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Learn How Reinforcing Positive Behaviors Will Change the Way You Parent

Searching for parenting tips to encourage positive behaviors in your kids this year? You’re not alone. We’ve been researching negative reinforcement vs. positive reinforcement and have some great ideas for reinforcing good behavior in your kids. Take a look…
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Reinforcing Positive Behaviors Will Change the Way You Parent

Let’s face it: When you have three kids to corral (or even one), behavior can sometimes get in the way of fun. It’s not always as negative as it sounds. In some instances, behavior could be hitting, fighting or just not listening. Sometimes reinforcing behaviors just helps nudge stubbornness or helps your child get their school work done in a timely manner or even just to clean their room but there’s a big different between positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. While negative reinfocement can sometimes be usefull in stopping certain behaviors, positive reinforcement rewards and encourages great behavior while simultaniously lifting the child up and building their confidence.

How does reinforcing positive behavior help?

Whichever your reason, positive reinforcement can help in many situations. It also sets a precedent for future learning and responsibility in a better light. If you are looking for a new strategy to change your game at home, then these parenting tips may work for you.

This fall our family tried a new strategy. We created a ticket reinforcement system where our kids can earn tickets for helping out around the house, getting homework done, playing nicely, getting a good report from school, sharing and so on. They collect tickets throughout the week and then at the end of the week they can earn a big reward. There is also a smaller ticket prize in their pouch they can earn sooner to keep them motivated. Each week we change out the prizes so they don’t get bored. Nothing that we do costs much. For example, the small prize is currently a sticker sheet with their favorite characters on it. The big prize can sometimes be a surprise, a trip out for ice cream or a fun family activity on Sundays.

What’s the objective?

They key objective of this plan is reinforcing your child’s behavior immediately for what you want them to do. The more immediate the reward then the bigger impact it will have on your child. When my 9 year old comes home and does his homework without piddling around, he earns a ticket for getting things done timely.

My 6 year old can earn a ticket for sharing nicely with her little sister and my youngest can earn a ticket by taking her nap without a fight. If they do something positive on the fly then then earn a bonus ticket. I give them a ticket for doing something helpful without being asked to do it first or for using their manners without being reminded to do so. This strategy also works if you want to target one specific behavior at a time. We choose many things because it helps them feel accomplished.

On the flip side, they can also earn a natural consequence. A natural consequence, rather than negative reinforcement, is where they receive a consequence for their actions that doesn’t require us to do anything extra. For example, if the kids are all earning tickets to receive ice cream on Sunday, but one of the kids doesn’t earn their tickets that week…then the natural consequence is that they get to go with us to our destination but they don’t get any ice cream on that outing. Sometimes natural consequences are the best reinforcement because generally kids don’t like to be left out of things.

What You’ll Need:


coins, tickets, tokens, etc.


a jar, baggies, paper pocket, etc.


White board, dry erase marker (paper and pen works too)


Small: stickers, quarter machine toy, candy..etc

Big: Family outing, Ice cream, extra tv..etc.

And a kid or two or three, of course. 

The best part of this is that you can tweak it to meet your family needs or in a way that best captures the interest of your child.

From iFamily to Yours,

How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young preacher who dedicated his short life to the ideals of “freedom and justice for all.”  He was a gifted orator and a vital figure in American history.  On the third Monday of every year, we take time to honor his legacy.  This year, the holiday will be observed on January 15th, 2018. We’ve got the scoop on ways you can honor Dr. King with your family on MLK Day this year. Take a look…

How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr

Cleaver Family YMCA Volunteering

Kansas Citians honor Dr. King in a myriad of ways.  Many people consider King Holiday to be “A Day On, Not A Day Off.  As such, many people set this day aside to participate in community service projects.  Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, is hosting one such event at the Cleaver Family YMCA, where there will opportunities for service for the entire family.  This event offers the chance to do everything from making birthday bags, to making memorial hearts for those in an area hospice.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City also commemorates the holiday with nearly two weeks’ worth events culminating with a mass celebration on January 15th, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church at 3619 E 35th St, and awards dinner on January 17th.  For more information, check out their website at .

