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Categoría: PLAYING TOGETHER
The Best Children´s Book of 2016
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February 16, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Reading stories to your children is one of the best activities you can share with them. Just as we suggested in this post, reading out loud to them reinforces your relationship. Hoping you continue to read with them this year, we would like to recommend the best children´s books of 2016. Included in our list are books for children ages 2 to 5 and older children, ages 6 through 12. If you´re looking for a true original option, please do not hesitate to take a look at Mumablue´s Personalized Stories.

Discover Animal Babies Nursery
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February 9, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

We all had a favourite toy when we were growing up. Whether it was a toy train, a doll or a teddy bear, they joined us at playtime and fed our imaginations. Today, although toys now come in different shapes, our children, like we did back then, will end up choosing their favourite, that best friend with whom they can confide in and be with them wherever they go. Today, with Valentines Day approaching, we´d like to talk about the adorable Animal Baby Nursery toys by Famosa.

Tools for kids with special needs
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February 5, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

For children with special needs, being prepared for school could prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, today there are tools in the form of apps, games and gadgets that can become their best allies, including those that will help them develop the social needs required to play and share with others. Here, at The Toy Blog, we´d like to help you discover the technology that is available for those children that need it most.

Kids advice to parents
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February 3, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

We spend our days thinking what else can we offer our children. They are who we love so we strive to give them the very best. At times, however, its good to take a step back and observe, listen and pay attention to what they need and ask for, even if they do through feelings, gestures and affection instead of words. Today, we´d like to suggest you be the child, in the sense of paying attention and discovering the advice kids give adults so they are better parents.

How to discipline kids without yelling
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February 1, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s difficult, we know. In fact, being a parent is probably one of the hardest jobs in the world. But, you aren´t alone. At The To Blog, our mission is to help. We understand that there are days in which it is virtually impossibly to keep calm, be patient and not get become irate at the fact that you need to repeat everything a million times. It is then, at these precise moments, when we feel overwhelmed, that we tend to raise our voice or yell. But, as you have probably already discovered, it leads to nowhere. Today, we will give you some clues as to how to discipline without yelling.

Why playing while they learn is important
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January 19, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Different investigations reveal that the pressure on preschool kids to excel in academics increases every year. A number of recent programs are designed so children learn language and math in almost a formal setting, much like school. But in doing so, they lose the essence of learning through play, which according to the experts is critical during this phase of development. Have you ever wondered how your children are taught? Discover why it´s so important that they do so by playing.

At what age can they be left at home alone?
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January 14, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

The idea of leaving our kids at home alone can be worrisome, especially if they are between 9 and 12 years old, a stage in their life when they aren´t little kids nor are they teenagers. However, we must remember that being at home alone or taking care of their siblings gives them a great sense of responsibility. So, what age should they start being able to manage themselves alone? Experts say that it depends on their level of maturity.

Cyber bullying: 6 ways to detect it!
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January 13, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Cyber bullying is more frequent than we think. Did you know that some teenagers look at their social network profiles more than 100 times a day? That´s one of the most astonishing facts of #Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens, a recent study done by CNN.  But what is more worrisome is the reason behind this type of impulsive behaviour. Almost a fourth of these kids recognized they do it to make sure no one spoke badly about them online. Can parents do something about this? Are there ways to detect cyber bullying?

Don´t throw that away!
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January 8, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that in a poll several years ago, the United Kingdom sent out a billion Christmas cards? That means 17 for each man, woman and child. The fact that we still write letters and send them, old style, is terrific. But the vast majority gets thrown out, after the holidays. If we add all the wrapping paper, bows and packaging that come with every gift, just imagine how many of that ends up in the rubbish bin? The good news is that there are so many great and fun things we can make by recycling all of it.

They don´t like their presents. Now what?
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January 7, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

It´s been a wonderful Christmas holiday and a fabulous winter break. But some days have also been hectic and perhaps even stressful. Between leaving things at work sorted, attending the kids´ winter performances at school, decorating the house, cooking and organizing activities with the kids as well as struggling to buy them their gifts, have left you running on empty. That’s why, the last thing you expected was to watch their disappointed faces when they opened their presents on Christmas day. Obviously, they didn´t like them or they didn’t think they were enough. If this is your case, here is a list of possible reasons and tips on how to best manage this situation.