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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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Beware of college scholarship scams

Commentary by Chara Most college students seek scholarships to pay for at least some of their education. Indeed, according to statistics from the Saving For College website, 31 percent of students used scholarships and grants to help pay for their education. But pursuing scholarships has at least one potential pitfall: falling victim to scammers. According to a recent post by …

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How to limit your children’s screen time

Commentary by Chara Children are learning from the latest forms of technology. However, the misuse of technology – particularly the overuse of it – can affect their health and development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend an average of seven hours in front of a TV, computer or cellphone screen. Their excessive viewing habits have led to …

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Use precaution with YouTube family vlogs

Commentary by Katherine Diaz YouTube family vlogs have become more popular in recent years, as their content has attracted viewers of all ages. As of Jan. 24, there were more than 30 million daily active YouTube users, according to OmnicoreAgency.com, with the average viewing session lasting 40 minutes. That means there are many daily users who watch for long periods. …

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