Motocade for Hunger

In Kansas City, Kansas, there will be a Motorcade for Hunger starting at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 417 Richmond.  The goal is to collect 5000 cans of food.  The motorcade will travel to the Reardon Center at where the annual King Day celebration will be held.  The celebration will include a 200-voice mass choir, and scholarships will be presented to more than 30 area high school seniors.  The keynote speaker will Dr. Calvin Butts III.  Dr. Butts is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Later in the month, Dr. Joy Degruy will be speaking as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture series at the University of Missouri Kansas City.  Dr. Degruy is scheduled to speak on January 30th.  The cost of the event is $7.00 for community members.  Students of the university can attend for free.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important figure in American History.  It is important that we honor his legacy, celebrate his accomplishments, and keep his dream alive.

From iFamily to Yours,





10 Best & Easiest K12 Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

Are you considering homeschooling or have homeschoolers that need a fresh start?! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is back with her two-part series sharing her top 10 homeschool curriculum ideas for families today on the blog. Take a look…

homeschool ciriculum

Hello, Kansas City! Last year (relax, it was only a few weeks ago), I shared several different homeschooling programs that are available to your family in the first part of my two part series on homeschooling. Today, I’d like to share some of the best and easiest homeschooling curriculum options to get you started. When my family started homeschooling, there were already many k-12 homeschool programs out there but, to be honest, I feel that number has likely trippled in the short time my homeschoolers have been learning.

Starting a journey like this can be overwhelming in many different ways. You will begin to question your every move (and so will onlookers who are watching you). Knowing that you have a solid, well-rounded, and liked curriculum will take so much of the pressure and self-doubt off of your shoulders. So, let’s get the ball rollin’! Here are 10 of the best and easiest homeschool curriculums to start with!

10 Best & Easiest K12 Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

homeschool ciriculum

#1 All in One Homeschool

I debated if I would let our curriculum choice be known, but I love it so much I had to just tell you! This was our third curriculum choice and it had been perfect for us! Most of the work is online but there are options to print a lot of it out. This curriculum is free and is fitting for grades Prek- HS. I am able to keep track easily with their daily tracker and layout.

#2 ABCMouse

This is another favorite in our house! This is designed for toddlers- 3rd grade readiness. While this one is not free, it is very reasonable and  has a lot of “life learning”. Kids can take care of pets, clean rooms and even dress their avatars. ABCMouse has a learning path for each level to ensure they are learning age appropriate lessons. Students can even head to their classroom to pick their own interests!

#3 MobyMax

This was our first curriculum and since we started using it, it has undergone some major improvements! MobyMax is great for elementary middle school students. MobyMAx was designed to fill gaps in subjects and to help students learn at a faster pace. With this program, you are in charge if picking subjects, time frames and how often it should be completed. While they do track progress in subjects, you will need to keep a daily log of subjects to make sure your child is working on all the appropriate lessons.

#4 Time 4 Learning

This program is for Pre K HS. Time 4 learning is also mostly online but does offer printable lessons as well. With this program, you can change grade levels on individual subjects to fit your child’s needs. They even keep track of your child’s work for your HS portfolio.

#5 Abeka

This is a Christian based curriculum and can be done in 3 ways. Abeka offers “School in a box”, digital curriculums and video lessons. With Abeka, you really can’t customize each subject for your kids. If they are ahead or behind on a specific subject, you may need to use a different resource for supplemental materials.

#6 Sonlight

This is also a Christian based curriculum set. Sonlight is for those wanting to only use book and can be used for Prek- 12th grade. They even include college prep lessons as well. Sonlight is a little more customizable than Abeka as you can purchase individual subjects. If you are not sure which lesson to purchase, they even have a shop by level so you can ensure you are selecting age appropriate material.

#7 Starfall

Starfall was a program we used when Thai was in kindergarten. We used the free version to help with her reading and it was wonderful! Starfall also has a membership program which opens up more learning activities. Starfall is designed for Prek-2nd grade and is 100% online with the option to create printables to supplement.

