Say It’s Not So! Back to School Already!?

Here in New York, we're into our fourth heat wave of the summer, and nothing could seem more distant than going back to school. Not so for retailers and shoppers, however. The back-to-school sales period is getting earlier every...

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The End of Civilization—No Really, I Mean it This Time

My good friend Lenore Skenazy over at Free Range Kids tipped me off to a story in the New York Times about an alarming new product—food pouches for kids. The basic idea seems to be that when the young...

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Making Messy Messes

Over the past few weeks, I've had the pleasure of talking to a lot of moms about a wide variety of products from child development to education to politics. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to have this...

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Remembering Maurice Sendak

Anyone who loves children's literature is sad this week learning of the death of Maurice Sendak. I know I am. Sendak is probably best known for "Where the Wild Things Are," but I can remember treasuring "The Nutshell Library," four...

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A Screen-Free Week. Why You May Want to Try It

At this writing, we are about halfway through the annual Screen Free Week, the brainchild of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), an advocacy group that tries to reduce the impact of advertising on kids. I’m curious: Are...

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Game Of Thrones—Toddler Edition

Call me old fashioned. Toilet training is a rite of passage. It is something children need to master before entering school. Toilet training can generally start around 22 months to 30 months, and typically boys are trained by 38...

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Broadening Horizons

I grew up in a much less technology-powered time, as virtually any adult did today. We had no iPods or internet, and other than game shows and the occasional horror movie there was nothing on TV for kids in...

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Join the Circus

Recently, I had the opportunity to see an amazing show called "Circus in a Trunk," performed by The Piccolini Trio, three exceedingly talented young people who are making a living clowning around. I had the pleasure of sitting down...

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Please Try This At Home: Fun With Language

When I was a kid, my family loved word games—Scrabble, Anagrams a now sadly long-forgotten game from Parker Brothers called Probe. We would banter in puns and parody and in our home being quick-witted was the same as being...

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The Gender Thing

I'm hoping that this is the year we can all start having an honest conversation about toys, gender identity and socialization. It's certainly a topic that can get people all worked up, but is it real? I don't think...

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