Parents Spending More on Back to School Shopping Thanks to Electronics

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

back to school shoppingDriven by increased demand for electronic items combined with the yearly restocking of school supplies, parents are spending slightly more on back to school shopping than last year, according to to the National Retail Federation Back to School Survey. 

The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. 

NRF this year broke down spending by grade, and according to the survey, families with high school students will spend the most. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $682.99, while spending on middle school/junior high comes in a close second at $682.13. Parents with elementary school-age children will spend an average of $580.94.

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The Average Cost of Raising a Child Is Now Almost a Quarter of a Million Dollars

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Housing, diapers, food, clothing, child care, education…all the things that cost money once you have a baby. And according The United States Department of Agriculture annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, the cost of raising a child  born in 2013 to middle-income couples is $245,343 by the time she is 18 years old.

That’s up from $241,080 in 2012.

Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting Tweets Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:




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Helping Kids Deal with Anxiety When Going Back to School

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Summer breaks offer solace and peace, and children enjoy themselves wholeheartedly. They are oblivious of the fact that the vacation will soon be over, and once their smiling mom leans down and breaks the ‘news’ of Back to School time, their tranquil lives are turned upside down.

Do you know that your little ones also worry and feel awfully anxious about many things in their lives?

Anxiety is one of the most common well-being issues among children. Wet palms and teary faces apart, in many children anxiety grows to be a debilitating problem affecting the overall happiness of the child.

Parents can help their young children cope with the uncertainty and the helplessness they feel when the inevitable school-reopening is around the corner.

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Montclair Health Department Offering Vaccinations for Tweens and Teens

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 National Immunization Awareness MonthEach year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. The Montclair Health Department is participating by offering vaccinations for children ages 11 and older.

Back to school time means gathering supplies and back packs, but it’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their classroom and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases because students can easily transmit illnesses to one another as a result of poor hand washing, uncovered coughs and dense populations.

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Printable Lunch Box Notes

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Adding a special note to your child’s lunch box is a great way to start the school year. The little lunch time love will make your kids smile let them know you’re thinking of them during the day.

Here are some fun (and nutritious) free printable lunch box notes designed by our crafty mom Jen Lange:

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Netflix Reminds Families that Kindness Matters

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot lately. Rather, the lack of kindness, especially on social media. I love this recent Buzzfeed post reminding us that everyone on the internet is an actual person. A person who has feelings. Adults aren’t the only ones who need this reminder, our children need it to.

With a new school year starting soon, many parents are thinking about the skills and academics their kids will need and learn inside the classroom. But perhaps the most important skill our children need are social and emotional skills.

Taking a cue from the creative mind of Ricky Gervais and his show Derek, Netflix is focusing on kindness this month. The main character of the show, Derek, is a care worker in a nursing home. He is socailly awkward and often ridiculed, but despite that, Derek says it is “more important to be kind than to be clever or good-looking.” This message of acceptance, no matter age or ability, inspired this list of titles which are a great resource to remind our kids to see the good in everyone. Because in the end, teaching the values of kindness and acceptance are just as important as the three Rs.

Check out this list of 12 titles to stream on Netflix, which will help you show your kids how to treat others with kindness and respect:

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Coffee With… Lisa Sedita

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lisa Sedita

Have you visited the children’s floor of the Montclair Public Library lately?  If not, go. Soon. It’s amazing.

Perched on the third floor, you’ll find a large space filled with colorful books, magazines, a 3-D printer, parents meandering the shelves with their kids and programs that rival any bustling community center. Here, offerings promote learning and exploring and community… and reading, too. At the helm of this educational playground stands the enthusiastic and ever passionate, Lisa Sedita, Supervisor of Youth & Children’s Services.

Lisa was kind enough to sit down with Barista Kids and answer a few questions. Here are the highlights from that conversation:

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Back to School Giveaway: Gift Certificate to Dirt and Noise For Cool Clothes

BY  |  Monday, Aug 11, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (35)

Dirt and Noise

WINNER: Congratulations to katecurrem!

Dirt & Noise, the children’s clothing store owned by a Montclair mom of two on Church Street in Montclair, offers a range of affordable, hip, and “too cool for school” clothing and accessories. We know you’re doing your Back to School shopping now, or will start soon, and we also know how much money it all costs. Between clothes, shoes, and supplies for each kid, back to school shopping can break the bank. 

That’s why we are loving this giveaway. Thanks to the generosity of Dirt and Noise, we’re giving away a $150 gift certificate for Back to School shopping at the cool store. I love some of the fall offerings Dirt and Noise is offering. My girls are begging for that grey and black dress and floral leggings outfit.

Entering to win is easy. Just follow these directions:

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A Little Supermoon Mood Music

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Tonight, Sunday, August 10, let the kids stay up and see the Supermoon fill the sky.

A Supermoon is when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth during its elliptical orbit around us. It makes our moon appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest. And it’s beautiful.

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