Up To Date
1:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Wes Crenshaw: Organization For Young People

In today's hectic world, teaching kids to organize their schedules can be a parent's biggest challenge. On this edition of Up To Date, Wes Crenshaw joins us to offer advice on how young people can manage their time and energy.


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Up To Date
1:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Getting Your Child To Sleep Alone

For parents, whether to let your children sleep with you is a big decision. On Wednesday's Up to Date, two pediatricians address some of the controversy surrounding co-sleeping. Plus, they give advice on how to acclimate your kids to sleeping alone. 


  • Dr. Natasha Bergert, pediatrician, Pediatric Associates on the Plaza.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, pediatrician, Children's Mercy Hospital.
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Central Standard
1:06 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Is 'The Mommy Problem' Affecting Parents In Kansas City?

In a column that ran last week, the New York times coined the phrase 'The Mommy Problem' to suggest that when a woman becomes a parent, Mom becomes her identity--not just in relation to her children, but also in relation to society. Is there a public dimension to the private relationship between mothers and their children? And does child-rearing take a village... or just a mom?


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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released research that grades each state's policies affecting new parents.

It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.

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11:04 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents

This map grades states based on their economic protections for new parents employed in both government and private-sector positions.

A new study has rated Missouri and Kansas among the worst states in the country for new parents.

The National Partnership for Women & Families gave both states a failing grade in the third edition of "Expecting Better," an analysis of economic supports for state and private sector workers with new children.

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Central Standard
12:30 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Kansas City's Stay-At-Home Dads Do More Than Stay At Home

Members of KC DADS visit the KCUR studios with their kids.
Credit Alyson Raletz, KCUR

In anticipation of Father's Day, Central Standard visited with a stay-at-home dad to hear about the unique trials and triumphs of full-time fathers. We also heard about a group of stay-at-home dads who get out and about in the city together, forming a tight-knit community for raising kids and having adventures, including a monthly storytime at the library.

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Lessons We Learn From Our Children

Author Jennifer Senior stops by 'Up to Date' to discuss her new book about how children influence their parents' lives.
Credit Harper Collins

Parenting books often help new mothers and fathers to understand how they shape their children, but they rarely talk about how children shape their parents. 

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Up to Date
12:04 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Life Lessons From A KC Author

Becky Blades found herself bubbling over with advice for her daughter, but she knew bombarding her daughter with life lessons wasn't the best way to go about sharing it.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Blades about how, in writing down this advice with a good dose of humor, she created the book Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone.


  • Becky Blades, author of Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone

​Listener advice:

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7:53 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KU Researchers Use Cellphones To Improve Parenting

A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.

The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Shifting Face Of Parenthood

Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift.

Only a few decades ago, it was almost unheard of for men and women to swap traditional gender roles at home. The idea of a stay-at-home dad isn’t so foreign anymore, and these “Mr. Moms” are making their impact on society’s larger ideas of breadwinners and nuclear families. 

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Teenage Sexuality: Casual Or Committed?

Teenage couple
National Archives and Records Administration

Radical monogamy or casual hookup— what do teenagers choose when they start dating?

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad. The Kids Go To College

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikow) off to college in "The Kids Are All Right"

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

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Up to Date
5:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Parents, Teens & The Transition To High School

Going back to school after a long summer is tough for many students, but even more difficult for those moving from middle to high school.  

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Up to Date
9:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Parents, Teens & Graduation

Students move into Duke University dorms in the 1960s. Was it any easier for their parents?
Repository : Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA

The class of 2012 may be excited to move on, but to what exactly? Recent high school graduates are facing some big challenges.

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Up to Date
5:35 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Parents, Teens, & Bullying

It's become all too common: kids bullying other kids.

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Up to Date
1:16 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Parents, Teens & Technology

Your son wants to hang out at a friend’s house: he calls your cell to cell to ask.  Your daughter is staying late at school: she sends you a text.

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Up to Date
1:29 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mother Runner!

Mothers (and runners) Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Ask a mother how her day went and you may often hear the word “running” in the answer as in: running errands, running after the kids, running to make an appointment.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Parents, Teens, & ADHD

Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life.  Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.

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Cognitive Therapy
12:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011


Flickr/Daquella manera

Can you ever love your child too much? Today on the show, join Dr. Bruce Liese for a look at what happens when parents are too attuned to their children, and how our culture’s obsession with happiness can lead our children towards an unhappy adulthood.

Dr. Bruce Liese, University of Kansas School of Medicine