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July 29, 2010

Parent Club Review: pediped® footwear & GIVEAWAY

THE WHAT: pediped® footwear. Parent Club had a chance to test drive the Pediped Caroline Choc Brown Mary Jane Shoe

THE WHO: pediped® footwear is sold in over 3000 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals® (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2), Grip ‘n’ Go™ (thin rubber-soled shoes for children ages 9 months – 3 years) and Flex® (rubber-soled shoes for children 1-6 years).

THE NEWS: The Fall/Winter 2010 season marks the debut of pediped® Grip ‘n’ Go™, a shoe specially designed for the active toddler. (check out those boots!)

THE REVIEW: The "Caroline" shoe recieved for review (btw - LOVE the name) is pretty yet practical. Handcrafted with soft leather soles for comfort. Easy on/off velcro fastners. Great for use indoors and outdoors. Bonus: they are lightweight, flexible and made with non-toxic leathers.

pediped® footwear GIVEAWAY

pediped® footwear is offering one lucky Parent Club reader a pair of either Originals® or Flex® shoes (boys or girls).


Surf over to (or just click that) and have a look at their wide selection - then come back to Parent Club and in the comment section - share which pedipded product you like best and why. It's that easy!

THE RULES: (because life has rules)

- one entry per day
- open to Canadian and U.S. residents
- giveaway closes Aug. 6
- winner will be chosen by

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July 27, 2010

Disney Interactive Games Will Hit Big this Holiday Season

Disney Interactive Studios invited us out to test-drive some of the new Disney games coming on market this holiday season. DSi, Xbox, Wii -> it was a Disney Gamer Paradise.

The hottest games (and this was obvious by the number of kids huddled around the tvs waiting for their turns) were: Toy Story 3, Disney Sing it, and a Family Channel All Stars game.

Admittedly, some grown ups are befuddled by games (I tried choosing a character in the Guilty Party game - which is based on Clue - and the Wii remote trumped me). However, kids quickly pick up the how-tos of gaming. And for those who don't believe in video games (and I used to be in your club) they do teach reading skills, hand-eye coordination and it or not...our kids do not know of a truly unplugged world.

Though my own household is still Wii-free (much to the dismay of the kids) we did get Dsi's this year - and they have been great for long distance travel activities. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Club Penguin games added to the letter to Santa this year.

And as a complete aside: Disney Interactive Studio had a *star* on hand at the event.
Sterling Knight - from the hit TV show Sunny With A Chance. And for what it is worth - he was a lovely representative of Disney. Down to earth, interactive, engaging with the kids. Despite the fact he called me "Ma'me" (which he quickly fixed by saying he was from Texas and in Texas they call everyone Ma'me) - I liked this guy.

Disney is a go-to brand for many families. And they have always delivered.

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July 26, 2010

TELETOON #Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Cathy who has won the TELETOON #Giveaway!

Send us an e-mail with your contact information and we'll have the prize pack shipped directly to your door.

Thanks to everyone who commented. Keep reading for more cool giveaways!


July 25, 2010

Why courtesy classes should come with kids

Courtesy classes should come with kids...but not for the kids...for the parents. The few rude parents. Amazing how we teach our kids to behave (daily - sometimes hourly!) yet we leave our own good behaviour at the playplace door.

Case in point, the other day we took the kids to see The Karate Kid (aside: very good family movie - though the word a$$ is used twice which presented two giggle opportunities for Thing 2). Back to the movie -> in the theatre there were two, separate, parents (sitting at opposite sides of the theatre) talking on cell phones during the movie. RUDE! One does not talk on the phone during a movie. What kind of etiquette is that?

Other case in point, at the Karate school yesterday -> another parent answered their ringing cell phone and instead of walking away (outside to have a private conversation would have been an idea) - they talked away in the dojo (even though there are signs asking parents to not use cell phones in the class area...apparently some people think talking on a cell phone during a formal class is disruptve...the nerve huh?)

The issue isn't just cell phone use (just my two examples) - it is that parents are simply lacking courtesy to-the-greater-world. We teach our kids to behave, be respectful, talk quietly yet we play by a whole 'nother set of rules.

Courtesy should be common sense...but it seems it is not so much.