We’ve written about bratty children throwing tantrums because they didn’t like their Christmas presents. But how about their overly dramatic moms? That would be Alisa Speller, a Bronx woman who’s suing Toys ‘R’ Us after a wheel popped off her daughter’s $99 toy wagon.
Nobody was injured in the mishap, and there’s no word on whether Speller bothered asking for a refund. More
â€™Tis better to give than to receive, the old adage goes. But when itâ€™s holiday time and you have a large family, I say itâ€™s better to skip out on the soirÃ©es altogether. More
By the time this holiday season in over, my daughter will have opened almost every type of gift imaginable. She’ll get superhero action figures and Barbie dolls. She’ll find a train track and a robotic dragon. She’ll get dresses and new shoes and probably even a pretty hair bow or two. Honestly, between myself, my mother and my mother-in-law, I can admit that we might be able to open our own toy store when things are all said and done. But there’s one toy that won’t make it anywhere near my Christmas tree. I will never buy or permit anyone else to buy my daughter a toy gun. More
Hamleys toy store in London has made a bold new move that has some people raising their arms in victory and others scratching their heads. In an attempt to “improve customer flow,” the company has reorganized its flagship store. So while it used to have separate floors for girls and boys â€“ along with signs in pink and blue â€“ it now boasts “neutral” white signs that simply state the type of toys sold (rather than who’s expected to play with them). More
Oh, that Jimmy Kimmel. He’s such a shit-disturber. The late-night TV host asked parents to let their children open one present two weeks before Christmas and submit their reactions to him via YouTube. The catch? The present had to be crap. We’re talking rotten bananas and half-eaten sandwiches (no Barbies/Lego/iPads in sight). More
My mother, sister and I went holiday shopping this weekend. As we checked items off our Christmas lists and organized receipts, my sister was still hunting, online and in stores, for one present that her daughter just had to have. Everywhere we went, she was looking for Fijits. More
Electronics aren’t just for our husbands anymore, kids love all things battery-operated. From toys that mimic their parents favorite plaything like cameras and computers, to robots and telescopes, there are a lot of great gifts to be had for little ones who express in interest in technology.
Children are getting involved in the world of electronics at younger and younger ages. So here are gift ideas for the littlest Star Wars fan all the way up to your plugged-in teenagers. More
For the past six months, my daughter has been asking for a Barbie Mansion. It’s been at the top of her mind on almost every weekly trip to the grocery store. Any time she catches a commercial with that bright pink, plastic abode, I’m resigned to hearing her pleas for the next three hours. She wants that house, guys! She wants a house that’s big enough for her bastion of Barbies to play in comfortably. For whatever reason, our little Polly Pocket house, that’s not big enough for the Barbies to stand in, simply isn’t cutting it. Screw teeth, all this girl wants for Christmas is a Barbie Dreamhouse! And I hate to offend the Big Man, but I want to be the one to give it to her. More
Welcome toÂ Splitsville. This weekly column will focus on parenting after a divorce, break-up or one-night stand thatdidnâ€™tÂ end like a KatherineÂ HeiglÂ movie.
Separated parenting is all about working together to do what’s best for your kids. Over and over again, we talk about the importance of communication. We constantly remind ourselves to put our kids first. Parents everywhere try to work together on discipline, education and holiday schedules. It’s all a balancing act and we work hard on it because we love our children.
Alright, now that we’ve all agreed on that, can we please talk about the competition to buy the best Christmas present? More
Why is it that gift ideas for pregnant women always surround… ya know… their pregnancy. Just because a woman is pregnant doesn’t mean that her entire holiday season needs to be centered around her uterus! Don’t get me wrong, pregnancy journals and belly painting are great. And if a woman really wants a fetal monitor so that she can listen to her womb, well more power to her. I just don’t feel like these are ideal Christmas gifts.
I’m determined to find present ideas that pamper and indulge preggos, without centering only on the little one growing inside of them. More
Imagine watching your little girl playing with her sweet new doll, only to hear the words “F@#k you” and “You crazy bitch” coming from the doll’s mouth. You’d probably think you were losing your mind, but you’d be wrong. At least according to countless parents who swear these dolls are potty-mouthed. More
You want to know what weekend I go shopping? I take my Christmas lists and head to the local Toys ‘R’ Us the weekend before Thanksgiving. Why would I do such a thing, with all those great deals waiting just on the other side of Turkey Day? Because I hate Black Friday. In fact, I refuse to leave the house on America’s second favorite day of consumption. More