#8 Alpha Omega Publications

This is a one stop shop for Christian homeschooling. They offer options for book learning, online learning and student or teacher led learning. You can select which style works best for you and your family.

#9 K12

This is a public school at home option. Even though you will be at home, K12 offers teacher led classroom lessons, projects and check ins with you! K12 is designed for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. K12 offers private school education or public education and they provide you with most of your materials needed for learning.

#10 Create Your Own

This method may or may not work with your family. All of the planning, teaching, reading and record keeping is your responsibility. While it may take more time organizing lessons and projects, you will be able to fully customize your child’s own curriculum. This will ensure your child in interested and you know what and where their strengths and weaknesses are.

All of these homeschool curriculum ideas have been used for years by many families. Each one loves one for their own reason! When picking a curriculum, keep in mind that it’s not about the most expensive, the most elaborate or the one with the most books. The best curriculum is one your child loves to work on, keeps them interested and pushes them to do more! I hope this 2 part post has helped you get ready to start your homeschooling journey!

From iFamily to Yours,

9 Apps That Will Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s time to check in on our New Year’s Resolutions list, Kansas City?! 8 days in, how’s it going?! Are you worried that you’re not going to make it? There’s an app for that! Burton, our resident tech expert here at iFamilyKC shares 9 great apps that will help you reach your resolutions this year. Take a look…

New Year's Resolutions

9 Apps That Will Help You Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

Ready or not, the new year’s here! The beginning of a new year always presents new challenges and adventures for all of us. Many of us want to be better than we were the year before. Thanks to technology, there are hundreds of apps that are designed to make our lives easy and help us achieve our goals. To help you get off to a great 2018, here are 9 apps I recommend to help you improve your life and rock your new year’s resolutions.

#1 LastPass

One best New Year’s resolution all of us needs to make is to protect your digital information. LastPass allows you to create complex, multi-character passwords for all of your online accounts and not even have to remember them. It syncs between all of your devices so you can store your login information, credit card numbers, personal identity information, and more.

#2 Credit Karma

Credit Karma allows you to look at your credit scores for free. It gives you weekly updates and gives you access to daily credit monitoring. It will also give you tips on how you can improve your credit score and tools to help you keep track of all of your accounts.

#3 Coach.Me

Coach.me is a coach that goes everywhere with you, helping you achieve any goal, form any habit, or build any expertise. Whatever your goals for 2018 are, Coach.me will help you stay on track with some encouragement. It sets you up with a one-on-one pro for whatever area you’re interested in and they will then help you devise a plan of action and  check in with you to see how things are going and motivate you along the way.

#4 Brightnest

BrightNest helps you tackle important tasks around your house with home tips, a personal scheduler and helpful reminders. From simple cleaning tricks to interior design ideas, this app will help you with everything you need to shape up your home and simplify your life.

#5 Curiosity

This app helps you learn new stuff a few minutes a day. You can watch hand-picked videos on five fascinating topics or look at infographics to learn something new in seconds.

#6 Mint.com

Mint.com is another fan favorite when it comes to money managing apps. It helps you manage your spending, saving, budget, and earnings, and can even sync to all your accounts, from your 401(k) to IRA to savings accounts.

#7 Map My Fitness

When you first start a fitness routine, you always want to keep track of your progress. Thanks to Map My Fitness, tracking your distance is a breeze. This app keeps track of how far you’ve traveled, and how many calories you’ve burned during your routine. You can also connect your smart shoes and fitness bands which allows you to keep track of your workout routine in one place.

#8 Yummly

This app has a search feature that looks through food blogs to find healthy food choices.  You can create shopping lists for each recipe and access or organize them on any device. Yummly will also find recipes that fit your nutritional goals and help you avoid you are allergic to.

#9 Libby

If you’re looking to read more books this year, Libby will give you access to hundreds of ebooks and audio books that are in your local library. Now there’s no excuse not to keep up with your favorite books.

What apps do you turn to to help you achieve your new years resolution?  Drop me a line and let me know. Thank you for reading. Please share this information with everyone.

