Give Your Teen the Gift of Technology – Along with a Behavior Contract by Amy Morin



Lots of parents are giving their teens the latest and greatest technological devices as gifts this season. However, many teens don’t know how to handle the extra responsibilities that often accompany these privileges. One of the best ways to ensure they understand your expectations is to create a behavior contract.

If your child is receiving a new technological device, whether it’s a smartphone, video game system, computer, or even a TV, make your expectations clear. Establish healthy rules and limits and discuss the consequences for breaking the rules. A behavior contract can be one of the best gifts you can give your child and it may prevent a lot of problems and disagreements that develop from misunderstandings.



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THE ULTIMATE “After Christmas” Sales Guide

Holiday gift set Aveeno new products
There are currently some awesome deals to be made at Target on Christmas leftover items. I always like to remind you all to keep in mind there are items such as napkins, paper plates, foods, candies, etc that will go along with the 50 – 90% off. These items will be considered a Holiday item because they may have a Christmas tree or pumpkin on them….I have no problem using pumpkin napkins all year long when I paid nearly nothing for them (just ask my family).

With that being said, check out some of these deals you can score from Target when combining the sale with coupons:
Starbucks VIA Christmas Blend 8 pk 50% off = $3.99 (Reg. $7.99)
Buy 3 boxes
Use 3 of the $1/1 coupons 12/4 SS
Pay $8.97
Submit for $5 Starbucks rebate here (by 12/31)
= $1.32 each!
Pepperidge Farm Holiday Cookies $1.50
Use the $1/2 coupon here
= only $1 each!

Bodycology Gift Sets $4.99 (Reg. $9.99)
Use $1/1 coupon here
= $3.99!
Aveeno Sets $4.99
Use $3/2 or $1/1 coupon 10/30 SS (Expire 12/31)
= $3.49 each!
Huggies Little Movers Santa diapers $10
Use the coupon for FREE $5 gift card when you spend $25 on Kimberly Clark items in the 10/30 SS (Expires 12/31!) – may be a regional coupon
Buy 3 boxes
Get back $5 Target gift card
= $25 for all 3 boxes! *These may also be part of the $5 gift card in the ad, you will need to check with your store – that would make is $20 for 3 boxes!

Be sure to check your Target for other discounts too – there are a lot of items 50% off! These will go all the way up to 90% (next will be 75% and then 90%) but just like every year, they are usually picked over by 90%. I was able to score a ton of wrapping paper last year for 75% off though!


Bath and Body works promo code 2013 Many of your favorite stores are offering deals and discounts for shoppers to take advantage of Thursday in an effort to clear store shelves of items not sold before the holiday. Major retailers including Macy’s, Target, Best Buy and Walmart are offering discounts up to 70 percent off select merchandise to entice shoppers on Dec. 26.

But this year, retailers are offering “after-Christmas” sales earlier than ever, some even beginning before Christmas. Or, as Forbes put it: “Just like Black Friday started the day before on Thanksgiving, after-Christmas sales won’t wait for their appointed day.” began offering its sales on Christmas Day, along with and, which are slated to roll out their after-Christmas sales by midday. Other stores like Walmart will open on Thursday at 5 a.m. to cater to shoppers who are returning gifts, buying additional presents or using their gift cards.


Men Shop More Than Women: Study
Amazon Takes All: Survival Of The Biggest
So why so early this year? Given the short holiday shopping season, retailers have been coming up with all sorts of innovative ways to bring consumers into their stores or click on their web pages. Since Thanksgiving fell so late, cutting shopping time from four weeks down to three weeks, stores have been reporting “lackluster” sales, so they’ve responded by offering heavy discounts and gimmicky bargains to entice shoppers.

One result is that after-Christmas sales will be better than expected, according to, which said prices are expected to be slashed up to to 70 percent off some items.

As CEO Steve Schaffer told IBTimes earlier in the holiday season, Christmas decor and apparel will be the most heavily discounted after Christmas all the way through mid-January as retailers try to clear winter clothing and holiday decorations from their shelves.

So where are the greatest sales for Dec. 26? Here are 30 of the best after-Christmas deals and discounts.


JCPenney: 60 to 70% off men’s outwear, hats, gloves and scarves; $10 off athletic shoes; $9.99 women’s sweaters; 50 to 60% off sheets and sheet sets; $10 off purchases of $25 or more on apparel, shoes, accessories and home plus an extra 10% off furniture, mattresses, blinds, fine jewelry and watches using this coupon; Tons of Door Busters in store from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 26

Kohl’s: Spend $100 or more and save 20% or Spend under $100 and save 15% using this coupon; 10 to 33% off kitchen electrics; 60 to 70% off sweaters plus and extra 10% off holiday sweaters and fleece; 55 to 60% off fine and silvery jewelry; 60% off outerwear; 60 to 70% off sleepwear; 100+ more early bird savings

Macy’s: 15% off sale and clearance apparel, fine and fashion jewelry; 10% off sale and clearance watches, coats, suits, dresses, intimates, select shoes and home items using this coupon; Buy two bras, get two free; $10 off your purchase of $25 or more using this coupon or coupon code “AFTER25″

Target: $499.99 for XBox One; $399.99 for Sony PlayStation 4; $39.99 select video games; $199.99 Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones; $99.99 FitBit Wireless Wristband; $15 select Blu-Ray movies; $199.99 32″ Element LED HDTV; $99.99 Apple TV; 50% off Christmas

Walmart: $143.92 Bissell ProHeat Pet Carpet Cleaner; Holiday organization from $4.97; $179 XBox 360; $998 Vizio 60” Smart HDTV


Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% entire store; All jeans $39; Free shipping on all orders over $100

Aeropostale: Everything up to 70% off; Extra 15% off using coupon code “GIFT15” until 11:59 p.m. EST 12/25

