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Brace Yourselves, Parents! The Cost of Raising a Child Just Went Up — Dollars and Sense

Pretty much everyone knows that raising a child is getting more and more expensive. But did you know that the cost of doing so went up $8,000 in just one year?

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Parents Don’t Use Booster Seats Enough

We always think about car seats for the small children, but a lot of parents don't know the importance of booster seats for older children too. These seats are often required by law too — yet a new survey finds lots of carpooling moms and dads don't use them consistently.

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Jon Ovington, Flickr
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Eight Percent of Parents Regret Their Child’s Name — Survey of the Day

Naming a child is usually the first big decision a new parent makes, and one that almost one and ten would like to do be able to do again.

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Meet Spain’s Mr. And Mrs. 2011; Cute Or Creepy [VIDEO]

When you watch this video, you'll think it's a slice right out of the television show, Toddlers and Tiaras, but it isn't, it's a toddler dance contest in Spain. This is truly an amazing dance video. Take the jump and enjoy.

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Al Gore Promoting Fewer Children To Curb Polution

Al Gore has certainly taken on his own agenda over the last several years, but I think he has kind of stepped in it this time.

When the world’s top global warming activist is talking about the size of population and how that contributes to the choices societies make, it might be worth taking note. Maybe, if you take anything Al says serious.

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USDA reports costs of raising children rose 2% in 2010
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Cost of Raising Children on the Rise – Report

The USDA has released its annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, and it comes as no surprise that the cost of raising a child has increased by 2% in the last year.  The figures are based on the costs of necessities like food, shelter, and clothing for a child born in 2010, reaching the age of 18.  Categories such as transportation, health care and education saw the biggest increases.

Want to know the actual figure calculated by the USDA?  You'd better be sitting down when you ease past the jump.  Seriously, brace yourself as you click "read more."

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Chris Hondros, Newsmakers
Chris Hondros, Newsmakers
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Do You Have Parenting Resolutions For 2011?

While making New Year's resolutions, do you make parenting resolutions?  I know some people who do make parenting resolutions because they're trying to make improvements in their family life.

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