Economists estimate the stress of parenting costs $66,000 per kid

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No matter how minimalist and thrifty you try to be, raising kids ends up being expensive in today’s world. Some potential costs include childcare or school, music classes, sports, birthday parties (your own child’s as well as presents for all the kids in his or her class), even buying a car big enough to lug all those mega car seats around. And of course you have to feed and clothe kids too. And did we mention maybe buying a toy or two? It can definitely add up, with the U.S. government estimating that the average cost to raise a child born in the past few years to be over $240,000. Three economists just added insult to injury with the findings in their working paper in The National Bureau of Economic Research: the stress of parenting a child costs $66,000. Per child! So what exactly is the cost of stress? Basically, it’s the amount of money it would take to offset the stress of having a child and constantly feeling like you are running behind, never getting ahead, and are often overwhelmed and low on free time.

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Boy's lost toy tiger goes on an epic airport adventure

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School district says kitchen manager wasn't fired for giving free meals to hungry kids

by 06/16/15   filed under: education, food, green kids, health & body, news

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Della Curry is the former Colorado elementary school kitchen manager who has garnered many a news headline lately, following her claim that she was fired by the Cherry Creek School District for giving free meals to kids who didn’t have enough lunch money. Just days after Curry’s accusation, the school district made a public announcement that refutes the former employee’s claim, saying that the district would never let children go hungry and that the cafeteria worker was released for entirely separate reasons.

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Beatrix New York Wheelie Bags ensure smooth travels this summer & beyond

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Traveling with a ‘big kid’ this summer? Equip your flight companion with her very own Wheelie Bag from Beatrix New York to make her feel special and self-sufficient and to lighten your load! Most kids want to help out by nature, and they’ll love packing and then wheeling their belongings to their destinations — whether to grandma’s house across town or to the other side of the globe.

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Preschool housed in a retirement home offers children & the elderly a magical opportunity to learn from each other

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Cambridge University will hire a LEGO Professor to research play in education, development & learning

by 06/15/15   filed under: eco play, education, kid friendly

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Prestigious Cambridge University, where brilliant minds including Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin all studied, may soon see a heavy uptick in applications, perhaps filled out by slightly younger than average students: the university announced that it would establish a LEGO Professorship, hiring a Director of the Research Center on Play in Education Development and Learning. The LEGO Foundation has given Cambridge £2.5 million to set up the professorship as well as an additional £1.5 million to develop the corresponding research center. There aren’t many details on this awesome new position, although we imagine there’s likely more to it than simply building impressive LEGO structures all day long. Both the person who obtains the professorship and the Cambridge students who get to explore how children learn through play are sure to be the envy of LEGO aficionados worldwide. We hope whatever they learn trickles down to primary and secondary schools. We can’t think of a better way to keep kids interested in school than through LEGO play!

RELATED | LEGO Pledges $8.2 Million to UNICEF in Support of Children’s Rights

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Study finds that babies know how to show empathy & understand when adults are sad

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They cry, they want lots of attention, and they want it NOW! From the moment a baby is born, it can seem to be all about them and what they’re feeling, even if they don’t have the words to describe their emotions. At a certain point, as their worlds expand, babies learn to react to the emotions of others and to understand and expect appropriate responses to events that have occurred. A new study from a researcher at Concordia University has found that by 18 months old, babies are ready to understand and react to varied adult responses to negative or sad events. They also appeared to accept that certain people don’t express sadness in an outward manner and, importantly, that this difference in emotional reactions does not result in a loss of the baby’s trust.

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San Francisco wants to mandate that health warnings be placed on soda ads

by 06/15/15   filed under: health & body, news

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Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed first of its kind anti-soda pop legislation. The new legislation targets pro-soda pop advertising, bans soda ads, plus requires health warnings be placed on soda advertisements. The health warning posted on soda ads would read as follows:

“WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County of San Francisco.”

Finally, the new legislation prohibits use of city funds for the purchase of sugary beverages. In order for this proposal to officially pass, it must first pass one more vote via the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Then the proposal goes before Mayor Ed Lee, who has yet to officially comment on the ban idea. It’s unclear if Lee will sign, decline to sign or veto the legislation.

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8 ways for toddlers to venture outdoors, even on warm summer days

8 ways for toddlers to venture outdoors, even on warm summer days

photo by William Prost 1. Find a splash pad. I don’t know if this is an Atlanta thing or an everywhere thing, but there are splash pads popping up all over town! These are usually…

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Kids can make their own puppets or stuffed animals with Cate and Levi's eco-friendly kits

Kids can make their own puppets or stuffed animals with Cate and Levi's eco-friendly kits

The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for kids to be creative: Cate and Levi‘s make-your-own puppets or stuffed animal kits are an awesome, eco-friendly activity…

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Natural ways to prevent & treat bug bites and stings

Natural ways to prevent & treat bug bites and stings

Be Aware But Don’t Panic Sure, if we waged war with the insects, they’d win, simply due to their sheer numbers. But that doesn’t mean they’re out to get your…

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HOW TO: Make gooey & delicious vegan, gluten-free sweet potato brownies

HOW TO: Make gooey & delicious vegan, gluten-free sweet potato brownies

1. Gather the ingredients. 1 large sweet potato (the original recipe calls for 600 grams or about 1.3 pounds. My large sweet potato fit this description almost exactly) 12-14 dates,…

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Solar roofs in New York City schools become part of the curriculum

Solar roofs in New York City schools become part of the curriculum

One New York City public school is paving the way for teachers to share hands-on learning opportunities with students, using beautiful green-topped roofs and a collection of solar…

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gDiapers will donate 50% of sales from limited edition Gentle Giants gPants to Every Mother Counts

gDiapers will donate 50% of sales from limited edition Gentle Giants gPants to Every Mother Counts

To help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every mama, gDiapers has teamed up with Every Mother Counts — a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and…

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Richard Branson offers employees a year of fully paid maternity and paternity leave

Richard Branson offers employees a year of fully paid maternity and paternity leave

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has built his empire by being a trailblazer via a variety of bold and unexpected endeavors (music, tech that benefits the environment, and…

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The Brutalist Playground recreates concrete playgrounds of the 1950s in soft foam

The Brutalist Playground recreates concrete playgrounds of the 1950s in soft foam

The Brutalist Playground takes over the Architecture Gallery, creating a landscape of simplistic architectural forms that stretch from one end of the gallery to the other. Forms like…

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Why you should think twice about your child's mattress

Why you should think twice about your child's mattress

Photo by Shutterstock The chemical makeup of traditional mattresses In recent years, mattresses have usually been made with metal springs sandwiched between layers of polyurethane…

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Thousands of people visit Moscow museum to create DIY landscapes using cardboard rings

Thousands of people visit Moscow museum to create DIY landscapes using cardboard rings

The Rotterdam-based Collective Paper Aesthetics employs recyclable and easy to use cardboard as inspiration for sculptural projects, DIY activities and other design feats. Sponsored by…

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