and impact quality of life.

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Talking to kids about tragedies

No parent wants to have to talk about tragic events with their kids, no matter what age they are. Whether something terrible happened close to home or in the headlines, knowing what to say and how to help kids cope isn’t easy.

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What I learned eating on a budget

I have always tried to be a money conscience shopper, but have never been on a fixed budget. Like many people, I went to the store and grabbed items on my list – never thinking twice if I could afford the food that I desired. But, that all changed after I accepted the challenge to live off just $4.50 a day for five days.

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Parenting in the social media age

Talk to any parent about what challenges they face raising kids and teens in today’s world, and social media is sure to come up. Many moms and dads worry about the ways social media could be affecting their child’s development, health and safety. Social media can also put pressure on parents seeing what their own peers are posting. And while those worries are normal, they can be balanced out with some helpful and hopeful information.

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What is celiac disease? And who needs a gluten-free diet?

Most likely you know someone who has celiac disease, whether it’s a family member, a friend or your child’s classmate. Celiac disease is actually quite common. Roughly 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, but more than half of all people with celiac disease are undiagnosed.

Not your father’s fatherhood: Modern wisdom from today’s dads

When many of today’s dads were children, the internet didn’t exist, blended families weren’t as common and stay-at-home dads were super rare. Dads on TV brought home the bacon, but were clueless in the kitchen, and many dads in real life took on more traditional roles in their families. A lot has changed since then. With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to hear from dads about their adventures in parenting and how they are thinking about the part they play in their kids’ lives.

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Get schooled with tips and survive the summer family road trip

School is out for summer and the time is right for all the summertime faves. Like hitting the pool, hosting a barbecue, catching a Royals game at The K, catching fireflies and of course, taking a family road trip! If the road is calling your family this summer, you are not alone. AAA (the American Automobile Association) predicts nearly 43 million Americans will be hitting the road this summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is a 3.6% increase over last summer.

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How to talk with your kids about the “D” word

It’s the conversation no parent wants to have with their kids – the conversation about death. Death makes us uncomfortable and it can be hard to talk about, especially the first time your child brings it up out of the blue. Your initial gut reaction may be to change the subject quickly or make a general statement that your child doesn’t need to worry about it, because as parents our instinct is to protect our children from the tough things in life. Unfortunately, death is something every child is going to encounter, whether it’s the loss of a pet, a loved one or a death they’ve seen on TV.

Food allergies: are more kids allergic to food or are we just more aware?

From peanut-free school lunches to gluten-free birthday parties. If it seems like more and more kids have food allergies these days – you’re not alone in that thought. Most likely you’ve even had discussions with other parents about how food allergies weren’t an issue when you were growing up, and that everyone ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches “back in our day.”

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Embracing your village. How to help those with a child in the hospital.

Health care is an avoidance topic, plain and simple. No one wants to think about being sick or worse yet, having a child sick and in the hospital. But realistically, we know that every day thousands of people across the Kansas City area are spending their day in the hospital helping care for a loved one. Think about your own circle of friends. Even if it is a step removed, you probably know of someone right now who is facing a health challenge in their world.

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Kids and springtime allergies:  6 mistakes you might be making

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here. And now that the temperatures are warming up, it’s also time for that other season—the one that’s just a little less exciting: allergy season.

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Are you guilty of snowplow parenting?

If you follow the news, you might have learned a new term in the past few weeks: “snowplow parenting.” You may have even looked in the mirror, gasped, and thought, “ I do that?”

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Tooth Fairy Flubs

It's happened to all of us...that moment of panic when you realize the "Tooth Fairy" forgot to visit. You don't want your child to be disappointed, so how do you explain the mysterious emptiness under the pillow?