Today's question is a much bigger one when it comes to screen time: How much is too much, especially with our kids under the age of 2? There's also the added question of which screen we are talking about -- is it the TV, the computer, the iPad, the smartphone?
I don't disagree with Target's choice to create one ginormous androgynous toy section. I actually don't care. My kids know what toys they want and will manage to find it and drain my wallet whatever shelf it's stashed on.
There was a time when the neighborhood was the ultimate playground. Kids would hop on their bikes on Sunday mornings, wave goodbye to their parents, and simply promise to be home in time for dinner.
It's an important aspect of this buzz-worthy conversation to understand what we're really talking about when it comes to gendering in the toy industry as a whole. There is a big difference between the way retailers and marketing teams are handling gender, and the role that gender plays in toy design.
Toys will likely still be where they have always been. Barbie will still commandeer the doll aisle, alongside her friends Elsa, Frankie Stein, and Twilight Sparkle. If you are looking for one of these lovely ladies, odds are, you are interested in other fashion dolls as well.
There is, of course, a gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math-related careers -- a divide caused by many factors. The pink blocks made me wonder: What part do we parents play in that disparity between boys and girls?
I think there is credit in intentionally limiting toys for children. Amidst the constant bombardment of more advanced, more colorful, more stimulating, more educational, more this and more that, I humbly present my case for why less is more.
When it comes to the pink craze for girls? Now we have a problem. As currently used in the marketing of everything from clothing to tools, pink is no longer simply a color -- it is the foundation of a constrained concept of femininity.
Without a doubt, Bob Wann, CEO of Patch Products, Inc. is a visionary, leader, and toy guru like you've never met. He's been a leader in the toy ind...
Cole Galloway's workspace at the University of Delaware resembles a ransacked toy store. But he is a physical therapy professor and infant behavior expert whose lab has a very clear mission: to provide mobility to children with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Almost a year ago, I wrote a post via the blog on essentials for urban moms. As I was becoming a new mom myself, I found that while living in an urban space like NYC, there were many factors involved.
There are some great opportunities for kids to have fun in the sun this summer, all while keeping their minds active and ready for the school year ahead.
I was a bystander in their doll games, a witness to it all. I saw the Oregon Trail from a distance, looking out the kitchen window, glimpses of three pony tailed heads and the pink wheels bumping along through the grass. I cannot bring the dolls back. But I can call up these memories, clear as a summer day on the prairie.
On any given day, there are Batmans, Supermans, Spider-Mans and several other comic book action figures in the boys aisle of the toy section. Do you know how many female action figures I found a few weeks ago at Wal-Mart? None.
It doesn't matter who pays the mortgage, if you have small children, you are continually reminded that the space you inhabit is no longer yours. Here's clear evidence that despite your parental role, you likely have limited control of your home.
With the summer season fast approaching, families nationwide are planning vacations and road trips galore. Traveling with kids is a challenge, especially if you have toddlers in tow. There is nothing worse than listening to the endless "are we there yet?" droning, but you can be armed and ready with awesome toys to keep kids busy in the car.