Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

Tweens and Teens are picky about the quality, look and feel of everything in their life. Shopping for them without their approval on every single item would be considered an act of parental irresponsibility! Today’s parents are wise to let them choose for themselves and wait for instructions! These next items have my Teen’s stamp of approval so I am passing them on to any mom out there who feels a bit out of the loop. They are all great on style and inexpensive to boot.

This Desigual backpack is exactly what my 13-year-old daughter wants. Its breezy style and vintage Disney cartoon imagery exude style and my daughter loves the practical all-around wide zipper and outside pocket. The adjustable straps and the strong polyester fabric allow her to carry all her books comfortably. Available at http://www.desigual.com.

Are your children ultra picky about their shampoo and conditioner? My teenager and her best friend love the smell and texture of their hair after they use the Organix line with the Coconut scent. I like that it is sulfate free and inexpensive for its quality. The latest version is the Biotin and Collagen collection that uses extracts of hydrolyzed wheat proteins to give extra body and fullness to limp hair. Available at all drug stores.

My daughter loves to ride her bike to school and nothing is more adequate on a fall rainy day than a great windbreaker. This packable anorak by the rain specialist Shed Rain in 100% nylon has 2 zippered pockets and packs into its own pocket. A drawstring at the waist gives it a feminine touch. Available in Black, Teal, Cheetah and Maxine. The small/medium fits a 5” 7, 110 lb teen well. The folded size is only 8” x 7” and can easily be kept as light as a feather in a backpack. Available at http://www.shedrain.com.

To keep her favorite new accessory (the iPad, of course) in a safe protective sleeve, my daughter loves the quilted line of iPad covers from Prima Donna. How could she not? The bright colors and protective padding are both fun and practical when her iPad is being tossed around her backpack all day long. Available at http://www.shoprimadonna.com.

Looking great on the first day of school is truly your teenager’s consoling factor when saying goodbye to summer. Fortunately, these options are low in price but high on style, making both moms and teens excited for the school year ahead.

Originally published September 2013
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