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Christopher Byrne
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Christopher Byrne is content director for and author of the book, Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos—A Look Back at the Most-Beloved Toys of Decades Past.

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Coding Is the New Latin

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:34 AM

One of the first things I learned in seventh grade Latin class was that "the poets loved the women." (Poetae feminae amant.) I was happy to learn that the affection was returned (Feminae poetae amant.), which to my 12-year-old mind meant that a kid who preferred literature to sports, at...

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Barbie, DuPont and the Power of Play

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:11 PM

I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, not far from a massive building on the Brandywine, known as "The Experimental Station." It was actually a complex of laboratories for the DuPont Company, and as kids as we rode our bikes through the local park and looked at the sprawling buildings, we...

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Happy Birthday, Barbie!

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:55 PM

On March 9, Barbie turns 56, and while the brand has come under a lot of criticism over the years, this is a wonderful time to take a step back and really celebrate her many positive contribution to the lives of girls everywhere. As we always say, for the billions...

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Play That Makes Memories

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Henny Penny had nothing on many of today's parents. Henny, if you recall, was the alarmist chicken who feared the sky was falling on the evidence of an acorn falling on her head. Many of today's parents spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about their kids and their futures....

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Game of Thrones: Toddler Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Call me old fashioned. Toilet training is a rite of passage. It is something children need to master before entering school. Toilet training can generally start around 22 months to 30 months, and typically boys are trained by 38 months and girls at a slight more precocious 36.

Effective toilet...

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11 Weirdest Toys Of All Time (PHOTOS)

(31) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 7:51 AM

"What were they thinking?" Yes, that's a phrase one hears often if you work in the toy industry. But you also hear, "Crazier things have worked!" The fact of the matter is that both are true. Some of the wackiest ideas have been surprise hits that left some people rolling...

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