From iFamily to Yours,


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I’m Burton Kelso and I’m a Kansas City based Tech Expert and the Chief Technology Expert at Integral, providing on-site and remote support for computers, tablets, smartphones, routers, printers, and any device that connects to the internet. I regularly appear as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find me on Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn , and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on my YouTube channel. I can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com 


Staying Motivated in the Winter: 8 Wellness Ideas for Moms

The weather has been so bitterly cold lately and that makes it really hard to stay motivated with your fitness goals. But, let’s be honest, we’re moms and nothing can stop us! Not even Mother Nature…Connie, our resident fitness guru here at iFamilyKC has got 8 great ideas for staying motivated this winter. Take a look…

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Staying Motivated in the Winter: 8 Wellness Ideas for Moms

I hate Winter.  I hate being cold.  I hate being even slightly chilled if I’m being honest.  I hate how gray it is outside.  I hate that it gets dark at 4pm.  I hate Winter.  And I know I am not alone in that.  But even if you don’t share my strong feelings about the season, it is true that winter is a challenging time for people and motivation.  Personally, Winter makes me want to curl up on my couch in sweats with a blanket and stay there until Spring comes.  How do I get past this complete motivation suck?  Here are few tips to staying motivated this winter:

#1 Start Early

I get up every morning during the week before my children at the ghastly hour of 5am.  And there are many days that I don’t want to do it.  My bed is so warm and comfortable and my kids won’t be up for at least 2 hours.  But I get up.  I have to.  If I don’t get up early and start moving, I don’t ever get moving.  I can’t find my groove.  I get up and I hit the gym because that is what motivates me for the rest of the day.  I feel energized, and I feel like I got something accomplished.  I fell centered and ready to tackle the day.  Working out early isn’t for everyone, and I understand that.  So get up early and have a cup of coffee, check your Facebook, read your favorite blog (I heard iFamilyKC is a pretty great one) and just get going.  Don’t let lackluster energy outside invade your morning.

#2 Have a Project or a Goal

I have to constantly repeat to myself (as incredibly annoying as it is) the fitness cliché “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” Winter means sweaters and hoodies and long pants and the ability to hide seasonal weight gain under layers of warm clothes.  It means that I have 6 months before I have to worry about putting on a swimsuit.  It means pale legs and lazy days.  But I can’t let it mean that.  Every winter I try to add something new to my fitness routine.  I either try a new class, or start a new weightlifting program or set a new cardio goal for myself.  I have to have something I am working toward or I get lost in the routine and I lose motivation.

#3 Update Your Playlist

This is my go to when I need a pick me up.  I don’t always have to find brand new songs, it can be my jams from back in middle school as long as its something that I haven’t heard in a while that adds new energy to my workout.  I get excited every time I add new music to my playlist.

#4 Drink Lots of Water

Since we don’t break a sweat as much in the winter, its easy to find yourself not feeling as thirsty as you do during the Spring and Summer.  When winter grayness has me feeling tired and unmotivated, I typically reach for a tea or soda.  Anything with caffeine.  But we need just as much water in the winter as we do any other time.

#5 Get Your Heart Pumping

Get in and do some kicking intervals on the wall.  Anything that gets your blood pumping and your heart rate up is going to provide all day motivation.  Take the kiddos and make it a family activity.  Race the kids around the pool.  Challenge them to a splash fight.  Make it fun and get some of their energy out while increasing your own.

#6 Take Some Time for Self-Care

Motivation and wellness doesn’t just pertain to fitness goals, but to your overall health and happiness.  Take a time out to treat yourself to something that makes you feel good about yourself, whether that be a manicure, or a coffee date with friends, or a glass of your favorite wine.  Winter is hard.  Do what you have to do to take care of you.  I tend to be much crankier during the winter, and that ends up carrying over into my interactions with my kids.  I always find I am far less cranky after I do something for myself.  I take 20 minutes and sit and read a book, or I go get a manicure or paint my nails at home.  I take a walk around my favorite store and window shop.  Anything that allows me a minute to unwind tends to improve my overall mood and motivation.

