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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]

Autumn is here. Better check your pool.

  • 11:42 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

With the end of pool season upon us, many pools will be covered or left unused during fall and winter months.  But for families with little children, pool safety should be an important topic even during these cooler months. Pool accidents happen even on closed, unused, and covered pools.

Indeed, 77 percent of the children who drowned in pools had been seen five minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool. Forty-six percent were last seen in the house prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.

And so we [More]

Two-ticket giveaway to Mamma Mia!

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Thank you for participating!

Congratulations to our winner of the two tickets for tonight’s performance of MAMMA MIA! at The FOX — Stacey Barber – the first show she saw with her mom was The Sound of Music

back in the early 1980s at the Bainbridge Little Theatre in Bainbridge, Ga.

Stay tuned for more giveaways!


Seen by over 54 million people around the world, “Mamma Mia!” is inspired by catchy ABBA songs — from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me.”

The musical revolves around a single mother, Donna, who owns a small hotel on [More]

How to Change your Life with Pasta

  • 2:36 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Helena Oliviero

Hi everyone, I stumbled upon this great post — Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With PastaThe piece is written by Sarah Grey, a freelance writer and book editor at Grey Editing who lives in Philadelphia. She even has a dedicated web site with more tips and ideas — http://www.fridaynightmeatballs.com

I love this. What a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and build community. I immediately shared this with my neighbors.  Of course there are other twists to this same idea and many of us have been gathering on a regular basis at neighborhood pools [More]

Head lice. They’re back!

  • 10:40 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Gracie Bonds Staples

School has returned and with it the concern for the dreaded head lice. And while parents may be rushing out to buy Nix or Rid, the most widely sold lice-control products, Consumer Reports has other advice:

“There’s no reason for parents to douse their children’s heads in chemicals,” says Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of consumer safety and sustainability for Consumer Reports. “Physically removing lice, while it seems daunting, is safest for your child’s head.”
The kicker? Over-the-counter products are losing their fight against lice because studies suggest that most of the bugs in the U.S. have evolved to become genetically resistant to [More]

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