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The Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win Five Chuggington Playsets and Two DVDs, All Worth $280!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have a little builder or train conductor at home? If you think these Chuggington model train sets are just too much fun to pass up, this giveaway is for you!

Enter for the chance to win approximately $280 worth of merchandise, including five Chuggington train playsets and a DVD.

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive:

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on December 8, 2014. Be sure to check back on December 9th and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, 21 years and older. Begins: 4PM EST on December 2, 2014. Ends: 11:59PM on December 8, 2014. Subject to Official Rules at http://www.parents.com/blogs/goodyblog/official-rules-enter-for-the-chance-to-win-five-chuggington-playsets-and-two-dvds/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

For more check out our official rules. Goody luck!

Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters
Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters
Best Toys That Feature Favorite Characters

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for the Chance to Win a Fisher-Price Power Wheels F150

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

What do you get the kid who has everything? How about his own car?! The 2014 Power Wheels are out for the holiday season, promising to make your kid the coolest on the block with a roomy truck bed, working tailgate, speeds of up to 5 MPH, the ability to reverse, and in some models, a working radio and lights!

And for laughs, you need to see their new commercial, just click on this picture: 

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive one (1) Fisher-Price Power Wheels F150, worth approximately $360 and appropriate for children ages 3 or older. (If you don’t win but still want one of these, start your shopping here!) To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on November 24, 2014. Be sure to check back on November 25th and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 48 contigual United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 4PM EST on November 18, 2014. Ends: 11:59PM on November 24, 2014. Subject to Official Rules at http://www.parents.com/blogs/goodyblog/official-rules-for-enter-for-the-chance-to-win-fisher-price-power-wheels-f-150/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

For more check out our official rules. Goody luck!

Best Toys That Get Kids Moving
Best Toys That Get Kids Moving
Best Toys That Get Kids Moving

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Shakira’s Son Influences Fisher-Price Toy Line

Friday, November 14th, 2014

*By Patty Adams Martinez

Shakira is parenting son Milan, who turns 2 in January, to the beat of her own drum.

You were born in Colombia but are raising Milan in the U.S. and Spain. Is your parenting style a blend of all three cultures?

Yes. In Spain, parents speak to their children as equals, which I like, and I feel that the children respond in turn. But in all three cultures, parents are attentive to their children. Gerard [Piqué, her soccer-pro boyfriend] and I both grew up in very close-knit families, and that has made us very openly affectionate parents.

How are you incorporating your heritage into Milan’s upbringing?

Milan got his Colombian passport, which was a very special moment for me. I want him to know and embrace that side of his culture, and I plan to bring him back as often as I can to make sure it’s something he feels a part of—from music to food to family.

How much of an influence was Milan on the line of baby gear and toys that you co-created with Fisher-Price [for sale exclusively at Amazon.com]?

He was a great influence—especially on the soccer ball in particular, since he loves to kick the ball around. I also wanted to include toys that I think are timeless. The blocks in the collection (seen in the picture above right) came from a vivid memory I had of playing with some in my own childhood.

You kept a diary the first year of Milan’s life—a tradition passed down from your own mom. What were some of your favorite moments captured?

His first steps! We were in London at a recording studio, a month and a half before his first birthday. Who knows? Maybe the music motivated him to get up and dance!

You’ve said you want to have enough kids for a soccer team! Is that still true?

(Laughs) Perhaps I was a bit ambitious when I said that! Two or three children would be nice. And I’d like to have a daughter.

How has being a mom helped you learn how to delegate?

I have a tendency to want to be involved in every facet of my career, and in the past my personal life often took a back burner. Becoming a mom forced me, in the best way possible, to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things that I can let go of and the world won’t crumble around me.

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter to Win a John Deere Wagon Full of Toys

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Harvest season intersects with toy season, and if Santa is feeling a little pressured all around, this week’s giveaway of a wagon full of John Deere toys can help! 

The John Deere Steel Stake Wagon (worth approximately $200) is one we have here in our offices; it’s our secret weapon for moving props around our hallways. You’ll love pulling your kid around in it, or watching him use it himself…ideally to help you get leaves to the curb.

The winner of this giveaway will also receive the following toys: Gear Force Harvest Action Combine ($60), Monster Treads RC Gator ($50), Monster Treads Shake & Sounds Farm Armor ($35), Monster Treads Raging Bull Roundup ($30) and Kernel Shucks ($16). Most of the toys are for ages 3 years+; the wagon is for ages 2 years+, Kernal Shucks is for 18 months+, and the remote-control gater is for ages 6 years+.

The approximate retail value of the total prize is $391. That’s a nice start, Santa! For your chance to win, you can leave a comment below, up to once a day every day between now and 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 17th. We’ll post the winner at the bottom of the thread, and please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize. For more details, check in to our official rules. Goody luck!

We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014

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Shakira on Motherhood: “I’m Nailing at Least Part of the Job.”

Monday, October 27th, 2014

* Interview by Patty Adams Martinez

Today Shakira, superstar singer and mom to 21-month-old Milan (and with a baby on the way!), announced her partnership with Fisher-Price, driving the design of a new line of baby gear and toys sold on Amazon.com. Look for our exclusive interview with her in the December issue of Parents magazine, and in the meantime, here’s a bit of what she shared with us!

