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...]

Tough Life Lessons From The Movies

A high school friend posted on Facebook recently that her 11 year old son noticed a Cialis add during a football game and asked about it. Remind us all to thank the sports world for introducing these fun concepts into the minds of our very hormonal tweens and teens! Not sure how to respond, she did what most parents do these days...turned to her Facebook friends. We offered up our usual sage … [Read more...]

Glee Wakes Us Up on Bullying…and Teen Life

I was away this week when Glee’s “Never Been Kissed” episode first aired. Being a huge Bon Jovi fan, my 13 year old daughter couldn’t wait for me to get home so she could watch the episode again with me. “You’re going to love it!”, she told me. “But, there are some surprises in the episode...so I should warn you.” So, we plopped on the couch and got into our watching positions. I had heard mixed … [Read more...]