Cost of daycare the same as college tuition, study finds
Childcare Aware of American (yes, it’s a group that wants you to be aware of how much child care costs and change that) has some interesting statistics for the new group of parents: Millennials.
In Texas, the average cost of having an infant in a child care center is $9,207. The cost of having an infant and a 4-year-old (a completely plausible scenario) is $17,020. Turns out the cost of public college tuition is almost the exact same as the infant child care rate: $9,221 a year.
Parents who are married are spending 11.5 percent of their income on infant care and 21.3 percent of their income on care for an infant and a 4-year-old. Single parents are spending 38.5 percent and 71.2 percent.
And now you know why you have no money. Of course, as any parent knows, once you send your children off to school, even public school, you never really seem to see that money return to your bottom line. Soon there are extra curricular activities and school fees that seem to take away the money you thought you’d now have.
Spring clean by recycling kids’ toys
Oh, I know there are toy boxes all over Austin that are full of broken toys that don’t work, haven’t been thought of in years and will never see their former glory again. While you’re Marie Kondoing your home after watching the guru of home organization speak at SXSW, consider that those broken toys that no longer spark joy at your house, can spark joy elsewhere.
Natural personal care product manufacturer Tom’s of Maine is working with recycler TerraCycle to help you recycle those toys. If you go to the Tom’s of Maine Website, www.tomsofmaine.com/ lesswaste, you can enter your contact information and be given a free shipping label in your email. Then you just put your broken toys — up to 10 pounds — in a box with the label.
Your broken toys will be recycled by TerraCycle to create park benches and picnic tables.
It’s a win-win. You get the toys out of your house, TerraCycle and Tom’s of Maine gets to take toys of the landfills and create the materials for something useful. Tom’s of Maine also has a #LessWasteChallenge on its site to encourage people to reduce waste by 1 pound a week. So far 198 people in Texas have taken the challenge. New York is kicking our ecofriendly booties, though, with 463 pledges.
Keep poisons away from kids with these tips
It was National Poison Prevention Week. These reminders from the National Capital Poison Center might seem obvious, but more than a million times every year kids in the U.S. younger than 6 are exposed to poison.
Know what to do if this happens to you: ■ Call 1-800-222-1222, or ■ Log on to poison.org to use the webPOISONCONTROL® tool (https://triage. webpoisoncontrol.org/) for online guidance based on age, substance, and amount swallowed.
■ Text POISON to 484848 and you can save the contact information for poison control or download the contact information at http://vcrd. co/poison/4222. Remember to share it with anyone who is watching your children.
Follow these steps from the National Capital Poison Center to keep your child save:
■ Up, up and away! Keep medications and poisonous household products out of your child’s sight and reach. Locked up is best.
■ Avoid container transfer. Some of the most devastating poisonings occur when toxic products are poured into food or beverage containers, then mistaken for food or drink.
■ Read the label and follow the directions. Misusing products has dire consequences.
■ Use child-resistant packaging. It’s not childproof, but so much better than nothing. Sorry it’s inconvenient, but using it could save a life.
■ Keep button batteries away from children. Swallowed batteries can burn through your child’s esophagus and cause permanent injury or even death.
■ Keep laundry pods out of your child’s reach. They are as toxic as they are colorful and squishy.
WebMD now studying women who use its pregnancy app
WebMD is asking women who are pregnant and use its pregnancy app to help gather information about pregnancy risks.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in the United States about 65,000 women a year have severe pregnancy complications and about 600 died because of those complications.
WebMD will be asking pregnant women to share some details including medication use, vaccinations, pre-existing conditions, blood pressure and weight change, diagnosis during pregnancy, as well as details about the birth after its happened including size of the baby and an medical interventions. They can also connect devices like their FitBit to record the amount of steps they are getting during the day and the amount of sleep they at night.
The WebMD Pregnancy App is available on iTunes for free.
Because laundry detergent pods pose a hazard for young children, they should be kept away from children’s reach.