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$241,080: The Cost to Raise a Kid

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDear 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

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyThe 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?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthIn 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

Posted on 05/28/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringSchool’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. …

A Handy Trick for Learning to Read

Posted on 03/4/2013 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Volunteering“Aoccdrning to rscheearch…” We all bring different experiences and backgrounds to our reading.  Our comprehension skills, vocabulary and language fluency all factor into what we take away from the series of letters and spaces on the page in front of us.  But the foundations of how we decode those characters comes from our learned ability to translate “letters into sounds” and “sounds into words.” And so, most of us can “read” the subtitle of this blog as “According to research…” …

Cool New Tech Gifts for Grandkids at CES

Posted on 01/9/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeCalling all grandparents! My first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has proven to be pretty overwhelming but also totally exciting! The most fun I had today was checking out some of the cool tech items geared for kids. There are literally hundreds of toys, learning tools, games and other entertainment for kids on exhibition here. As I went through the exhibit hall, here are just a few items I loved in a variety of price …