National Trick or Treat Day

I write this column every year, and this year won't be different. Halloween has always been one of my favorites holidays with respect to spending time with my kids. The choosing of Halloween costume (always a long hard decision),...

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Halloween Fun: Trick or Treat or Toys?

This year will mark my twelfth year for trick-or-treating with kids. I'm a seasoned pro. I can spot the candy my kids will toss out from a mile away. I know which neighbors give out the full sized bars...

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Dreams Coming True

From a Line Around the Block to the Broadway Stage About this time last year, I had the inspiring and heartwarming opportunity to attend the open auditions for Ballet Girls in "Billy Elliot." It happened again this year, with nearly...

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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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Year-Round Learning…And Play

I've read a lot this summer about the so-called "brain drain" that happens when kids aren't engaged in learning, and I've talked to parents who believe it's occurring with their kids. Personally, I never experienced it because both my...

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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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Make It a Classic Summer

So much is written about how kids are consuming electronic media, lulled into a stupor by electronic games and generally disengaged. That may play well in the media, but is it reality? I'm starting to think not so much. I’ve...

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Keeping Summer Safe… And Sane

Summertime is all about great play—and at our recent Spring & Summer Showcase, we got to play with a wide variety of creative, engaging toys designed to make the summer fun for kids. I also got a  chance to catch...

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