Toys

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

When it Comes to Gendered Toys, the Pink Aisle Is Still Alive and Well

Sara M. Grimes | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Sara M. Grimes

Toys and gender have been a pretty hot topic lately, with various movements to de-gender segregate the toy aisle gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic. Enter GoldieBlox. The toy's creator has been very vocal about the fact that GoldieBlox was designed to "disrupt the pink aisle." Instead, it does anything but.

Why I'm Buying My Daughter a Doll in a Wheelchair for Christmas This Year

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

When Daughter first picked out the Allie doll and accompanying "Heal and Care Set" (complete with foldable wheelchair and crutches), I felt a little conflicted: Should I be buying her a doll that objectifies a child with special needs? Is this a respectful toy? But I like to trust children's instincts on things.

At These Libraries, Kids Take Out More Than Books

Samaritanmag.com | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samaritanmag.com

If you're a parent who is strapped by a limited income but still wishes you could spoil your children with various toys, an alternative solution might be closer than you think. Most family and community centres have toy libraries, where parents can sign out toys for their children for a couple of weeks at a time, then return them for others to use.

Lasting Effects of Today's Toys

Leigh Sanchez Ellazar | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Leigh Sanchez Ellazar

As I watch my 19-month old daughter reenact similar play gestures, it's quite apparent that games, toys and even the word play has really evolved since my days of pretend salt and pepper. We've arrived at this place where apps, face-time and email replace many conversation

Earth-Friendly Tips for Eco-Sexuals

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

What is an ecosexual, you might ask? It's about looking at the Earth not as 'mother', but as 'lover' -- calling to reduce our carbon footprints and revolutionize how we each truly impact our environment. What's a better trend than being eco-friendly and increasing your pleasure capacity at the same time?!

Don't Slip Up -- Choose the Right Lube For You

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

One of the best ways to increase your pleasure capacity is to add a little liquid love with lubricant. However, the navigation through the vast sea of anti-chaffing could become easily distracting and overwhelming. Here's my quick guide to the basic rules of lubricant that will help you glide on down to pleasure town with ease.

Want Tips on Holiday Shopping? Listen to a Kid

Julianne Bisnaire | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Living
Julianne Bisnaire

As a kid, there is nothing better than opening the coolest new toy, and as a parent, I can only imagine how it feels to put that big smile on a little kid's face. So, here it is parents. I've put together a list of tips to make holiday toy shopping easy. These awesome tips come from a toy expert! Trust me, they are guaranteed to make your holiday shopping fun, quick and easy!

Cheap Toys For Toddlers Who Don't Know the Difference

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Christmas. The birth of Jesus. And the crucifixion of your credit card. In spite of these uncertain economic times, we're spending more than ever on crap for our little crappers. You give your youngster a big, expensive gift only to watch him toss it aside to play with the wrapping paper. This year, save yourself money with homemade gifts...

SavvyMom Roundup: Kickin' It Old School

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week I am obsessed with all things old school. Specifically, I mean the popularity of, recurring presence of and constant reference to all things "old school." It's so over used that it's almost (as my kids would say) "over," but we keep hearing the phrase (as in "kickin' it old school"). Here are five examples of old school being new again that I noticed this week.

34 Savvy Toys for the Holidays

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

We're not going to lie, being a parent is tough work. But there are lots of perks -- like those sweet sloppy kisses and trips to the toy store. Every. Year. Have fun getting started on your holiday toy list with our 34 Hot Toys for the Holidays.

13 Savvy Ways to Play Without Needing an Electrical Outlet

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Turn back the clock this summer to an easier, laid back, simpler time in life, where kids got away from the screens and played with bugs, folded paper into boats and let their imaginations run wild. Here are some ways to get those kids away from their iPads!

SavvyMom's Ultimate Guide to July

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

There isn't much room for lazy in our hazy summer days, but we love them nonetheless. Enjoy every minute of this month with these savvy suggestions on how to make the most of July. From books to read, crafts to make and well-being challenges to take, he's a comprehensive list of my July favourites.

A Handful of Toys Every Kid Needs for the Outdoors

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Enough screens! Enough video games and TV! Get them outside with our picks for outdoor toys this spring in the List: 25 Ways to Have Fun Outside. Here's just a handful of our favourites.

Tips for Surviving the Dreaded Playdate

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Having kids means having playdates -- events for which there are no guidelines, and a lot of potential problems. Here are some basic rules for making it through a playdate with your bases covered, the little ones happy and best of all: your sanity.

Guilt-Free Gaming: The Video Games To Give Your Kids This Season

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Living

Letters to Santa are no longer filled with requests for Red Ryder BB Guns but for first-person shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which, of...