Thursday, August 08 2013 13:37

Back to School: Avoiding the Mix-Up Mishap with BRIGHT STAR KIDS...

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This is the first year that we've done a real "Back-to-School" here at Rock Father HQ. Sure, Addie just turned four, but she's in "Pre-K" - coming out of "twos and threes" Preschool and getting into the "fours and fives." I registered her yesterday and paid the first month (this stuff is getting expensive), and we did some Back-to-School shopping. As I'm re-experiencing the school world again through my daughter, I can't help but think back to my own school days... and some of the mishaps and misadventures that took place. Including the preventable Mix-Up.

I think I was in third grade when I had my first Mix-Up Mishap... two identical Chicago White Sox backpacks, each blue nylon and displaying the 1983 SOX logo in white. Let's just say the end result was akin to those movies where a gangster and an unsuspecting good guy manage to swap bags at an airport or bus terminal after having the misfortune of standing next to each other and setting their bags down. But, instead of a frantic chase, you end up with two crying kids that don't have the right stuff. That White Sox backpack would later get me into trouble again, but only when a yellow jacket decided to somehow land between the pack and my back. I sat back on the bus and got quite the sting.

So how can you avoid a Back-to-School Mix-Up Mishap of your own?

  1. Teach your little ones to look. Just because something seems right on the surface, it might not always be what it appears. Like TRANSFORMERS, there's often "more than meets the eye."
  2. Don't panic. This goes for kids and parents alike. When it comes to school, you'll see those kids again - probably tomorrow.
  3. Avoid the Mix-Up by labeling your kids items with School Labels from Bright Star Kids. They're scratch-resistant, waterproof, and stick to almost anything. AND you can remove them later with no residue.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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