Raising a family is an expensive endeavor -- and it's more expensive than ever now, according to a wide-ranging United States Department of Agriculture report.
The annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, finds a middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend about $226,920 ($286,860 if projected inflation costs are factored in) for food, shelter, and other necessities to raise that child over the next 17 years - a two percent increase from 2009.
That seems like a lot of money, right? Well, a few important costs aren't even factored in to that amount -- including college expenses!
Check out our "Eye on Parenting" gallery, "Cost of raising a child today," with some of the interesting highlights from the report.
The couple had four children when a cancer scare turned their lives around, and inspired the adoption of their first baby with special needs. Just one more baby, they thought. That was 16 years and 11 children ago.
Tom and Gloria discuss their life-changing decision to adopt 12 children with special needs, and their daily challenges caring for an array of physical and behavioral disabilities. To watch their amazing story, click on the video below.
Wondering what company is the best for you, working mom?
Today, Working Mother released its annual list of the 100 Best Companies. The publication says the list indicates companies that offer the best paid parental leave, backup child care and family-friendly benefits, among other incentives for employed moms (and dads).
This year, the magazine focused on what they call "the power of change, from flexing your schedule to finding a new job to pushing for a federal paid-parental-leave law that supports all new parents nationwide."
Big names on the new list include American Express, AOL, Bank of America, Capital One Financial, Citi, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, LEGO, and Goldman Sachs.
I don't know how I would talk to my child about 9/11. I'm currently not a parent, and I secretly fear days like the one on which I'm asked to explain what happened on that stark September day.
If I am to be a parent, my child will be told years from now what happened. Sept. 11, 2001 will be a past event, written into dog-eared school history books with American flags on the cover.
But 9/11 - as all significant American moments - remains seared in my experience and shaded by what followed.
How would I - but more importantly, how should I - how should we - tell our children about what happened?
Today, Kauth is 25 and working hard to finish a long, cross-country bicycle ride in her father's honor. Kauth embarked in June from her home in Portland, Ore., and is hoping to finish her ride on Sept. 10, in New York City, in time to attend 10th anniversary memorial services with her family on September 11.Continue »
One father, Allen Greenblatt, has just said what may be on your mind right now about raising kids: It's "not all lavender and honey."Continue »
Though not every site on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is open to the public, there are a few gems you and your family may want to check out. From historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, Ala., to the Greater Chaco landscape in New Mexico, the sites are rich with history - and scattered across the country.
Check out our gallery of the sites to see if you have some endangered history nearby.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national continuing assessment of what America's public school students know and how they can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.
"Eye on Parenting" recently put together a ranking of each state's scores -- and Washington, D.C.'s, based on average NAEP results in reading and mathematics for fourth grade. The scores were taken from the 2009 NAEP, the most recent year for which the numbers are available.
Find out where public school kids in your state stand in our "Best Performing Public School Students by State" gallery.
Looking for great back-to-school clothes you - and your kids - will love? Check out lifestyle expert Tara Vera's wardrobe choices for less than $100 in our "Eye on Parenting" back-to-school fashion show.
Click on the video below to check out the chic looks she put together for school-aged kids.
Three dirty diapers, five runny noses, six crying kids.
Families with multiple births face a unique set of challenges every day that many parents cannot imagine taking on.
Parenting triplets, quadruplets and higher multiples was the subject of a recent convention in suburban Philadelphia.
The event, called "Let Threedom Ring," was held in King of Prussia, Pa., by Triplet Connection, an information website for multiple birth families.
At the event, the triplets, quadruplets and higher-order multiples ranged from babies and younger children to teenagers and college-age young adults.
Workshops were held to help adults with parenting issues, while the kids took part in entertainment and social activities.
Ben Barnhard had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who had endured classmates' taunts about his obesity and who had sought solace in the quiet of his bedroom, with his pet black cat and the intricate origami designs he created.
But one month before school was to start, his mother, psychiatrist Margaret Jensvold, shot him in the head, then killed herself. Officers found their bodies Tuesday in the bedrooms of their home in Kensington, Md., an upper-middle class Washington suburb. They also found a note.
"School -- can't deal with school system," the letter began, Jensvold's sister, Susan Slaughter, told The Associated Press.
And later: "Debt is bleeding me. Strangled by debt."Continue »
The 2011 Princeton Review survey released Monday has named the top party and sober schools.
The Princeton Review survey is part of its 2012 edition of "The Best 376 Colleges."
It includes 61 other rankings in categories such as best professors (Wellesley College in Massachusetts), most beautiful campus (Florida Southern College), best campus food (Wheaton College in Illinois) and highest financial aid satisfaction (Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania).
Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, took the top party school ranking. Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, took the No. 1 spot for sober schools. Check out the rest of the schools in the ranking in our gallery, "Top Party, Sober Schools."
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