Q: You wanted to join forces with Fisher-Price after Milan loved the Kick & Play Piano Gym. Why do you think Milan was so captivated by it? How much of an influence was Milan in the new toys you are helping to launch?
I think the toy stimulated him on various levels—his kicking led to a concrete response from the toy, which really allowed him to understand cause and effect and how he himself could participate, while the toys overhead provided visual stimulation. Watching him play and learn was a huge eye-opener and of course, had a great influence when we were designing the new toys.

Q: Music is obviously a huge part of your life. What are Milan’s favorite songs?
I’ve played him a bit of everything, from nursery rhymes to Green Day to Frank Sinatra. If he’s anything like his mother, he will have very eclectic tastes in music.

Q: Which is Milan picking up faster: Spanish or English?
I think I would have to say, if pressed to choose, that Spanish is his first language since I am the person he most spends time with and it’s my first language. He has an equal understanding of English, Spanish, and Catalan [which Milan’s dad, Gerard Piqué, speaks]. It’s quite astounding, really. But his first words, “mama” and “papa,” could work in any of the languages, so I’m really curious to see how his language skills develop in all three as he begins to form sentences and more complex thoughts.

Q: What do you consider your biggest mommy win?
I’d say the fact that Milan trusts me more than anyone is a win. I always explain everything to him, give him reasons for everything we do or don’t do, and always tell him the truth. I can see how it makes him feel safe with me, which makes me feel that I’m nailing at least part of the job.

Q: And your biggest mommy fail?
Getting my son to eat! He no longer eats pumpkin and certain fruits he used to love as a baby, and I don’t understand why!

Q: You’ve long been a proponent of early childhood education. Why is it so important to you, and how has it become even more important to you now that you have Milan?
It’s so important to me because of its importance in changing a person’s course in life really cannot be understated. Lots of people are born into less than ideal situations on a socioeconomic level. But those who have access to education gain the tools that help them to overcome their circumstances and become the chief of their own destiny. The return on investment for early education is limitless, because children’s potential is limitless. And after becoming a mother, I now realize how important it is to instill that knowledge not only in the children themselves but in their parents, because even before our kids enter school, we are their primary educators, and the more we stimulate them and interact with them, the more prepared they will be when they go off to school, and the more likely their chance of success later on in life.

Here, teachers explain to Parents why music is so important to kids.

The Importance of Music
The Importance of Music
The Importance of Music

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Box of Hasbro Games!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

It may be mid-October, but your kids have probably started a list for Santa already. While you may be thinking about a new pair of shoes to add to your list, your little one is thinking about toys, toys and more toys! We’re thinking about toys too, have you seen our Parents 2014 Best Toys list?!


Hasbro has a variety of games that make perfect “family gifts,” ones that everyone can share. And unlike Santa, Hasbro doesn’t have a naughty or nice list. Hasbro is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own box full of Hasbro Toys; including My Monopoly (one of our Best Toys winners!), Scrabble Electronic Scoring, Taboo Buzz’d, Trivial Pursuit Hints, Catchphrase Decades, Simon Swipe, Disney Frozen: Pop Up Magic Game, and a Transformers Battle Masters Grimlock figure–a prize worth $143.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on October 20. Be sure to check back on October 21 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all of the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Watch a behind-the-scenes clip of our toy-testers playing with our 2014 winners!

 

We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014
We Pick the Best Toys of 2014

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win a Massive Play Kitchen from Step2!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As a child, I was fascinated with the idea of cooking. Putting together my own little meals using play food gave me a sense of what it was like making things for myself. It was totally fun to imagine my own dishes!

With Step2′s Heart of the Home Kitchen, today’s tykes ages 2 and up can still get that feeling of being their own chef. We love all the elements that encourage real-life interaction, like the bubbling stove top and the wipe-off board to make grocery lists. The set as a whole is an impressive 41 pieces, so there’s a lot to keep your little one busy!

For our latest giveaway, we are offering ONE lucky winner the chance to nab a Heart of the Home Kitchen for themselves (it’s worth $170!). To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day February 10. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on February 11 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

In the meantime, head into your REAL kitchen and try tossing up this Valentine’s Day recipe for strawberry milk with your sweetie!

Congrats to our winner Jaclyn Reynolds!

Valentine's Day Treats: Strawberry Milk
Valentine's Day Treats: Strawberry Milk
Valentine's Day Treats: Strawberry Milk

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Win A Custom Baby Doll from American Girl

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A lot of people think the best part of having a baby doll is dressing her up in the cutest clothing. But I like to think a girl’s love for her dolly goes beyond cultivating a stylish wardrobe. When it comes down to it, a baby doll is a special thing because it helps children learn what it means to really take care of something.

Constantly being looked after by adults can feel like you never get a say in anything. But a baby doll can become HER thing to watch over, offering a taste of responsibility and purpose as she totes the gal around.

With American Girl’s Bitty Baby, she can choose from 11 doll options plus shop for cool nursery accessories, like a white wooden crib or play piano. Of course, you can’t escape the adorable outfits, some of which come in big girl sizes so your child can match her doll’s attire.

American Girl is offering TWO winners the chance to choose their own custom Bitty Baby Doll. Each set, worth about $80, also comes with a wishing star keepsake toy and illustrated hardcover book.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 6, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 7 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to Bonnie Leigh and Taryn Tener!

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