Casey Kasem: A Top 40 Controversy

Imagine that you are at the very top of your game. You have millions of fans. Your voice is heard around the world. Your children, grown-up now, are successful; you are happily married. And then you get sick. Suddenly, you have difficulty caring for yourself. And those you love start fighting over you. Sounds like the sad tale of a Top 40 song. But life imitates art, at least in the case of Casey Kasem, 81, the long-time host of …

Making Sense of Alzheimer’s: 9 Books for Kids

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be mind-boggling and confusing to kids. Their grandparents, great-grandparents or family friend may act “weird” and yet look normal. How do you explain what’s happening to children? A 17-year-old college student recently emailed me about a children’s book on Alzheimer’s he has coauthored. Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? is based on Max Wallack‘s experience with his great-grandmother (“Great Grams”).  She lived with his family from the time he was 6 until …

$241,080: The Cost to Raise a Kid

Dear Adult Children, If you don’t appreciate your parents by now, perhaps this will change your mind: Raising a kid today costs $241,080 – and that doesn’t even count spiraling higher education expenses, according to a new government report. (By the way, you’re welcome Bloomberg’s Zara Kessler.) That figure represents an increase from the $219,500 (inflation adjusted) that we boomer parents shelled out to raise your generation (born around 1990), says Mark Lino, an economist who did the calculations for …

Grandparents Have Strong Role in Raising Children

The following is a guest post by Maryalice Larson – AARP Iowa Lead Volunteer  IT’S GREAT BEING A “GRAND”! WATCH AARP LIVE AUGUST 15TH, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV There’s a silly saying that goes something like this:  “If I had known how much fun grandkids are, I would have had them first!”   The reality is that grandparents, whether through blood, marriage, adoption, even just a special friendship with a child, play an important role in the lives of their …

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

Summertime Learning: 2 Ways to Make Summer Fun for Kids

School’s out. It’s the time of year that was once reserved for kids to help their on their family farms to maintain and pull in the crops. Now, it’s a time of leisure, play and (with any luck) visits to the grandparents. However, research shows that kids lose ground academically during the summer months unless they use the skills they learn in school throughout the year. Some studies suggest that the loss is up to three months of in-classroom work. …