With the New Year zooming in, we adults now think about our resolutions for the coming year. Well, after visiting with my son and his four year daughter, I realized this is the time of year that may help young children assume some new year resolutions of their own, while teaching them some daily responsibilities. Hanging on his kitchen wall is a responsibility chart by Melissa & Doug, a well known toy manufacturer of wooden toys. It is comprised of a magnetic board and a dry erase board as well. An abundance of magnets with various “responsibilities” such as clean your room, be patient, share and dress by yourself are included. You can also write in your own personal behaviors you feel your child needs to work on. Also included are reward magnets to place on the board for different days of the week. My granddaughter loves this board! She feels very proud when she can accomplish the tasks listed and put a reward magnet in place. My son always lets her pick a few of the “responsibilities herself, to see if she recognizes what she may need to work on. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Responsibility Chart offers a great way to introduce the idea of new years resolutions to young children, as well as a teaching tool to help them understand the importance of daily responsibilities.
This is the first year I’ve heard of the Elf on the Shelf, and I’m so glad that I did! It’s been so much fun for my son, not to mention, helpful to me and my husband Basically, the Elf on the Shelf is a little elf doll that your child names (ours is “Elfie”), as well as a book that explains what he does. Every night, the elf flies – using Christmas magic of course – back to the North Pole and tells Santa if the child was naughty or nice. When he returns to your house, he’s in a different spot. As soon as my son awakes, he runs to see where Elfie is. He also knows that “Elfie is watching” and he’d better be good so he can give a good report to Santa! What an awesome idea and a fun new tradition for our home.
I recently was invited to a birthday party for my friend’s one and three year old and wanted to get them both a really cool personalized gift. Someone had told me about frecklebox.com which sells super cute lunchboxes, books, growth charts, stickers, and a bunch of other wares personalized with your child’s name on it. I ordered two lunchboxes (each cost $29.95) and they were a hit with both the kids and the parents. Check it out!
I'm a big Amazon fan (I did most of my holiday shopping there this year!) and what's so cool is that they let you create your own "store" so to speak. So I've gathered my favorite books in various categories as well as Leo's favorite toys for you to view. I'll be updating every few weeks or so… happy shopping!
How can something so cute and so huggable be named an "Ugly Doll"? Inspired by a love connection between creator Sun-Min Kim and her husband David Horvath, Ugly Dolls have become a favorite plush friend to small tots, young children, pre-teens, and adults. They have accompanied many teens from home to the college dorm. Each Ugly Doll is a unique character, and each appears to take on an individual persona. Take the new Winkalina for example, lime green with one bright orange eye, she appears timid and reserved, which makes you want to hug her real tight, yet you know under her shy appearance, she is a real trooper and will keep you company on any reckless or frightening adventure you might encounter. I gave my young grandson the Ugly Doll named, Abima. According to the creator, Abima is a protective character who will protect you and scare away any monsters, especially the ones under the bed! Ugly Dolls make great gifts that will hold a child's heart for many years. Winning many awards, such as the iParenting Media Award, Ugly Dolls are approved by the Parents Choice Foundation.