Hand-wringing business reporters say that because the stores were worried about a soft season, they ordered 2 percent fewer toys this year, which is probably a lot of toys. It's one of those Christmas danger stories: "Not enough toys!"
Focus on toys that will teach your children something new, broaden their horizons about who they become and give them the lasting gift of sparking their imagination and teaching them new ways to think about the world.
Kids need to play. It is vitally important to their development. But they don't need to play with Elmo or a hunk of plastic that recites the alphabet with a twang or a drawl. Kids need to play with us and with each other and all alone.
Lucky me and lucky mankind, it appears that you have a whole line of (trademarked!) Apptivity™ products. No neck control? No problem! It's not just the iPad that's locked up. It's the newborn as well!
We even overcame a last minute attempt to delay the vote by Republican members of the Commission. We persevered, got the job done, and children can sleep safer in the cribs used in childcare center centers and for sale today.
Do all girls like pink? Do all girls want to play princess and be rescued by a prince? I am passing on the pink and getting science and tinkering toys for my nieces. I've seen how toys like these can turn a girl on to a new interest and even a lifelong passion for science or engineering.
Are toy drives the most effective way to help others? How does the impact of a toy drive compare to other charitable opportunities? Since the money you are able to give to charity is limited, are toy drives worthy recipients?
Perhaps ironically, the toys that parents are pushing each other out of the way to buy are themselves aimed to train the shopper in the fine art of mayhem and competition.
Welcome to Black Friday, and the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season! My next two reports will focus on some of my favorite places for gif...
Grandma helped me write this letter to you. I am two fingers-old, so I haven't learned how to do letters yet. Please don't bring the toys MY PARENTS WANT for me. Bring me the list of things I WANT, instead!
Last year, as a Chanukah present, I broke down and bought them each Minecraft, which resulted in many happy hours of computer time. This year, I am determined to find some holiday gifts that don't require being hunched over a screen.
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Now more than ever, we need companies who really care about children to stand up and encourage kids and families to get outdoors.
What can we do to support our ability to play well into old age? Isn't it time to develop new games for older adults that go beyond such stimulating staples as Bingo?
The truth is kids' toy sales -- digital or otherwise -- are hurting. Why? In part, it's because kids are overscheduled mini-adults who can't find time for a game of Chutes and Ladders between ballet and Mandarin classes.
Helping your kids decide what to do with their lives is scary. Guiding them in directions that will offer stability and security is daunting. So what if there were a toy designed to spur an interest in something that could lead to a pretty good career?