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Free Screening of 'Consuming Kids' at Schlafly Bottleworks

In today’s media-saturated world, it’s important to understand the marketing messages being fired at your children in a nearly non-stop stream. Educating yourself about how these messages affect kids as they grow up is important so you can make the best decisions about what they see and what they consume.

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Baby Talk Goes Mobile

With an eight-month-old at home, I’ve dreamed of a guidebook that would help me navigate that tricky first year.

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The Flip Side of Cover Songs

This past week, rapper Jay-Z shared his reason for not participating in the 25th anniversary of “We Are the World,” a charity remake to help raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief. 

Said Jay-Z to MTV News, “I know everyone is going to take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and I think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched.” 

In a way, I kind of agree with him. 

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Take the Kids on a Musical Adventure with Big Smith

Next up in KDHX community radio’s Musical Merry-Go-Round concert series is Springfield, Mo. “hillbilly” band Big Smith performing a special concert for kids this Sunday afternoon at Off Broadway in South City.

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Metro Theater Company Presents Delilah’s Wish

Metro Theater Company, which creates professional theater for children performed in hundreds of schools, theaters and community centers throughout St. Louis and surrounding communities in Missouri, will present a special public performance of a new play called Delilah’s Wish at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on February 27 and 28.

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Blinking Pink and Seeing Red

The moment my 3-year-old woke up today, I knew we were in for a long morning. His eye was red and gunky, and he was rubbing it vigorously. Pink eye strikes again, for the second time in a week. It seemed like it was awfully soon for a relapse to me -- like maybe the previous drops hadn't worked. Like maybe it was time to call out the big guns.

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St. Louis' Old Courthouse Provides Black History Lesson

February is Black History Month, and a very important part of black history took place right in downtown St. Louis at The Old Courthouse. This historic landmark, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, was the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott slavery case in 1847 and 1850.

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The Little Things That Make Life Easier

You know those articles. The ones that spotlight products that makes a mom’s life easier, like $800 diaper bags and $2,500 strollers.
 
Mommy don’t play that.
 
Mommy’s on a budget and knows that many of her mommy friends are as well.
 
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Autism and Diet in the News

Are bread and milk factors in autism? Last week, the British medical journal that first published the study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism took it back, but its action has refocused attention on another component of the research: diet.

The Lancet retracted the 1998 study on the basis that the vaccine research was flawed and the researcher was unethical. (He reportedly had a financial interest in the alternative to the MMR vaccine.)  However, on Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an article looking at whether one of the discredited study's other findings, that diet could be an underlying factor in some autism symptoms, has more merit than the vaccine research did.

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Throw Me Some Beads!

This week is St. Louis’ annual Mardi Gras celebration in Historic Soulard.

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You’re Beautiful, Girlfriend

I’m not a huge reality TV fan, but when you’re doing some mind-numbing chore, it’s good background entertainment. One of my favorites has been Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club. Until recently. One Sunday, I was folding laundry, watching the Bad Girls hit some random L.A. club. I didn’t notice my 3-year-old sneak in and catch up on the action herself, which was particularly lovely since there was some major cat fighting going on.

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Check Out Our Summer Camp Guide

You'll find summer learning and enrichment experiences for kids ages toddler to teen. Check out  our 2010 Summer Camp Guide for camp descriptions and contact information, and links to camp web sites. Get Started

 

 

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Parenting Teens: Ask the Expert

How Boys and Girls Bully Differently; When Teen Gambling Becomes an Addiction

By Russell Hyken, Ed.S., LPC, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine
Q: Some of my daughter's friends seem to be teasing her a little more than they should. She seems hurt by this but tells me there is nothing wrong. Could she be hiding her feelings?

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Prepare Your Kids for Camp By Teaching Them to Handle Teasing

By Dr. Tim Jordan, Columnist for St. Louis Kids Magazine

Since this the time when many parents are making summer camp plans for their children, I thought I'd give parents a few ideas about how to prepare their children for the social challenges of going to camp.

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Animal Sculptures

Kids will learn the story of the alebrije dream and how it unleashed a whole new art form. Then they'll take their creativity to the wild side by blending fauna and flora into amazing animal sculptures. 

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Mad Mixtures
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Get ready for some simple chemistry fun with Mad Science! At this free workshop, preschoolers will learn simple chemistry concepts and make some modeling dough to take home.

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Simply planting seeds with my sons is a thing of the past. They still love to get dirty and grow stuff, but now it’s understood that all backyard projects I propose need to involve at least one power tool, an experimental outcome and several DIY videos.
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Sleep-Away Camp: Then and Now

Last summer, I was introduced to the wonders of modern-day sleep-away camp when my daughter spent a week at one for the first time. And let me tell you – these kids have it good. Real good. I went to sleep-away camp too, when I was a kid, and let's just say things have changed. Here are just a few of the differences between then and now.

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Play Street Museum Brings Kid-Sized Fun to The Streets of St. Charles

With its shops and restaurants, The Streets of St. Charles has become the go-to for grown-ups in the region. But now kids have a place here to call their own at Play Street Museum.

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Accumulating Children: A Beginner's Guide

The key to successfully going from one, to two, to three kids is really just learning how to determine whose immediate need is more life-threatening. Plus, you stop judging parents who put their kids on leashes.

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