#7 Dance It Out

Meredith and Cristina used this as their way to survive anything life threw at them.  I know Grey’s Anatomy isn’t real, but I have found this bit of it to be solid advice.  Turn on some music and dance it out.  It doesn’t have to be in public, it can be in your own bedroom, after the kids are at school or in bed.  But there is just something liberating and energizing about an all-out, I don’t care who’s watching, dance party.  Even if its just one song and you just sway a little bit.  Turn on something that elevates your mood and move to it.  Trust me, you’ll feel better.

#8 Plan Fun Activities

Winter doesn’t have to mean that you are stuck at home.  You can bundle up and head outside for a brisk winter walk.  Go ice skating as a family.  Or explore indoor attractions such as a museum or a trampoline park.  Find something to go do that excites you and makes you want to get up and get out and be productive.

Winter is the worst.  Winter means cold and flu season and stir crazy children and stuffy houses from furnaces running for months on end.  But it also means Christmas and New Years and family time and that spring is coming.  It means that we have to make sure we keep the winter blues away so that we don’t become overwhelmed by them.

From iFamily to Yours,

Fun and Creative Thank You Notes from Kids

Growing up, my grandmother was always a stickler about expressing gratitude after recieving a gift. In this modern age, which technology at our fingertips, the art of letter writing seems to be lost…but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Liz shares three fun and creative thank you notes from kids with us today on the blog that we hope will inspire your family to send some gratitude out this month. Take a look…

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Fun and Creative Thank You Notes from Kids

After receiving many thoughtful gifts from family and friends this Christmas I feel it is important to teach my kids the importance of thank you cards and being grateful for what they have been given!  I have always made it a priority to write cards after all holidays, birthdays etc. but this is the first year I had my 3 year old make her own with my help. She was so proud of herself for what she created! Here are the 3 thank you cards that we created this year. Choose whichever one your kids would enjoy doing! My kids are young so I need to wait until they are excited to do artwork and get them done as quickly as we can.

Crayon Resist Thank You Notes from Kids

creative thank you cards from kids

A white crayon, watercolor paints and white paper is all you need! This is a fun project for kids of all ages, even toddlers with the help of an adult.


  • White crayon
  • Water color paints
  • Water color paper, white card stock or blank cards
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small cups or ice cube tray for water

Have your child or yourself write out words on the paper with the white crayon. It’s a little challenging to make out what you are writing but do not worry about it being perfect because the end will result will be awesome!

creative thank you notes from kids

Next, your kiddo will simply swipe watercolor paint over the paper to the reveal the message that was written! It’s such a fun process and a fun result! After letting the watercolor dry we glued our artwork to a different color piece of paper. The paper tended to curl up a bit so this gave more of a flat surface. We turned it over and wrote our thank you message on the back!

Thumbprint Thank You Card

creative thank you notes from kids

These cards are so easy and cute! They are also so easy to do that you can make a good amount in one sitting, pending your children are cooperating. I used a stamp pad with my kids but you can also use a washable marker to make the print. Decorate your card with extra embellishments, such as colored taped, stamps and stickers!

Colored Card

My daughter is in a stage of coloring in the lines, so this card was so much fun for her! You can printable cards on line or make your own! I drew out THANK YOU in block letters with a sharpie and let my daughter color away with markers and crayons. We flipped the card over to write out our thank you note.

My daughter is too young to write so I “write” the note for her but have the card be from her. Her little brother is just a baby so she will mention him in her note with how much he loves his toys. I have gotten compliments over the years on the personal touches I try to add to my thank you notes. They go such a long way in making someone’s day! Hope these thank you card ideas work for you and your littles! Happy New Year!

From iFamily to Yours,







Starting Exercise-Routines: A Gym Guide for Newbies! 

 Heading to the gym for your new fitness routinue?! You’re not alone! Many of us are starting (or re-starting) our workout exercise-routinues after a heavy holiday season. If you’re feeling a litle overwhelmed, this post is for you! Connie, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, is here with some great tips for newbies! Take a look…

  Starting Exercise-Routines: A Gym Guide for Newbies!

