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A new study found that families with pets in the house could end up with healthier kids. The Finnish study followed nearly 400 newborns during their first year and found that babies who grew up with dogs or cats had fewer ear infections and respiratory problems. Researchers say animal interaction helps a baby’s immune system to mature more quickly. They also found that kids with pets needed less medication, even when they… Read More

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Here’s one of those studies that caught our attention in the newsroom. Are dogs as smart as kids? (Insert joke here.) I have three of each, so I’m interested in how this one turns out. A new study finds that dogs have the developmental abilities of a two-year-old. So I guess that means my three boys (ages 16, 18 and 21) shouldn’t feel threatened in an IQ test with our two Labs… Read More

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School’s nearly out and summer is almost here. Parents will soon be lining up things to do for their kids during the next few months. But with budgets tight, you don’t want to waste any money. So should you buy that season pass or pay-as-you-go? That’s a question many parents will face this summer.  Places like Big Splash, the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Tulsa Zoo and the museums are all good choices, but they aren’t free. More… Read More

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I love to see my kids happy, but this is ridiculous.  Last night my 15-year-old and I were watching “Jersey Shore” together (don’t ask why). He kept bugging me about whether his school will have another snow day on Friday. A brief snow storm Thursday morning closed schools, and while there was no new snow forecasted, it was going to be really cold, freezing the roads. The conversation went something like this:

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Tax Day is behind us. You may have sent Uncle Sam a check, and now need to give your budget a break. I love to find stuff that’s free. We certainly pay enough on most things. And parents can always use a break, because kids aren’t cheap. Here are a few websites I’ve come across to help out. At kidsmealdeals.com type in your zip, and day of the week, and you’ll find… Read More

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Do some of your best ideas come while on the can?  Check out iPoo, a new iPhone app.  It’s a new “online community for poopers, so they can chat with each other.”  My boys will love this one. My kids keep asking, “When’s it going to snow again?”  They want another ANOTHER day off from school.  Taft Price (one of our meteorologists)  told me we could get more snow on Monday.  Maybe six… Read More

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As a consumer reporter I’m always giving advice (actually advice from the experts) on how to spend and save money.  I was filling out the FAFSA (federal aid for college) tonight.  Talk about confusing.  No wonder the government is, and always has been, a mess.  I didn’t get any aid last year, and won’t again this year.  The middle-class gets hosed.  Sorry.  That’s my rant for the day. Does teaching abstinence to… Read More

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Over the years I’ve done many stories about the possible threat of radiation from continuous cell phone use.  You know,  the risk of developing a brain tumor after putting the phone to your ear all those years.  But that’s not what worries me.  I’m worried more about how cell phone bills are killing me.  There are five of us in my family.  Therefore, there are five cell phones.  One for each of… Read More

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I’m pretty sure my kids love me and my wife.  After all, we feed and clothe them, buy them iphones, and let them go doorbell ditching (don’t tell the neighbors those are our kids).  But I don’t think they think we’re COOL. No big surprise there.  What kid does think their mom and dad are cool.  My parents weren’t cool, but I love them.  Which brings me to a great website I… Read More

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