- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Back To School | Wed, Aug 14, 2013 2:07 PM EDT | Comments
A JCPenney back-to-school ad that implies kids will be friendless unless they wear the right clothing is promoting bullying, charged a flurry of critics on social media this week....Read More »
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“Your ad about cool kids wearing JCPenney clothes, showing a child sitting alone at lunch is despicable,” fired off one Facebook user. Another added, “How clueless are you? What a horrible bully-promoting commercial.” Twitter users have called it “tone deaf” and “more self-immolation” for the company.
The ad, posted online by the retailer in late July and aired as part of a TV campaign earlier this summer, includes a shot of a kid in a school cafeteria, surrounded by friends. When the mom in the voice-over talks about the importance of buying her child cool school clothes, she notes, “I’ve been told this stuff can make or break your entire year.” At that moment, all the kids except for one disappear from the room.
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- Fri, Aug 16, 2013 4:03 PM EDT | Comments
Graphic tees have been around for decades, but they're now becoming the uniform of choice for teens and 'tweens. "Graphic tees, as well as graphic sweatshirts and graphic beanies are a huge trend for back-to-school," Jane Keltner de Valle, Teen Vogue's senior fashion news director, told Yahoo! Shine. "We're seeing them at every level of the fashion pyramid, from Givenchy to fast fashion emporiums like Topshop and Asos." Not only are T-shirts super comfortable, they can be a fun way to express yourself. Tom Julian, a director at the Donegal Group, a retail merchandise consulting firm, says almost every type of retailer - from sporting goods to denim makers - now has a line of graphic tees. While companies are cashing in on the trend, they can also go too far with some of their designs. There have been a number of T-shirt scandals in 2013. Rihanna sued Topshop for using her unauthorized image, and the Children's Place pulled girls' shirts from the shelves after a public outcry-not the first time a major retailer has been taken to task for sexist logos. Before kids throw on any old T-shirt to head back to school, it's important to evaluate whether the message is respectful and appropriate. (Urban Outfitters' new "school sux" shirt should probably be skipped.) Here are some of this fall's trendiest tees, most of which are benign enough for regular classroom wear. - Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer
- Martha Stewart | Back To School | Thu, Aug 8, 2013 1:03 PM EDT | CommentsSome kids can't wait to head back to school...others aren't so sure. But you can get even the most reluctant students psyched for a new year of learning with a back to school party featuring kid-friendly recipes. Don't forget to include both new and old classmates on the invite list -- making friends in advance will help quell any first-day jitters.
Ham-and-Apple Wraps with Dip
With protein, fruit, and dairy, this quick recipe isn't just an appetizer, but a lesson in balanced snacking.
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 to 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, quartered, and cut into 16 equal-size wedges
4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 16 pieces
4 ounces thinly sliced deli ham, cut lengthwise into sixteen 1-inch strips
1. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt and mustard until smooth; set dip aside. On one apple wedge, center a piece of cheese; wrap tightly around middle with a strip of ham. Repeat with remaining apple, cheese, and ham. Serve with dip on the side.
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- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Wed, Aug 7, 2013 6:58 PM EDT | CommentsBy Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media editor
Common Sense Media
Finding the right book for your kid can be a challenge. But if you guess right and keep new ones coming, you may be on your way to raising a lifelong reader.
Check out our Essential Books for Kids and Teens guide to find more than 150 of our perennial favorites. Plus, every month, we highlight a few books for different ages -- some exceptional titles that could be the perfect thing to perk your kid's interest, get your reader hooked on a new author, or rediscover an old favorite.
Here are our picks for August:
- For kids 3 to 7, there are two great new books on bullying. Author-illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger, who won a Caldecott Honor for Green, introduces a mean, insulting bull in Bully. But once he understands how hurtful name-calling can be, he changes his ways. With few words and bold images, the book teaches young kids that even bullies have feelings and can appreciate forgiveness after they apologize. And in the latest installment in
- Mon, Aug 12, 2013 9:06 PM EDT | Comments
I have to give a tip of the hat to all of your homeschooling moms. That's hard work! Homeschooling requires not only a lot of work, but lots of time and supplies. With the major shopping frenzies that occur this time of year, you want to make sure your kids don't miss out on the excitement of new pencils, fresh notebooks, and all the other bright and shiny supplies public school kids get to use. To make it a little bit easier on yourself, here are 7 must have back to school supplies just for homeschooling! -By Melanie Blodgett
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