Sometime during the second week of November, the phrase 'holiday season' caught my ear. I shuddered a little. It probably wasn't the first time someone said it in my presence, but rather the first time it sank in. My defenses against the too-early onslaught were higher this year.
Before you hit the Black Friday rush, or join thousands of other citizens on a month-long shopping spree, browse through this meaningful holiday gift guide. These products will not only bring happiness to your friends and family, but also impact someone in need.
Many years ago I went on a date with a guy who told me the memory he most cherished of his late mother was falling asleep to the sound of her laughter. I couldn't stop thinking about that. I didn't know if I was going to be a mom, but I knew what kind of mom I wanted to be.
Giving a toy to accompany a fast food meal may seem harmless yet if one considers what that toy represents to a parent; it starts to become evident that it may encourage dependence to the fast food.
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In a tragic turn of events, my 3-year-old son Max has lost his most prized red remote-control monster truck.
What makes a toy hot? Is it hot because it's on TV every 20 minutes in front of your kids or because all of their friends have it so they absolutely must have one too? Or is it hot because it's based on a character they truly love, a passion that they have or their own unique play style, even if they haven't asked for it yet?
Beautiful Lego: Wild is both a product and celebration of the Lego phenomenon, which could never have been predicted by its founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, when he started making the bricks out of wood in 1932.
I never wanted to be a boy, I just wanted to look like one. I certainly don't mean to demean the experiences of trans individuals, for whom the "born in the wrong body" narrative is a very real truth.
It's not all fun and games predicting what the hottest toys will be for any season--especially for the holidays! We're often asked: What will become the next schoolyard currency?
Kids of all ages want to get their hands on a tablet--which is a good thing, they are great sources of learning and entertainment. Some parents are happy to hand over their own iPads to their kids before they can even walk. I salute you, brave warriors.
I had to sit with this toy clamped to my cock, buzzing and whirring with reckless abandon, while I was in the "dead turtle position," physically unable to move or change positions whatsoever, surrounded by a sea of blue pads. Go ahead, the visual is pretty hilarious.
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.