Children's Toy & Media Reviews Since 1978

Month: August 2014

Parents: Put Your Tech on a Time Limit

Parents: Put Your Tech on a Time Limit

Part of the back to school routine probably includes a trip to the pediatrician. Health forms need to be filled out. Vaccinations updated. Chances are the doctors are talking a great deal about what your child is doing. Are they eating healthy foods? Are they […]

Crack a Few Eggs. It’s Time to Talk About Race.

Crack a Few Eggs. It’s Time to Talk About Race.

Discussions about class and race can be uncomfortable. Watching the upsetting TV news accounts of events unfolding in Ferguson, MO., centered on the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, has brought racism to the forefront once again, raising the topic and prompting much debate […]

Back to School Conundrum

Back to School Conundrum

To those without kids, it seems a bit disingenuous, maybe even a little insulting, for parents to celebrate the kids going back to school as many seem to do. Parents are always talking about their kids and how they long for more quality time with […]

You’ll want to book the sitter for this one

You’ll want to book the sitter for this one

The movie is called Boyhood, but it could easily have been titled Parenthood. Movie critics have been raving about director Richard Linklater’s impressive, poignant and ambitious film about a boy (in theaters now). What makes it so unique is that he filmed the movie in […]

Peaking Too Soon

Peaking Too Soon

When my daughter turned 13, she wanted to get her ears pierced and go to Build a Bear Workshop. My husband couldn’t wrap his head around the contradiction, but it perfectly illustrated a common problem for ‘tweens: they are literally in between childhood and teen-dom. […]