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Borrow, budget, bargain to save on child care expenses

  • 8:51 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

$245,340.

That’s how much you’ll spend on your child from birth to age 17, according to the USDA. From food to clothes to health care to education. But there’s one more expense that’s a part of this number that families often forget about or downplay: child care.

Did you know that child care is the biggest annual expense for most families? The average family spends about $18,000 a year on it. Yet 42 percent don’t budget for it, according to Care.com

Here is some advice on how families can budget from Holly Perez, consumer money expert at Intuit and spokesperson for [More]

Parenting a college student

  • 8:46 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

For more than 30 years, Emory University psychology professor Marshall Duke has given an annual speech to auditoriums full of nervous parents preparing to leave their child at the university. Covering everything from resisting daily communication to letting students solve their own problems, Duke’s entertaining and frank speeches provide practical advice about what parents can expect during a student’s first year of classes and how to adjust to the changes in their lives and their child’s.

Here’s a video of one of his speeches.

Duke will soon give his last parent speeches at Emory’s orientation this weekend (he’s not retiring; he’s just [More]

Is your 9-year-old mature enough to play in a park unsupervised?

  • 2:09 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Last month South Carolina mother Debra Harrell was arrested for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park unsupervised while she was at work. Since then numerous other parents have also been arrested for allowing their children to play in public places, both indoors and outside, unsupervised.
As the nation debates whether such parenting choices are acceptable or neglectful, the latest Reason-Rupe national telephone poll finds 82 percent of Americans believe the law should require children 9-years-old and younger to be supervised while playing in public parks. Just 17 percent of Americans think 9-year-olds should be able to play unsupervised at [More]

Starting the money talk with kids

  • 8:15 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

T. Rowe Price has released some new surprising findings from their 2014 Parents, Kids and Money Survey of children ages 8 to 14 and their parents. (1,000 parents and 924 kids were surveyed.)

Here are some of the highlights:

Boys vs. Girls 

58% of boys say their parents talk to them about setting financial goals compared to 50% of girls
53% of boys say their parents are saving for their education versus 42% of girls
Boys think they are smarter about money – 45% feel very or extremely smart about money compared to 38% of girls
Twice as many boys have credit cards – 12% of [More]

Emory seeking children for research studies

  • 1:27 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The Emory Child Study Center is seeking children, infant through adolescent age, for a variety of research studies focusing on how kids think, learn and remember. Studies typically take a couple of hours and usually consist of one or two visits.

If you decide that you are interested in participating, the Emory Child Study Center will enter your family’s information into their child research database and then you would be contacted when your child is the correct age for a specific study they’re doing, tell you more about that specific study, and ask you whether you’d like to schedule a time [More]

With at least a week of school behind you, how did you do?

  • 12:58 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Whether starting their first day of Pre-K or their last year of high school, back-to-school season can stir feelings of anxiety, stress and even fear in our kids. Good news. “There are resources available that parents and kids can use to help the transition go a little more smoothly and help to boost success throughout the school year, says Kari Collins, director of mental health services at the Montefiore School Health Program.

She offers the following tips to help you and yours have a smooth start to the new school year:

Lead by example:

 Children can sense when their parent is anxious [More]

10 years and more than 3,000 posts later, it’s time to move on

  • 8:52 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

Ten years ago when I had a 4 and a 2-year-old running around the house, I read a small item in a magazine about a new thing called “mom blogs” where women complained about their husbands and shared about their kids. And I thought I can do this. This is what the AJC needs.

So I researched the mom demographic in the Atlanta area, wrote down more than 30 ideas for blogs and wrote three test columns and then submitted them to the then head of digital for the AJC. He called within minutes and said you need to come down [More]

Baby teeth are important, too

  • 10:32 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

If you’re among those parents who believe baby teeth don’t matter, think again.

Not only do they hold the space for permanent teeth, dentist say baby teeth facilitate speech and, when straight and cavity free, promote healthy self-esteem in children.

“A lot of parents are thinking it’s a baby tooth, they will lose it,” said Dr. Rhea Haugseth “But even if they can get the pain under control, when they have a tooth ache, they are not eating or sleeping so they can’t function very well. Some times a parent will see a cavity but they ignore it because they aren’t feeling [More]

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]

Debating the HPV vaccine

  • 10:12 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

The beginning of school is when most parents start to think more about vaccines.

One vaccine that is getting particular attention this year is the vaccine that protects young females and males against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts and , at worst, various types of cancer.

About 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with  the virus. Each year, about 14 million people become newly infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine, which studies show is effective,  is administered as three injections over a specific period of time.

The [More]

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