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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]

10 years and more than 3,000 posts later, it’s time to move on

  • 8:52 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

Ten years ago when I had a 4 and a 2-year-old running around the house, I read a small item in a magazine about a new thing called “mom blogs” where women complained about their husbands and shared about their kids. And I thought I can do this. This is what the AJC needs.

So I researched the mom demographic in the Atlanta area, wrote down more than 30 ideas for blogs and wrote three test columns and then submitted them to the then head of digital for the AJC. He called within minutes and said you need to come down [More]

Baby teeth are important, too

  • 10:32 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

If you’re among those parents who believe baby teeth don’t matter, think again.

Not only do they hold the space for permanent teeth, dentist say baby teeth facilitate speech and, when straight and cavity free, promote healthy self-esteem in children.

“A lot of parents are thinking it’s a baby tooth, they will lose it,” said Dr. Rhea Haugseth “But even if they can get the pain under control, when they have a tooth ache, they are not eating or sleeping so they can’t function very well. Some times a parent will see a cavity but they ignore it because they aren’t feeling [More]

Children’s Healthcare video goes viral

  • 7:37 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Jim, a man of average height but weighing 300 pounds, suffers a heart attack and lands in the emergency room.

His life hangs in the balance. He’s only 32.

“How the hell does that happen?, ” asks the doctor in a new, attention-grabbing video.

The scene takes place in 2030. Everyone is an actor.

While the video released by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life program is fictional, this is what life could really look like if we don’t get a handle on the health plague that has one in three children ages 10 to 17 overweight or obese.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Rewind the Future [More]

Debating the HPV vaccine

  • 10:12 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The beginning of school is when most parents start to think more about vaccines.

One vaccine that is getting particular attention this year is the vaccine that protects young females and males against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts and , at worst, various types of cancer.

About 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with  the virus. Each year, about 14 million people become newly infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine, which studies show is effective,  is administered as three injections over a specific period of time.

The [More]

Are you setting a bad example for your kids?

  • 4:06 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

If this survey is any indication, parents are setting a bad example for their kids while behind the wheel and their teens are taking note.

According to a survey released today from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, teens are not the only culprits when it comes to making risky driving decisions. Parents engage in the same dangerous driving behaviors – including driving without a seat belt, texting, and driving after consuming alcohol – that they warn their children against. What’s worse is nearly half (41 percent) of teens say their parents continue these unsafe habits behind [More]

Instead of an idiot, new Cheerios ad shows Dad as AWESOME!

  • 9:27 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

A friend posted this ad on Facebook, and I really do love it. For a very long time there has been a trend on TV shows for dads to be dumb and helpless and for the moms to be running the show — think “Simpsons.” But I love that this ad shows all the great things about Dads and shows him engaged and on top of things.

We had a post a while back that talked about how with more fathers staying at home, products were marketing directly to dads. You see that a lot with diaper ads. So I think [More]

New school year, time for new lunch ideas

  • 9:48 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Time to get up early – and make lunch! I know this isn’t the most fun task at hand, and it can be challenging to satisfy everyone – kids want something yummy and parents want something quick and easy to make that won’t break the bank.

Lunch is more than just a break in the day; it’s truly a refueling opportunity for your kids. This is why it’s important that they have a balanced meal with foods that are designed to keep them feeling full for the longest amount of time.  A power lunch should include a protein and carbohydrates. Note: [More]

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