Backpacks: Today’s Fashion or Fashion Disaster

Today's school backpacks are an amazing amalgam of fashion and function - with sometimes a dash of technology as many seem to come either prewired for ear phones or with a special place for them. As our kids move through elementary school and beyond, the look of this bag becomes as important as what is inside – and perhaps even more so. Today's backpacks remind me of Hermione Granger's purse - … [Read more...]

The Importance of School Lunch

My family has a tradition of getting all our back-to-school shopping completed just before our big end of the summer vacation. Lunch boxes used to be big ticket back to school items but since my girls are tweens now, as Hilary Duff once sang, “that’s so yesterday”. Plus on most school days we’re lucky if their lunches make it from the frig to their backpacks! If only the choice of what to have … [Read more...]

School Shopping & Parenting Styles: Time for a Tune-up!!

There is one rite of passage that all families have to endure before school can begin…back to school shopping. It’s an experience met with many mixed emotions. There is undeniably some trepidation about what the new school year will be like and how we’ll all get through it. At the same time, a new school year creates a buzz of positive excitement, too, with hopes for new dreams and new … [Read more...]

Tanning Beds and Teens Not A Good Mix

With Spring around the corner and the sun getting stronger, the urge to tan will overwhelm millions around the globe...including our teens. But, this practice is one of the biggest health risks of our day which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out this week with new guidelines for tanning beds and teens.  The bottom line is simple: there is simply no way to tan in a tanning bed … [Read more...]