Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dad tip #92: Kids Star Wars t-shirts available at The Gap

Okay, today's advice is more of a "heads-up" than it is advice, but maybe it'll still be helpful to someone. As unlikely as it sounds, kids Star Wars t-shirts are indeed available at The Gap!

Furthermore, in some kind of partnership with Junkfood, The Gap is now selling licensed merchandise bearing the trademarks of not only Star Wars, but also Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, The Beatles, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake, Peanuts, The Smurfs, and more. Junkfood apparently has some pretty amazing deals with a lot of different brands. Forming a partnership with a mainstream entity like The Gap is a pure stroke of genius to make those licenses go as far as they can possibly go.

The t-shirts are totally kick-ass, but they're EX-PEN-SIVE! We're talking $22.50 for a shirt that will probably only fit your kid for a couple of months at most. But it may well be his favorite shirt for those few precious months. And afterall, how much is YOUR nostalgia worth to you?

I suspect that Junkfood's license has a limited lifespan so you'd better act sooner than later if you're interested. But the greater sense of urgency to decide whether or not to spend that much money on an article of children's clothing will be The Gap's clockwork seasonal changes of their clothing lines. If you were looking for an adult-sized Junkfood Star Wars t-shirt for yourself, you should checkout the official Star Wars Shop (where some of the Junkfood tees are only $18.50, go figure).

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dad tip #85: Take the grandparents up on their offer to watch your kid

My parents are in town visiting and they've already helped us out with babysitting duties while we've: attended a wedding, built a retaining wall, mowed the lawn, gotten iced coffees, cooked, and done a number of other small things. They offered again tonight to babysit so we could go out and have dinner if we wanted.

While we turned them down tonight, we do plan on taking them up on the offer soon to catch dinner and a movie (hopefully Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is still playing somewhere!). You see, we don't have any family in the immediate area, so when we do have someone visiting, we have to take advantage of it.

It's not that we don't want to spend time with my parents or that we can't deal with our own child; I just think it's probably healthy for us to get out alone once every blue moon. Keeping your sanity probably makes you a better parent. Plus, it gives the grandparents some time to bond with their grandchild. So really, it's a win-win-win scenario.

(And feel free to add an extra "win" in there if Indy is still in theaters!)

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