Random fun and support for touchy subjects.

No Dribbling the Squid
By Michael J. Rosen. As cultural as it is curious, this book is a perfect pocket-size for sporting on the go, and is a fun resource for the world's most oddball sports. Check out Chess Boxing, Extreme Ironing, Toe Wrestling, even Wife-Carrying Races! Perfect for sports fans and anyone who enjoys tales of the strange and unusual. $11.04 on amazon.com .
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Get stuffed!
When an idea struck Dublin resident Libby Tonucci in the spring of 2009, it changed her life and how she thought of her kids' lives in sports: What am I supposed to do with all these sports jerseys? So she started Jersey Pillows. The concept of the company is simple: send in a jersey and it will be turned into a high-quality, professionally made pillow, perfect for kids' rooms and rec rooms. Visit www.jerseypillows.com to see all that Jersey Pillows has to offer and to place an order. Or call (614) 453-4044 for customer service.
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Super-secret storage
Treasure Chest Pets are the first and only organizers that make putting things away fun. Plus, they're a great way for kids to keep their special things safe. Designed to look like cuddly stuffed animals, each TC Pet has a magnetic, detachable, pillow-y stuffed animal head and stuffed animal body that contain external and internal compartments for organizing and storing children's treasures. Six different designs to choose from in three different styles. $19.99 on ytcpets.com.
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The Wackiest, Wildest, Weirdest Animals in the World
Author and Columbus' own Jack Hanna has been all over the world and has seen his share of unique animals. Kids will discover crazy, off-the-wall facts like which animal can lick its own ears, which one smells like popcorn and which one can stick out its tongue 100 times a minute. A DVD comes with the book and contains show bloopers from Jack Hanna's Into the Wild. $14.39 on amazon.com.
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101 Questions Kids Really Ask ... And the Answers They Need to Know
By Mary Halter. 101 Questions is a compilation of inquiries ranging from the simple and sweet to the curious and awkward ... all answered in a straight-forward and factual approach to talking with kids about adolescence. The book was designed to be a companion work to assist parents and teachers who are using A Time To Talk DVD, Questions and Answers about Puberty and Adolescence. You can purchase both products for $19.95 on HealthyEdudynamics.com.
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The Doctor's Complete College Girls' Health Guide: From Sex to Drugs to the Freshman 15
By Jennifer Wider, M.D. College is an exciting and exhilarating first taste of freedom and a time when kids take charge of their own physical and emotional health. It's also a time when many throw caution to the wind and experiment with sex, drugs and drinking. Learn how to talk to your daughter about eating disorders, sexuality, diet and fitness, even Spring Break survival. Written with consultation from college grads who've "been there, done that," this could be the most important book your daughter will carry over the next four years. $11.70 on amazon.com.
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