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There’s no such thing as a typical family or is there?

  • 11:47 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

By now, you’ve probably noticed a very different mix of students and parents in your kid’s school this year. Indeed, according to the Council on Contemporary Families, half of all children under the age of one are now ethnic and racial “minorities,” which means that within 5 years, kindergarten students will come from so many different racial and ethnic backgrounds that no single group will be a majority.
When it comes to family arrangements, we’re already there. A new report prepared for CCF by University of Maryland’s Philip Cohen shows that family diversity—no majority family form and no “typical” mom—is the [More]

Tips for Hassle-free One Direction Experience

  • 6:02 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Our pop music critic Melissa Ruggieri has some great tips for those going to the One Direction concert Wednesday, which will draw more than 50,000 fans in attendance.

As you head to the Georgia Dome, she said the “yellow” parking lot near the venue will be turned into a cellphone lot. Parents can pull in, park for up to an hour if they want to walk their little fan to the doors of the Dome and then return to pick them up.

The show is scheduled to begin promptly at 7 p.m. (with 5SOS) and end about 10:30 p.m.

This is the first [More]

Autumn is here. Better check your pool.

  • 11:42 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

With the end of pool season upon us, many pools will be covered or left unused during fall and winter months.  But for families with little children, pool safety should be an important topic even during these cooler months. Pool accidents happen even on closed, unused, and covered pools.

Indeed, 77 percent of the children who drowned in pools had been seen five minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool. Forty-six percent were last seen in the house prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.

And so we [More]

Two-ticket giveaway to Mamma Mia!

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Thank you for participating!

Congratulations to our winner of the two tickets for tonight’s performance of MAMMA MIA! at The FOX — Stacey Barber – the first show she saw with her mom was The Sound of Music

back in the early 1980s at the Bainbridge Little Theatre in Bainbridge, Ga.

Stay tuned for more giveaways!

ABOUT MAMMA MIA!

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, “Mamma Mia!” is inspired by catchy ABBA songs — from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me.”

The musical revolves around a single mother, Donna, who owns a small hotel on [More]

How to Change your Life with Pasta

  • 2:36 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Hi everyone, I stumbled upon this great post — Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With PastaThe piece is written by Sarah Grey, a freelance writer and book editor at Grey Editing who lives in Philadelphia. She even has a dedicated web site with more tips and ideas — http://www.fridaynightmeatballs.com

I love this. What a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and build community. I immediately shared this with my neighbors.  Of course there are other twists to this same idea and many of us have been gathering on a regular basis at neighborhood pools [More]

Head lice. They’re back!

  • 10:40 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

School has returned and with it the concern for the dreaded head lice. And while parents may be rushing out to buy Nix or Rid, the most widely sold lice-control products, Consumer Reports has other advice:

“There’s no reason for parents to douse their children’s heads in chemicals,” says Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports. “Physically removing lice, while it seems daunting, is safest for your child’s head.”
The kicker? Over-the-counter products are losing their fight against lice because studies suggest that most of the bugs in the U.S. have evolved to become genetically resistant to [More]

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]

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