children http://kcur.org en Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-planning-new-baby-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(41, 47, 51); font-family: 'Gotham Narrow SSm', sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Finding out how to pay for a baby can force some parents to make complicated financial decisions. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:42:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59234 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Planning For A New Baby Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-kansas-group-works-keep-children-becoming-border-kids <p></p><p></p><p>As the U.S. struggles with the thousands of "border kids" crossing its southern boundaries, one organization in Kansas City, Kansas is working with families in Latin America to help children remain in their own communities.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:25:09 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 59078 at http://kcur.org Kansas City, Kansas Group Works To Keep Children From Becoming Border Kids Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://kcur.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</p><p>Mutton busting has its roots in Colorado, where it was first introduced in the 1980s at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The crowd-pleaser is now a favorite at many rodeos and county fairs across the Midwest and Great Plains.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:34:55 +0000 Luke Runyon 58474 at http://kcur.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-whats-coolest-thing-youve-ever-done-snow-day <p>Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.</p><p>A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.</p><p>The February snowfall, which <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=kcwinterstats">made it into the record books at the National Weather Service</a>, &nbsp;preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:23:32 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50719 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day? Exceptional Children And The Search For Identity http://kcur.org/post/exceptional-children-and-search-identity <p></p><p>Medical problems, gender identity or varied abilities that put children out of the mainstream can bring overwhelming challenges for the individual and their family. In the first part of Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a>,&nbsp;</em>we take a look at how this struggle forms identities for the children and the parents.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Andrew Solomon</strong>, author of <em>Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity</em></li></ul> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:30:02 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 47360 at http://kcur.org Exceptional Children And The Search For Identity Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule http://kcur.org/post/parents-kids-and-busy-schedule <p>There was a time when being a kid did not involve needing a planner. Those days are long gone for many families in the new world of lessons, sports, classes, tutoring, clubs, church groups and academics. Many children have busier schedules than their parents, which means the parents’ schedules fill up, too.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:10:22 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47126 at http://kcur.org Parents, Kids And The Busy Schedule The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting http://kcur.org/post/practice-gender-conscious-parenting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with </span>Barbies<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Or that he prefers a purple backpack to a blue one. Perhaps your little girl tells you she doesn’t want a doll for Christmas, but would prefer a monster truck. Would you be uncomfortable?</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:54:43 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46763 at http://kcur.org The Practice Of Gender-Conscious Parenting Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support? http://kcur.org/post/should-sperm-donors-be-required-pay-child-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few years ago, a lesbian couple in Kansas posted an ad to Craigslist asking a man to donate sperm so they could have a child. William </span>Marotta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm. </span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:53:49 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton, Ross Stinemetz & Sydney Llewellyn 46342 at http://kcur.org Should Sperm Donors Be Required To Pay Child Support? Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal? http://kcur.org/post/preschoolers-gunplay-whats-normal <p>Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 42485 at http://kcur.org Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal? Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography http://kcur.org/post/grasping-hope-dreams-through-photography <p>A homeless shelter might seem an unlikely place to look for the hopes and dreams of children, but for one photographer, it's a way to shine a light for children stuck in bad situations.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 40910 at http://kcur.org Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography Kan. Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training http://kcur.org/post/kan-looking-ways-reduce-childhood-poverty-including-relationship-training <p>A task force&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wrapped up a series of meetings Monday. The governor appointed group discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more </span>Kansans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> working and strengthen families.</span></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:09:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39096 at http://kcur.org Children's Center Announces $2.3M Grant To Expand Trauma Programs http://kcur.org/post/childrens-center-announces-23m-grant-expand-trauma-programs <p>The Crittenton Children’s Center Friday announced it was receiving a major grant to help preschool-aged children cope with trauma.