Five tips to motivate your children to complete their chores

12:59 pm Oct. 30, 2014

A recent study revealed that while 82 percent of parents did chores growing up, only 28 percent have their kids do chores. But, 75 percent of parents think chores make kids more responsible, even if they don¹t have their kids do them.
So I asked Gregg Murset, a parenting and chore expert, for his best tips to get kids to do chores without complaining or having to ask them over and

Halloween traffic is coming

10:58 am Oct. 29, 2014

Prepare yourself to be spooked – by traffic.

Andria Simmons, AJC transportation writer, is reporting afternoon traffic will be more gruesome than usual because the holiday falls on a Friday this year. Parents may think getting

‘Tis the season to eat but take care to practice good dental hygiene

11:03 am Oct. 28, 2014

While most parents will make sure their kids brush after eating their treats, dental experts suggest taking a fuller approach to oral health.
“Teeth and gums are obviously key components of oral health care, but they’re just part of the whole environment inside one’s mouth,” says Dr. Bob Kross, a biochemist who’s been researching and developing oral health-care products since the 1980s. “The nooks and crannies in our mouths and gums

Friday night Halloween safety tips

11:06 am Oct. 27, 2014

Halloween is full of fun — dressing up, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and lots and lots of candy.

It’s also an evening fraught with safety hazards — everything from benign tummy aches to tripping over costumes or

How to not go too crazy with the Halloween candy

10:06 am Oct. 23, 2014

The experts at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life have analyzed the calories, fat and sugar content of a typical Halloween pumpkin filled treats and the results are frightening.

One pumpkin full of Halloween candy can have

Take the spooky out of Halloween

12:55 pm Oct. 22, 2014

With Halloween right around the corner, many children get excited just thinking about costumes, spooky decorations and candy. But Halloween can also evoke fear and anxiety in some. Hearing the scary stories about ghosts, ghouls and goblins can be quite frightening for some kids and that fear can interfere with their quality of life in the days leading up to Halloween.

“While every child is different and it is

Money tips you and your children can use

12:45 pm Oct. 21, 2014

We like to find out what our kids’ school day was like but more often than not when we quiz them the response is the same: “Fine.”
If you’re like most parents you chalk it up to brooding teenager hormones or sleepy little ones in need of a nap. But experts say it’s important to stop and take the time to think about what your child is or isn’t learning at

Guess how much Georgia kids raise with UNICEF boxes

12:27 pm Oct. 20, 2014

Last year, about $47,000 was raised in Georgia from UNICEF Trick-or-Treat boxes, and $2.7 million nationally.

Here’s one story about how money was raised:

Growing up in southwest Georgia, Audrey Hughes always went trick-or-treating with a jack-o’-lantern

When your kids ask (beg) for a pet . . .

3:38 pm Oct. 17, 2014

Please, please — “can we get a pet?”  It’s a question many of us get from our kids.

Adding a pet to the home is an exciting experience that can be especially rewarding. But for many

Do you really need to vaccinate your kids?

12:19 pm Oct. 16, 2014

I found this really interesting. Maybe you will, too.
According to a recent Reason-Rupe national telephone poll, six in 10 Americans believe children should be required to get vaccinations for childhood diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Thirty-seven percent think parents should be able to decide whether or not to vaccinate their kids.
A small majority of Americans, 52 percent, says unvaccinated children should be banned from attending public schools while