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Renting Toys: What Do You Think?

by Sheila Wathen / Recently I heard about a service that lets you rent Lego sets like you rent DVDs from Netflix. Yes, really. You pay a monthly fee, start a queue of desired Lego sets, and one is mailed to you. You can keep the set as long as you like, and it is…

And who will clean up this mess?

The Magic of Toy Rotation

By Suzi West My children are now 8, 6, and 4, but after reading this blog post about the benefits of rotating toys, it got me thinking about what I used to do in the early years when we were all at home and didn’t have daily school activities.  I definitely was a fan of…

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REALLY?!

By Rhaea MIller Really?! Today I’ve decided that this is everything that is wrong with society:        Please see to gory details here: http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Ipad-Apptivity-Seat-Newborn-to-Toddler/dp/B00EL4NI5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386341125&sr=8-1&keywords=fisher+price+ipad+apptivity+seat Because not only should my infant be playing with my iPad, my infant should have a comfy seat to be strapped into while doing it, so the iPad can hang safely…

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Fun Gift Ideas

My cousin has three girls under the age of 12, and two of them happen to have December birthdays. That means a LOT of present-shopping this time of year! As I was searching the web for ideas, I came across a really cool website for toys that I thought I’d share with you: FatBrainToys.com. What…

Raising our Rainbows

by Michael Miller Our five-year-old son Sean is a fiercely independent, big-hearted boy who likes to get in the dirt and dig. He is strong and tough, not afraid of bugs, speed, heights, gravity or physics in general. He likes to “battle,” to wrestle and roughhouse and knock things over. He also likes Disney princesses,…

Out with the Old, In with the New

I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the knowledge that ‘Santa is coming soon’ as a ‘motivator’ for my children to get rid of toys they no longer play with. Children are much more eager to part with toys when they are expecting new ones to take their place! Because I also…

The Chore Box

Over the summer, someone sent me a Pinterest link for a brilliant idea that I have found moderately successful.  I’ll tell you why it’s not 100% successful in a minute. The Chore Box is a box that sits in my living room with a little sign on it that says, “You’ve left it out, mom…

The Best Toy Ever

What makes for a good toy? Has your child begged and pleaded with you to buy That Cool Toy they saw in an ad, only to abandon it a couple days after receiving it? One thing I have noticed is that toys these days come with so much commercialization and pre-made story lines that they…

One writer’s take on the “Parent Doll”

I found this very funny column by Craig Wilson, who writes for USA Today and has also published a book called “It’s the Little Things: An Appreciation of Life’s Simple Pleasures.” It seems that a company in California is marketing dolls for your child that you can put mom and dad’s face on.  Not only…