Toys. They’re everywhere these days. Although their natural habitat is a well-organized chest in your child’s room, they frequently migrate to places like the living room, kitchen table, the car, your bed and of course, directly under your feet in a dark hallway in the middle of the night.
What’s worse, new toys threaten to encroach upon your home environment all the time, as birthdays, holidays and random visits from grandma and grandpa often bring more and more of these parasitic playthings with them.
So how do parents like us know which of the thousands of toys out there are actually worth keeping (or buying in the first place)? Which ones will maintain our children’s interest, help them learn something, boost their problem-solving skills and inspire their creativity?
It isn’t as hard as it seems.
Just read our newest article on the PBS Parents website, and you’ll learn about five distinguishing characteristics that can help you spot the perfect toy in no time.
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Anatomy of the Perfect Toy
You know that feeling you get when you pack some bags, grab your kids, and head to the airport brimming with confidence that your entire family flight experience will be easy, effortless and enjoyable?
Of course not. No one does. Because that feeling does not actually exist.
But if you’re planning on flying with young children at some point in your life, you owe it to yourself to read our new article on Deadspin’s Adequate Man website!
Continue reading D+D on Deadspin: How to Fly with Young Children
Tonight, after you’ve forced open your child’s bedroom door despite the giant pile of stuffed animals behind it… After you’ve somehow managed to tiptoe through a minefield of toys, books and discarded dirty laundry without breaking your neck… And after you’ve leaned over and kissed your adorable little angel’s crusty, crumb-covered face goodnight, consider this:
Your child – who is quite possibly the messiest human being you know – is going to clean up our entire planet.
Don’t believe us?
Then you need to read our latest article on the PBS Parents website.
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Raising Environmentally Responsible Kids
As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. That’s why we search for the healthiest foods, the safest car seats and the cutest little kid outfits we can find.
It’s also why, when we hear about a super simple technique that promises to instantly improve our child’s learning skills, we jump all over it in a hurry.
What is this miracle technique, you may ask?
It’s a concept called “learning styles,” and it’s the subject of our newest article on the PBS Parents website.
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Letting Go of Learning Styles
Tell anyone you’re the parent of a two-year-old, and you’re bound to hear a response like this:
“The Terrrrrible Twos…” (Cue spooky haunted house music here.)
It’s true that two-year-olds have a serious reputation for being The Worst. But in our latest article on the PBS Parents website, we ask the question, “Are two-year-olds really any worse than kids of other ages?”
Continue reading D+D on PBS: What’s So Terrible About Two-Year-Olds?
Here’s some fun news!
Chris Lewis over at dadofdivas.com asked our own resident Dad, Andy, to be featured in his “Dads in the Limelight” interview series. Andy thought that was a totally cool honor – even though it turned out Chris had asked about 611 dads before him. (But hey, there’s plenty of limelight for everyone, right?)
Andy really enjoyed reflecting on the time he’s spent as a father so far, and we thought you all might enjoy hearing some of his thoughts on the topic, including answers to questions like: Continue reading Andy’s a ‘Dad in the Limelight’
Think talking with your hands is only for mimes, stereotypical Italian families, and people who cut you off during rush hour?
Our latest article on the PBS Parents website shows how the gestures that you use can do wonders for your children’s language development!
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Using Gestures to Boost Kids’ Language Skills