Mary and I took our kids to one of the bigger town centers a couple weeks ago for a trick-or-treat event. As we went from shop to shop, hauling our brood, all we could think was “Damn, that’s cute. I wanna go shopping…”.
So it’s a nice little departure to think about things I would want for the holiday. And to be honest, it’s taking a lot of will power not to just buy all these for myself right now.
If there was ever an age range that had so many options, it’s this one.
Why? Because 80% of your child’s brain develops by three years old.
Toddlers have reached many of their developmental milestones, meaning more self-awareness and independence. As they refine their gross motor movements, they are also putting words together to form simple sentences, modeling observed behaviors, and becoming an active participant in their environment.
Quick recap of our handy dandy gift criteria:
Is it cool?
Does it support child development?
What makes it stand out from all the rest?
What do the reviews say, specifically with durability and longevity?
As much as you try to avoid it, there’s a big cheery man in a red suit around every corner. You can’t escape him. Eventually, our kids are going to ask about him, like who he is, how he can be breaking and entering without getting arrested, or how is it possible to deliver all these presents in one night?
And the biggest question of all: “Is Santa real?”. Well, Virginia, let’s break this down before we jump to any conclusions.