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Jammies Viral Video Family Raps About Back to School Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

They're back....

The Holderness family went viral in December of last year with their XMAS JAMMIES song. And now they've released a new video, paying homage to Sir Mix-A-Lot with a new parody called Baby Got Class. 

Declaring I like big buses and I can't deny," the family raps about backpacks, healthy lunches, and more. The family dedicated the video to the amazing teachers who take care of our kids all year and don’t make enough money.

For more great videos - check out the Holderness Family facebook page or youtube page. Check out all their work at VisitTheGreenroom.com

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Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The U.S. Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

If there is one thing all parents know is that all of us do it differently. This interesting article highlights some of the extreme cases of parenting around the globe. 


If there's one thing Tiger Mothers have in common with those bringing up Bébé, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be.

Argentine parents let their kids stay up until all hours; Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves; and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat.

Some global parenting ... (click here to read more)

Parents, Walk Away from the Screens Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

This is a fascinating perspective from Jane Scott, an experienced pediatrician on the issues related to screen time in children and their relationships with parents.

I’ve been a pediatrician for 20 years, and I thought I’d seen it all. But not long ago when a father brought his 2-year-old into my clinic, something happened that has me deeply concerned.

Upon entering my examining room, I found father and son sitting together, eyes downcast, each silently scrolling and tapping on smartphones. During my initial exam, the father directed most of my questions to ... (click here to read more)

Coach of the Year - Little League World Series Coach Gives Speech of a Lifetime Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Video

Last night Rhode Island lost in the Little League World Series. That is not the story here. The real story is Dave Belisle, the coach of Cumberland American Little League. The speech he gave his team after they were eliminated sums up the value of extra curricular activities as a whole. So whether your child is active in music, drama, athletics, or something else, it is these lessons we take with us to life.

Must Haves in The 7 Areas of Early Childhood Development Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Former first grade teacher Jenae, shared this great chart, from her blog I Can Teach My Child, of her 7 areas of development for early childhood. We love this because as a toy company that takes play very serious these are some of the areas that toys can help develop.  We thought along with a defenition of each, we would give you a few suggestions on products that may help in the development of each skill.

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A Lesson on the Power of Building Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

This week, Rachel, our Overland Park store manager and I, had the honor of joining an all-volunteer Habitat for Humanity construction crew in Kansas City. With several hours of "windshield time" on my way back to Omaha, it gave me some quiet time to reflect on the experience. Without getting too philosophical, I did want to share some of my take-aways from the day.

First off, Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization with a wonderfully practical purpose behind it. Quite simply, they facilitate the creation of affordable housing for people who need it most. But the following paragraph that I pulled from their mission statement hints at a much larger purpose:

"We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone ... (click here to read more)

The Price I Will Gladly Pay for My Children's Education Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

At Fat Brain Toys we are not a tradiitonal school supply company.  We are not focused on selling packs of markers or pencils. But as one of the leaders in the educational toy world we are lucky enough to have many tremendous teachers as valued customers. Some forward thinking schools understand the value of getting the types of products we sell into their classrooms, but for the most part we are selling directly to teachers. Many of these teachers use their own money to teach your children. I guess that is why we love this blog from Audrey Hayworth on her perspective when in comes to school supplies.


Last week, ... (click here to read more)

NASA Catches Photos of Blurring of Black Hole Light Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days. Also check out these great Space Toys to get your future rocket scientist engaged. 

"The corona recently collapsed in toward the black hole, with the result that the black hole's intense gravity pulled all the light down onto its surrounding disk, where material is spiraling inward," ... (click here to read more)

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