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Why Girls Need "Boy Toys"(and Boys Need "Girl Toys")

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

For as long as we can remember, it’s been the norm to see young girls playing with baby dolls and toy kitchens while their brothers run around with toy trucks and building blocks. 

 

Gender-neutral toys have somehow become all too rare, but research shows that boys need “girl toys” and girls need “boy toys.” Non-gender-neutral toys can even be harmful to a child’s self-esteem and early learning experience. 

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When To Play and When To Back Off

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

Being a parent is hard.  As a parent, there is so much on my plate. How do I get my son to brush his teeth or clean up his toys? Do we have clothes that fit? What are we going to feed him for dinner? Are we disciplining right? How are we going to be able to afford daycare?  And that's not all!  These are just the daily logistical things.  What about playing with kids? As parents, should we participate in pretend play with our kids? How much is too much? What is the right way to participate? Is it bad that I don't want to play with my kid all the time?   These are the struggles we deal with daily.  These are the hardest questions...because there is no right answer and yet, what we do has a profound impact on the life of the child.

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Parenting From A Distance

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

Some of you may know that I have been away from home for about 3.5 weeks and have at least another 3.5 weeks to go.  Right when our family started getting comfortable with our isolation situation at home, I got the call to help our country through the Army National Guard. Less than 48 hours later, I was leaving home for an unknown period of time and leaving my wife and 2 year old son behind. 

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Mr. Rogers

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

As we all stay home and try to entertain our kids all day, we find ourselves changing our parenting styles and we attempt to keep the family sane. In our house, this had led a screen free 2 year old to watching some TV just to give Mom and Dad enough time to answer a few emails and get their daily work done.

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Talking To Kids about serious issues

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 I started thinking about how to talk to kids about serious issues like this.  How much should we be telling them? How do we tell them the truth without panic setting in?  How do we give them just enough information so they can form their own opinions and not just take ours? There is a lot to consider when talking to a child about these types of things and honestly, there is probably no right way to do it.

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I Play To Make Specialty Toys Better

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

I had the unique opportunity to be a committee member on the ASTRA Best Toys For Kids Award Selection Committee.  I know, that is a long name for a committee.  What does all of that mean?  Let's dive in!

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A Weekend Getaway

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

Living in Chicago, we enjoy everything the big city has to offer.  Our usual weekend involves going to a few of the 5 parks within walking distance of our home. We love supporting our local shops and restaurants and seeing what is happening at our local libraries.  Winter months bring with it the joy of playing at one of the many indoor play spaces the city has to offer.  But, what happens when you drive straight down 65 and into Indiana?  For a 2 year old, it's like being in a totally different country.

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Never Too Old To Play

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Thursday, 06 August 2020

I usually tell people that I own a kids toy store.  Often, we think that toys are for kids or for specific ages as stated on the box (we will talk about that later on in another blog). The reality is, Toys are for all ages and we should continue to play, even as we grow older. 

 
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Screen Free Play

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Thursday, 06 August 2020
I’m Scott, Shopkeeper at Timeless Toys in Chicago. Today, we will talk about screen free play and why it is so important. We will take a look at what the research says about screen time and its effects on attention and language development skills.
 
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