Parents v. Positive Reinforcement Toys

Lots of toys these days give some form of response that's intended to be positive reinforcement for the play experience. For instance, the toy lights up or makes sounds when kids get the answer correct, or the toy makes...

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Death of the Toy Box

I don't know about you guys, but I hate it when my kids are wanting to play with a certain toy and they end up dumping the entire contents of their toy box, or bins, on the floor and...

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Just Like Dad (or Mom!) – Role Play is Important

With both Mother's and Father's Day behind us, it's nice to feel the love from our kids. Nothing shows that love more than when your kids say they want to be just like you when they grow up. Doctors,...

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Toys at Grandma’s House

If your parents are like mine, they've held on to just about every toy you had as a child—whether to remember the days when you were younger, or to have so you can pass them down to their grandchildren...

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Why Can’t Boys Play with Dolls

How many times have you heard a father tell a son, "No you can't have a doll, boys don't play with dolls!" In my house, I used to hear that a lot. My oldest is turning twelve next month...

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Age Recommendations on Toys, Do you pay attention?

There are many times when a toy will specifically say for ages 8 & up and a younger child will ask for it. I'm guilty of letting my kids play with things geared for older kids, I also let...

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Ways to Keep Tiny Toys Out of the Hands of Little Ones

(or, You will NOT put that LEGO in your mouth, young man!) In a house with 3 boys with large gaps in ages, it's hard to make sure the LEGO's for the 11-year-old stay out of the hands (and mouth!)...

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