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Dirty bathrooms, no privacy and breastfeeding

  • 5:30 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

A HuffPost story published today, “Dirty Bathrooms, No Privacy: The Horrifying Struggles Of Breastfeeding Moms Who Need To Pump At Work,” stems from a reporter Dave Jamieson’s Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Labor, asking for all complaints by workers about bosses who don’t allow space or time to pump at work, as the law requires.

105 closed cases were reviewed, spanning from March 2010, when the Obamacare provision went into effect, until late 2013. The files show that moms who work outside the home face a predicament: they are told by health professionals and society at large [More]

Atlanta ice cream festival and more fun family activities

  • 9:12 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

It still feels like the heart of summer but for many of us with kids our summer days are almost over! Hard to believe — but some area kids go back to school next week — when it’s still July. Here are some fun ideas for this weekend.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

This fun event features America’s Favorite Dessert – ICE CREAM! Local artisans and national classics will be present, providing you with plenty of delicious options to choose from. There will also be variety of health and wellness agencies, fitness routines, vendors and so much more fun for the entire family [More]

Mom and dad out of town: When do neighbors poke their nose into teen parties?

  • 8:04 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

So apparently our new neighbors have been out of town because there have been some rather loud parties going on at their house over the weekend.

Friday night we returned home to cars parked all the way around the cul-de-sac and up the street. We could hear music and voices echoing on the deck but couldn’t tell which house it was coming from. The same thing happened the next night as well. This time there were more cars parked in the driveway so we figured out who was hosting.

I briefly met the parents and was introduced to a college-age son and [More]

A push for buying toys, not real turtles after watching Ninja movie

  • 9:50 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit founded in 1990 for the protection of all species of turtles and tortoises, is pleading with parents to fight the urge to get their children real turtles after watching the new Ninja turtle movie – and instead go with plastic toys. Here’s an open letter from the organization.

 

 

Dear Parents:

We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.

 

In August, your children will be enjoying another edition of the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This will include a whole new generation of kids who missed the 2007 animated film. It’s [More]

Do women represent women better/worse in divorce?

  • 10:07 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

I have a friend getting divorced, and it is very interesting how the advice of her legal counsel differs based on whether she is talking to the man on the team versus a woman.

The man is a senior partner and she only deals with him sometimes because he is extremely expensive. She is a stay-at-home mom with multiple small children. He originally told her not to find a job and not to move in with her family. He is trying to demonstrate that the husband needs to pay the child support and take care of his family.

However, whenever my friend [More]

Should Duchess Kate wait to add a second heir?

  • 10:18 pm Sunday, July 20th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday and rumors are swirling that Duchess Kate is already pregnant again.

Childhood friend Jessica Hay told the media that a sibling was on the way for Prince George.

But what does the palace say? According to Parade.com:

“Kate’s inner circle are buzzing with the news that she is pregnant,” she said. “I’ve heard it from several different friends of theirs now and they’re saying that they think there’s going to be an official announcement in weeks.”

“But a spokesperson for Kensington Palace claims that Kate and Jessica are no longer in contact, telling ECT Canada: “The duchess has not spoken to [More]

Your kid is the reason for your infidelity. Really?

  • 1:41 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Rather than losing your spouse to the 7-year itch, you might need to worry about losing him or her once you add a kid to the picture or so says a new study.

The Modern Love Report, commissioned by USA Network  and released today, reveals that once baby is on board, parents are far more likely than non-parents to abandon ship. Parenthood is arguably the driver of infidelity – 55 percent of couples married with children say “marriage is more difficult than I thought it would be,” vs. only 34 percent of childless married couples that feel the same. The MODERN [More]

Best games to fill summer hours and strengthen executive function

  • 10:09 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

The Atlantic.com featured a great list of games that can help kids strengthen their executive function. The brain’s frontal lobe controls executive function and helps a person achieve goals. Often kids with ADHD also have issues with their executive function.

From WebMD: 

Executive function includes the ability to:

manage time and attention
switch focus
plan and organize
remember details
curb inappropriate speech or behavior
integrate past experience with present action

When executive function breaks down, behavior becomes poorly controlled. This can affect a person’s ability to:

work or go to school
function independently
maintain appropriate social relationships”

From The Atlantic:.com:

 “Kids with weak executive function face numerous challenges in [More]

Dad issues hot car challenge

  • 10:02 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Terry Bartley of North Carolina was so moved by the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris he decided to sit in a hot car on a summer day — and record a video of the experiment.

With sweat pouring down his face, he looks into the camera and says:

“I wanna know how it feels to be out in the car and sitting in the back seat, strapped into a car seat with the windows up and doors probably locked” he says. “I’m sweating. Like I can barely breathe out here.”

The father of 4, 7 and 14 said he wanted to raise awareness [More]

What to do when summer camp breaks house rules?

  • 11:32 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

This week my 11-year-old son is attending a video game design camp through one of the local school systems in our new community. I thought it would be a nice way to keep his mind active and to help him meet some guys with similar interests. So they are working on some graphic design programs, some coding programs but then for two of the six periods they get to just play video games. And today he was allowed at camp to play two video games that I don’t allow at home — “Mortal Kombat” and “Call of Duty.”

In general I [More]

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