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Grateful for an outdated kitchen and other things

  • 8:30 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

What’s the right age for kids to go to the shooting range?

  • 11:13 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

By now we’ve all heard about the 9-year-old girl accidentally killing her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder.  According to Arizona authorities, the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital Monday night after being shot with a submachine gun he was teaching the girl to fire.

The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot a weapon if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some folk are saying this is perfectly fine since the girl was with her parents. [More]

Getting parents ready for their kids to go to college

  • 8:03 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

College counselors and other representatives are keenly aware of just how difficult it can be for parents to transition from a family of four or five to, little by little, a family of two — without children. Through speeches, PowerPoint presentations and one-on-one conversations, they cover everything from resisting daily communication to letting students solve their own problems.

For more than 30 years, Emory University psychology professor Marshall Duke has given an annual speech to auditoriums full of nervous parents dropping off their kids at college. First of all, Duke said, it’s important for parents to know the fear, anxiety, sadness [More]

Hundreds of hours of on demand children’s entertainment now available – free

  • 9:26 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

In case you haven’t heard, Popcornflix, a free movie streaming platform, is adding new kid-friendly content to its line up today. Popular titles include Big Comfy Couch, Dancing Down Under and One Direction.
The new content is available on Popcornflix Kids as well as the regular Popcornflix service.

Those of you who grew up in the 90s watching kids’ classics like “Big Comfy Couch” can now enjoy episodes with your own children. New arrivals also include other classic children’s programming and movies like “The Saddle Club,” “Popeye,” “Eye of the Dolphin,” “Midnight Stallion” and “Peter Pan.” Popcornflix Kids now also features [More]

Borrow, budget, bargain to save on child care expenses

  • 8:51 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero


That’s how much you’ll spend on your child from birth to age 17, according to the USDA. From food to clothes to health care to education. But there’s one more expense that’s a part of this number that families often forget about or downplay: child care.

Did you know that child care is the biggest annual expense for most families? The average family spends about $18,000 a year on it. Yet 42 percent don’t budget for it, according to Care.com

Here is some advice on how families can budget from Holly Perez, consumer money expert at Intuit and spokesperson for [More]

Parenting a college student

  • 8:46 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

For more than 30 years, Emory University psychology professor Marshall Duke has given an annual speech to auditoriums full of nervous parents preparing to leave their child at the university. Covering everything from resisting daily communication to letting students solve their own problems, Duke’s entertaining and frank speeches provide practical advice about what parents can expect during a student’s first year of classes and how to adjust to the changes in their lives and their child’s.

Here’s a video of one of his speeches.

Duke will soon give his last parent speeches at Emory’s orientation this weekend (he’s not retiring; he’s just [More]

Is your 9-year-old mature enough to play in a park unsupervised?

  • 2:09 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Last month South Carolina mother Debra Harrell was arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park unsupervised while she was at work. Since then numerous other parents have also been arrested for allowing their children to play in public places, both indoors and outside, unsupervised.
As the nation debates whether such parenting choices are acceptable or neglectful, the latest Reason-Rupe national telephone poll finds 82 percent of Americans believe the law should require children 9-years-old and younger to be supervised while playing in public parks. Just 17 percent of Americans think 9-year-olds should be able to play unsupervised at [More]

Starting the money talk with kids

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

T. Rowe Price has released some new surprising findings from their 2014 Parents, Kids and Money Survey of children ages 8 to 14 and their parents. (1,000 parents and 924 kids were surveyed.)

Here are some of the highlights:

Boys vs. Girls 

58% of boys say their parents talk to them about setting financial goals compared to 50% of girls
53% of boys say their parents are saving for their education versus 42% of girls
Boys think they are smarter about money – 45% feel very or extremely smart about money compared to 38% of girls
Twice as many boys have credit cards – 12% of [More]

Emory seeking children for research studies

  • 1:27 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The Emory Child Study Center is seeking children, infant through adolescent age, for a variety of research studies focusing on how kids think, learn and remember. Studies typically take a couple of hours and usually consist of one or two visits.

If you decide that you are interested in participating, the Emory Child Study Center will enter your family’s information into their child research database and then you would be contacted when your child is the correct age for a specific study they’re doing, tell you more about that specific study, and ask you whether you’d like to schedule a time [More]

With at least a week of school behind you, how did you do?

  • 12:58 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Whether starting their first day of Pre-K or their last year of high school, back-to-school season can stir feelings of anxiety, stress and even fear in our kids. Good news. “There are resources available that parents and kids can use to help the transition go a little more smoothly and help to boost success throughout the school year, says Kari Collins, director of mental health services at the Montefiore School Health Program.

She offers the following tips to help you and yours have a smooth start to the new school year:

Lead by example:

 Children can sense when their parent is anxious [More]

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