If you ever watched an Afterschool Special when you were a kid, you were no doubt brainwashed into believing that allowing your friends to talk you into anything could only lead to disaster. Every installment of this television staple was basically a sermon about how following the crowd would surely end with you living on skid row or being extracted from a car by the Jaws of Life. And all because you didn’t obey your mother’s warning against the evils of outside influences. But, despite what you’ve heard, all peer pressure isn’t bad — especially if you’ve got a product to sell.
A childhood without doodles is like a childhood without creativity, imagination and laughter. What child hasn’t imagined their drawings coming to life, and what parent doesn’t proudly display a child’s doodles on the fridge? The book Doodleday by Ross Collins is perfect for art-loving kids, and makes an ideal gift when accompanied by a sketch pad and crayons. Doodleday stars Harvey, a young lad whose mother is leaving him for the afternoon. Little Harvey has only two instructions: do not disturb your father and do not, whatever you do, do NOT draw on Doodleday!
Shouts can be sounds of praise or anger. In this edition of “High Five,” picture me standing on my invisible soapbox. High Fives to good work, and fewer digits for retailers’ endless sales. Plus a raised fist for those that don’t consider promotion as important as the light bill. What makes your “High Five” list?
When it comes to creative and imaginative toys, Hape is producing miles of smiles! There is nothing Hape loves better than to watch children laughing, sharing, and enjoying the toys they have created. Products range from educational puzzles and mazes to a complete line of eco-friendly doll houses and furnishings. All Hape toys are created with a child’s development in mind. Each toy is constructed of eco-friendly, high quality materials so that children can be children and play with their toys for years to come, and then hand them down to younger children to enjoy.
Summer has unofficially started, and families are gearing up for some hot times by the cool pool. Others are heading out to one of thousands of beautiful sandy beaches and lakes. Together with all the sun, fun and splashing good times, however, water can be dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second highest cause of death in children under 15 years old. Rita Goldberg, a former national swimmer in Britain, provide families with much-needed advice and expertise that she brings from her years as a swimmer and an instructor in her fun, fascinating and informative book, I Love to Swim.
I often hear business owners say, “I would love to take advantage of social media, but I just don’t know where to start!” Most people understand that social media is a force to be reckoned with and that it is influencing the way consumers make decisions concerning what they buy and where. However, getting why social media is useful and knowing how to take advantage of it are quite different. With traditional media, some might dip their toes in the water with an ad or two. However, social media demands a head first dive right in.
What could be better than having a baby? How about having twins, triplets, or more! While there’s no doubt that bundles of joy multiply the blessings, there may be some concern that the bundles will make for fumbles when it comes to feedings, diaper changes, and getting out of the house. Parents of multiples often have more needs than wants and rely on high-quality, durable products that can get tasks done in double time without double trouble. When it comes to innovative products made for multiples, parents can count on Double Blessings, Podee, Tommi Guard, and Bumkins.
Remember when you were little and there was nothing better than snuggling up in mom or dad’s lap to listen to a favorite story? Yottoy has been publishing children’s books especially made for those cherished family memories since 1995. Yottoy brings characters to life through its storybooks, plush pals and backpacks. The characters are colorful, full of personality, and the perfect companion for young readers.
A pop-art sculptor. An entrepreneur. A chemist. A pediatrician. Meet the Monahans: the intelligent family behind DANO2. The idea for DANO2 came after Daniel and Chelsea Monahan’s daughter, Bella, was born. She began teething in 2007, when news of lead, phthalates, and BPA in children’s products was making the headlines. These toxic chemicals were found to be prevalent in the paints and plastic of those same products little teething Bella had taken to enjoy chewing on. Chelsea encouraged Daniel to protect his daughter and countless other infants by creating safe toys — and so he did.
Businesses are started with intentions of being successful. Growth is a key to realizing that goal. There’s a familiar old saying –– “If you’re not growing you’re dying” –– and it is so true. However, in today’s challenging economic times, growth is easier said than done. Even so, there are a number of businesses experiencing success. What sets these companies apart? Are they lucky? Are they overflowing with resources? Not necessarily: Companies that do well are those with a strong sense of what they are setting out to achieve. These companies are pressing forward because they desire to grow and have committed to make that happen.
~ Fashion Journalist Teri Agins to Provide Keynote ~ WNBC’s Melissa Russo to Emcee Event on June 1st at Pierre NY Hotel
New York, NY – April 25, 2011 – Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), the internationally renowned children’s charity, today announced that it will honor five women at its 5th Annual Women in Industry Awards Luncheon, for their outstanding contributions to children in need.
Usborne Publishing has been in the business of popular, serious fun since 1973, and has lovingly nurtured its vast array of enjoyable, educational books. Usborne is known for its charming, hands-on “Fairies” book series that encourages play and learning as well as its beloved “Farmyard Tales” collection. Its newest addition, the “Books with Wind-up Toys” series, sweeps away the protestations of even the most stubborn young reader: these books have toys! Not only does each colorful tome come with a wind-up toy, but each toy can be used inside of the book as the story progresses, keeping little hands busy and eager minds occupied.