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Make planning for the holidays a family affair

Commentary by Katherine Diaz It’s that time of year to decide where and how to spend your precious holiday moments. For some individuals, the holiday season is an exciting time, a time spent visiting with loved ones. For others, it’s a dreaded time, a time for having to choose between families when making holiday plans. Some people attempt to accommodate …

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Fair to teach families about educational offerings in KCMO

Families will have the opportunity to learn about Kansas City, Mo.’s many elementary, middle and high schools, courtesy of the upcoming City School Fair. Co-hosted by the non-profit organization Show Me KC Schools, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library and the Mayor’s Office, the second annual fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11. The fair …

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How to prepare your vehicles for winter

With winter quickly approaching, now is the best time to ensure your vehicles are ready for cold weather conditions. Because one never knows when inclement weather will hit the Kansas City area, it’s best to be proactive and prepared for when the day comes. Below are a few ways to make sure your vehicles are safe for your family: *Give …

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How to avoid being tracked or hacked online

Your social media and internet browsers are constantly tracking your activity. Although this kind of tracking is typically for commercial purposes, you also can be tracked by cyber-criminals. Some tips to avoid being tracked or hacked online include the following: *Use a search engine that doesn’t track you: All big internet companies work with targeted advertising. Your searches and location …

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How to protect yourself from cyberattacks

Commentary by Katherine Diaz As North Korea invests in cyberattack operations, the hermit country has become a major threat to digital systems in the United States. Its cyberattacks are believed to have already affected corporations worldwide, including the 2014 attack on Sony and an attack Bangladesh’s central bank, according to CNN. According to a CNN article written by Eric O’Neill, …

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Selling online: A quick guide

Commentary by Tere Siqueira For many aspiring entrepreneurs, selling products online has become a way to start a career. If you’re interested in selling products online, there are many options. You need to choose one that suits your brand and will enhance what you can offer. An online marketplace is the best choice when you want to sell a product. …

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Give yourself a break from information overload

Commentary by Tere Siqueira If you’re like most people in this world, you get overwhelmed at times by the amount of information you receive – particularly digital information. Whether in the bathroom, on the treadmill or at dinner, most of us are reading something in digital form, with much of it on social media sites. But the amount of digital …

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How to teach children to accept others

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker To teach children to accept others, we as adults must lead by example. Because behavior is learned, children will often act in a similar manner to the adults in their lives. Specifically, they’ll often act similar to the way their parents act. Often, children look to their parents to help build their …

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The cycle of domestic violence

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Abusive relationships often follow a pattern, known as the “cycle of domestic violence.” Although the cycle might look different in every relationship, three stages take place repeatedly in abusive relationships. The first stage is “tension building.” This begins when tempers flare and anger increases over domestic issues, including money and children. Name-calling, …

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Ease School Day Stress

Must-haves for lockers and backpacks Rushing out the door for another busy day of hitting the books can mean important things get left behind. Keeping a ready supply of everyday essentials in a backpack or locker can help ease the stress of a forgotten item. Whether it’s rehearsing for the school play, gearing up for athletic practices or just spending …

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