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Tag: communication
Inside Out, a movie to talk to with kids
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January 18, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

One of our favourite movies of 2015 was, without a doubt, Inside Out, from the Pixar and Disney Factory. Although many believe it is a film that speaks more to adults, Inside Out is a fantastic opportunity to talk to our children about emotions. Being able to manage them is what will make them grow up to become happier individuals because learning about emotions, how they work and how to manage them is far more important than learning math and English. Now, thanks to Famosa, you will be able to help them learn by playing with the new collection of stuffed toys, inspired by the characters in the movie.

Reinforcing their vocabulary with My Life in English!
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January 15, 2016  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Do your kids need a bit of motivation to expand their knowledge of English and vocabulary? Well, we might have the solution! Although My Life in English is designed to get non-English speaking kids energized to learn a second language, we believe it can help English-speaking kids to expand their vocabulary. The app, created for kids between 9 and 11 years old also emphasizes pronunciation through the use of educational games. But in your case, the app can be used by younger children to boost their language development skills.

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.

Get them to quit sucking their thumb
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November 26, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

If your son or daughter has a temper tantrum when you scold them for sucking their thumb, don´t worry, you´re not the only one. Many kids suck their thumb as it provides immediate soothing at any place and any time. Take a deep breath! There´s no rush. In fact, as their third birthday approaches, they´ll eventually forget all about it. But if that´s not the case, keep reading. Here are some ideas to get them to stop sucking their thumb and drop the pacifier too!

7 things we can do to avoid bullying
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September 10, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Bullying is not a game. Recent studies prove that 1 out of every 3 kids are directly involved (as aggressor, victim or both) in bullying at school. And many of those who are not directly related, are unfortunate witnesses. No child is left immune from this problem and it affects all races, genders, grades and socioeconomic levels. But we, as parents, can work together to win the battle. Here are 7 things we can do to avoid bullying.

Learning with Technology
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September 4, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Much has changed since we were little kids. Our toys, games and ways of playing are totally different now. And the way children learn today is quite different as well. Despite the fact that kids seem to be born knowing how to interact with technology, many parents and educators keep asking themselves whether it´s good for them, if they learn while they play videogames, for example and how do you know whether an app is really educational. Here, at The Toy Blog, we´ve answered some of these questions but today, we´d like to give you the key to choosing well when it comes to digital and technological tools.

How to motivate our kids for a great back-to-school
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September 3, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

During the month of September, ever since The Toy Blog by Famosa was launched, we have bene clueing you in on the keys to help you experience a positive transition between summer and school. Just like we suggested in “8 Tips for a Great Back-to-school” there are many ways you can organize your family to avoid the stress and summer nostalgia. One of the most important things we can do is remain happy and optimistic and instead of worrying about it, plan your attack.

How do talk to our kids about the news
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August 5, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

There´s not much we can do to avoid it. Kids today witness images of natural disasters and international conflicts on TV screens or computers. If they´re very young, we can try toning it down but as they grow older, it´s best not to keep them isolated but rather have them understand what is going on in the world. So what do we do when our kids watch tragic news reports on TV? Experts Eric Rossen, director of the National Association of School Psychologists and Margret Nickels, director of the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families have offered their advice on the subject.

The best movies to watch this summer
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July 16, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Summer is the best season to play and enjoy family quality time and one of kids’ favourite evening activities is enjoying a movie together. Keep reading to discover which are the best films to watch this summer. And remember, besides being entertaining, it´s a wonderful opportunity to talk about what you´ve seen and engage in constructive criticism,  an excellent skill that will stimulate the kids to practice giving their opinion and point of view.

Barriguitas teaches kids to take care of their pets
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July 15, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The majority of children will promise you anything in exchange for having a pet. But when it finally arrives and the newness wears off, kids tend to neglect their “new best friend.” Barriguitas Child and Pet knows a lot about this from experience. Her own daughter acted this way when her dog Blanca got home. So, how did Barriguitas solve it? We asked her and this is what she said: “Organization, participation and communication between parents and children is crucial so the entire family can enjoy their new pet.“ After listening to Barriguitas, we asked for some more advice. Barriguitas dog, Barriguitas cat and Barriguitas bunny, also participated in the conversation.