• Summer Semester: Technology Saves the Day

    Summer Semester: Technology Saves the Day

    I've been talking to a lot of parents about summer reading and some of the challenges they're facing getting their kids to read-even when it's assigned by the school.

  • Summer Semster: The Joys of Reading

    Summer Semster: The Joys of Reading

    Did you know that there are places that are trying to get rid of sparklers as well? These most benign of fireworks—the ones that the little kids played with—are getting banned. It’s not that kids don’t want this stuff. A bunch of us grownups were sharing our explosive experiences with some kids last weekend, and the envy in their little hearts was palpable. Bottom line: Boys love to blow things up, and while they have to settle for the virtual explosions in video games and movies, I can’t help but think that something is lost by a generation that will be less likely to know what it’s like to light a fuse…

  • Summer Semester: Get Out and Play

    Summer Semester: Get Out and Play

    A lot has changed since I was a kid. You probably don’t want to know this, but we had ready access to cherry bombs, M-80s and other things that blew up. A pack of matches, the gas can out of the garage and a bucket of army men was enough to entertain us for the afternoon. Left to our own devices, we had many a wonderful day, and without ongoing parental supervision, well...let’s just say it’s a good thing we all have all our fingers and toes. But it does strike me as alarming that with all the constant mini-explosions going on in our neighborhood (53 kids under 13 spread out over two city blocks), that no…

  • Goops, Games and the Real World

    Goops, Games and the Real World

    When I was growing up, we got our training in manners from our parents and grandparents and virtually every other adult in our life. Elbows did not go on the table. Talking with the mouth full was verboten. If you didn't utter "please" or "thank you," you might as well not have spoken.

  • An Interview with Barbie

    An Interview with Barbie

    Barbie, lots of women freak out when turning 50, but you seem to be taking it in stride. What's your secret? I have to say, plastic is really fantastic, on so many levels - it's the reason I make such a "smooth" transition from year to year. And, having an amazing team of stylists and fashion designers, plus a house on the beach in Malibu doesn't hurt either!  Also, this year is such a fun year of celebrations with friends and partners around the world.

  • Precious Planet is Released at the Zoo

    Precious Planet is Released at the Zoo

    The Amphibian Room at the Central Park Zoo was filled with toys on January 27 as Fisher-Price held a special event there to unveil its new Precious Planet line of must-have baby gear for parents and their little ones. Actress and mom Maggie Gyllenhaal was on hand to lend support for the new line and to announce Fisher-Price's $250,000 donation benefiting the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an organization that saves wildlife and wild places. "Fisher-Price is such a big part of everyone's childhood and I am so happy to join forces with them in presenting this generous donation in support of the Wildlife…