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Documentary makes the case for medical marijuana in Georgia

  • 12:24 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

A new documentary will be released this week that follows the fight in Georgia to provide medical cannabis to children suffering from various forms of Epilepsy, as well as other Georgia patients who would benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis oil.

State Representatives Allen Peake (R-Macon) and Micah Gravely (R-Douglasville) today announced the premiere and support of “Growing Hope,” a documentary that follows the life of HB 885 and focuses on decisions parents in Georgia are making to receive treatment for their children, including moving out of state for  “medical marijuana, ” an oil extract of the plant that’s been [More]

Five tips to motivate your children to complete their chores

  • 12:59 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

A recent study revealed that while 82 percent of parents did chores growing up, only 28 percent have their kids do chores. But, 75 percent of parents think chores make kids more responsible, even if they don¹t have their kids do them.
So I asked Gregg Murset, a parenting and chore expert, for his best tips to get kids to do chores without complaining or having to ask them over and over again to get jobs done, literally turning chores into a chore for the parent.
Here’s what he suggests:
1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology. Why threaten to take away [More]

Halloween traffic is coming

  • 10:58 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Prepare yourself to be spooked – by traffic.

Andria Simmons, AJC transportation writer, is reporting afternoon traffic will be more gruesome than usual because the holiday falls on a Friday this year. Parents may think getting off work early will spare them the misery of gridlock, but they’re wrong — mostly because everyone else has the same idea.

Traffic is likely to get ugly much earlier than usual, with the worst congestion likely between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., said Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale. Traffic should drop off dramatically after 6 p.m.

Some parents are taking the day off.  Others are [More]

‘Tis the season to eat but take care to practice good dental hygiene

  • 11:03 am Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

While most parents will make sure their kids brush after eating their treats, dental experts suggest taking a fuller approach to oral health.
“Teeth and gums are obviously key components of oral health care, but they’re just part of the whole environment inside one’s mouth,” says Dr. Bob Kross, a biochemist who’s been researching and developing oral health-care products since the 1980s. “The nooks and crannies in our mouths and gums are not the only places crammed with organic debris and feed the bacteria that creates plaque. “There are also cracks on the tongue’s surface and in the other soft tissues [More]

Friday night Halloween safety tips

  • 11:06 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Halloween is full of fun — dressing up, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and lots and lots of candy.

It’s also an evening fraught with safety hazards — everything from benign tummy aches to tripping over costumes or on poorly lit sidewalks to getting hit by cars.

And this year, Halloween falls on a Friday. While many kids and adults can enjoy staying out later, it also means more caution is needed as families with little trick-or-treaters and eager partygoers hit the streets at the same time, some on foot, and others in cars.

Atlanta-based Safe Kids Georgia and Children’s Healthcare offer the following tips [More]

How to not go too crazy with the Halloween candy

  • 10:06 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The experts at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life have analyzed the calories, fat and sugar content of a typical Halloween pumpkin filled treats and the results are frightening.

One pumpkin full of Halloween candy can have as much as 365 teaspoons of sugar; the same amount of sugar in 12 double scoop vanilla ice cream cones (which can be nearly 69 times the recommended daily serving of sugar for kids).  This is also the same amount of fat in four sticks of butter or nearly 15 large servings of fast food French fries.  In total this could total nearly 11,000 calories.

“Allowing [More]

Take the spooky out of Halloween

  • 12:55 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

With Halloween right around the corner, many children get excited just thinking about costumes, spooky decorations and candy. But Halloween can also evoke fear and anxiety in some. Hearing the scary stories about ghosts, ghouls and goblins can be quite frightening for some kids and that fear can interfere with their quality of life in the days leading up to Halloween.

“While every child is different and it is often hard to determine why something scares one child and not another, one of the most important things that parents can do is to acknowledge a child’s fear,” said Denise [More]

Money tips you and your children can use

  • 12:45 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

We like to find out what our kids’ school day was like but more often than not when we quiz them the response is the same: “Fine.”
If you’re like most parents you chalk it up to brooding teenager hormones or sleepy little ones in need of a nap. But experts say it’s important to stop and take the time to think about what your child is or isn’t learning at school. In fact, it might surprise you what they aren’t learning about money. Not only aren’t teachers trained to teach it, they aren’t required to do so.At best (in most [More]

Guess how much Georgia kids raise with UNICEF boxes

  • 12:27 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Last year, about $47,000 was raised in Georgia from UNICEF Trick-or-Treat boxes, and $2.7 million nationally.

Here’s one story about how money was raised:

Growing up in southwest Georgia, Audrey Hughes always went trick-or-treating with a jack-o’-lantern for candy and an orange UNICEF cardboard box for spare change.

Her children, now teenagers, kept the tradition going over the years.

But Hughes’ efforts for UNICEF reach beyond her family and have been recognized by the organization, which helps children in other countries.

Last year, Hughes, a science teacher at Hilsman Middle School in Athens, developed an innovative way to raise money for UNICEF not only at [More]

When your kids ask (beg) for a pet . . .

  • 3:38 pm Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Please, please — “can we get a pet?”  It’s a question many of us get from our kids.

Adding a pet to the home is an exciting experience that can be especially rewarding. But for many potential pet owners, the process of finding the right pet can seem a little overwhelming.

(Astro the dog is available for adoption at DeKalb County Animal Services and Tilton the cat is at Fulton County Animal Services)

Rebecca Guinn, CEO and founder of LifeLine Animal Project, a leading metro Atlanta animal nonprofit promoting lifesaving animal welfare solutions through its programs and management of Fulton County Animal Services [More]

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