Back to School
- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Tue, Aug 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT | CommentsBy Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
Common Sense Media
The summer before my daughter started kindergarten was filled with firsts. First summer camp, first swimming lessons, first back-to-school shopping. Thanks to a school uniform policy, clothes were the easy part, but finding a backpack turned out to be an adventure -- not only did we visit countless stores in our search, but we learned a lot about which media brands were working overtime to catch my 5-year-old's eye.
With back-to-school shopping raking in more than $70 billion a year for retailers, it's a prime time to target both parents and kids. And advertisers know that the earlier a kid learns about a brand -- whether it be McDonald's or Tinker Bell -- the more likely she'll be to buy it or beg for it later.
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Our first stops were the usual big box stores; there we found backpacks swimming in a sea of sparkly pink, where characters from TV shows and movies frolicked joyfully on the racks
You know those fish sticks that line the freezer aisle of your grocery store? You know, the only way you can really get your kids to eat fish?
We've got a better idea.
These homemade fish sticks -- ones that come together in less than 20 minutes -- are more wholesome than those freezer-boxed versions, and are no more expensive to make. Plus, we promise: you'll like them too.
If you're not sold yet, they've got something the frozen versions can't beat: a doctored-up mayonnaise dipping sauce.
Put these on the dinner table, and watch them disappear.
Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Lime and Tarragon Aioli
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1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest (the zest of one whole lime)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper (3 turns of the pepper
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Back To School | Thu, Aug 9, 2012 5:56 PM EDT | CommentsIt seems like every big-name store is having a back-to-school sale right now, and for the 43 percent of parents who put off back-to-school shopping until the last minute, it's tempting to hit up the nearest big-box store and call it done. But some places offer better bargains than others, so in an effort to help you keep your costs down (who really wants to spend $500 or more on supplies and clothing?) Yahoo! Shine did a little digging to find out where the bargains are.
It costs a lot to get those back-to-school items.
Related: Back-to-school trends for 2012-2013: Stainless steel, glitzy accessories, superheroes, and iPads
Toys r Us has a great deal on backpacks -- buy one character-themed bag for $14.99 to $17.99 and get a free lunch kit. But be warned: a more-expensive bag may save you more money in the long run. Lands End, LL Bean, and Jansport all offer lifetime guarantees on their backpacks, which means that if something rips or wears out they'll replace it for free. (If a bargain backpack tears mid-school year, yo...Read More »
- Tue, Aug 7, 2012 12:50 PM EDT | CommentsLaura Morgan, Lucky magazine
I can't believe there's only four weeks left before school starts. And I am not happy about it. Not happy at all. I have not had my fill of soft serve, outdoor concerts or rooftop cocktails. But I have had my fill of sundresses and flip-flops. And that's the tiny silver lining-fall clothes are always way more exciting than summer clothes. Tweeds, blazers, cords, cozy cableknit sweaters-bring it on! And my enthusiasm is in no way diminished when shopping for my little ones. If you ask me, any little girl outfit is improved with a pair of crazy-colorful tights. And any boy is going to look cooler all layered up, like he stepped out pf the fall Crew Cuts catalog. So, to that end, we bring you 10 fall pieces that you won't be able to resist buying your kid-one list for girls, one list for guys. Happy shopping!
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Back To School | Mon, Aug 6, 2012 4:29 PM EDT | CommentsIn the first week of August over 100 schools around the country are already back in session.
Instead of the standard 180 day cycle, several charter schools and even a handful of public schools have added about 20 days to the academic calendar, The New York Times reports.
Advocates of the shorter summer break say those extra few weeks give students a head-start, particularly for those in low-income areas where class size is at a maximum and extra-curricular support is at a minimum.
"The kids' education is more important than all of these breaks that we have," Debra Phillips, an Arizona-based mom with two kids starting school this week, tells the Times.
By shortening the lag time, study habits are easier to pickup again in the new year, especially if kids have had minimal structure during their time off. At least, that's the idea.
But can 20 extra days really give kids an academic advantage? For now, there's no definitive data on the benefits, though Arizona's Balsz Elementary Schoo...Read More »