Where did the summer go? I think the the older we get, the faster it goes. Many of you have already done your back-to-school shopping. One mom asked me, “How do I get my kids to stop asking for those expensive name brand clothes and supplies? I’m going broke.” That’s a hard one. As you know, TV has a laser target on our kids. If they can get the message through to THEM, it’s going to be hard for you to say no. Have you seen the sign, “Mom’s menu: take it, or leave it”? While it’s funny, the same can be said of clothing. Sure, give them a choice. Better yet, give them a budget. “Here’s what you have to spend. Once it’s spent, you’re done.” A little reality discipline may help curb their label appeal AND their fashion idols.