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The Second Kid Is Cheaper Than The First

We've heard the stats before, that it costs over half a million dollars to raise a child from age 0 to 18. That's the first child.

The good news is, baby #2 is cheaper!

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Mysterious Respiratory Virus Creeping Into Idaho – What You Need To Know

 

Since school has started, Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) has been sending hundreds of children to the hospital. Recently reported in Colorado, we're just waiting for the "mysterious respiratory virus" to hit Idaho. Here's what it looks like and steps for prevention (hopefully).

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What Back-to-School Resolutions Do You Have As A Mom?

Finley, the 1st grader, brought home the first homework yesterday.

She has to turn in homework every Friday by 8am, and if she doesn't she gets sent to study hall for the day.  Yikes!  So we decided that homework time would be Monday through Thursday at 4pm.  She has to sit down and do the homework before she gets the Wii privileges or before softball practice.  Homework at 4 is one of our resolutions.

I read about one mom setting the "no electronics after 8pm" resolution.  Do you have any?

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Jen Austin Townsquare Media
Jen Austin Townsquare Media
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3D Movies Aren’t For Everyone

If 66 percent of the population approves of something, that's pretty good, right?

Well, two out of three of my kids loved the 3D movie we went to over the weekend, and that third kid was having none of it.  

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Little Kid Goes Off On Mama For Getting Pregnant Again

How did your kids react when you told them they were going to be a big brother or big sister?  This kid's reaction is priceless!

Jen Austin Facebook
Jen Austin Facebook
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Does The Tooth Fairy Come If You Literally Lose The Tooth?

 

If you have a 6-year old like I do, chances are the tooth fairy makes regular trips to your house.  Where does the he/she get all that money? The tooth fairy leaves on average, $3.70 per tooth. Sounds cheap, but these kids have more than one tooth, ya know?

Finley lost another tooth last night on the way to softball practice, and that led to an unexpected meltdown.  Here's why.

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Jen Austin Facebook
Jen Austin Facebook
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First Day Of School Pics Dominate Facebook

I love looking at all the back-to-school pics on social media this time of year.

One of my sassy, fun (and kid-less) Facebook friends said just now, "Um...Did school start?"  Haha! What makes you say that?!

Yeah...maybe we parents are guilty of overloading Facebook with backpack pics, but we don't have anything else exciting going on. Sideways wink!

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Jen Austin
Jen Austin
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It Costs How Much To Raise A Kid?

 

Every so often they come out with a number for how much money it takes to raise a child from age 0 to 18, and that number keeps going up.  Kids are expensive, so brace yourself for this amount.... Especially if you have more than one child.

I have three, and I just live in denial all the time and pretend that this number is not real.

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Jen Austin's daughter
Jen Austin's daughter
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Finally! The Middle Child Gets All The Attention

 

Oh that poor middle child, always the forgotten and neglected one and rarely the center of attention.  That's my middle child in the pic, and she's not afraid to yell and stomp until she's noticed.  Middle kids do what they gotta do!

The middle child will get all the love next week in Boise!

It's a night just for them, and they'll even be able to get autographs from talented sports stars who also happen to be middle children.

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Watch These Kids React To A TypeWriter

There is a YouTube series called Kids React. The latest video posted shows kids being relieved of their laptops and having to use a typewriter. Comical and yet at the same time makes me feel so old!

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