I Wish I Could Just Get Them to Understand!
01 October

I Wish I Could Just Get Them to Understand!

My toddler son recently asked me why he has to brush his teeth every day. He frequently asked this question after that day. That drove me insane.I've told him about cavities, shown him pictures of tooth decay, told him that if he doesn't brush his teeth, his breath will stink, and so on. I did everything I could to make him understand why he should brush his teeth every day, but he still challenges me every day.What can I say to make him realize how important it is, so he will take responsibility for doing it? I'm sure the majority of toddler parents can relate.I explained why watching too much TV is bad for him the other day. I spent a half-hour explaining why to him. Do you think anyone can do this three times a day? It simply exhausts me. And what should I do if he doesn't agree...
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26 September

"They Must Understand What Is Wrong!"

"How will they learn that [hitting, swearing, breaking things, etc] is wrong if I don't punish them, give them some sort of consequence, or respond in some strong way?" They must understand that this is not acceptable! Isn't it my responsibility to make it clear to them that their behavior is unacceptable? If I just let them do it without telling them it's wrong, they'll think it's okay!"Take note. This is a myth.I (or you!) could walk into any preschool classroom, anywhere, tomorrow morning and ask any 3-year-old, 4-year-old, or 5-year-old if hitting, breaking, or swearing is okay, and 99.9% of them would clearly and definitively say no.This is one of the most common myths in life and in working with young children. So many of us fall into the trap of believing that if they know it's wrong, they won't do it. That is not how behavior works, nor is...
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The Advantages of Unstructured Play in Child Development
21 September

The Advantages of Unstructured Play in Child Development

Play, without the use of technology, is one of the most effective ways for a child's mental and physical development. Learn the significance of incorporating 1 to 2 hours of independent, unstructured play into your child's daily routine. Do you want your children to do something educational? Then let them play! Play is the most natural way for children to learn. It's one of the best ways for kids to grow and improve their mental and physical abilities.But not just any kind of play. Children require plenty of unstructured, independent play. This type of play excludes watching television, playing video games, or using technology. When your children play alone, with siblings, or with friends, they are engaging in independent play, which is defined as play that occurs without adult intervention.Playing also helps to develop:◾ Mental abilities such as problem-solving and cause and effect◾ Ability to communicate verbally◾ Imagination and creativity◾ Social...
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Axel Adventures - A Family Run Toy Store Inspired by Play
05 September

Axel Adventures - A Family Run Toy Store Inspired by Play

The Beginning of Axel Adventures: Axel Adventures was not planned in advance. It was established in 2018 following the birth of my son Axel. Me and my husband Geoff created it. We wanted our son Axel to have access to fun, safe toys that would positively impact his development from the start. This is how we came up with the idea for Axel Adventures. We believe that the best toys are those that encourage children to try new things, take on new roles, and "make-believe" in their own worlds. Our toys are interactive and fun for the entire family and can be used in a variety of ways, with countless ways to play. We started with this philosophy in mind. The Challenges: We initially struggled to find the right support personnel in marketing and some of the more complex areas of sales. Of course, cash flow is always important, and...
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How Stacking Toys Aid in the Development of Various Skills
13 August

How Stacking Toys Aid in the Development of Various Skills

From birth until the child reaches the age of three, the nervous system develops, so it is critical that they engage in activities that help them develop skills such as social skills, problem-solving skills, fine/gross motor skills, language, and many others in order to become happy and successful adults! Stacking toys are one such activity that incorporates all of these skills. Let's take a look at how stacking toys can help your child grow! 👇 ▪ Fine motor skills- Picking up and stacking items is a favorite pastime of toddlers; this activity teaches them the vital skill of making nimble movements of the thumb and forefinger to grasp the object. They will now understand how to move, arrange, and screw any object in order to complete their task. They will now be able to comprehend the world by becoming acquainted with object shape, size, weight, height, colors, textures, sequence, and...
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