This it the first post in a series about toys and what to look for when toy shopping. In the early days of Little Ants, we wrote this post: http://littleants.com/blog/2011/10/18/choosing-the-perfect-toy/ about our experiences with selecting toys. Well that post was 12 yrs ago (It has a different date from moving blog services). A lot has changed and a lot hasn’t changed in the last 12 years.
What has changed:
1. Most parents do not remember the lead paint recall scare of 2008.
2. Wood has become the new black.
3. Tablets entered the market
4. LEGO finally effectively tapped into the little girl market
5. Prices on toys jumped due to all the extra regulations that resulted from point #1.
What hasn’t changed?
1. Children’s natural curiosity.
2. Children’s desire to play with and interact with parents and older children.
3. That play is the primary way children learn in the first 6 years of their life and remains important through adulthood.
4. That some toys encourage and inspire children more than other toys do.
So over the next few weeks as we go over what the difference is between types of toys and what they encourage psychologically, emotionally, and mentally it is important to remember that while some of our culture changes and shifts towards more technology and more batteries, that the intrinsic nature of the child does not.
Check back tomorrow for our post “Batteries not Included”.
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Story Book Class: Little Ants is excited to announce two Lego StoryStarter classes. Classes will meet once a week for 12 weeks. Level 1 is for 3-6yrs Level 2 is 2nd-5th grade. The Preschool group with be a retelling and building of classic and original stories. The Level 2 Grade School group will incorporate building with writing stories on associated software. Class is $75 for preschool $100 for grade school for 12 week semester. Classes are at 3:30 pm Tuesdays for 3-6 yr olds & 3:30pm Mondays for 2nd-5th grade. Register Here
Building USA History
Students will learn about events in US History by discussing/presenting facts to the rest of the class, then building the scenes out of Legos. Each student will be responsible to research one or two topics and tell the class about it throughout the semester. Each week we will cover one topic and build a lego scene based on the topic. Ages 4th-8th grade. Class is $75 per student for 12 weeks. Class will meet on Thurs at 3:30pm. Register here.
Classes will begin the week of Sept 15th.
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About 3 weeks ago our store had a major sump pump failure and got 2.5 feet of water. It caused chaos to two businesses that are already “kinda” chaotic, but this post isn’t a pity party. It is about being spoiled good.
In the last 2.5 weeks, I have been spoiled rotten. My husband bought my tired body an iPad mini (which is how this post was written since my days are still kinda crazy). The local LLL group raised funds to treat my family to an edible fruit basket and help me rebuild the resource library I had accumulated through the years. Someone even wrote Mary Sheedy Kurcinka and got my autographed book replaced. Tons of friends and customers have helped clean, scrub, and restore as much damaged stuff as we can. GR Freeman heating and cooling came and fixed my furnace when they heard insurance wouldn’t cover it. I mean seriously I have been pampered and spoiled. My heart is bubbling with love and appreciation, but there is more….
I have been spoiled good. I often hear moms come in the store talking about welling meaning family members that say not to hold the baby too much or answer every cry because they will get spoiled rotten. As a *mostly* grown adult, I have to say that this time of being held either in prayer, in work, or in thoughts has not spoiled me in the sense that I now think everyone should give me everything that I want, but has spoiled me in the sense that I feel loved. I feel rejuvenated to keep supporting new parents in their journey as I am also so supported. Why would our society think that a tender innocent baby would feel any different when spending hours, days, weeks in the tender loving arms of their parent?
You can only spoil with stuff. Love refreshes and preserves.
Thank you all for such generosity the last few weeks.
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With 5 kids, I have potty trained, well 5 times. While each of my children has been different in the age and what part of training was the most difficult, I have found that there are some key aspects to potty training.
My basic method is to put the diapers away tell the child they have gotten too big for them and they now get underwear. This is where it gets, well, messy. I literally put the child in underwear. The result, there ends up being a bunch of “clean spots” in our house as I have mopped up pee from one location or another. Last month I decided I was done with my daughters super sensitive skin and removing all acid food from our diet. It was time to venture into the potty world and be a potty girl (anyone remember that Barbie girl song from the 90s? If so feel free to replace the “barbie” part with “potty” and annoy yourself to death).
This is what my week looked like:
Sunday- we introduced her little potty and how she can use it anytime she wanted. We also showed her the new panties we bought.
Monday – We explained that the panties actually go on your bottom and not your head and put a pair on her. The rest of the day was spent changing pants and underpants about every 20 minutes.
Tuesday – We spent the day changing pants and underpants and mopping the floor every hour (note the fact that the time was getting longer). Everytime she peed on the floor, we would sit her on the potty and remind her that is where she puts her pee. That it is where mommy goes potty, daddy goes potty, and then we named every brother and how they go potty there.
Wednesday – A few pees managed to be on the potty but the rest was on the floor. Lots of clean spots in our house at this point.
Thursday – I was getting annoyed. I was sick of washing underpants out in the sink (we only had 7 pairs) and sick of cleaning pee. I was about to give up, but remembered that I promised that as long as she didn’t complain about using the potty, I would take her submission as enthusiasm. So we kept at it and only had about 3 pees not in the potty!
Friday – Every single pee made it into the potty and the same on Saturday.
Night time is a different story. She often wakes up to pee, but sometimes doesn’t. I honestly don’t know that I am determined enough to keep her dry at night to get out of my warm cozy bed. Maybe when she starts letting daddy take her potty at night my brain will start realizing that she does actually give signs in her sleep that she needs to pee.
For more tips, an oldie but a goodie: Potty Training from 2011