Family FYI: August Tips and Picks for Parents

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Sesame Street, the popular educational program that has entertained children for more than four decades, will begin offering a bonus half-hour program on-air and via digital platforms Sept. 1. Selected full episodes of the 30-minute bonus show will be available on PBS, at pbskids.org/video, on the OBS Kids Roku channel and via the PBS Kids Video App. Learn more at pbskids.org/sesame.

Packing in a last-minute summer road trip? You're in a good state for it. North Carolina is the 15th best state for summer road trips, according to a study conducted by personal finance social media network WalletHub. The study also ranks North Carolina:

–          2nd for the number of scenic byways it offers.

–          10th in offering the lowest-price three-star hotels.

–          11th in ratings of driving laws.

–          20th in number of attractions available.

Learn more at wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-summer-road-trips/4648.

PICKS

Post-it Brand Colors of the World collection spans vibrant cities across the globe – from New York to Rio de Janeiro. Perfect for the student who needs a vivid reminder of when that science project is due, the collection offers vibrant color palettes inspired by a variety of global destinations. Browse the collection at post-it.com.

OPPOS mix and match leggings allow girls to create a variety of unique outfits without breaking the bank. Girls can pair two solid-color legs, or match a solid color to a patterned one. Choose from 48 possible legging combinations in all. $19 per leg, oppos.com.

Help your little swimmer wash away summer's harsh sun, sea salt and pool chlorine with Fairy Tales Hair Care's Sun and Swim collection. Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo, Lemon-Aid Conditioner and CoCo Cabana Sun Spray remove sea salt, chlorine green and daily build-up with fruit extracts, and restore softness with vitamins and minerals. Designed for beachgoers and swimmers, the products contain no chemicals, pesticides, sulfates or paraben, and are also gluten-, soy- and nut-free. $9.95 each, fairytaleshaircare.com.

Parenting Toolbox

Raising Boys and Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph (both third edition books in paperback; Ten Speed Press, $14.99 each) offer detailed accounts of the three stages of boyhood and five stages of girlhood. You'll also find advice for how to deal with changing hormones and gender-specific issues dealing with brain development, friendships and body image issues.

Top 5 items on School Supply Lists

  1. No. 2 pencils
  2. folders
  3. facial tissues
  4. crayons
  5. markers

 Source: teacherlists.com, The National School Supply Lists Directory

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