Read Unplugged Play for ideas of unplugged activities to enjoy with your family. This book offers 710 games and activities to bring out your child's creative, playful side. Most activities are recommended for 1 to 10 year olds.
Slow Family Living is an easy-to-read book that teaches families how to slow down and enjoy each other. In our fast-paced world, we often forget that we have choices in how to spend our time and that time with our families is precious. Slow Family Living features seventy five tips on how to slow down and prioritize family time. Noll advocates for checking in with your family's lifestyle, playing and learning together and resisting the pressures of commercialism.
I recently attended the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood summit. Interestingly enough, Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids, opened the event by talking not about marketing to kids, but instead about the effects of marketing and media on parents. While marketers know that sex sells nearly everything, they also know fear and insecurity sell just about everything else. They know how to get our attention - make us think for a second that our children might not be living to their full potential or heaven forbid might
Do you ever look around your house and realize that despite all your good intentions, commercialism has somehow crept in? When my son was born in 2008 I vowed to keep commercialism out of our house.
Five years later, I've got two kids (ages 4.5 and 2), vehicles from Cars strewn about our family room, and the Thomas the Train theme song bursting out of an engine I just stepped on. So sometimes I look around and think:
And the TOADY goes to . . . the Fisher-Price™ Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Monkey.
Read more about why CCFC members voted this toy as worst toy of the year. And then spread the word so no one in your family ends up giving or getting creepy monkey with the iPhone in his tummy this holiday season.
With 33% of the vote, the stuffy with an iPhone in its belly squeaked past runner-up Lego Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop (30%) to win the 2012 TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young Children) Award. TheO ball (21%), the 7-11 Slurpee Maker (10%), and the Put Me In The Story app (7%) were the other contenders.
Today, CCFC presented its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) Award for Worst Toy of the Year to the Fisher-Price™ Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Monkey. Capturing 33% of the vote, the stuffy with an iPhone in its belly beat out rivals the Lego Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop (30%), TheO ball (21%), 7-11 Slurpee Maker (10%), and the Put Me In The Story app (7%).