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The first weeks of parenthood: An emotional adjustment

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez Being a mom is an amazing experience – and a difficult one. Before having my daughter, friends and coworkers eagerly told me their horror stories of labor. But they failed to mention the difficulties of adjusting to motherhood during those first few weeks after birth. Fortunately, over the past five months, I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully, …

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Therapist shares warning signs of divorce-bound marriages

By Melissa Arroyo A recent study suggested that couples who spent more money on their wedding day were more likely to end up divorced, and couples who spent less money were more likely to stay married longer. But that’s not the ultimate indicator a marriage will end in divorce, according to couples therapist Dr. John M. Gottman. In his book …

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How to deal with the aftermath of flash flooding

As the recent flooding in Kansas City, Mo., has shown, it’s good to be aware of the consequences a flood can have on homes and businesses – and to know how to deal with those consequences. Here are some ways flash floods can affect you, along with some ways you can deal with them: *Health and safety risks: Floods can …

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Responsible social media usage important to mental health

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Social media can be a form of entertainment. It also can affect our mental health. For example, social media creates a false sense of reality, as people tend to solely post photos of themselves smiling, having a good time and enjoying life. Naturally, as humans, we tend to compare ourselves to others. …

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KC area offers many Independence Day activities

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez If you’re seeking something to do this Independence Day (July 4), the Kansas City area has plenty of options, including those on the list below: *KC Riverfest: Take the free streetcar to Riverfront Park, located near the River Market in Kansas City, Mo. Enjoy music on two stages, food trucks, bounce houses and fireworks overlooking the …

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Royal Migration

The annual monarch butterfly journey Every year, monarch butterflies embark on a 3,000-mile migration across North America. This feat of endurance lasts eight months, spans three countries and captivates people worldwide. These graceful pollinators rely on milkweed for feeding and reproduction, but over the last decade, a reduction of milkweed habitats has occurred along the butterflies’ flight path. The decline …

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Qué hacer si una tormenta produce daños en su propiedad

La gran tormenta del 18 de mayo que azotó el área de Kansas City produjo daños significantes en el techo y canaletas de mi casa. Afortunadamente, esta fue la primera vez que tuve que lidiar con este tipo de daños. Pero por desgracia, no tenía ni idea qué hacer. Para que no se encuentre usted en una situación similar, he …

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Una vida en las sombras

Ahora siendo residente legal de EE.UU., le pide a los políticos que sean humanos con los inmigrantes Debido a las recientes políticas de inmigración, muchos inmigrantes indocumentados viven con miedo todos los días. Ricky Martínez conoce esa vida. Martínez, quien recientemente se convirtió en un residente legal estadounidense, tuvo que vivir en la sombra durante años. Después de vivir en …

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Limpiando los océanos

Estudio hecho por científicos mexicanos ayuda a reducir la acumulación de plástico en lagos y océanos Según los investigadores, las pequeñas perlas utilizadas popularmente en los productos de belleza e higiene tienen efectos dañinos para el medio ambiente y, posiblemente, para la salud de las personas. Los investigadores afirman que los productos con perlas de plástico se están acumulando en …

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Las niñas deben sentirse empoderadas

Muchas jóvenes se encuentran perdidas o envueltas en una sociedad que ejerce presión sobre la belleza y la aceptación, en lugar de empoderamiento. Los medios de comunicación tradicionales y las redes sociales han aumentado la probabilidad de que las niñas se sientan inseguras, basadas en lo que ven y lo que creen que sea socialmente aceptables. Así que si eres …

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