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Vaccinations – what’s your take?

  • 3:33 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

With all the talk about kids returning to school, the recent measles outbreaks in as many as 20 states and my own daughter about to leave the country, my mind naturally turned to immunizations.   Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning and children across the globe are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases–in part, because us parents are choosing to skip their shots. So I’m wondering what’s your biggest concerns when it comes to immunization? And are they enough to leave your children unprotected? Talk to me.

Digital Detox For Kids – and maybe adults, too

  • 8:42 am Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

SCREEN TIME/DIGITAL DETOX

Now that the summer is over, we need to pull back on the screen time so kids are ready to focus on school work. Sobering fact: Kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Here are some tips from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4life for a Digital Detox for families:

Replace Screen Time with Activity:It’s hard to get kids off the couch and get them moving, especially if they think of physical activity as [More]

Time to go back to school – better check those eyes

  • 10:58 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

You remembered the pens, pencils and paper but what about your kid’s eyes?

According to an American Optometric Association survey, 83 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 say they use an electronic device for three or more hours each day. And yet more than half of parents actually believe their children use such devices that much.

While access to technology creates educational opportunities for school-age children, it can also take a toll on their vision. If a child is experiencing eye strain, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain, it could [More]

Wake Up Sleepyhead, time for school!

  • 9:03 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

BACK TO  SCHOOL SLEEP SCHEDULE

I don’t need to tell you that summertime is the time of the year when we parents let our kids stay-up/sleep-in later than they normally do.  But alas, early mornings are right around the corner!  There is still time though to get your kids (and ourselves) quickly back on a school sleep schedule.  Here are our three tips from Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta:

Develop a Relaxing Nighttime Routine

What’s the best way to wake up on the right side of the bed? Start the night before! Whether it’s a [More]

Do you have any women mentors in your life?

  • 9:22 pm Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

I am realizing that at this stage in my life — 42, with school-age kids and ready to dive back into working more hours — that I am seeking female mentors who have been there, done that and who can help me transition into this next chapter. I am lucky though because I have two great women to learn from who are now living close by.

Eighteen years ago, I was hired in New York City by the editor-in-chief of a trade magazine. She is about nine years older than me. She hired me as an assistant editor but within a [More]

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]

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