With just a few days left before Christmas, you might find yourself wondering "How did I wait this long to get my shopping done?" While year after year we vow to start our gift hunt early, we always manage to find ourselves scouring for parking spots at the mall just a few days before Santa makes his way to our rooftops. But don't worry -- you're not alone.
Remember how great Lincoln Logs and Erector sets were? It was one of the best gifts to unwrap at Christmas. They still are after half a century; you can buy them because they're such perfect ways to fuel a child's imagination.
According to a recently released report from the nonprofit organization China Labor Watch (CLW), many popular toy brands are manufactured in Chinese factories that have been found to have repeatedly committed a vast number of worker rights violations.
You know how the saying goes: If you love something, set it free, and if it comes back to you -- it's yours. If it doesn't come back, then you need to practice your flying skills -- at least if you're dealing with a remote control (R/C) toy.
Is everyone chasing their own version of two points? If so, how old were you when you identified yours?
Like all busy working Moms, Julie Gibbs and Mary Barney quickly experienced the joy and the "Uh Ohs" of bath time. When their twins grew into very cur...
She saw me considering a generic Amazon.com gift certificate for Miranda and knew I'd hit rock bottom. I don't remember the exact subtle, understanding words she used, but it was something like: "A gift certificate? Really? Really."
But there are some great toys out there that bring that adrenaline rush that kids get from games such as tag or other outdoor games to your living room or kitchen table -- just ask them to help clear the dishes first!
It isn't easy to deprive kids of the things that make them happy when our instinct is to do whatever we can to keep them smiling. Here are my thoughts.
Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.
Don't procrastinate. If you are determined to find that Frozen product, or that rare Shopkins collectible figure, don't wait! A good rule of thumb is to buy it when you see it, but know that overall, retailers want your business and will continue to place popular items on sale.
This year, we are trying something different. Out with the big gifts, the expensive, over-the-top extravagances. We are also putting the kibosh on the "But, Daddy, Everyone Else Has One!" gifts. If it's so popular, go play with it at someone else's house. We're not buying it.
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, an organization whose mission is to support parents' efforts to raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children and ending the exploitive practice of child-targeted marketing, is having a Vote for the Worst Toy of the Year contest.
We can't always play outside in nature. But we can take a second look at the space we create for our children inside.
This holiday season, the tech-driven toy industry is balanced out with a variety of toys that encourage kids to create wonderful stories, pretend to be someone new, or practice what they'd like to be what they grow up. Here are some great new items on the shelves to get your kids' imaginations started.
When it comes to holidays and birthdays, it's not about buying more, it's about buying smart.