I am deep into Christmas break with my kids and as we come into the home stretch, I am already noticing that some Christmas presents are just “meh” to them. Toys I would have DIED to have as a kid are taking a backseat to, shall we say, simpler pleasures. Of course the video game systems are still a big hit and probably will be for a long time but some of the lesser gifts pale in comparison to their perennial favorites. And these favorites are largely not toys, but adult items that kids like better than toys. More
Topic: children’s toys
Sometimes a Play-Doh extruder is just an extruder, but sometimes it is definitely a penis. More
As one person on Twitter put it, “Buy kids the toys they want, not the ones they’re expected to want.” But of course, attachment to stereotypes runs deep, and not everyone is happy about the prospect of a NoGenderDecember. More
A mom who intended to buy her daughter a sweet, little princess wand at the dollar store was outraged with what her daughter found when she opened it. Mom thought it was a harmless princess wand, but it was actually an instrument of death, destruction and chaos — and probably a symbol that end of days is nigh. More
You may have heard that Toys R’ Us has started selling Breaking Bad action figures in their stores. There’s a Jesse Pinkman and a Walter White, there’s a Heisenberg with a gun, there are orange jumpsuits, and there is some adorable teeny tiny meth-making equipment. I think it’s fantastic, but one Florida (damn it, Florida!) mom disagrees with me and has started a petition on Change.org to have them removed from store shelves. More
The idea of renting a few toys a month and returning them for new ones is great. I’m always shocked at how expensive toys are, and how often my child becomes bored with them almost immediately. I just don’t think one of the fundamental benefits of these rent-a-toy companies is that it teaches children to share – as some are claiming. Sending a toy back to anxiously await a new one isn’t “sharing.” It’s giving something for the express purpose of getting something back. More
Some toy designers must be either naive or incredibly pervy, because there are a lot of children’s toys that look like sex toys. Here are seven. You’re welcome. More
My toddler has a room full of toys. I promise you, we don’t even buy him that much – I’m just really bad at getting rid of things he doesn’t play with and most toys hold his interest for about two minutes. That’s why I felt compelled to write this post. I finally found some toys he loves, and if any of you out there also have a finicky child who turns his head up at everything, I thought you might be able to use these recommendations. More
Your kid doesn’t get a Frozen doll. Too bad boo hoo, now they will grow up and hate you. That’s what you get parents, that is what you get! But I have a solution for you, oh boy do I ever, because I’m an amazingly smart person and I will share my wisdom with you so your dumb kid will stop whining about their dumb lack of Disney branded bullshit you will end up donating by next Easter anyway. More
After a flurry of press, you may haveÂ readÂ theÂ veryÂ importantÂ newsÂ that some parents are flipping out over the shortage of “Frozen” merchandise on theÂ Disney Store Facebook page. As a person with specialized skills in observing crazy parents on Facebook, I spent some time sifting through the madness to reveal the depths of the months-long outrage. More
Initially I didn’t ascribe anything to it, but notably absent from that setÂ is Black Widow, the only female Avenger. In Winter Soldier, the only character with more screen time than her was Captain America himself, which makes her a much more significant character in the franchise than either Hulk or Hawkeye. If there is one thing that Disney does more and better than anyone else, it’s product tie-ins. There is no way the developers responsible for this set didn’t know that Black Widow was important in the movies. More
Oh my. What is a parent to do? It’s hard to keep up with all the ways Satan is trying to infiltrate the lives of our children. First, he used graham crackers and now Legos? When will it end, dark master of the underworld?
Barbie is problematic for many reasons. She is tall and beautiful and amazingly thin. She is perfect. For a plastic doll she is perfect. For an iconic image of female beauty she is perfect. She is also plastic. And she was created for young girls to play with. Which is why placing her in the Sport’s Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition is also problematic.