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Talking to Children about 9/11

September 11

September 11th brings to mind so many images for us all. Some remember the buildings burning. Others think of the firefighters. Myself, I remember sitting in the family room with three pre-schoolers who were shocked that I let them watch Nick Jr. all morning long. While they enjoyed this un-heard of luxury, I was glued to the computer monitor with one ear bud to protect them from the violent images of the day.

In the long run, it didn’t work. Each of those young boys have grown into young men with their own remembrance of that day.

When talking to children about September 11th, you must take their age into account.

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Choosing Career Over Family: How It Affects Your Fertility

Choosing Career Over FamilyWe may live in the 21st century, but it’s still a man’s world out there. According to Forbes magazine, out of the 63 million American women in the workforce, less than 2 percent of the country’s biggest companies have female chief executives. Women comprise 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, but women with families are still doing 90 percent of household chores and childcare duties. Among corporate women who are over age 40, over 40 percent of these have never gotten married and they don’t have children.

This begs the question – career or family? Why do women have to choose one over the other? The reality is that when career comes first, women delay pregnancy until it’s either too late, or it becomes very hard to become pregnant easily. Infertility issues crop up when you wait too late. Careers may be paving the way for increasing infertility rates in this country.

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Getting Ready for the Lunch Bunch

Bento boxes are a great way to pack a variety of fresh food.

Looking for a fun way to send the little ones back to school? Drop the PBJ and chips and send your children back to school with a wider variety of lunches.

Dairy

There are more options than that little carton of milk from the cafeteria. Yoghurt manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make their product more child friendly. Squeezable cups and tubes of fruit flavored product. Try freezing yoghurt tubes and placing them in the lunchbox before school. They are designed to thaw by lunch. Make sliced cheese more fun by cutting out fun shapes with cookie cutters before packing the slice in the lunch box.
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Four Best Video Games For Kids

By Guest Blogger, Maria Davis

Now, hold on a minute. You probably read the title of this post, and immediately started drafting a rant in your head. The last thing kids need is more video games! They need to be outside! Why, when I was their age, I had to be dragged into the house, kicking and screaming the whole way! And if it was raining outside, we made our own video games with cardboard boxes, tape, and markers! Video games—bah!

Okay, you have a point. Kids definitely need to get exercise, and not spend the entire summer planted in front of the TV. But consider this: It’s hot out. In fact, it’s so hot that the National Weather Service is issuing heat advisories in several states warning people to stay indoors. Some days, even when it’s not raining, it’s simply too hot for kids to be outside running around for very long, and if they’re going to stay in the house, you definitely want to keep them occupied or — be honest — they’re going to drive you crazy. But video games don’t have to be vacuous wastes of time, energy, and brain power.

These four video games will not only keep your kids engaged, but educate them, and get them off the couch. [click to continue…]

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Pets and How They Prevent Allergies in Children

Gracie Lu, My Shih Tzu

Pet allergies in children are a sad reality, and it can deprive kids of knowing the wonderful experience of owning a cat or a dog. If you’re a dog or cat lover, you don’t have to give up your pet for your child. According to new research, exposing infants (under one year old) to a pet (whether this is a dog or a cat) can actually prevent pet allergies later in life.

Many parents are often worried that having pets in the home can increase their child’s risk of getting pet allergies later on. Despite what you have heard, this is not the case. You should allow your baby to be around cats and dogs!

(Make sure you watch and pay attention to how your fur-baby acts around the new member of your family. Furbabies can get jealous and act out.)

A new study, published in the journal, Clinical and Experimental Allergy found that young adults who lived with a dog or a cat when they were a baby were less likely to have pet allergies.

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My Kids’ Best And Worst Birthday Parties: Creating Memories, Going All-Out (Or Not) And Having Fun!

Guest post by Author and Mom Blogger, Christina Simon.

kids birthday partyDepending on where you live, kids birthday parties can be a really BIG deal. I live in Los Angeles where, starting as early as preschool, the competition heats up to see who can have the most “fun” party. I put “fun” in quotes because it’s also code for the most expensive or elaborate party. The most extravagant parties we’ve attended have been at the American Girl Store and private parties featuring numerous entertainers, petting zoos, food stations, fancy catered menus and over-the-top party favors.

I tend to give my kids options for their parties that fall somewhere in between extremely low-key and overly elaborate. With kids’ birthday parties, you never know what can happen. Seriously, we’re talking about little ones so expect the best, but prepare for…anything. I love planning parties for my kids (even though they were born 8 days apart!). [click to continue…]

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What’s Your Child Worth? According to the USDA, $226,920

Raising a ChildWould you dare put a price tag on your child? The government does each and every year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families earlier this week, and it estimated the cost of raising a child (from infancy to age 18) at $226,920. This estimate is for the middle-income family.

When you account for inflation, the price tag goes up to $286,860 – that’s nearly $300,000. That’s triple – quadruple (even more than that) what most families make in a year.
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Flying with Kids: Navigating an Airport with Toddlers

Guest post by Richard Greenwood from Flight Centre.

Airplane Travel with ToddlerAirports are busy and hectic places even for adults, so negotiating one with a toddler in tow can be a nightmare. We’ve come up with our top tips for making sure you keep your cool next time you and the little one are off on a family holiday.

Prepare Ahead

One of the biggest fears of most parents is losing their child at an airport. With thousands of people rushing around it can be hard to stay on top of things and toddlers can and do go missing.

If your child were to go missing you want to feel safe knowing that they will find their way back, so planning ahead is essential. You can buy or make your own kid labels that either hang around their neck or wrist or as a sticker on their clothing. On these labels you write their name, address and your mobile number so that if anyone finds them they can immediately bring them back to you. [click to continue…]

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Top 5 Do’s & Don’ts For First Time Mothers

Guest Post by Blake.

Becoming a mother for the first time is very likely the most exciting time of a women’s life. It can also be the most overwhelming and nerve-wracking. Here are some tips for getting through the preparation and early months of motherhood.

Top 5 Do’s for First Time Mothers

1. Do prepare as much as you can in advance. Have the nursery ready, diapers stockpiled and bag ready for the hospital. Pack your freezer with casseroles, individual servings of soups and breakfast burritos to heat up for quick meals. Put important papers in a folder, including health insurance information and important phone numbers.

2. Do cherish the time you have before the baby arrives. Relish naps, uninterrupted TV time, date nights with your partner and other activities you enjoy. [click to continue…]

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