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Amaya Sáez from Menudos Corazones: Our Wishmaker this month!
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June 15, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that heart disease is the largest congenital pathology suffered in Spain? And that it affects 4.000 children a year in this country. With these numbers, plenty of passion and hard work, a foundation was born with the aim of improving these children´s quality of life. This foundation also helps families prepare for the different stages of the treatment by providing professional teams and the necessary materials they need. But not only this. The non-profit organisation works to cultivate their self-esteem, creativity, imagination and the values children need to become more independent and keep playing. For these reasons and many more, The Toy Blog has interviewed Amaya Sáez, director of Menudos Corazones and this month´s Wishmaker.

8 ways to say NO without saying NO
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May 4, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

It might sound ridiculous but saying “no” is not the best way to discipline children. Some experts believe that if the use of negation is practiced often enough, we can build resentment in our children and even lay the grounds for a future rebel. According to Audrey Ricker, PHD in psychology and author of ‘Back Talk’, if we constantly say “no”, the word will lose its significance. Instead, it’s preferable to use short, clear and concise sentences to explain to children why they should not do something. Try the following 10 sentences and let us know if they work.

Pacifier or no pacifier?
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April 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Pacifiers are good for babies. Among other things, it reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. As they grow however, it becomes a habit. Although doctors at the American Academy of Paediatrics as well as the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend limiting the use of pacifiers for babies 6 months and older, the majority of children do not let go until the are two. Habits aren´t easy to quit but it can be done. How and what can we do, as parents, to help them let go of their pacifier?

Jogging with Nancy
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January 22, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Jogging  is now a trend. Now, more than ever, people put on their running shoes and join this healthy exercise. The famous Famosa doll Nancy has not doubted to join the fun. Several days ago, she commented on her blog that one of her favourite activities is running through the park. This doll loves to do exercise because she understands the benefits of feeling good. So we´ve asked her to give us some advice for young kids who love running. Many parents might ask themselves what age is appropriate for their children to begin this sport and what benefits does it have and what do they need.  Nancy has answered all these questions and more.

Teaching your Children how to get Organized
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July 29, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Children today are busier and more distracted than ever before. Between school, extra curricular classes and activities, homework and social commitments, kids face an overwhelming amount of stimuli and demands that make paying attention and completing tasks almost impossible. That´s why it´s important to teach them how to get organized, a skill that will make them more responsible in the present and future. It only requires some help, supervision and practice. Continue reading to learn how.

How to Avoid Sunburns
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July 18, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Everyone, adults and children, needs the sun. It´s our main source of vitamin D, the one that helps us absorb calcium so we have stronger bones. However, we spend more time than we need in the sun and we burn. Sunburns aren´t just a temporary reaction to the sun and the skin of an adult isn´t like a child’s delicate and thin skin. If they suffer from sunburns while they´re young, the risk of  developing skin cancer and eye damage is five times higher.

The best books and apps for the summer
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July 16, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children love the beach. However, when the sun is too high, your kids have just finished eating lunch or when the water is too cold, they might get a bit restless. Take these moments to cultivate their love for reading. You only need to learn some tricks to get them to sit still and enjoy the best books and apps for their age. Children learn by watching you. If you children see you reading at the beach, they´ll probably want to do the same. It doesn´t always work, so you´ll have to motivate them to read. But how do you do it?

Summer Homework: how to keep up with learning
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July 7, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Kids have a lot of free time during the summer and some parents like to keep them entertained with summer refresher activities. Some experts, however, believe summer vacations should be spent doing other types of things, activities that personally enrichen the lives of children. So, should we give them homework or a break? 

Toys for 3 year olds
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July 2, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Each child is unique and learns as he grows, according to his age and his stage of development. Starting at age 3, children are more conscious of themselves and their place in the world. But they also continue to live in their imaginary world. Through playing, children develop important social, memory and motor skills.

Age 3 marks the period in which they start to make friends and develop values such as cooperation. At this stage children continue to question things and want to know the answers to all their why´s. All these factors should be considered when buying a toy for this age. Here are our suggestions for the best toys you can buy for your 3 year old.

Cell phones for Kids. Yes or no?
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July 1, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

You´ve probably heard your children ask you for a cell phone. But when it comes to really knowing whether they need it nor not is a hot debate. Parents and teachers have different points of view on the subject. Six out of 10 children between the age of 10 and 15 have a cell phone. But are they good for our children? We´ve analysed the main advantages and disadvantages of children using smartphones.