I drove down to the Central Valley to visit my octogenarian parents for a few days recently.  They live out in the country and generally spend their evenings watching TV, my father in the pitch dark of the spare bedroom, volume turned up to deafening decibels, my mother in the family room with all the lights on.  Sometimes they even watch the same show from opposite sides of the house.  Most often, however, my father is watching a documentary or drama (the more violent, the better), while my mother contents herself with BBC reruns or whatever reality show beams in clearly eno...more

8 Ways to Be Strategic With Toys

Toys can be great ways to help kids learn, socialize, mimic the adult world, have fun, learn how to share, practice vocabulary and motor skills, and learn pre-academic skills.Here are 8 ways to sustain interest in toys and use them to overcome everyday challenges....more

Dear Barbie, Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Dear Barbie,Break ups are never easy, and this one is really tough. Seeing your blue eyes for the last time as I snapped the Rubber Maid lid on your resting place made me feel pretty bummed. I’m really going to miss you....more

Why Barbie isn't Welcome in Our Home

There have been many debates about one of the World's most iconic toys, Barbie....more

The Orange Soda Birdhouse ~ Yes, I Am Not Afraid of Random Creativity

Sounds ridiculously fun, no? Well, my bird thinks it is!...more
melanie jean juneau nice to hear I am not the only crazy, lazy, recycle-er.more

Toys That Are Built to Last and Entertain

When people come over to my house for the first time, they almost always comment on the ridiculous number of toys we have. Some of them wisecrack, “So, you’ve got what, 14 kids?...more

Pewi, what's that smell? "Oh, that's called STYLE, my dear... And I wish I would have had it when MY kid was learning to walk!"

When we were kids, the only method of solo transportation we had was a solid steel walker that looked like it should have come with its own pair of orthopedic shoes. Hell, for all WE know, my grandmother was working a little side deal with her podiatrist and using us as bait!...more

My Plan to Dethrone the Rainbow Loom

Beanie Babies. Garbage Pail Kids. Pogs. Silly Bandz. The Pet Rock....more
Linda Anselmi Thank you! I'm sure we could think of something to do with those plastic pods...more

Are good intentions enough? The gendered toy edition

Have you see this GoldieBlox commercial?  My first reaction to this was that it is a cool idea, and the commercial is cool....more

Dressing Ariel. An Almost Impossible Task

Polly Pockets. This is what we have dubbed every tiny, plastic, doll-like toy in our house. Although, after doing my research on the ever-accurate Wikipedia, Polly Pockets are actually a brand name, and several Polly Pocket knock-offs have spawned as a result. And, most of them (especially the Disney version) currently reside in my house....more