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It's not perfect. It's parenting.

Sometimes you need answers to the little everyday things that parents encounter. And sometimes, you just need someone to encourage you through all of the craziness and challenges of parenthood. Welcome to Parent-ish, a blog from the experts at Children's Mercy.

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Raise "champions" of giving this holiday season

While children spend time sifting through catalogs and making wish lists during the holiday season, this special time of year is also perfect to begin teaching children the importance of giving back.

When your child’s ‘winter blues’ become something more serious

As much as so many of us complain about daylight saving time, it’s always a shock to the system when it ends. This year, we’ll turn the clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 5, and we’ll start preparing ourselves for shorter days, leaving work when it’s already dark and just that feeling that, yes, winter is coming.

The power of self-esteem: How to prevent bullying in children

Self-esteem begins to develop in early childhood when children start to develop their sense of self. As children begin to understand and know who they are, they start to identify the key qualities and aspects of themselves. Self-esteem plays an important role in early development and continues to be impacted over the course of development for a child.

BEWARE! Or Be Aware of these Halloween safety tips

Keep kids safe this Halloween by avoiding the most common injuries that bring little ones to the emergency departments: falls, burns from flammable costumes, injuries from collisions with vehicles and eye injuries from sharp objects. Follow the tips below for a Halloween of all treats - no tricks!

A safe and affordable way to DIY Halloween

With spooky season here, trick-or-treating is near! The Child Life Department at Children's Mercy Kansas City has outlined 4 crafty costumes for you and your family to DIY together this Halloween.

Top questions for your pediatrician at all ages

When you have your first baby, they unfortunately aren’t born with a handbook. Even if they were, every child is different and may not follow exactly what would be “outlined.” As a first-time parent you are going to have lots of questions and those questions won’t stop until your child is grown. You may first start asking questions about milestones your child should be reaching in their early years, but will eventually transition to questions on when you should bring up topics like the birds and the bees. 

Communicating about suicide, and what to do if you're a concerned parent

The thought of losing your child is one many caregivers try to avoid. And yet, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens across the nation and in Kansas City. We want to help change this trend. Here are some ways to start.

Family-friendly activities to make this fall a ball!

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. We talked to Children's Mercy families about some of their favorite family-friendly fall activities - whether you prefer to get into the fall spirit at home or get out and about in the Kansas City area.

COVID-19, RSV and the Flu: What you need to know

Viral respiratory season is quickly approaching. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, respiratory viruses seem to circulate in new patterns, so being prepared is important! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics last flu season a record number of children under the age of 4 years old were hospitalized. Here’s what you need to know to help keep your family safe and healthy.

Keeping kids safe while safely storing firearms

Conversations about firearms are tough conversations to have with a child. However, gone are the days of only teaching kids about gun safety to keep them safe. Telling your child not to touch a firearm if they find one is no longer enough. Now, firearms are the leading cause of death among children and teens in the United States. The best way to keep your children safe is keeping firearms stored safely.

The power of adaptive sports

Staying active benefits all children, but for kids with physical or cognitive differences, sports can be a game-changer for their overall wellness. 

Everything parents need to know about food allergies

Food allergies are a concern for many parents – especially those of younger children who are being introduced to new foods on a regular basis. But it can be hard to determine what is a food allergy versus a food intolerance.

Winning tips for interacting with coaches

If you're raising an adolescent athlete, you're juggling a lot - practice and game schedules, uniform laundry, snacks and hydration, not to mention relationships with your kid's coaches. Managing those relationships is one of the many parts of parenthood that wasn't in the playbook. Luckily, we can help you get in the game.

By bus, by bike, by car...oh my! Get to school safely - no matter how you travel

School is back in session! Ensuring all kids make it to and from school safely is everyone’s responsibility. We recommend sitting down and speaking with your kids this back-to-school season to make sure they know and are following these safety guidelines.

How to set a schedule for back-to-school success

It's that time of year - you can almost smell the sharpened pencils and fresh notebook paper. Students will be returning to school before you know it and getting used to a whole new routine. Set them (and yourself) up for success by getting a jump start on a back-to-school schedule. Developing a plan ahead of time can reduce anxiety and get everyone on the same page.