Tue Aug 28
We’ll go anywhere for a back-to-school bargain—even New Jersey. Hip clothing company Les Touts Petits is having a four-day factory sale (September 5-8) where little ones ranging in size from infant to pre-teen can stock up on cool clothes like sweatshirts, everyday leggings and special-occasion dresses. Expect some serious savings: up to 75 percent off some items. To save even more, bring cash—extra charges apply for using plastic. 600 Grand Ave at Wilt Ave, Ridgefield, NJ (201-941-8675). Call for store times and directions.
Back-to school strain
Mon Aug 27
If you’re like us, the yearly back-to school shopping madness is on your mind. And even though your child may be more concerned with that crucial first day outfit than the impending courseload, take time to consider the indispensable accessory of the season: the backpack. When it comes to the way your child hauls books, function definitely trumps fashion. Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports frightening figures of children suffering a range of symptoms caused by their overloaded packs. Six out of ten children complain of chronic back pain, the Inquirer writes. In 2001, about 3,500 kids between the ages of 5 and 14 showed up in emergency rooms complaining of backpack-induced injuries. Poorly fitted and overfilled packs can also cause weakened muscles and poor posture. In their promotional campaign for the National School Backpack Awareness Day, the American Occupational Therapy Association has put together a list of strategies to make your kid’s trip through the school...
Aye, Aye Mommy!
Mon Aug 27
If all of those somber parenting self-help books aren’t helping you or your kids, maybe you should raise a sail and let the wind take you in a different parenting direction—specifically, to the high seas, full of ships to plunder for treasure. Or, that’s what Tim Bete’s new parenting book would have you believe, if you make the mistake of taking the satire seriously. The parody, Guide to Pirate Parenting, offers up tips on how to make your kiddo into a “plunderer of the high seas or suburbs,” and answers common questions, such as “What is scurvy and how can I change my pirate’s diet to prevent it?” So if you have suspicions that your tot may be leaning toward a life of pillaging, read over Bete’s list of pirate-kid traits, including “When mom’s water broke, the baby yelled ‘I sail with the tide!’” just to be sure that your tot has what it takes. Then you can start preparing the scurvy pup for a life at sea. First step—transforming your minivan into a pirate schooner, complete...
Tisk tisk, CBS
Thu Aug 23
In May, when CBS announced their fall lineup, we expressed our concern over Kid Nation, a reality show starring a group of tweens. The undeniably iffy premise places the kids in an abandoned New Mexico town and asks them to form their own society and system of governance. It sounds like a compelling premise for a book (or a slightly twisted social experiment), but it’s no surprise that the show has already been met with a good dose of controversy. CBS insists that the experience was uplifting and positive for the participants, but many adult viewers—including us—fear that the producers are guilty of exploitation for the sake of ratings. Today’s New York Times delves into the potential legal ramifications of Kid Nation. The show’s participants, it reports, were required to comply, round-the clock, with guidelines set by the producers. Because participating in the show did not technically constitute employment, CBS did not feel it was subject to any state or federal...
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