Investing in Your Children’s Future

roxana maddahiRoxana Maddahi shares her financial advice for women investing in their children’s future.

Q: I am always reading about college tuition increasing rapidly. Is this the case?
A: Unfortunately, the cost of college is getting more expensive each year, and we don’t see that it will slow down any time soon. Currently, the average cost of tuition at Private Colleges is approximately $38,000 per year. The center for financial aid has calculated that that figure will be approximately $90,000 by 2025, just 10 years from now. That’s almost $360,000 for a 4 year education. Inflation generally increases by 1% per year, which means that the value of our money goes down about 1% per year, but college tuition inflates at a much higher rate, going up an average of 2.2% per year. (more…)

Ayurveda Restoring Mothers’ Health

By Martha Soffer
Martha SofferThe time-tested and nourishing medicine of Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system that, through diet, herbs, treatments and practices like yoga and meditation, helps us come into harmony with our own nature. For a new mother, during the six weeks following birth, the practices of Ayurveda are especially profound and restorative.

Modern obstetrical care emphasizes pregnancy, labor and delivery. After birth, as long as everyone’s healthy, they’re on to the next patient. Ayurveda, on the other hand, considers the six weeks after birth to be a precious opportunity, for both mother and baby. (more…)

Tips for Helping a Family Member Through Divorce

By Karen Silver
Karen SilverNext to death, divorce is one of the most difficult and painful things a person can experience. It is not only the parties to the divorce who experience anguish, but certainly their children and often family members as well.

Divorcing parties often turn to family members for support. But how do family members provide the necessary support and guidance without relinquishing their own lives, finances and sanity in the process? Here are some useful tips and guidelines for when your family member says “I’m getting a divorce.” (more…)

Staying Healthy During the School Year

Are your children prepared to return to school?

By Peter S. Waldstein, M.D., F.A.A.P and Julia A. White, M.D., F.A.A.P
Julia WhiteBack to school time is upon us, which is a great opportunity to make sure your child is ready from a health perspective. It is also a great time to refresh on illness prevention while being at school.

Staying Healthy
Maintaining proper health begins at home. Back to school time is a good excuse to refamiliarize your children on the importance of hand washing at home and school. Most illness is spread through contact, and hand washing has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent your child from becoming ill while at school. Washing before eating, after playtime, and anytime before touching the face, mouth, or eyes is key. If you are not able to wash, you may use hand sanitizer instead. You can consider packing a small travel-sized Purell bottle in your child’s bag to encourage proper hygeine. Also remind your child to cover coughs with the arm. Should your child become ill, he or she should stay home to prevent others from becoming ill. Check with your pediatrician if you are unsure if they should stay home. (more…)

Baby Care 101

The Ultimate Baby Manual to survive the first year of parenting.

Babies have tiny stomachs, filling and emptying quickly. Because of this, moms need to breastfeed their babies often (8-12 times a day).
Newborn – stomach is the size of a marble, holding about a teaspoon of milk
Day 5 – stomach expands to hold up to an ounce
2 Weeks – stomach expands to hold up to two ounces (more…)

Get Rid of Your Leg Veins

By Dr. Ivan Brooks
Ivan BrooksQ: Is there a way to really get rid of my leg veins?
A: Yes. Of course with a comprehensive ultra sound evaluation we are able to direct treatment options to the specific area in need. Generally treatment is geared to each patients needs thus ensuring a desirable outcome.

Q: Is the treatment painful? Is there any downtime?
A: The treatment is not painful. It just requires a local anesthetic and minimal down time as far as exercising of lower extremities only. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately post procedure and continue regular daily activities. (more…)

Overextended Moms are Not Healthy Moms

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarOverextended, overscheduled moms are not healthy moms. If your iphone has reminders every 15 minutes to pick up this kid and take that kid to tennis, ballet and soccer you are overextended.

Our kids want us to be happy. Their faces light up when we smile. They won’t remember us as their chauffeurs who drove them around. They will remember the smiles and laughter they shared with us. (more…)

Reenergizing Your Heart

By Shiva Rose
Shiva RoseValentine’s Day is almost upon us and for some who are not in relationships it is a good time to focus on reenergizing their heart energy. It can also be a way to nourish us, as mamas since we are constantly giving and creating love for our children. Flower essences work in very subtle ways, but are truly powerful in cultivating deep work.

Flower essences are infusions of flowers in water that can promote spiritual and emotional healing and help with imbalances. The essences are basically imprints of the energy of certain flowers. I have seen subtle but remarkable shifts when taking an essence over time. (more…)

How to Strengthen Your Child’s Immune System

By Jane Sheppard
Jane SheppardBoosting immunity can reduce the number of colds, flu and other infections, and your child will more easily be able to recover from illness. With a strong immune system, you can avoid antibiotics or other medications, and your child will be less likely to experience chronic issues such as asthma, allergies, and chronic ear infections.

Children are continually exposed to many different types of bacteria and viruses, including colds and flu. This is actually healthy for the immune system, since immunity develops by being exposed to germs and dealing with illnesses. Recovering safely from childhood diseases helps to build immunity even stronger – so getting sick is not necessarily a bad thing. During an illness, you can help the immune system by boosting its ability to handle the disease rather than suppressing the symptoms with drugs. The CureChild program teaches how to safely help your children recover from illness. (more…)