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Ever wonder what moms really think about the toy industry? Each month, our resident Mom gives her opinions about everything from scantily clad dolls to the latest LEGO kit.

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An Annual Pilgrimage
"Do you know any toy stores?" asked my cousin. This question confused me at first. Sure, we live an hour from just about everywhere, but we do have plenty of department stores nearby that stock toys...




 

Newspaper, Glue and Memories
After my daughter’s birthday party this year we lugged home gift bags stuffed with the latest dolls, videos and electronic games. The next day the pestering began...




 

Imagine Simplicity
Seems like only yesterday our family crouched in the crawl space beneath the stairs, anticipating the bedlam that was prophesied to accompany the arrival of Y2K. Yet, five years later, here we still are. Time sure flies...




 

Mom´s Perspective: Weird Science
I have a friend who used to think her son was a prodigy. "You don´t have to get smashed over the head with a beaker to realize that Ralphie is going to get the Nobel Prize in Science someday," she´d brag...




 

Wooing the Parents of Tweens
My son now falls into that demographic Limbo known as "tween"--a new market segment crammed...




 

Shouldn't Barbie Have to Change Too?
I´ve been trying to live up to the Barbie ideal all my life and I still don´t measure up...




 

I´ve Only Got Eyes for You, K-Line!
It looks like my eleven-year-old son has come down with the same affliction his older sister suffered from a few years ago--Rolling Eyeball Syndrome...




 

Big Baby
A lot of people my age look for ways to relive their adolescence. Not me. I want to be a big baby...




 

The World on a String
Ah, the diversity of the candy necklace—part snack, part plaything...




 

Travel Games Can be a Real Trip
Long family road trips never again have to result in whining, crying and traumatic emotional scarring...




 

Better Off a Benchwarmer
I´m sure you´ll remember me. I was the kid in gym class who couldn´t do a single chin up...




 

A Rabbit Tale
Nineteen years ago, a factory employee finished stitching together a rag doll rabbit. I imagine her pausing as the rabbit bumped down the assembly line, wondering if her work made a difference in the world...




 

A Dime or A Dozen: The Value of Trading Cards
In 1968, I could walk into the corner grocery store with a shiny dime and purchase a packet containing three baseball cards, each featuring the mug of some currently popular ball player...


  Leggo My Lego Magazine
My son and I have resolved to make some changes in 2004. There will be no more loitering around the mailbox in anticipation of the newest Lego Magazine...


  Stories from the Edge of the Bunk Bed
If nothing else, a bunk bed is a memory maker. A few years ago, my husband and I determined our son needed a bunk bed. We envisioned a Tom Sawyer-like atmosphere...


  Imagine That!
"When I was a kid, we didn't have fancy toys," my father declares as my son Ryan plays with his Lego set. "In fact, I could play for hours with just a stick..."


  Sun-Tan Santa
It was a sultry August afternoon — the kind of summer day where your legs stick to the car seat like microwaved Velveeta and your kids try to trade the family dog for a Fudgesicle...


  A Family That Collects Together
When I married my husband, he came complete with a lifetime’s collection of Hess trucks, which found a home on the shelves that topped the kitchen cabinets...



 
Video Showdown: A Mother and Son Bond Through Battle
I get a little nostalgic for Candyland these days. Used to be when I played a game with my son Ryan...



 

Why I Can't Say "No" to Novelty

At last count, my son has amassed 5,628 novelty toys in his room. Ranging in cost from a quarter to $2 each...


  Twenty Dollar Tween Solutions
You know your kids are growing up when your Tween accompanies you to a major toy store and walks out with the $20 you’d just given him...


  Turning Gross Into Gold
Most people, whether children or adults, have strong feelings about science: they either love it or go glassy-eyed at the sound of the word...


  Even Tough Guys Like Toys
When my husband and I moved a few years ago, he was in charge of the garage...


  A Tomboy Mom with Barbie-Doll Daughters
As a kid, catching tadpoles in the lake and digging potatoes from the garden absolutely fascinated me...
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