Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.
It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.
When I go to McDonald's with the kids (yes, we go sometimes) I need to ask the Happy Meal people for a girl toy. If the girls get a boy toy, they get mad. Really.
While a good play environment and the right types of toys are important, the participatory role of parents is crucial.
Many parents struggle to keep holiday spending from getting out of control, or worry about over-indulging their children and losing the true spirit of the season. Here are some tips for creating wonderful holiday memories without breaking the bank.
My workshop has just run out of the color pink. I know, I know, tell me about it. Now, I know what you're thinking, parents. You're thinking, there goes Christmas for my girls! There it just effing went! But hang on a minute. Santa's no quitter, no sir.
The moment I became an aunt for the first time was the most meaningful and fulfilling time of my life. But as much as I felt this milestone had changed everything for me, no one else beyond my closest friends and family seemed to notice. No one spoke to me as an aunt.
It's one thing to refrain from gender-stereotyped gift-giving as a parent, but another to raise girls who cherish toy machine guns and boys who cradle baby dolls like the girls and boys Photoshopped -- yes, Photoshopped -- into the Swedish catalog.
Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.
We all need to think about what goes into shipping products around the world. I want to teach my kids about caring for the planet and the people on it.
"Open-ended" toys and activities like blocks, puppets, dolls and art supplies stimulate creativity, a sense of humor, a sense of discovery, wonder, reasoning, social development and much more.
Sometimes it seems that books have lost their appeal to children (and to adults), but this may be simply competition between traditional forms of learning and new electronics that appear compelling.
An organization that started as one Utah couple making hand-carved wooden toys in their garage for their grandchildren has now grown to make and provide toy cars to over one million children across the globe.
Regardless of circumstances, children often need comfort and reassurance. Play can provide them with both and more.
After decades of appearing in pumpkin patches to the delight of children around the world, the Great Pumpkin has decided to call it quits.
It's difficult to find low-cost children's toys that combine entertainment with education, but Christine Mladic has done just that with YoBlocks, small blocks with personalized photos.