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
Topic: children’s toys
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.
If you are still shopping and you are having a hard time finding inspiration for gifts – I thought I would remind you about some of the amazing toys we had when we were kids. Admittedly, some of the stuff was pretty weird – but a lot of it was awesome and still exists. More
In retrospect, now that I no longer have an eight pound baby sitting on top of my bladder, I’m happy that my son has his own birth month outside of the holiday season. But, after the excitement of Christmas dies down, I have no freaking clue what to get the kid for his birthday. More
Instead, this list is about the worst gifts for kids. Not all kids, like I said, I canâ€™t speak to that. But the worst gifts to buy your own children. I donâ€™t give a shit what my neighbors give their kids. At least not until my son sees whatever cool new toy Rohan-across-the-streetâ€™s parents bought him and starts waking me up in the middle of the night screaming for it. More
Hypothetically, the only reason Iâ€™d ever face holiday-deal shopping in one of those nightmare stores would be if my two-year-old nephew wanted a toy that could only be purchased off the shelf. Since he lives in the U.K., if whatever toy the kids go crazy over wasnâ€™t available there, Iâ€™d be stuck playing aggressive tug-of-war with some moms and dads at Walmart. I love that little dingus and he loves Elmo. If 2013 was the year of Tickle-Me-Elmo, Iâ€™d do whatever it took to secure one for him. More
The irony of this particular â€śproblemâ€ť is not lost on me. Iâ€™m not so oblivious that Iâ€™m actually complaining about the fact that my child can recognize how thoroughly her needs are met that she doesnâ€™t whine for more. Obviously, I think thatâ€™s pretty bitchinâ€™. More
My baby has no concept of what Christmas actually is. He’ll probably be overjoyed just to get a sippy cup in his stocking that he can gnaw on for the remainder of the day. As my kids get older and start to understand what Christmas is all about, I’ll be happy to buy them the number one gift on their list (within reason). Until then, practical Christmas gifts will have to do. Bah Humbug? More
A doll and book run around 110 clams. I like the fact the dolls come with a book. I like the fact that dolls look like little girls, and as far as I can tell, none of them are wearing fishnets or stilettos. I like the fact the dolls have a historical aspect to them. But what I don’t like is how any additional junk you buy for the dolls is way expensive. More
I am a huge fan of gifts that kids actually play with, that keep them busy, that give you a few extra minutes to do some of the amazingly selfish and terrible things parents want to do alone: pee, take out the trash, write a grocery list, empty the dishwasher. You know, all those wonderful things we get to enjoy while our kids are occupied. Here are 10 awesome gift ideas that will keep your kids busy while you get all wild and make yourself some toast or something. More
Every year I look at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s list of worst toys – and every year I feel like a horrible person for wanting them all. Last year there was a Slurpee maker. Who doesn’t want that? Well, this year – I actually agree with all of their choices. What were these companies thinking when they made these crap toys? More
I am a paranoid parent; I have no problem admitting this. I am particularly terrified of my child choking on something. This is why every year I scan the annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report to see which toys I should be avoiding. More