This DIY Mom Saves Thousands of Dollars a Year on Kids Clothing

Real Moms, Real Money – Sarah Tyau

Motherhood didn’t lessen Sarah Tyau’s love for fashion, but after the birth of her first child, Tyau’s financial priorities shifted. Tyau began to refashion clothes for less than $10 and her creativity continues to help her family save thousands.

Before marriage and motherhood, money management looked a lot different for blogger Sarah Tyau than it does these days. The Utah-based mom of three wasn’t in debt, but didn’t prioritize saving. “All my paycheck would literally just go to buying clothes,” she says. “I definitely just spent all my money on whatever I wished.”

It was soon after she got married and had her first child that she began rethinking her spending habits. “I knew now I couldn’t spend all my money on clothes, ’cause it’s not just my money and I have to be more responsible,” she shares. “I remember I was online

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7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online During Remote Learning

You can’t supervise them 24/7. Here are easy ways to make sure they’re protected on their own.

Boy on Laptop
Boy on Laptop

Virtual learning means more time on the web, which means a greater need for cyber safety lessons.


This back-to-school season looks a little different in much of the country. With over 6 million kids distance learning, working families are met with an entirely new set of challenges. With kids on the computer for several hours a day—and working parents not able to give their full supervision—cyber safety is a concern now more than ever. Here are seven top tips on how to keep your child safe online from cybersecurity company NortonLifeLock.

Check your surroundings: With children remotely attending school through Zoom and the like, families now have multiple surveillance cameras throughout the house, potentially making their homes far less private than they might otherwise be. If your child

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‘Generous’ Va. Teen Builds Free Desks for Kids in Need and Says Giving Is a ‘Golden Moment’

Teen Builds Free Desks for Kids in Need with ‘Desks for Distance’

Colby is helping kids in need with ‘Desks for Distance’

After building himself a desk for distance learning, Northern Virginia teen Colby Samide spent the last week of summer vacation building 40 free desks for underprivileged kids.

“It’s sad knowing there are kids that can’t afford them,” Colby, a 17-year-old from Purcellville, tells PEOPLE.

When the pandemic shut down schools last spring, many parents felt blindsided and unprepared for distance learning, says Katharine Hill, a learning specialist and parent educator based in Brooklyn.

“They didn’t feel very successful,”  says Hill, 42. “Stores weren’t open. People hesitated to buy something for a situation we all hoped would be very temporary.”

But as parents attempt a better online learning experience this fall by setting up home classrooms, stores have been selling out of desks.

“It’s a concrete thing parents can

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‘Fortnite’ maker draws praise for fighting Apple, but lawsuits allege it rips off kids

Epic Games, the creator of the stupendously popular video game “Fortnite,” has been winning praise for its stance challenging the strangleholds of Apple and Google on in-app purchases by game players.

You might want to hold your applause.

The dark side of “Fortnite” in its various versions, according to lawsuits filed in federal court, is how it tempts children into spending their and their parents’ money on virtual game items without fully understanding what they’re doing and with little or no chance of obtaining refunds.

Like with a slot machine, Epic psychologically manipulates its young players into thinking they will ‘get lucky.’

Allegation in lawsuit “R.A.” v. Epic Games

“The games are targeted towards children,” John E. Lord, a lawyer for a “Fortnite” player and his mother, told me in describing the lawsuit he filed for them in San Francisco federal court. “Although they’re offered for free, it’s designed to

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3 online safety tips for kids and parents

Like so many parents across the country, Skye McLain wrestled with the idea of virtual learning for her son, Jett, 7, as school resumed amidst the coronavirus pandemic this fall.

“The thought of him being required to be in front of a screen for multiple hours a day was very unnerving for me,” the Texas-based mom told TODAY Parents. “I gave homeschooling quite a bit of consideration, because I felt that it would give us more flexibility when it came to screen time and to lessen the chances of his exposure to the inappropriate content he could easily find or be shown on the Internet.”

While McLain ultimately decided for Jett to attend second grade virtually through the public school system, internet safety has remained a top priority in their at-home classroom.

“[Schools] are going to do everything in their own power to provide a safe place to conduct a

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Phoenixville Moves Quickly To Get Tech Into Kids’ Hands

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Phoenixville Area School District has distributed almost 2,000 district-funded laptops, and over 250 hot spots are functioning in a response to help everyone participate in online instruction.

Phoenixville Area School District Board of Directors this week approved a professional services contract with T-Mobile and Comcast to provide internet services at low rates for district families who have not had internet at home.

Virtual instruction, in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, left some behind, and the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation partnered with the district to make sure kids could participate in live classes at home and access all instruction and materials.

Costs related to technology will be covered by the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), which has been raising money in recent weeks to pay for the internet access.

“PCEF is doing some incredible work in supporting the tech needs of our families,” said PASD school board

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11 Remote Learning Truths From Parents Whose Kids Have Started School

Many kids across the country are starting the school year from the confines of their own homes, as both large school districts and individual parents are keeping students remote this fall. 

What can parents expect this fall? What’s been working and what hasn’t? A warning: It doesn’t seem to be going too great overall. 

We asked parents in our Facebook community whose kids have started the school year virtually about what we should know. Read on to find out what they had to say. 

“I live in Metairie, Louisiana, and my son is attending first grade virtually for at least the first nine weeks. He started yesterday, and naturally there were hiccups with the format. However, I am truly flabbergasted that in general the district seemed extremely underprepared for a virtual learning option. … Teachers seem overwhelmed by the virtual format. So far, the majority of the class periods have

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Where to Shop Kids Face Masks

Face masks are one practical way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the past few months, companies across all kinds of industries have started to sell cloth face masks for adults — and some are making face masks for kids with fun prints. ET Style has the low down on where to buy the best kids face masks.

If you’re a parent looking for personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for your children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of two wear a face mask while outside of their home. Whether you’re dealing with an adult mask or a kids’ mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face, can be secured with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), allows for unrestricted breathing and is washed regularly.

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‘I Was One of Those Kids’

Maria Sharapova

With the U.S. Open scheduled to begin in just a few days, tennis star Sloane Stephens is anxious to hit the court — and stay safe while she’s doing it.

“I’m a super germaphobe, so I’m worried about not getting anyone sick or me not getting sick,” Stephens tells PEOPLE of competing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m just really paranoid. Sometimes I think more about, am I doing the right thing? Do I need to change my mask? Do I need to wash it? I like to take precautions,” she continues. “And so I think sometimes I am a little bit over the top with just trying to be aware of my surroundings.”

While she’s on the court, though, the 27-year-old won’t have germs on her mind — Stephens is hoping to capture the tournament’s iconic trophy once again, after first winning it in 2017. But this time,

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Your income bracket may predict how likely you are to send your kids back to school this fall

Several factors, such as income, job flexibility and health concerns, influence a family's decision to send their children back to school this year. (Photo: Getty Images)
Several factors, such as income, job flexibility and health concerns, influence a family’s decision to send their children back to school this year. (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 30 percent of parents plan to keep their children at home if schools reopen in the fall, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

For the study, involving 730 U.S. parents of school-age children (ages 5 to 17), researchers asked parents whether they planned to either opt for distance learning at home or send their kids to in-person school, if available, and looked at what factors influenced their decisions.

More than 30 percent of parents reported they will “probably or definitely” keep their child home if schools open for in-person instruction, while nearly 50 percent reported they would “probably or definitely” send their child to school this fall. Several factors influenced these decisions, from a family’s socioeconomic

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