January means full gyms.  It just does.  And while that makes my heart happy as a fitness instructor, as a gym regular it fills me with dread.  Not that I don’t welcome new gym friends and wish for their success, but I want to be able to do my work out without tripping over someone who doesn’t know how to put their weights away or waiting for someone who sits on a weight machine while they respond to text messages and take a call from their mother.  And I was new once too.  I hated being the one getting in other people’s way and taking more time than I needed to get through my sets.  So here’s some common gym courtesy guidelines and tips to help make the new gym transition a smooth one.

#1 Clean Up After Yourself

Whether you are using a treadmill or a weight bench, clean up when you are done.  Wipe down the bench or the machine before moving on.  Its cold and flu season, and germs are everywhere.

#2 Bring a Towel With You

Gyms are made for getting sweaty, but it keeps things much less, well, wet if you have a towel with you to wipe your face and hands when things start getting particularly taxing.

#3 Don’t Make Assumptions

People can’t hear you when they have earbuds in. I say this because people are often mistaken for rude or standoffish because they don’t respond to a greeting or question while they are working out with earbuds in.  It could be that they just didn’t hear you.  On the other side of that, some people wear earbuds when they work out because they aren’t there to socialize.  They have a work out to get through and they don’t want to chat.

#4 Be Efficient

Some exercises require more time than others.  Some workout programs call for more reps.  But when the gym is crowded, be efficient in your workout.  Get on your machine and do what you need to do and then move on.  Don’t respond to 20 text messages in between sets while other people are waiting for the machine.  Don’t take a 5 minute break between sets and stare off into space.

#5 Share the Machines

Allow other people to work in in between your sets. If you are doing a circuit and doing more than one exercise per round, let someone hop in on a machine you’re using in between sets.

#6 Ask First

Ask before jumping on a machine you just saw someone using. Just because they stepped away for a second doesn’t necessarily mean that they are done.  Generally people take at least 45 seconds to a minute in between sets on weight machines.

#7 Clean Up After Yourself

Rerack your weights when you are done using them. If you are using a machine where you add weight plates before you do your reps, put those weight plates back when you are done.  Odds are that the person using the machine after you probably doesn’t use the same weight you do, and they shouldn’t have to rerack your weights before they can set their own.

#8 Ask Questions

If you have no idea how to use a machine, ask someone.  Ask someone who works at the gym or someone who appears to know what they are doing.  I would much rather someone ask me how to use something than hurt themselves or break a piece of equipment doing something the wrong way.

#9 Try Not to be Intimidated

Yes, you’re the new kid.  Yes, being the new kid sucks.  But regulars can smell fear.  Go in there and act like you belong.  Everyone will respect you for it.  All the new equipment, new people, new routines, it can all be very overwhelming and intimidating.  I promise it will get better the more you go.

#10 Don’t Let the “Regulars” Make You Feel Unwelcome

I would love to tell you that gyms, just like schools or jobs are all sunshine and rainbows and everyone is welcoming and excited to have you there.  And there will be loads of people that are excited that you are there.  There will also be people who think that a certain elliptical is their elliptical machine every morning at exactly 7:30 am and they will be annoyed that you didn’t just know that.  Guess what—they don’t own that machine, or that gym and you have just as much right to be using the equipment as they do.  Be respectful and polite of course, but if you were there first, you have every right to finish your workout whether they are used to using that machine or not.

#11 Try it All

If you are brand new to the gym scene, there is no way to know what you are going to like and what you will dread unless you try it all.  Use the elliptical and the stair climber and the treadmill and the crossover machine.  Try lifting free weights and using weight machines.  Try group classes.  If you try something and hate it, there are tons of other options.  Don’t give up.

#12 Remember That You Won’t Be New Forever

As both and instructor and a regular, I see so many people quit because they get tired of being new.  They get tired of feeling like they don’t know what they are doing or they are in the way.  You’ll get through that awkward new gym stage.  Soon you will be the one who thinks of the elliptical as theirs and you’ll be rolling your eyes at the new person on their phone on a weight machine.  Stick it out.

