Diapers, formula, hospital bills. We all expect new expenses once baby comes along. But there is one cost that might be a bit of a shock: the bill for child care. Most parents work, but profiting from that work becomes much harder once Junior arrives. The cost of child care has risen 255 percent since 1985 according to the Census Bureau, rising at more than twice the rate of inflation.
Ever since my first boyfriend dumped me at Disney World - you know, the happiest place on earth - I've had mixed feelings about the place. It truly is magical. The cast members can make even the most skeptical woman a little giddy just with the offering of a sticker. It's clean (Disney legend has it you're never more than 20 paces from a trash can). And it really is fun. But. It's also hot, crowded, exhausting and expensive.
Gregg Dube grew up in Connecticut, a die-hard fan of the Hartford Whalers. The National Hockey League franchise morphed into the Carolina Hurricanes when they moved to North Carolina in 1997, but Dube eventually found a new team - the Columbus Blue Jackets - to cheer for when he and his family moved to Columbus in 2011.
Mary Rodgers understands people have different reasons for renting a party room.That's why she tries to be as flexible as possible with the party hosts who rent the Moxie's party room attached to her Clintonville candy and gift shop.
This "Good News, Dad News" column has been around for more than two years now, so I recently did a quick scan of these pieces to see if there are some glaring topical omissions I should include in the new year. Nothing jumped out, but I did notice a pattern. Much of what I talk about in these pages are the surprises - the unexpected twists and turns and highs and lows of parenting.
Managing and monitoring diabetes are in your child's best interest. It is very important to always consult your pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist about your child's health. Secondly, educate yourself and anyone involved in your child's care in order to debunk any myths you hear about managing diabetes. Here are some examples of common myths.
Columbus Parent and Action for Children have teamed up again this month to bring you our Childcare Directory. Action for Children is a nonprofit childcare resource and referral agency that has been serving Central Ohio families since 1972.