How Toys Can Impact The Development of Children

At this time in my family’s timeline, I’m a stay-at-home mom. (I mean, I stay home with our 19-month-old twins, but I also run several small businesses and attempt to keep my house clean and my husband happy, too…but you get the idea!)

I take all of these responsibilities seriously, of course, but one thing I’ve been paying close attention to is how our girls play. And what they play with. And how they interact with toys and each other. They start daycare in the Fall, and I want to make sure they’re in line with the rest of the kiddos, ya know?

So when Nik Stoyanov sent me over a post on child development and toys, well, it was perfect timing! Interesting read here, for sure! 

Toys are one of the rare items on which parents spare no expense. And rightfully so.

This product group is crucial for baby’s and child’s development. It introduces infant to the world and helps build motoric skills and senses. However, not every toy is ideal. This is precisely why parents need to prioritize and provide the right toys at the right moment.

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Here are some thing you need to know as a parent.

Toys for Newborns

Babies are extremely eager to learn. They are very curious beings and easily stimulated by things that surround them. All these colors and patterns are new to them so it takes them a while to get used to this situation. In fact, you as a parent can impact an infant’s development by introducing it to the right toys. Musical and sound toys are important during first months. Also, you need to introduce toys with various colors and schemes. This will help baby develop vision. As the time goes by, more advanced toys are necessary; toys that will develop motoric skills. Have in mind that all these toys are used so that your baby is more proactive and engaged.

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Toys for Toddlers

Toddlers are already used to toys at this point. This period allows for more experimenting as you have already covered the basic senses. During this time, the child will learn more advanced things and continue its previous development. Have in mind that toddlers can still play with the same toys with which they played during infancy. But now, they can use even some more advanced tools. Blocks are pretty great during this time as they introduce kids to problem solving and develop their creativity. Crayons are also good as they also improve their creativity. Cars and small kids’ vehicles can also be an interesting choice as they help kids move around and explore their surroundings also increasing their autonomy. Reborn dolls can also be great as they slowly teach kids how to behave responsibly and to take care of things.

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The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Does homemaking ever feel a little too hard?

There’s no question that you love your family like crazy and you’d do anything for them, but we all know it can be an exhausting job.

If you’re anything like me, I bet you wish your home felt more put together and peaceful, you kept up with housework better, you were more consistent about serving healthy, homemade meals and you weren’t running ragged so much of the time. Especially if you’re working outside the home AND inside it, too!

Because these families of ours? They matter more than anything else. Our job is so important, and we really want to do it right.  But so often, we end up feeling discouraged and even like we’re failing.

Maybe you wonder how you can keep up with it all and still have the energy and intentionality to be the kind of mom, wife and woman you want to be.

Now, I know as well as you do that homemaking is never going to be stress-free (though it sure sounds nice). But what if you had more (and better) tools to help make it stress-less?

That’s why I’m over the moon to tell you about something very special happening right now called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.

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The Summer Must-Haves for Mom EVENT!

I have been SO excited about this for weeks now! If you don’t know what you’ve reached here on The Road to Domestication, basically, you’ve just entered a dream world, complete with fantastic giveaways of amazing treasures (seriously, scroll down and see!) and a pretty great link-up where you can add YOUR posts! So…keep on reading…you’ll be SO glad you did!

Welcome!!! Can you believe we’re back for a third #SummerMustHaves event?! I’ll tell you…the first year we did this, it was small potatoes. But it was crazy fun to do a little something just for mamas. Since that inaugural giveaway (also our first giveaway ever…we do it big around here!), we’ve only grown, and this year’s event promises to be EPIC. Not only have we increased our grand prize count to FOUR huge prize bundles, we’ve got some killer co-hosts, a link up for all things mama and summer-centric, and some really awesome sponsors. As if that’s not enough, we are bringing you two weeks of fun across twelve blogs! You read that right folks…for the next two weeks, we’re bringing you summer related product reviews, DIYs, how-tos, freebies, games, chats and more!

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Ready to meet the bloggers bringing the party to your corner of the interwebs?

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I Can Not Do it All

I had something totally different planned for the blog today…but, to be quite honest, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, so I thought I’d talk about that a bit.

I can not do it all. I’ve always KNOWN that, I just never really wanted to admit it. But I’m ready to now! Oh, I’m there!

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And what really gets me when I’m there is that people I know (moms with kids) are always telling me, “Wait until you have kids. You don’t know what busy is until you have children.” This only makes me feel like…

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