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Do Toy Companies Need More Women at the Top Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Having a husband and wife team as the top decision makers at Fat Brain Toys solves the problem of gender equality. We all know Karen is the final decision maker at Fat Brain Toys.


As a little girl, I loved Barbies. But now as an adult, I'm slightly embarrassed by this. My best defense: Well, there weren't better girls toys back then. Three decades later, when surveying the toy options for little girls, it doesn't look like that much has changed. Why is the toy aisle frozen in time?

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, the CEO of a consulting firm focused on gender diversity, has a theory: She thinks that toy companies ... (click here to read more)

Pointers for Celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th Posted Friday, September 19, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

Join us today in celebrating National Talk Like a Pirate Day with your children. The holiday is simple - we are not supporting pirating or anything - we just are celebrating talking like - we assume they talked. Because talking like a pirate is fun - it is as simple as that. Here are some basics form talklikeapirate.com.

The basics

Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. There are several other sites that offer glossaries that are pretty good, and you can find some of them on our links page.

But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a pirate patina if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate ... (click here to read more)

Happy 40th Birthday to Playmobil - See How They Celebrated Around the World Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

PLAYMOBIL celebrated their 40th birthday by sending out 40,000 figures to spread their smile in eight cities worldwide this September

We've collected some of the best pictures for you. Have fun and ShareTheSmile!

Major Fun Reviews Hex Hive Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

There are at least two very pleasant surprises awaiting the HexHive player. One of these is the bees. The other, the numbers.

I explicate:

There are 40 “challenge cards.” Each is on a separate, hexagonal board that aligns perfectly below the transparent hexagonal solving surface. On each challenge card, you will see a group of connected hexagons, like cells in a beehive. (Hence the bee theme.) Each cell contains a number, from zero to six. There are ten different, transparent pieces; each of which is a different color and shape. Which pieces you must use to solve the puzzle is clearly and compassionately illustrated on the bottom of each board. Though all ... (click here to read more)

For Better or Worse We Are All Nerds Now Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting

We have been discussing the negative impact of screen time on the development of creativity in children. This interesting article from Noam Cohen in the New York Times tells us that it may be too late.  Our culture has shifted and we are all nerds, and it may not be a bad thing.


In 2005, Randall Munroe, a young NASA robotics expert, posted to the web a comic about the mystical number pi. Among the infinite string of digits were letters that spelled out, “Help I’m trapped in a universe factory.”

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Why the Creators' Kids Have 'Low-Tech' Parents Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

Rebecca Jackson the talented co-author of The Learning Habit, brought some clarification to one of the hot topics of last week.  Do low tech families tend to have children that are high tech creators? We would say of course - because families who teach their children the art of open-ended play and creativity are more likely to have children that are big dreamers and problem solvers.  We would love to hear your thoughts on this interesting debate - are children better off in low-tech learning environments?


This week, parents learned that Steve Jobs was a "low-tech" dad at home. His children didn't spend the evenings hopping from one glorious iPad to another. They ... (click here to read more)

Make Ordinary Come Alive-Life Lessons Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

We were recently forwarded this photo from a William Martin book. The source of the photo is from one of our fantastic grandparent customers. In her email she mentioned that this is the greatest lesson a grandparent can teach to their grandchildren.  Do you agree? What do you think is the greatest lession a grandparent can teach?

Steve Jobs Didn't Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why Posted Friday, September 12, 2014

TOPICS | Parenting | Education

With the Apple release of the new iPhone 6 and the new Apple Watch - technology has been in the forefront this week. What does that mean for our kids? Often we see a trickle down from new adapters in the tech world to everyday parents to kids. This article about our use of the latest Apple screen products into perspective. 

Steve Jobs is a name which is synonymous with cutting edge, innovative and groundbreaking technology.

So it may come as something as a surprise to learn Apple’s former CEO didn’t believe in letting his kids use some of his company’s greatest products – the iPhone and the iPad.
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