From iFamily to Yours,




Got Summer Camps? Let iFamilyKC Help You Fill Them Up!

Kansas City parents seek out our Summer Camps Guide every year. Make sure they find your camps, classes & programs.

Summer Camps Advertising 2018

We work hard building quality relationships with our readers and with our advertisers. iFamilyKC is officially #1 in engagement with local families online, in print, in person and especially on Facebook. KC parents trust us, and look to us for ideas & information about spring break & summer camps/programs. Make sure they find your classes, camps, programs and VBS this year. You’re working hard to make your camps and programs a huge success, but don’t stop there. Let us help you fill them up; utilize our established features for your summer camps advertising to local families. We love connecting great kids with great camps!

We’ve got options. It’s always great to have options 🙂 ​​​​​​​Our Display Ad packages INCLUDE so many additional bells & whistles to promote your spring break and summer camps, party resources, services, classes, enrichment programs, products, destinations and events. Plus, we have a few a’ la carte options available to meet your custom needs.

Maximum success & results come when you make use of all of the different platforms and methods we provide:

1. Change up your ad periodically, presenting a clear, concise message.
2. Make sure you have a call to action in your ad.
3. Utilize your social media platforms so we can SHARE & promote from them.
4. Let us know when you ADD a new social media platform to promote your business.
5. Submit your events to our online calendar which gets TONS of traffic and clicks.
6. Submit guest blog posts to educate area parents about your industry.
7. Email us when you have a new class, camp, product line, offer, service or event that we can showcase.
8. Host one of our iFamilyKC Kids Club events to get new people into your location.
9. Give us marketing materials that we can pass out at our events.
10. Reserve a Dedicated eBlast to send out to our readers, followers and fans. Display Ad advertisers get almost 50% OFF of our regular eBlast rates.
11. Do you serve groups, troops, classes & teams? Then you NEED to be in our Annual Field Trip Guide.
12. Have you scheduled one of our NEW Facebook LIVE Video promotions at your location? Includes the LIVE video promo on our iFamilyKC Facebook page with over 100K fans, boosted post, download and reuse of the video on our blog, ALL for only $275. Call or email today to LOCK IN YOUR DATE. No other local media entity even offers this type of promotion. We truly provide the best value for your marketing budget.

ALL of these pieces working together is what garners maximum results. We have camps that have been advertising with us every year for well over a decade.

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New Year’s FUN: Enter2Win a Wonder Movie Prize Pack!

Special New Year’s Giveaway! Enter2Win a WONDERful Prize!

2018 is here and we are so excited for the exciting things in store for you this upcoming year! To kick it off, we thought it would be fun to do a GIVEAWAY! One of my personal goals for the upcoming year is to find ways to spread kindness in our community, and that happens to be one of the beautiful takeaways from the movie “Wonder”. The movie, based on the best selling novel, follows the true story of a little boy born with a facial deformity as he acclimates into a community for the first time. It’s as much the tale of a group of children learning to embrace and love others as it is the story of self-acceptance in a world that can be harsh to grow up in.

Entering into our giveaway is simple, all you have to do is click on the blue “Enter2Win a Wonder Prize Pack” button below this text. That’s it! We’ll randomly draw and notify a winner next week by email. Help us spread the word by sharing this blog post with your friends and look below for details about the story below. Good luck!

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About “Wonder”

“August “Auggie” Pullman is a fifth-grade boy living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis.” Due to numerous (27) surgeries, Auggie had been homeschooled by his mother Isabel, but as Auggie is approaching middle school age, Isabel and Nate decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the start of middle school. At first, Auggie is ostracized by nearly all the student body, but he is soon befriended by a boy named Jack Will.’


