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Celebrate the day by washing your hands!

  • 3:14 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Today is Global Handwashing Day. The simple act of washing our hands is something most of us do every day without much thought.

And while washing our hands may seem like a given, it’s often not done properly. Washing our hands is one of the most effective ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. And while a lot is at stake (everything from influenza to E. coli can be spread through germs on hands), several studies show Americans are lax about lathering up.

Mothers everywhere would be horrified by a 2010 study for the American Society for Microbiology and the American [More]

Trick-or-treating can put children with food allegies at risk

  • 12:24 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

Careful. The onslaught of school parties, trick-or-treating, and other food-centric celebrations around Halloween puts children with food allergies at a higher risk of exposure to allergens than usual. Here are a few tips from the local food allergy experts at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma:
– Get a proper diagnosis. If you suspect your child has a food allergy, visit a board-certified allergist for a proper diagnosis and plan of action before the Halloween season starts.
– Avoid any special “fun-sized” Halloween candies. These can contain different ingredients than their regular sized counterparts, and are often made in separate factories as well.
– Look [More]

Easy Kids Can Cook Recipes

  • 4:13 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Now that it’s officially fall, families will be taking advantage of some of the season’s best produce.  FamilyFun magazine has shared with us great ‘roll up your sleeves’ activities from their October issue.

Cooking can be a delicious learning experience for kids and their parents.  It gives kids the change to explore new foods, learn about nutrition and even develop math and reading skills as they measure and read directions.

Cooking with Kids – Growing Trend: Getting kids involved in the kitchen is definitely on the upswing. In fact, FamilyFun found that 96% of moms agree that it’s important to make meals [More]

7 Tricks for Halloween Savings

  • 12:57 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

We all know that Halloween expenses for decorations, parties and costumes can quickly add up to a frightening sum. With that in mind, I asked the experts at PromotionalCodes.com for some budget-friendly tips to slash your spending this year. Here’s what they had to offer:
Creativity Trumps Cost: Instead of spending anywhere from $20-$100 on a store costume, make your own. Pick anything from your favorite movie character to your favorite decade and build your costume from items that you have around the house or at your local thrift store.
Host a Mom Swap: If you aren’t the creative type, check around [More]

Big dreams for NICU babies

  • 9:35 am Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Every day, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta cares for almost 100 babies in their NICU who are fighting for their lives. As they sleep, staff (and parents) wonder what they’re dreaming about with each sleepy wiggle or smile. To launch Children’s safe sleep guidelines, the hospital created an imaginative photo series – From NICU to the moon that dreams about what the sleeping NICU babies might become someday- an astronaut? A ballerina? A Top Chef? A doctor? Maybe even an Olympian? If the size of the fight in their tiny bodies is any indication, these babies have big things in store [More]

6 Tips to Keep your Child Safe

  • 11:11 am Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

OK, in case you missed it. Yesterday was Child Health Day, which focuses on creating an awareness of ways to minimize or alleviate health problems that children may face, including asthma, diabetes and obesity.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to sit down with your young child and share some Play-It-Safe rules, so says
Abbie Schiller,CEO of The Mother Company, which provides tools to teach young children about safety.
Schiller, author of “Miles is the Boss of His Body,” about a 6-year-old who is uncomfortable with people patting, pinching and hugging him, recently shared with us six rules grownups should teach kids to Play-It-Safe. [More]

In case you haven’t heard about enterovirus68

  • 1:38 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

I was stunned when a mother told me this morning that she hadn’t heard about enterovirus68. I’ve written about it and its been all over television news in the last few days. Not only has it sickened hundreds of children across the country since last month, doctors say, according to more recent news reports, that some children are experiencing polio-like symptoms such as muscle weakness and paralysis. Some have even died.
Although there are no vaccines for preventing EV-68 infections, I thought this might be a good time remind parents that there are some things they can do to help prevent [More]

AJC interviews Frozen’s Princess Anna

  • 11:51 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Disney On Ice will bring to life “Frozen” — in Atlanta October 8 – 12 at Philips Arena.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed Taylor Firth from New York, a former competitive figure skater, who portrays Princess Anna.

Q: What is it like to play the role of Anna?

A: It’s amazing. Those little kids light up when you come on the ice and it’s so fun. There are so many kids who dress up as their favorite Disney character. … It makes me want to portray the character honestly. For me, portraying the role of Princess Anna, I want to bring as much [More]

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]

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