Aldo: 30% off everything for Boxing Day; 50% off original price of select styles

American Eagle: 25% off new arrivals using coupon code “82X978R1”; All jeans under $30; 50% off clearance #AEOsale

BCBGMAXAZRIA: 50% off regular-priced items at checkout; Free shipping on all orders; 60% off plus 20% extra off sale items

Bloomingdale’s: Through Jan. 1, 75% off women’s, contemporary, shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories, men, kids, home and fine jewelry; Free shipping on online orders of $100 or more; Semi-annual handbag sale with 30% off select styles

The Children’s Place: 30% off and free shipping on all orders with coupon code “D5H30EM”; Up to 75% off clearance

Express: 50% off men’s and women’s shirts and jeans

Forever 21: Buy one, get one 50% off sale using coupon code “BOGO”; Free shipping on orders over $50

Gap: Up to 50% off winter apparel or 60% off in-stores; free shipping on all orders over $50; get $25 Gap cash when you spend $50, $50 when you spend $100 and $75 when you spend $150

H&M: Up to 70% off final sale items

Hollister: 50% off entire store; Free shipping on all orders over $75

J. Crew: 30% off regular-priced styles with coupon code “GIFTNO”; Extra 40% off sale items with coupon code “GIFTNOW”

Lord &Taylor: 20% off sale and clearance using coupon code “AFTER” or this coupon; 60% off coats; 50% off Lord & Taylor gloves, hats and scarves; Extra 50% off already-reduced handbags and accessories;

Nordstrom: Up to 50% off sale items; Earn double points through Dec. 27

Old Navy: Up to 75% off in store or up to 60% off online until Dec. 31

Payless Shoe Source: 30% off clearance; 30% off entire stock of Champion sneakers

Saks Fifth Avenue: 70% off designer sale online Dec. 25 and in stores Dec. 26 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Free shipping using coupon code “HOLIDAY”

Victoria’s Secret: Semi-annual sale with 25 to 40% off bras, up to 40% off sleep, up to 70% off clothing and clearance bras and panties; Free shipping on orders of $100 or more using code “100SHIP”


Barnes & Noble: 50% off best-selling Nook Books; 40% off covers for Nook HD; free shipping on orders of $25 or more

Best Buy: 50% off select Samsung Galaxy flip covers; $10 off all modal iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 5c cases; $15 off Bose sport earbud headphones; $99.99 Fitbit wireless activity and sleep tracker wristband


Bath & Body Works: Semi-annual sale with up to 75% off everything

Gander Mountain: Up to 75% off select footwear; Save up to $200 on new firearms; Save up to 75% off blowout sale; Free shipping on orders of $50 or more

Sephora: Extra 20% off sale items using coupon code “EXTRA20” until Jan. 1

Toys R Us: Buy one, get one 40% off select video games; Buy one, get one 40% off select movies; Buy one, get one 40% off all Skylander figures; Buy one, get one 40% off all Disney Infinity figures

EDUCATION INSIDER: Universal Pre-K enrollment secrets

Mom jailed for sending child to better school( – This is a tale of two children, two school districts, four schools, a single African-American Ohio mom, and injustice. It is also a tale about how No Child Left Behind has failed. But more than all of that, it’s about how our educational system, our economy, and our society is failing the poor and disadvantaged, regardless of race. It’s about urban and suburban, about the fierce love and protectiveness of a single mom, about her efforts to better her own life as much as it is about her dream that her children would have a better life, and a cautionary tale about what will happen if school vouchers replace the public education system. It’s also about racism and exclusivity. About segregation and separate, but certainly not equal.

As the deadline nears for this fall’s universal pre-K programs, many schools and community-based organizations around the city still have vacant seats, New York City Department of Education officials said.

Families — who have until December 31, 2013 to sign up for public pre-K — may still be able to snag a spot in some of the most highly coveted programs, including Greenwich Village’s P.S. 41, Downtown’s Spruce Street School and Prospect Heights’ Montessori Day School of Brooklyn, which still had seats available as of last week, according to the DOE’s website.


Competition has been fierce for pre-K seats in many New York City neighborhoods, with acceptance rates at the most popular programs lower than Ivy League schools: less than 5 percent of the 4-year-olds who apply.

At P.S. 3 in Greenwich Village, for instance, an astounding 575 children applied for a pre-K seat in 2012, more than at any other school in Manhattan, DNAinfo reported. But as of Friday, P.S. 3 still had a few last-minute spots available for kids who want to enroll in this fall’s program, the DOE’s site said.

Children who are turning four years old in 2014 are eligible to participate in NYC Department of Education (DOE) pre-k programs for the 2014-2015 school year. In New York City:

Pre-k is free. Families do not have to pay to attend programs offered by the NYC DOE.
Programs can be half-day (2 hours and 30 minutes) or full day (6 hours and 20 minutes). Half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon.
Programs are available at public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). There are separate applications for public schools and CBOs.
Your child will learn basic reading and math skills and more in pre-k.
Pre-kindergarten Admissions for the 2014-2015 school year will begin in March 2014. You can start preparing now by:
Reading the 2013-2014 Pre-Kindergarten Directory for details about applying to pre-k programs. The 2014-2015 directory will be available in March.
Reviewing other pre-k resources for additional information.

Office of Early Childhood Education
52 Chambers Street, Rm. 213
New York, NY 10007
Tel: 212-374-0351
Fax: 212-374-5760
Sophia E. Pappas, Executive Director
Alycia Rhinehart, Director of Instruction and Performance, I.A.
Nana Ofosu Amaah, Director of Family Engagement
Danielle Kolker, Director of Operations
Danielle Kassow, Director of Strategy and Policy
Michael Greenberg, Chief of Staff