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]

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]

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]