Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Doing a job well often depends on the quality of the tools available, which is evident with schoolwork and in sports competition. Here are a few items that will help position your child for success.

Add up the benefits of the TI-84+ Silver Edition graphing calculator: USB cable, ample storage and operating memory, preloaded software apps and storage for 94 apps, fashion colors (even pink) and personalization features, it’s allowed on the SAT and other college entrance exams, and teens can design their very own GraphiTI™ art to further personalize their graphing calculator. GraphiTI are changeable, removable stickers that students can use to personalize their calculator cover with their own photos, clip art or existing TI designs. Find it at http://www.education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/US/homePage/index.html

Shock Doctor mouthguards offer hardcore protection for active kids on sports teams, and come in an array of colors, in nearly a dozen fits and styles, with protective gel-filled interiors. The website http://www.shockdoctor.com is also a great source for chin straps, sports and gear bags, insoles, a power dry system, and compression shorts. If you have a serious athlete, this site offers a treasure trove of useful items. In fact, even if your child is only an occasional athlete, Shock Doctor’s high quality products will protect beautiful smiles, chins, feet, etc. and are found at Sports Authority stores as well.

Another way to protect your children’s teeth is to practice smart dental hygiene, which is where Philips Sonicare for Kids comes in handy. This Power Toothbrush removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and has a KidTimer to help children brush for the recommended two-minutes. It also features custom modes – low and high – for different ages and phases to sure a gentle, effective cleansing. The KidPacer feature has musical tones to indicate when it’s time to move to another quadrant of the mouth. The only thing it doesn’t do is add the toothpaste – your children will have to do that themselves. Order it at http://www.amazon.com, or http://www.sonicare.com.

Acme Made bags and totes are a solid source for back to school backpacks, laptop sleeves, iPod carriers and photography gear. The Bowler Camera Bag pictured above melds design functionality with style to impart a new twist to everyday use. Parents will appreciate the designer styling and durable, high quality features of the bags at http://www.acmemade.com, and kids will appreciate the variety of styles from which to choose.

Last but not least comes another element of personal hygiene, and especially for teens: deodorant. Give your children an all-natural, chemical-free deodorant from Junior Varsity Naturals. This gender-specific deodorant brand has a very short list of ingredients and was founded with a vision of social responsibility and concern for children, since 50% of children in the U.S. use deodorant by the age of 11 years (which is approximately 32 million children). Junior Varsity’s citrus and cherry scents are pleasing, and the products contain no aluminum, parabens or propylene glycol. Read more at http://www.jvnaturals.com.

Whether fighting plaque, banishing body odor, protecting teeth or fostering convenience and study, these tools will assist parents in their ceaseless quest to help their children.

Originally published September 2009
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