“During a school trip to a nature reserve, when Auggie and Jack are accosted and threatened by a group of seventh graders from another school, several of their classmates come to their defense. At the year’s end during the graduation ceremony, Tushman announces that Auggie has been selected for the Henry Ward Beecher Medal for standing out; Auggie receives a standing ovation, and the movie ends with everyone applauding Auggie, and Isabel commenting on him being a wonder.” {Text Source: Wikipedia.org}

A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

Happy New Year, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is actually here and bitterly cold weather has settled into the metro area for the forseeable future. With temperatures close to zero, it’s hard to maintain the motivation to realize and achieve your New Year’s Resolution goals. Connie, from our Mom Squad team here at iFamilyKC, shares some great tips for us today on how to keep up with your plans for the upcoming year. Take a look…

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A How to Guide for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution List

We’re all guilty of the same thing around this time of year. We have a motivating start to January with a plan to attack our New Year’s resolution list with the very best of intentions. We tell ourselves that this is the year we will keep our resolutions…and we get super into it. If your resolution is to eat healthy, you buy all the produce the grocery store carries, you pin all the healthy recipes and you plan your meal prep day. Things go really well for about a month and then suddenly– you’re over it.

If your resolution was to be more patient with your children, you start reading all the Love and Logic books and articles, you remind yourself to breathe everytime one of your children cries because you can’t control the weather or they can’t have the 18th snack they’ve asked for that day.  And then you lose it.  It’s too much, you can’t take it and your newfound patience is gone.  Sounds all too familiar, right?  Happens to me every year!  This year will be different.  Here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your New Year’s Resolution list this year.

#1 Create Measurable Goals

First things first.  Make a resolution that is measurable and specific.  Instead of “I will be healthier this year” try “I will workout 3 times a week and lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.”  The more specific the better.  Instead of “I will be more patient with my kids” try something like “I will count to ten before I react when my kids are upsetting me.”

#2 Have Benchmarks Throughout the Year

Have benchmarks that keep you on track throughout the year.  Let’s say your goal is to run a half marathon before the end of the year, try setting monthly distance goals, so that you are staying on track to make it to half marathon distance.  If you are trying to be more involved at your kids school, start by attending monthly PTA meetings or emailing your child’s teacher about volunteer opportunities.  Or, if you’re aiming to lose 20 pounds, set a monthly goal of 2 pounds.  Weigh in weekly to keep yourself on track.  That way you’re not trying to lose 20 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years.

#3 Make a Visual

Make yourself a visual.  Whether it just be a post it note on your desk at work, or a calendar where you put a checkmark on everyday you made it to the gym, or a jar containing a marble for every pound you want to lose, with an empty jar to place the pounds lost marbles in.  Whatever will serve as a reminder everyday of what you are working toward.

#4 Reward Yourself

Treat yourself for sticking to the plan.  Maybe if you make it to 5 pounds lost or 7 miles run, you buy yourself a new pair of workout pants or a fun new top or water bottle.  If you remain patient with your kids for a couple months, you treat yourself to a manicure or a bottle of wine.  Whatever motivates you.  Change is hard and you need a reason to keep it up besides some tired promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the year.

#5 Find an Accountability Buddy

Enlist an accountability buddy.  Another mom friend who is more patient than you, or maybe less patient to make you feel better, whatever works.  A friend at the gym who will shoot you a text if you miss a class.  A friend who already volunteers at school and can tell you about opportunities for you to do the same.

#6 Adjust When You Need To

Adjust your goals if you need to.  Sometimes a goal is harder than we thought it was going to be, or in the case of fitness goals, our body just doesn’t want to cooperate. Like me, if your knee won’t allow you to run that half marathon distance, adjust your goal to a 10k.  If being patient with your kids all the time is just not happening, make a goal of not raising your voice at least 3 days a week.  When you are doing everything right but the scale is just not cooperating, change the way you measure your success and either start measuring inches or judging by the way your clothes fit instead.

Keep in mind that no one is perfect.  There is no reason to completely quit on your resolution just because of a little bump in the road.  As Jillian Michaels says “Sometimes we miss a workout or eat something that isn’t ideal, but if you had a flat tire on your car, would you puncture the other three?  Of course not!  If you slip, just shake it off and do better the next day.”

Happy Resolution Getting!  We’ve got this!

From iFamily to Yours,