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¡Vamos a jugar, aprender y descubrir en Discovery Familia! Thumbnail

Entretenidas series, simpáticos personajes y nuevos mundos de exploración y descubrimiento para preescolares llegan cada día a la pantalla de Discovery Familia. A través del bloque Discovery Kids, el canal ofrece trece horas continuas de […] Read More >>

En la actualidad, mantener oculta la verdad acerca de Santa Claus es mucho más difícil para los padres que en los tiempos de mi niñez. En aquel entonces no teníamos Internet ni la invasión de […] Read More >>

La ‘Recapitulación del Año’ es el tema de la  Fiesta Twitter Party #HISPZ con PapiBlogger y otras blogueras latinas Thumbnail

(English) With the year almost over, it’s the perfect time to do a recap so that's what this week’s Hispanicize Twitter Party for our sponsor Wal-mart will center around! And, of course, it wouldn't be a Twitter Party without cool gifts and treat so we're packing those as well!

Anuncio Nuevo de Pampers Es Apropriado Para La Temporada Festiva Thumbnail

(English) Every once in a while we feature cool family-friendly commercials in this space that catch our attention.  Even though it may not have been Pampers intention the name, subject and timing of this Spanish-language ad couldn't be more appropriate given its focus on the miracle of birth and Christmas.

La historia que salvó a Santa Claus

La historia que salvó a Santa Claus Thumbnail

No estoy seguro si alguno de ustedes ha definido así a Santa, pero hasta ahora no he escuchado a otra persona que lo haya dicho. En el caso de los padres como yo, que siempre han pensado en cómo combinar a Jesús y a Santa que no sea tan confusa como uno cree, esta historia ha obrado maravillas para contribuir a que nuestros hijos incorporen la compasión, la emoción y la celebración que encarna la Navidad.

Disculpa, pero esta entrada está disponible sólo en English […] Read More >>

PapiBlogger y otros blogueros participarán en continuación de Fiesta Twitter de $2,000 este miércoles Thumbnail

La semana pasada, Hispanicize, nuestra compañía de medios sociales que se inaugurará próximamente, organizó una MEGA Fiesta Twitter con 45 premios por valor de más de $2,000. Haga clic aquí para una rápida recapitulación. Esta semana, realizaremos otra fiesta/party para Discovery Familia, nuestro patrocinador titular de Twitter, con más de $2,000 en tarjetas de regalos y premios. El tema de este miércoles será Tradiciones Navideñas Hispanas.

Consejos para la compra de juguetes durante la temporada festiva Thumbnail

(English) In the blue-collar Latino family that I grew up in, you sacrificed everything to give the kids the presents they wanted for the holidays. I would have continued the tradition this year except for a revelation that I got recently while cleaning my kids’ closet.

In the blue-collar Latino family that I grew up in, you sacrificed everything to give the kids the presents they wanted for the holidays.

My brother, a cop, for example, is going to be working numerous off duty gigs this month in order to go all out for my niece’s Santa list. Like robots, my sister and I have always done the same for our children. None of us has ever stopped to question the FAMILY KIDS GIFT TRADITION because it seems so harmless.

I would have continued that way this year again except for a revelation that I got recently while cleaning our kids’ closet in preparation for a garage sale. I hope what I’m about to say will bring many of you parents wisdom because this impacts how we approach buying toys for young children.

Here’s my liberating thought: If you have kids ages infant to 14 years of age it is WASTEFUL to buy your children more than two or three toys.

If you want proof of that from a father of three young kids come look at what I found in their closet: shelves of practically unused or even unopened toys. In fact, some of the garage sale toys we’re selling this coming weekend are THE ONE my kids asked me for in a previous Christmas.

Here’s some toy buying wisdom I’ve gleaned from years of trial and error with holiday gift buying for three kids:

• Less toys makes for better toy use. If you buy your children more than two or three toys, you will often see that beyond the first day of those toys, most of those toys will not be played with again. Kids almost always play consistently with two toys for a consistent period of time. (This also applies to video games unless you have children that play video games all the time and don’t study).

• Don’t assume that the more expensive, sexy toys are necessarily the ones you’re children are going to like most. My experience shows me that there’s a world of difference between the toy YOU think your kid will like most and the one they actually will after they unwrap it. (You don’t often get this lucky but one of the best, most used toys I ever gave my son Jonathan was a $6 slingshot!)

• Before your child creates their holiday toy list, try to see if you can have them “test” the toys they think they want. The Internet is packed with researched resources like my 2010 PapiBlogger Holiday Gift Guide, which features some of this holiday season’s top kid-tested toys. YouTube is also packed with videos about specific toys.

• Suggest toys and games for the whole family. I often find that parents are too far removed or shy about the toy election process. This year my guide featured several toys/games that I think are fun for kids and the whole family. These toys/games can be some of the best ones to buy because you can create family memories with them.

• Don’t put the entire toy-buying burden on yourself. In my family my kids will often end up with 15 new toys each Christmas and that doesn’t include the Day of the Three Kings, when a bonus gift or two often sneaks in. This is another major reason why I think it’s frequently useless to buy more than two or three toy gifts for your kids. In our family I often find that my sister, brother and sister-in-law often buy some of the catchiest toys my kids play most with. If you have a family that buys your kids toys why overdo it in buying toys? (If you have a family that doesn’t often buy toys for your kids then you may want to buy more toys for your children but probably no more than five in my view). In the blue-collar Latino family that I grew up in, you sacrificed everything to give the kids the presents they wanted for the holidays. I would have continued the tradition this year except for a revelation that I got recently while cleaning my kids’ closet.