Money and Your Kids

It’s a white knuckle ride on Wall Street, and the economy remains fragile.  Are you anxious about money?  Do your kids know it?  MSN Money’s Liz Weston at AskLizWeston.com says your attitudes and actions with regard to money management will deeply influence your kids approach to financial matters.

So how do you teach your kids about money and how to manage it so they don’t end up living paycheck to paycheck, in a swirl of anxiety about paying their bills? [Read more…]

Back-to-School Means Back-to-the-Doctor

You’re probably preparing for your child’s back-to-school pediatrician appointment, but to get the most out of it, you have to do a bit of preparation.  I spoke with Dr. Charles Goebel at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano about how to make the most of your child’s visit with their doctor.  It’s not just about physical health, but your child’s doc also cares about their academic achievement.  They’ll also want to know if they’re an athlete, [Read more…]

Keeping Your Kids Healthy in the Heat

My daughter enjoying the beach.

Much of the nation is in the relentless grip of an oppressive heat wave, with thermometers hovering at — or well above — 100 degrees.  But it’s the weekend!  But our kids are sick of staying inside!  There are only so many movies you can watch and malls at which you can loiter.

What’s a parent to do?

I spoke with Dr. Kimberly Barksdale of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen about that today, and she has some great ideas about letting your children play outside while playing it safe. [Read more…]

Preventing Baby Deaths in Hot Cars

KidsAndCars.org says:

Even the best of parents or caregivers can overlook a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

Yet everytime we hear of one of these harrowing deaths — and there are about 38 of them every year — we also hear a chorus of disbelieving parents shouting malice. How could you forget your baby in the car? 

It could happen to anyone.  Really, it could.  It could happen to you. [Read more…]