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Tag: responsibility
New Years Resolutions
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January 1, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Another year has arrived and most of us shared our new year´s resolutions last night. Setting goals for oneself is very rewarding but it shouldn’t be limited to adults. Let´s make the most of today and ask our kids what they want to see accomplished in 2016. Aside from their personal goals, you can create a list of things you´d like to do as a family. Just like we suggested in this article, “it´s not only a fun activity to do together but kids will be able to feel they are part of the team and will learn to be responsible.”

How to take care of our planet with Mutant Busters
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December 28, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Part of what we do as parents is to teach our children values and cultivate their respect for our planet. Recycling, caring for the environment and ecological values have been an important subject matter in recent years. Especially now, when we are surrounded by so much holiday wrapping paper, packaging and gift boxes. But, isn´t there a fun way we can show our children how to take care of the planet? The answer is yes and today at The Toy Blog, we will teach you how with Mutant Busters.

Going skiing with Barriguitas
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December 25, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Even if it´s cold this winter season, there are so many fun things to do as a family! In this post, we spoke about how healthy it is for kids to play outside even during the cold winter days. We´ve also published several articles about winter sport activities such as Ice Skating. But today, we´d like to focus on skiing. Skiing with children shouldn’t be complicated or dangerous but there are certain things you must keep in mind. Barriguitas knows best as she is an expert skier. That´s why we asked her to share some tips for mommys and daddys who want to take their kids skiing this winter.

A magical visit to Famosa´s dream factory
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December 3, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

If you still harbour the joy and excitement of when you were a child, you´ve surely asked yourself, at some point, where and how toys are made. We certainly do. That´s why when Famosa invited us to visit their factory, we immediately travelled towards the Valley of Toys. We wanted to know what happens behind the scenes, especially now, right before Christmas. Join us today to discover who is behind each Famosa toy, doll and play set.

Emotional Intelligence with Afectiva, our Wishmakers of the month!
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November 27, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

This month´s Wishmakers are Belén Robles, María García-Parrado and Raquel Burguillo, the three psychologists that founded Afectiva, A School of Emotional and Social Development.  After years of training and experience working with children, teenagers and families, they decided to share their vision of psychology and create this project. Their work method is based on close ties and trust as they want the people who come to the school to feel welcomed and offer them a place where they can express themselves freely. We asked them how parents could develop their children´s emotional intelligence as well as how to best manage emotions, cultivate empathy and avoid bullying.

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!

Dads do it different
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November 24, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

At The Toy Blog, we believe in the importance of fathers when it comes to parenting and their decisive role in the life of their children. Just we like pointed out in this post, “they are vital in their kids education, development and emotional health as well as influence how they see the world.” Now thanks to scientific research and technology, now we also know that the absence of fathers during the critical periods of a child´s life can impair their social and behavioural skills in the future. Discover what science and experts are saying in this post.

Fun Activities to do on Universal Children´s Day
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November 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Universal Children´s Day was first established in 1954 by the United Nations on a day like today, November 20th, in order to promote unity and international awareness of children´s rights. UNICEF coordinates this special day and encourages us to participate in improving the welfare of children all over the world. There are still too many who  do not enjoy their full rights and there is still a lot to do. We, as parents, should help our children become aware.

How to help kids get organized with Nancy
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November 17, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Being organized at school is crucial to avoid distractions and place their energy into really soaking in what they learn in class. How are your children doing this year? If teachers at school have suggested they are lacking in the organizational department, don´t worry! Nancy is an expert in this field. After reading the interesting article she published in her blog, we asked her to share some advice. Because sometimes it´s best if their favourite toy  does the talking! Aside from being fun, these tips will help your kids improve. But remember, we as parents and educators must be good role models and be careful about how we teach them these lessons. Faraway from becoming angry, we must suggest and guide them.

Positive Influencing
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November 12, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

As parents and educators, we hope to influence our children in a positive way so they have good “mirrors” in which to look and be reflected. That´s why we must be careful with the decisions we make. For us and especially for them. That way, next time they find themselves in a hard, difficult or new situation, they´ll remember what we did and how we reacted. “What did mom do when this happened to her? What did dad do when he was in this same circumstance? If you´d like to learn how to influence your children in a positive way, keep reading.