Stand against bullying

The ebola situation has muted voices usually heard during this National Bullying Prevention Month.

Even though the ebola conversation continues, now that we’re nearing the end of October, perhaps media will pick up on bullying. Knowing the lifelong emotional damage bullying can cause, the topic is too important to miss.

The Boo Bounce

Have you caught Boo Fever?

With Halloween falling on a Friday next week, we’re experiencing a major bounce in “Boo” everything, from dressing in costume (pets, too) to spending on decorations.

Remember how uncomplicated trick-or-treat used to be?

Impulse buys

Moms overspend.

That headline from recent research caught my eye. According to the data, moms spend thousands of dollars on unplanned purchases. They also tend to overlook discounts.

However, moms are more likely than women without children to look for phone coupons while in-store grocery shopping.

Smart shopping hasn’t changed with the Smartphone: impulse spending can sneak onto even the best organized shopping list.

Reducing shopping frustration?

Kids are so excited about Halloween, that few are compiling holiday wish lists. However, a recent Walmart pledge is a reminder that Christmas is coming.

The “Checkout Promise,” posted on the public relations section of Walmart’s website, pledges to keep every register open for all supercenters and larger-box locations.

Walmart says every register will be staffed on weekends between Black Friday and Christmas, in addition to the final days before December 25.

Will other retailers follow?

Too short?

The online mom world has been buzzing about this excellent piece on inappropriate girls clothing at Target. If you have girls in your life, and haven’t joined the conversation, click the link. Definitely worth your investment:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-giese/targets-response-to-my-calling-out-their-girls-clothing-problem_b_5923274.html?1412286243&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000037

Leap toward the holidays

Advertised as “educational, active video gaming” Leap TV is a system for 3-8 year olds.

With a console made specifically for younger children, the motion-capture technology feature puts kids direction into the game. It’s intended to be a first gaming experience.

By highlighting the active physical engagement and educational components, the company is tapping into what parents want for their kids.

http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/products/leaptv

Clueless

I appreciated reading research that appears this month in the publication, Computers in Human Behavior.

Researchers from UCLA have documented that screen time affects the ability to relate to people in real-time.

I wasn’t surprised.

In presentations to parents for the past five years, I’ve said that early indicators showed screen-dependent kids had problems reading body language and maintaining eye contact during social interactions.

The UCLA researchers concluded that the screen dependent sixth graders they studied were “clueless” when reading social clues. How many parents are coming to the same conclusion about their kids?