</p><p>In front of a crowd of around 200 health professionals at the Kaufmann Foundation, Crittenton CEO Janine Hron said that the Center will be able to expand its Head Start – Trauma Smart program thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:38:23 +0000 Alex Smith 38927 at http://kcur.org Children's Center Announces $2.3M Grant To Expand Trauma Programs Advocates Say Children Didn't Fare Well In Kan. Legislative Session http://kcur.org/post/advocates-say-children-didnt-fare-well-kan-legislative-session <p>Kansas lawmakers this year spared early childhood programs from the budget axe, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.</p><p>The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:49:42 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38031 at http://kcur.org Making Homes Safe For Kids http://kcur.org/post/making-homes-safe-kids <p></p><p>When you’ve put <strong>child locks on all the cabinets</strong> and <strong>plugged all the electrical outlets</strong>, what’s left to <strong>child-proof </strong>your home?&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:34:11 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Elizabeth Alex 35241 at http://kcur.org Making Homes Safe For Kids Poetry With Caroline Kennedy http://kcur.org/post/poetry-caroline-kennedy <p></p><div>Though she’s famous for her family name, <strong>Caroline Kennedy</strong> has made a name for herself in other ways, too.</div><div> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34405 at http://kcur.org Poetry With Caroline Kennedy Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected http://kcur.org/post/race-gender-elections-how-children-are-affected <p>It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:51:12 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 31893 at http://kcur.org Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected Financial Advice: Kids And Money http://kcur.org/post/financial-advice-kids-and-money <p>There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for <em>the talk. </em>Because your kids have questions like -- &quot;How much money do you make?&quot; &quot;Is this a recession?&quot; &quot;Are we poor?&quot; On this Monday&#39;s <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>, </em>a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:14:09 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 21094 at http://kcur.org Financial Advice: Kids And Money Summer Reading For Children & Youth http://kcur.org/post/summer-reading-children-youth <p>School&rsquo;s out for summer, so keep your kids&#39; brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.<br /><br />Thursday on <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/uptodate"><strong><em>Up to Date</em></strong></a>, Steve Kraske welcomes <a href="http://jocolibrary.org" target="_blank">Johnson County Library</a> staffers <strong>Kate McNair</strong>, <strong>Debbie McLeod</strong> (ret.) and <strong>Bradley Debrick</strong> to share their favorite picks, from<em> No Sleep for the Sheep</em> to <em>The ABCs of Baseball</em>.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:18:02 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 18201 at http://kcur.org Summer Reading For Children & Youth New Trends In Clowning http://kcur.org/post/new-trends-clowning <p>In the second half of this Wednesday&#39;s<strong> <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, </strong>we send in a clown.</p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:39:31 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 16112 at http://kcur.org New Trends In Clowning Spotting Dyslexia May Be Possible Even Before Kids Learn To Read http://kcur.org/post/spotting-dyslexia-may-be-possible-even-kids-learn-read For people with dyslexia, problems recognizing words can make life difficult. Children usually aren't diagnosed until elementary school, when it becomes clear they're struggling with reading. But scientists say it could be possible to diagnose and help kids much earlier by identifying problems with visual attention — long before they learn to read.<p>Scientists have argued for decades about why 10 percent of the world's population has <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dyslexia/dyslexia.htm">dyslexia</a>. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:19:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 15570 at http://kcur.org Spotting Dyslexia May Be Possible Even Before Kids Learn To Read The Reading Promise http://kcur.org/post/reading-promise <p>They called it "The Streak."</p> <p>Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. When they reached that goal, they celebrated over pancakes. Then they decided to keep it going, and they did -- for 3,218 consecutive nights.</p> <p>That's 8.8 years, a streak broken only when Alice Ozma went off to college.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:41:25 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 13622 at http://kcur.org The Reading Promise Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011 http://kcur.org/post/best-children-youth-books-2011-0 <p>It&rsquo;s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday&hellip; it must be even tougher when they&rsquo;re home for winter vacation.&nbsp; But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook&hellip; an iPad or even (yes!) <em>paper</em>&hellip;and <strong>dig deep into a great story</strong>.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 9382 at http://kcur.org Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011 Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular http://kcur.org/post/halloween-frankenfun-dractacular <p>Today on the show, the art slash kids show <strong><a href="http://www.whoopdeedoo.tv/">Whoop Dee Doo</a> </strong>returns to take another stab at making radio. They&rsquo;ve created a spooky <strong>Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular</strong> to debut live on today&rsquo;s show.</p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15475 at http://kcur.org Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular The Troubadours Poetry Club http://kcur.org/post/troubadours-poetry-club <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.&nbsp; Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.&nbsp; This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.<br /><br />Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:<br /><br /><strong>I Remember<br />By Anna Stark</strong><br /> Wed, 18 May 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ferguson 15581 at http://kcur.org The Troubadours Poetry Club Whoop De Doo Does Radio http://kcur.org/post/whoop-de-doo-does-radio <p>Did you ever as a child&nbsp;sit down in front of the TV and laugh or sing along to those variety shows aired on public access television?&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ferguson 15477 at http://kcur.org Whoop De Doo Does Radio