Dear Marianne: Are there any toys that will help my preschool daughter learn to share? Peggy, Cleveland, OH, Mom of Katie (3 1/2)
I would suggest toys that promote turn-taking. Board and card games encourage this while having fun. Be sure to play with her and really emphasize how proud you are when your child waits for a turn. Clapping, verbal encouragement and positive reinforcement will make this all part of the game. She may soon realize that sharing can be fun. more...
How often should you clean plastic toys? Piper. Shreveport, LA, Mom of Anna, 2, Ben, 3 and Aidan, 5.
It is so important to clean toys on a regular basis. Plastic and vinyl toys harbor bacteria and germs. I suggest to regularly use a bleach and water solution and wash toys that are played with often, at least once per week. If your child has a cold or has playmates over, then clean as needed. If you add this into your household cleaning routine, it will make for a cleaner and happier play experience for your child.
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Don't over stuff the toy box with tech toys. When is technology too much technology?
While tech toys are popular and some can be educational, the latest round of newcomers at Toy Fair makes it clear we're going too far into technology assisted play. It seems technology now permeates almost every kind of toy category on the toy shelves. Parents run the risk of stocking the playroom with items that undermine the important developmental aspects of childhood play.