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Tim Sullivan
The Sales of August

Aug 01, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Supplies, Back to School

Argh! They got me. I swore I wouldn't be sucked into the back-to-school shopping hype until the first day was clearly in sight. But then I saw an ad for 10-cent notebooks.Just one dime for 70 spiral-bound pages! I just knew t... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Too Cool for School?

Jul 27, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Supplies, Back to School

Here's yet another sign that "back to school" is big business: limited-edition Nike sneakers with designs inspired by school supplies, released just as students are headed back to class. Kids can pick from three different sty... Read more
Tim Sullivan
School Lunch Angst

Jul 24, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Lunch

The start of school is five weeks away, and already I'm waking up with night sweats over what to pack for lunch. I barely made it to the end of the school year last month without cracking from the pressure of having to fill m... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Mommy Business Cards

Jul 23, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Parent Involvement

What will they think of next? I love this concept, but I think there's a huge, huge missing ingredient. Have you seen these new mommy business cards? How can you possibly fit all the needed job titles on a single card? I mean... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Back to Shopping

Jul 20, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

School starts here in three weeks, and the back-to-school advertising blitz is in full force. My neighborhood big-box retailer has long since converted its seasonal section into a smorgasbord of spiral notebooks.In Georgia, w... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Summer vs. School

Jul 18, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Summer Learning, Back to School

I think we hit that point today when it's finally OK to start talking about school again. We're about 5 weeks into summer vacation in these parts (with 6 weeks to go), and like the first robin of spring today was the first da... Read more
Tim Sullivan
School Fashion Police

Jul 13, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Clothes

In the public schools I attended, the dress code was plain and simple: no shorts, no hats, and nothing too skimpy. How times have changed. This week, I read about a girl given in-school suspension for wearing Tigger socks and... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Blame Mr. Rogers

Jul 10, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents

When I was a kid, I'd sprawl out on my parents' bed each morning before kindergarten to watch Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I loved Mr. Rogers. Not so much the show, which creeped me out a bit (particularly the puppet Lady Elaine... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Plugged In at Summer Camp

Jul 06, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology, Summer Learning

I've always loved going to camp, so when I was asked to spend last weekend supervising middle school campers, I jumped at the chance. The last time I'd worked at a camp was in college, when I spent a steaming summer in a plat... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Back-to-School Budget

Jul 05, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Extracurricular Activities

Who needs tuition? This Cincinnati story on back-to-school price tags makes the case that the average public school parent, too, is shelling out more and more $$ for what once was considered basics. Are we balancing school bu... Read more