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How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes

(Family Features) With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, studies have shown that children who have …

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How to protect your privacy online

Commentary by Yanis De Palma As we all manage our personal data online, we are under the risk of being attacked by hackers. Some security tips to protect yourself and others online include the following: *Keep your software updated: You should regularly update so you have the latest security features on your devices. Activate the automatic updates option for your …

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How to pick the right gifts for your coworkers

Commentary by Chara The gift-giving season has arrived, including at the workplace. If you are looking to give your coworkers holiday presents, but do not know what to give them, give them gifts based on their working styles. According to Suzanne Vickberg’s book “Business Chemistry: Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships,” if you pay special attention and observe how …

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KC therapist encourages people to define self-esteem and success

By Katherine Diaz A Kansas City area marriage and family therapist disputes the popular belief in American culture that “in order to be successful, one must have … high self-esteem.” Her name is Danielle Reeves. A supervised marriage and family therapist at Great Oaks Therapy Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Reeves believes that self-esteem can play a part in one’s …

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Suspicious packages have telltale signs

By Angie Baldelomar After 12 bombs were sent recently to top Democrats and a news station, the topic of bombs and chemicals sent by mail has produced unease among many people. According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the postal service processes more than 170 billion pieces of mail every year and only a tiny fraction of those are investigated …

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How to promote creativity in children

Commentary by Chara By nature, children are creative. Sometimes, however, parents do not have the time to take their children to activities where they can develop their creativity. Still, parents can find ways to foster creativity in their children at home. Here are some tips that might help you develop your child’s creativity: *Buy a children’s chemistry lab: With a …

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KC therapist encourages people to define self-esteem and success

By Katherine Diaz A Kansas City area marriage and family therapist disputes the popular belief in American culture that “in order to be successful, one must have … high self-esteem.” Her name is Danielle Reeves. A supervised marriage and family therapist at Great Oaks Therapy Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Reeves believes that self-esteem can play a part in one’s …

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The best apps for toddlers

Commentary by Yanis De Palma The use of technology often raises concerns – and those concerns increase when children use technology. However, there are many ways that technology works as a tool for parents to help their children learn. Some apps, for example, can allow children to develop their minds in ways that will prepare them for school and educate …

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How to teach Spanish to your child

Part II of a Series Commentary by Yanis De Palma As was mentioned during the first part of this series, children receive many benefits from learning Spanish. And as a parent, you can introduce your children to the language, even if you don’t speak it. Some tips to teach your children Spanish include the following: *Scheduling times for speaking Spanish: …

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Alcantara provides look inside the mind of a former bully

By Tere Siqueira Over the past few years, many American schools have taken steps to try to address a growing concern over bullying. The website StopBullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 20 percent of American …

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