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Oregon Scientific Barbie Junior Laptop

by T Akery September 26th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
The Oregon Scientific Barbie Junior Laptop is a toy that appeals mainly to girls. It is pink and purple and decked out with plastic jewelry on the case. It has a convenient handle and is designed to flip open like a laptop.

While it is geared toward three years of

Vtech Kidizoom Cameras

by T Akery September 16th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Product reviews
Vtech Kidizoom cameras are one of the more innovative toys out on the market. Since giving your child your cell phone to take pictures inevitably leads to certain disaster, this is the perfect way for your child to dabble in the world of photography and take things from their

Children of Conviction

by Ronald A. Rowe September 2nd, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
The other day my 10-year-old son came home from school and reported that his friends laughed at him because he didn't know who Eminem is. That unpleasant interaction brings to mind the age-old quandary - where is the line between keeping our children above the influence and keeping them

Paper Dolls

by T Akery August 31st, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Paper dolls are a very old school toy that has never really gone out of style for little girls. Even now, little girls are just as fascinated with the concept as they were years ago.

Paper dolls started out relatively modestly. They were a creative and cheap way to give

Crayola Washable Paint

by T Akery August 18th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Practically every kid loves to paint. However, you can rarely find paint that doesn't come in those little ovals. Instead, Crayola Washable Paint comes in 2 oz plastic bottles of paint. There are 10 bottles to the pack. They come in the shades of red, blue, and green along

Cars for Families

by Jacob P. August 8th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Teen Perspective
Our family has two cars, a Honda Odyssey and a Mini Cooper. The mini van is now thirteen years old and needs to be replaced. It still runs, but is prone to breakdowns, so we don't drive it very far. Due to that, we are looking for a new


by Ronald A. Rowe August 5th, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Discipline is a tricky thing to balance. Dr. Spock tried to remove it from parenting to the ruination of a generation of children of well-meaning but misinformed parents. Finding the right level of parental discipline is one of the greatest challenges that we face on the parenting journey.

All parents,

On Amusement Parks: A Teen’s Confession

by Louise August 3rd, 2011| Helpful Hints, Teen Perspective
I doubt many kids will say no when presented with the idea of going to an amusement park. Actually, it's every kid's dream: roller coasters, fried dough, cotton candy, and the chance to win an enormous stuffed animal as a take-home prize. What could be better? I used to

Zhu Zhu Pets Review

by T Akery August 1st, 2011| Elementary, Helpful Hints
For a single Christmas, the Zhu Zhu pets were the hot item to have. Nearly every child seemed to want one. For their retail pricing, they were a relatively cheap toy to acquire. That was until the stores shelves were emptied. Since then, the shelves have been restocked and

Is Your Toddler Ready For The Potty?

by T Akery July 29th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
Potty training is seen as one of the major milestones of a toddler. It is a thrill when they finally figure out that the potty is a friend instead of a thing to throw toys in. Potty training is one of those things where every toddler is different. For

The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Review

by T Akery July 20th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers
The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs is a toy made by Fisher Price. With the reputation of the company, you expect a decent toy product and it really doesn't disappoint. Even though it is made for kids, secretly adults will find some amusement in playing with them.

They are a plush toy that look

Creating Successful Playdates for Your Preschooler

by T Akery July 14th, 2011| Helpful Hints, Preschool
Playdates with friends are a necessity for preschoolers. Not only do they help with key social skills, they keep your preschooler from becoming too bored this summer. They also allow you as a parent to communicate with another adult.Your preschooler will meet new friends during the school year and