AJC Parenting Blog 

A blog for busy moms in Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare video goes viral

  • 7:37 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Jim, a man of average height but weighing 300 pounds, suffers a heart attack and lands in the emergency room.

His life hangs in the balance. He’s only 32.

“How the hell does that happen?, ” asks the doctor in a new, attention-grabbing video.

The scene takes place in 2030. Everyone is an actor.

While the video released by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life program is fictional, this is what life could really look like if we don’t get a handle on the health plague that has one in three children ages 10 to 17 overweight or obese.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Rewind the Future [More]

New school year, time for new lunch ideas

  • 9:48 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Time to get up early – and make lunch! I know this isn’t the most fun task at hand, and it can be challenging to satisfy everyone – kids want something yummy and parents want something quick and easy to make that won’t break the bank.

Lunch is more than just a break in the day; it’s truly a refueling opportunity for your kids. This is why it’s important that they have a balanced meal with foods that are designed to keep them feeling full for the longest amount of time.  A power lunch should include a protein and carbohydrates. Note: [More]

Back to School: What’s new this year?

  • 2:29 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by ajchomepage

New school years bring new people and new stuff. About a quarter of Atlanta Public School principals are new, including 70 percent of the high school honchos. More than 20 Fulton schools will have new principals, and Cobb County has a dozen new ones.

Cobb will also have more of a feature that probably wasn’t part of your parents’ school day: 11 new school police officers. DeKalb is adding more than 2,000 of those, along with more than 16,000 new computers to aid teachers.

Gwinnett may be hoping some kids don’t learn to say ‘yuck’ to cafeteria [More]

Digital Detox For Kids – and maybe adults, too

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


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]

Wake Up Sleepyhead, time for school!

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


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]

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]

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]

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]

British nanny offers tips for parenting in crisis

  • 11:01 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

British nanny Emma Jenner says modern-day parenting is in crisis, according to a piece published on The Huffington Post.

She says: “I generally am quite an optimistic person. I tend to believe that everything will work out for the best unless the evidence is overwhelmingly to the contrary, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not prone to drama. That’s why when I say that modern parenting is in serious trouble — crisis, even — I hope you’ll listen, and listen carefully. I’ve worked with children and their parents across two continents and two decades, and what [More]