The kids are grown, now what?: Keeping Up With What's Hot!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Keeping Up With What's Hot!


My son and my youngest daughter are 15 months apart. For many years it was what I imagine having twins would be like. They loved the same TV shows and any toys that we bought we would have to buy two of the same because they both wanted the same things.
Ghostbusters was HOT was Eli and Ryan were little. They both had little Ghostbusters packs and they ran around the house busting ghosts. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was also very big. We took them to the drive-in to see the movie. That became a big favorite and they both still love TMNT well into adulthood. For his birthday Eli asked for the TMNT Pizza Thrower. It was a little tank like vehicle that shot plastic pizzas. One day the pizza got stuck and I was holding it up to my face so I could see what I was doing while trying to free the pizza. Eli pushed the button and the pizza came out and hit me right on the bridge of my nose. That was painful! Not only was it painful but it made me realize that this toy could be considered a potentially dangerous weapon. I was pretty happy when Eli quickly became bored with it.

Back then we only had magazines available to find product reviews and I had never seen any reviews for the toys my children wanted. It was all trial and error and parental word of mouth.

Now my kids are all grown and I have a wonderful grandson to buy presents for. One of the things that I LOVE about the internet is that when it's time to buy presents for Brock I can always search for reviews on toys at This way I can find out if a toy will hold up to rough play, if it has any dangers associated with it, or if it's a great buy. I love reviews from real people telling me about their and their children's experience with a product. I want to keep my special boy safe!


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