|What's for dinner?
Are your kids eating right?
As part of the U.S. Governments A, B, Cs
for good health:
A: Aim for fitness
B: Build a healthy base
C: Choose sensibly
The USDA recently released an updated version of the food guide pyramid with recommendations for children ages two to six years. You can download the pyramid from www.usda.gov/cnpp/KidsPyra/index.htm and display it on your refrigerator. It can help you teach your children about making good food choices now.
In general, the USDA recommends:
(click the poster to download an 8.5 x 11" PDF version)
Family Finance 101
For many parents, the question of allowances for their children is a bit murky. Most agree that children should have some spending money of their own, however the subject often raises many questions. At what age should a child receive an allowance? How much? And, should the allowance be tied to chores or other duties?
For answers, parents can look to the web. At www.kidsmoney.org, they can find a collection of articles from a wide range of expertsincluding Dr. Spock!that will help them decide what approach is right for their family. Each article offers different suggestions, but all agree that giving an allowance:
As with all of lifes lessons, experience is the best teacher. Giving a child an allowance makes it possible for him or her to make financial mistakesand learn from themwhile the stakes are relatively small.
Using data from the 1990-92 Consumer Expenditure Survey, updated to 1999 dollars using the Consumer Price Index, the USDA estimates that it costs the average middle-income two-parent family between $8,450 and $9,530 a year to raise one child. This information can be useful to you when making insurance planning decisions. If you have not reviewed your coverage lately, now is a good timeespecially if you have had children since your policy was issued.