child sleeping in bedBy Anna Dysinger
Ringing school bells mean earlier wake-up times, which certainly take some getting used to. But rubbing eyes and stifling yawns could be a sign of sleep deprivation-a serious problem as kids head back to school. Photo by Thinkstock
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"We know that the effects of sleep deprivation are various, including poor performance on tests and activities to behavioral problems," says Michael Breus, PhD, a psychologist and sleep disorder specialist. Other potentially more serious problems include suppressed immune systems, impaired short-term memory and weight gain. Even more, the issue is becoming almost commonplace in schools: According to a recent study by Boston College, 80% of 13- and 14-year-olds in the U.S. are sleep deprived.
Younger kids should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while teens need 9 to 10 hours. But how do you make sure your child starts off the year with a solid sleep routine? Dr. Breus recommends waking your
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Would you do it?This is a hot topic in my house right now. I'm not talking about forgetting kids in cars during hot summer days and the unspeakable tragedies that occur. I'm talking about running into Dunkin' Donuts or the dry cleaners and leaving your little ones for just a minute or two. My husband, Nick, thinks this is totally unacceptable under any circumstances. Even though I never do it, I wonder if maybe there's a gray area…
Yesterday I was at a gas station and a dad pulled up in his Audi wagon. He left it running with his 2-ish-year-old kid in the backseat while he ducked into the mini mart. He was still in there when I pulled out, which was at least two minutes later. He was parked in front of the mini mart (not in a spot) but he definitely could not see the kid from where he was in the store. I gotta say, I was a little shocked to see this and, to me, it falls in the unacceptable column. Someone could have jumped in the car and driven away.
But I get it. I have a 3- and a 6-year-old andRead More »from Is It Ever OK to Leave Your Kid in the Car?
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
Questions to ask a potential babysitterBeginning the search for a nanny or babysitter can seem daunting.Read More »from 24 Most Revealing Questions to Ask Potential Babysitters
Establishing a rapport and trust with someone to care for your most precious commodities is no easy task. As a mama who used to be the neighborhood block babysitter to coming full circle as a woman with her own children on a quest for the best babysitter she could find…take it from her (me), this is your complete list of questions to ask potential babysitters for those of you with babies and toddlers.
1. Describe your previous babysitting experiences.
You want to hire someone with experience, or who has at least volunteered working with kids, or who has younger siblings. Everyone has to start somewhere, so use you discretion and trust your gut!
2. What is your mode of transportation?
This one is mainly for the teens, but important to ask the adults too. Some families share a car, and not everyone uses a car for their transportation. We set up an arrangement to pick up and drop off our two current babysitters, but this may
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
In mid-September Toys R Us is expected to release its annual round-up of the top 50 toys for the 2013 holiday season, complete with a highlighted Fabulous 15. If past years are an indication of what's to come, the list will likely include dolls, video games, construction sets, and remote control vehicles. History has also shown that hot toy prices are hot -- often $50 or so, with several approaching or surpassing $100. Clearly, the cost of filling up stockings and wrapping boxes for a posse of kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews mounts quickly, so finding deals on the hot toys of the season, or simply avoiding price gauging, is imperative.
The official kick-off for the holiday shopping season on Black Friday seems like the perfect opportunity to grab deals on kids' toys. But don't count on it. When Deal News compared 2011 and 2012 prices with the previous year, the researchers found that waitingRead More »from How to Get 2013's Top Holiday Toys for Less
There's nothing like the nostalgia of something that takes you back to your childhood, and if you grew up with PB&J in your lunch box, you know just how comforting the childhood staple can be. But there's no reason PB&J can't be all grown up, too. Melt Shop's Spencer Rubin joined Ereka Vetrini for a very special premiere episode of "Easy Does It" to make some sandwiches that are perfect for kids and kids at heart.
Ever think about putting bacon and Cheddar in your PB&J? It may sound unusual, but "The Nutty Professor's" sweet and salty flavor medley is a real winner. Spencer's unique sandwich combines chunky peanut butter, 4-year-aged Cheddar cheese, grape jelly, and thick-cut apple-wood-smoked bacon, grilled until it reaches gooey goodness. "It's salty, it's creamy, it's crunchy, it's everything," Ereka says.
Looking for a healthier option? Try Spencer's second creation, "The Health Nut." Raw brown sugar smashed with strawberries andRead More »from Peanut Butter and Jelly, Reinvented
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:31 PM EDT
How much does daycare cost for you?Whether it's a day care center, or home-based provider, aren't you curious to know what other working moms pay for day care costs...and whether they're happy with their child care arrangements? From paying a lot to paying very little, I found seven moms willing to spill the beans. You may be surprised to find out how much some moms are willing to shell out for quality care!Read More »from 5 Real Moms Share "How Much Are You Paying for Daycare?"
Name: Ashely K.
Occupation: Director of Digital Marketing
Type of Care: Preschool/Center
Are You Getting What You Pay For? We have two kids, so our cost was $2600 per month -- ouch! -- until our daughter entered elementary school. Now we're paying $1800 for our son's preschool and our daughter's before and after care. We chose this particular place because it has everything we were looking for in a preschool. It is a Reggio Emilia philosophy, nature-based, small, open learning and very community centric. We love everything about it. My son had been in FOUR previous preschool/daycare centers, none of
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