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4 Things to Look for When Buying Her 1st Bra

  • 9:58 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

 

4 Things to Look for When Buying Her 1st Bra

A girl’s first bra is a rite of passage for both her and her parents – and one that’s occurring at younger and younger ages. For some girls, it’s a turning point fraught with anxiety; for others, it’s a celebration. Either way, parents have a hard time ensuring their daughters to have good memories of shopping for and wearing their first bra.

“Trying on your first bra in a big discount retail store can be unnerving for an 8- or 9-year-old who may already feel shy about the experience,” says Kelly O’Brien, [More]

4 things to look for when buying her first bra

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

A girl’s first bra is a rite of passage for both her and her parents – and one that’s occurring at younger and younger ages. For some girls, it’s a turning point fraught with anxiety; for others, it’s a celebration. Either way, parents have a hard time ensuring their daughters have good memories of shopping for and wearing their first bra.
“Trying on your first bra in a big discount retail store can be unnerving for an 8- or 9-year-old who may already feel shy about the experience,” says Kelly O’Brien, a lingerie specialist whose experience with young customers led her [More]

Adding 30 minutes of exercise into the school day

  • 2:06 pm Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Across the state, 321 public elementary schools have taken the Power Up for 30 pledge, committing to incorporating 30 or more minutes of exercise into the daily routine — including everything from Zumba and yoga classes before the first bell rings to walking and running clubs after school and 10-minute deskercize and “brain boosters” such as jogging in place next to your desk.

Based on the 2013 Fitnessgram results (annual fitness assessments), 41 percent of Georgia kids are at an unhealthy weight, which includes children who are underweight, but the vast majority of those kids outside this healthy weight zone are [More]

Important questions for your child’s doctors at your annual well visit

  • 12:08 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

This being September, Dr. Emily Dodwell, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, says its the perfect time for parent to begin scheduling their child’s wellness visits. Dodwell sees patients with a wide variety of orthopedic issues, and warns parents to be watchful, especially for sports or overuse injuries that can lead to other problems down the road.
For starters, she suggests parents get answers to following questions:
•How can I avoid sports injuries or overuse injuries in my child?
•If there has been a recent injury, are any sports or activities that are out of the question?
•How heavy should my [More]

No cell phone day

  • 8:06 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

If you’re like jazz trombonist and music producer Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of the acclaimed Marsalis family from New Orleans, you appreciate the “old-school” ways of doing things.

For Marsalis, that means doing without automated music created and played at the push of a button, cooking without a microwave and not being too quick to replace a lost cell phone.

“Some people ask, ‘How could you go weeks without replacing your phone?’ But for me, I look at it as a much needed vacation,” he says.

“At the same time, I’m like most other people: when I have a smart phone on me, [More]

Is handwriting old school?

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Amid the evolution of smartphones and a decreased focus on writing in U.S. schools, a new crusade to energize parents and educators about the importance of writing and its benefits for children is being introduced this month by BIC, a leading maker of writing instruments.
“Writing is an essential tool for learning,” said Pam Allyn, Fight For Your Write spokesperson, literacy advocate, education expert, author and founder of LitWorld, a global organization that advocates for children’s rights as readers, writers and learners. “The practice of writing helps with learning letters and shapes, and can improve idea composition, expression and fine [More]

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]

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