Families

Toddlers and tablets

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Laptops, smart phones, tablets; toddlers can tackle them all!

This generation of children are turning on computers, on average, younger than 3-years-old.

While there are plenty of fun, interactive and educational apps you can download for your kids, a local doctor warns too much screen time isn't healthy for your youngster.

Dr. Holly Antal with Nemours Children's Clinic says like anything, there are limits.

No matter how small the screen your child is starting into, Dr. Antal advises parents to keep their child's screen time to a minimum.

The reason: Dr. Antal says the electronics don't allow kids to exercise all of their senses.

"Tablets, while they're a good distraction at the doctor's office or when you're in the car," Dr. Antal explains, "they just can't replace your child's physical activity and exploration just running around outside."

Saving You Money: Why buy kids' clothes when you can borrow?


BALTIMORE, MD -- You buy your children the cutest clothes, only to have them grow out of them in just a few months.

Even more frustrating; the cost of those fancy kids' outfits parents love to have their little ones in for special occasions like family or holiday photos when your child will likely wear the outfit only once or twice.

First For You: Why buy when you can borrow!

There's a growing trend among parents nationwide to rent kids' clothes instead of shelling out big bucks.

One online company is BorrowBabyCouture.com, based in Baltimore.

The company buys new, name-brand girls' dresses for ages 9-months to 4-years, and then rents them to you for half the cost.

GMJ's Biggest Young Jags fan

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't been doing well this season so far, but that hasn't stopped diehard Jags fans from showing their pride.

For weeks, we've asked you to send in photos of your kids, ages 17 years old or younger, as the Good Morning Jacksonville team searched for the biggest young Jags fan.

After receiving so many great pictures, which you can see in the gallery above, the GMJ gang chose newborn Lillian Faye as the winner of the fun contest.

Not only is Lillian adorable in her Jaguars outfits, her mother Lori McGuffin made a compelling argument as to why her daughter should be awarded the title "biggest young Jags fan."

Here's her email:

"This is Lillian Faye, the youngest and cutest Jacksonville Jaguar fan! Lillian has no choice but to bleed TEAL!

Respecting All LGBT Students

Respecting All LGBT Students

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so we weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place." Margaret Mead  1901-1978

Rise of the Rockets at Andrew Robinson Elementary

Rise of the Rockets at Andrew Robinson Elementary

Congratulations to Andrew Robinson Elementary for being the FIRST Elementary School in DCPS to be honored National Elementary Honor Society

Saving you money: Homemade laundry detergent

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- There are some items you'd rather not live without, like laundry detergent.

To avoid paying so much for a product many people go through like water, a Georgia mom of 2 is sharing her homemade recipe.

"I thought it would be a pain to put together," Ashlei Boatright explains, "so I just did it. I made my own laundry detergent and it was easy. Didn't take long at all!"

For just 7-dollars, Ashlei stirred up 5 gallons of laundry detergent that's lasted her nearly a year.

Watch her story on GMJ this morning (Thursday 11/01/12) at 6:25 a.m. to see how Ashlei manages to find the time to make her home-made laundry with 4-year-old Jonah and 2-year-old Mason running around.

Want to try her recipe?  She wrote it down for us:

Building Entrepreneurship for High School Students

Building Entrepreneurship for High School Students

The ability to be a successful Entrepreneur takes vision, planning, marketing, branding and networking. Networking practices of physically meeting people, exchanging business cards, phone calls, lunch meetings, and even golf outings are becoming a rarity and unobtainable luxury for young entrepreneurs. The access to monetary resources is unavailable because high school students live with their parents and are financially challenged.