In my book I stress the importance of talking to children about the gender messages in the media they see, and I practise what I preach.Every year at this time I look at the toy catalogues that enter our house and I talk to my older son about them. (I haven’t yet started this practice with my younger son, but I will soon.)I asked my son to look at the toys on the pages marked “Girls” in the most recent Toys R Us catalogue. I’m sharing his 9-year-old perspective because I found it interesting....more
Both of my sons have had birthdays in the past week. Between the presents my husband and I gave them, a joint birthday party with friends bearing gifts and the inevitable toy avalanche known as grandparents, it’s safe to say we are drowning in toys. With Christmas now less than one month away, I thought it would be a good thing if we cleaned out the toy box. (Of doom. That’s how I refer to it: The toy box of DOOM.) Surprisingly, the boys were eager to lend a hand this year....more
If you have a boy on your holiday shopping list and you feel stumped, don’t worry. I’m here with a list of ideas for gifts for boys anywhere from newborn to college-aged. Whether he’s still playing pat-a-cake or multi-player first person shooter games on XBOX, there’s a gift on here for him. I’ve rounded up some of the newest and hottest gifts for boys* this season and put them all in one list for you. You’re welcome!...more
Last week, I began a series of informational posts to help parents and family shop for playsilks for the little ones in their lives. You can find the opening post HERE. This week, we'll take a look at quality. ...more
With the holiday season approaching, I thought I would share some tips and information to help you shop for playsilks~ whether you are new to playsilks, or a veteran, I hope you will find the information in this series helpful and informative....more
The Kid had the great idea of having "dinner and a movie" date, just the two of us, at home this weekend. Earlier in the week I had picked out Toy Story 3 from the library children's section—a great resource for free (with a library card) family-friendly DVDs. The Kid had already seen it, but I hadn't, so it was GAME ON. From what I had heard, it was a total sobfest for adults. I figured it couldn't be much worse than the opening scene of Up, and heck, even as a teenaged girl I didn't bat an eye during Titanic.
I WAS WRONG.
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