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 Up to Date, we take a look at how this struggle forms identities for the children and the parents.
Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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.
Imagine your young son tells you he wants to play with Barbies. 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?
When raising a child, what gender choices do you make for your child, and what do you let them decide for themselves? What defines a boy as a boy, or a girl as a girl?
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 Marotta responded, refused their offer of $50, and signed over his sperm.
A task force looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas 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 Kansans working and strengthen families.
The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.
The Crittenton Children’s Center Friday announced it was receiving a major grant to help preschool-aged children cope with trauma.
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.
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.
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.
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?
There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.
School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.
Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.
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.
It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation. 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… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.
Kansas City’s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old. 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. This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.
Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours: