Category Archives: Toys

Fury. And hope.

Here in North Carolina, Buncombe County Schools are getting some unwanted attention. When 9 year-old Grayson Bruce brought a My Little Pony lunch bag to school (featuring Rainbow Dash) he got shoved around and harassed by other kids. The school … Continue reading

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Buy This Instead!

It would be very easy for me to spend most of my time between now and Christmas harping on all the stereotypical toys and ads swirling about. I realized this morning that Parenting Lesson 101 is Positive Reinforcement — give … Continue reading

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Mixing it up – toywise

The big news this week is that Harrods, the famed London department store, opened its first gender-neutral toy store, designed by Shed Design. “The London department store commissioned the multi-million pound Toy Kingdom to be grouped by theme rather than … Continue reading

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Where are the prince boys?

Maria Rodale, chairman and CEO of Rodale Publishing, recently asked in her blog, “Where are all the Disney princes?” She points out that while Disney has “capitalized on and profited from the innate desire of most young girls to be … Continue reading

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Christmas 2011 – what’s in the (gender) boxes?

Our kids had a great Christmas. They were blessed with many gifts from loving relatives, most of which thrilled them. We always ask folks not to get items with military themes, or commercial characters. While we have a girl obsessed … Continue reading

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