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Census: More Kids Living With Grandparents

Credit: Getty Images
Apparently, because of the sour economy, more kids are living with at least one of their grandparents.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report June 28 that reveals the number of children living with one or more...
Sour economy leads to more multigenerational households.

In Tough Times, Middle Class Families Rely on Public Programs, Report Says

Preschool and health insurance are two factors found to be crucial to a child's future well-being. Credit: Getty If you're having trouble making ends meet these days, you're probably among the growing ranks of parents whose income has ...The income gap between middle-class and high-income families has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985.

Guess Who's Bringing Home the Bacon? Working Wives are the Breadwinners

Work it, Mom. Credit: Corbis
Where have all the Mr. Rights gone? Turns out that now, more than at any other time in history, working wives are bearing the brunt of the recession, slaving away at the office, while their unemployed husbands are shu...
Working wives are bearing the brunt of the recession, slaving away at the office, while their unemployed husbands are shuttling the kids to and from soccer practice, according to a study.

Is the Recession a Great Form of Birth Control?

The state of the economy is prompting couples to hold off on having kids. Credit: Getty Images
Money troubles aren't sexy, and some experts suspect that may be the reason the U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row. The Los An...

Get Yer Discount Nannies, Courtesy of the Sour Economy

California parents are getting child care on the cheap. Credit: ABC
How much would you pay per hour for a nanny to watch your children? Maybe $25? How about $17? That's right! For a limited time only, the soft economy is offering discount...

Forced Fun? More Schools Hiring 'Recess Coaches'

Schools nationwide are overhauling recess programs and hiring coaches to supervise playtime in an effort to address issues with bullying, behavior problems and childhood obesity, The New York Times reports. Playworks, a California-based nonprof...

Use Recession to Teach Kids Sensible Spending

Are you promoting good money habits? Credit: Guru family, Flickr Just like corporations are using the recession to restructure, you can use it to teach kids that money doesn't grow on trees. Most forecasts say the economy will limp along thi...

How to Talk to Your Kids About Money Troubles

Be honest and open when discussing financial hardships. Credit: pfala, Flickr
Very few families are immune to the problems that come with a difficult economic climate. Job loss and cutbacks are making it harder and harder for some parents to make...

Coming Soon: The Ad-Sponsored Public School

A Coca-Cola logo adorns the Spaulding High School football scoreboard.Credit: EJ Hersom, Foster's Daily Democrat
Cash-starved school districts are turning to the corporate world to generate enough funds to stay afloat. Schools in North Ca...

Parents Slow to Cut Spending on Kids

The recession hasn't curbed parents' spending on their kids. Credit: boopsie.daisy, Flickr
Parents trying to weather the recession are cutting back on their own vices, such as alcohol and tobacco, but they aren't willing to spend less on their ki...

Jennifer Hudson, Silver Linings, and Special Needs Bill of Rights - Links We Love

Riding in the back of the station wagon: No longer allowed. Photo: sxc.hu
Parents of kids with special needs now have their own Bill of Rights, thanks to Max's mom Ellen. "We have the right to expect our kids to be seen for who they are as ind...

Recession Cutting Maternity Leaves Short

More and more moms are missing the early days with their babies because of the recession. Image: sxc.hu
Julie Fletcher and Julie Murphy are two totally different women in two totally different situations: Fletcher has five children, is a self-em...

Just Say Yes to Cutting Your Parenting Budget

Money-Saving Tips
Rent Your Kids Out "We're not sure if we're ready to have kids," your childless friends say. Budget-minded parents recognize an opportunity when they see one. Take advantage of the free babysitting by "letting" ...

Jon and Kate, Class Rings for Kindergartners and More - Links We Love

Is it a boy or a girl? A new at-home test might give you the answer. Photo courtesy sxc.hu. The latest in home pregnancy tests: Finding out if your baby is a boy or a girl. The test claims to be 90 percent effective. A good idea? Or wait for the...

Economy Driving Moms to Drink

Is this your economic survival strategy? Image: sxc.hu
Times are tough all over. For so many of us, incomes have decreased while expenses have not. Where bill-paying used to involve sitting down to write some checks, it can now resemble a workout...

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