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Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Sep 02, 14 at 7:59 am

Though the job market for newly minted college graduates has proven less than ideal in recent years, members of the class of 2014 entered a job market that was on the rebound. According to the “Job Outlook 2014” survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers anticipated hiring nearly 8 percent more 2014 graduates for their domestic operations than they hired from the class of 2013.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 28, 14 at 7:59 am

Parents are often so tied up in their own busy lives that they miss their kids' troubles until it's too late. Depression and anxieties – often from bullying – are difficult to detect because kids keep it hidden. About 1 in 5 kids suffer from depression and about 2.7 million students are bullied each year, both increasingly linked to suicide attempts. Bullying affects boys and girls equally and can happen anywhere, in school and social media. A reputation can be trashed in an instant or a child's secrets broadcast widely – all with potentially devastating results.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 26, 14 at 3:11 pm

If you want good health, a long life and to feel your best well into old age, the No. 1 most important thing you can do is strength-training, says Dr. Brett Osborn, author of “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,” available at

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 25, 14 at 8:33 am

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is making its summer push for girls and adult volunteers to join Girl Scouts, the country’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With families already thinking about how to allocate their free time during the coming school year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has released new data showing the organization’s benefits for both girls and volunteers.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 22, 14 at 8:22 am

The Jefferson Pointe shopping mall will unveil the largest retail indoor play area in the state of lndiana this Saturday at 11 a.m., with more than 14 soft play elements, all themed around the history of Fort Wayne.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 19, 14 at 7:58 am

Have you bought your Moms Night Out ticket yet? Tuesday and Wednesday are the last days to buy tickets at the discounted rate of just $20. This fun-filled event brings together vendors and moms from around the region, with live entertainment, a fantastic dinner and even a chocolate fountain! A  chocolate fountain, ladies! Buy your tickets here.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 18, 14 at 10:29 am
By Melinda Myers

The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s market. So what is a gardener or shopper to do with all that produce? 

Since properly stored vegetables will hold their flavor and nutritional value longer than those left in a plastic bag or set on the sunny kitchen counter, consider preserving some for the long winter ahead using one of several methods.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 15, 14 at 8:40 am

Weekday mornings during the school year can be hectic. Parents who must get their youngsters ready for school while preparing for their own day often find themselves rushing through the morning and wishing there was just a little more time before they had to run out the door.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 13, 14 at 10:11 am

Are our coffee and chocolate products fair trade? Were poor workers in developing countries brutalized in the process of making our clothes? The answers to these questions matter to more consumers, says animal rights advocate Santosh Krinsky.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Aug 12, 14 at 11:38 am

What used to be the "golden years" of life for seniors is now turning into any opportunity to spend even more time with their youngest family members. Nowadays, a growing number of grandparents are called on to provide child care for their grandkids, many of whom are growing up in two-income households. Others are helping to raise grandkids while providing financial assistance for adult children who may not be able to live on their own.

This trend has been corroborated in a few studies. Information from the Pew Research Center showed 7.7 million children in the United States were living in the same household as one of their grandparents in 2011. A University of Chicago analysis of a decade of data based on interviews with 13,614 grandparents, ages 50 and older, found that 61 percent of grandparents provided at least 50 hours of care for their grandchildren during any given year between 1998 and 2008. And an April 2012 study for the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the nonprofit Generations United, an intergenerational policy group, found that 74 percent of respondents provided weekly child care or babysitting service for grandkids.

Grandparents often cite helping their own children financially as well as staying in touch with grandchildren as motivating factors behind providing care. According to Generations United, staying in touch with grandkids can give seniors a feeling of self-worth and improve their overall health.

When spending so much time together, grandparents may develop special relationships with their grandchildren, who may benefit from the knowledge and wisdom offered by their elders. The following are some lessons grandparents can share with youngsters.

Empathy: By sharing stories of how things were when they were younger, when opportunities may have been more scarce, grandparents can help teach grandchildren empathy. Grandchildren may learn to be grateful for the things they have and the people around them, rather than taking what they have for granted.

Family history: Grandparents can tell grandchildren about family members, including youngsters' own parents, and shed light on the generations that came before them. Looking through photos or watching old movies can provide the avenue by which to start conversations about family history and give children opportunities to ask questions.

Interests: Children may be excited about learning new skills or hobbies taught to them by their grandparents. Anything from gardening to woodworking can be shared.

Respect: Children who grow up respecting their grandparents may have an increased tendency to respect authority figures outside their homes, which may help kids grow up to be more courteous and kind.

Grandchildren also offer benefits to their grandparents. Companionship, new experiences and conversation can help keep grandparents' minds sharp and bodies active well into their golden years.

— Metro Creative Connection