Archive for the ‘Childhood’ Category

It’s hard to move on with Toys “R” Us gone

Friday, June 29th, 2018


Back in March when the news of Toys “R” Us closing was new, I wrote about how parents could go on building memories with children.

Today, when all the stores are closed, I realize how sad the adults are.

  • We remember with excitement what a treat it was to take our children to Toys “R” Us
  • We can relate to the anxiety of new parents shopping for their first child at Babies “R” Us
  • And for some of us, we got to do it all over again for grandchildren

The nostalgia is what we will miss.

We understand the loss of a store that was uniquely multigenerational.  I don’t know of another retailer that meant so much to families.  It gave a whole new perspective to the lifetime value of a customer.

Much will be written and studied about the demise, but as an insider I will tell you the people that worked there loved the brand and working with each other.  But it wasn’t enough.

For those getting ready to write white papers, let me get you started.  Santa and moms have a great return on investment.  The leadership just didn’t believe it.

Godspeed to the 33,000 workers who gave their all – you did your best for all Toys “R” Us kids.

Parental Wisdom®

Tina Nocera, Founder

Create a summer to remember

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Summer is a state of mind.

Before you blink and it’s over, create a summer to remember!

There are 31 days in July and August – here are 62 ideas.  Spoiler alert – none require tech gadgets!

  1. Make smores
  2. Have a bike decorating contest for July 4th (if you do not have a bike check out downhill bikes for sale Adelaide catalog).
  3. Fina a drive-in movie theatre near you.
  4. Plant a vegetable garden
  5. Make paper airplanes
  6. Make your own sidewalk chalk and then create outside art
  7. Build a new Lego challenge
  8. Learn a new card game
  9. Ask your parents or grandparents to teach you a game they played as kids
  10. Make and fly your own kite
  11. Go on a scavenger hunt
  12. Go to a minor league baseball game
  13. Go on a nature walk and take photos
  14. Print the photos and make them into postcards and mail to your grandparents!
  15. With your parents help, plan and make dinner one evening
  16. How long can you jump rope?
  17. Go to the library and borrow language tapes, and learn a few phrases.
  18. Catch lightning bugs
  19. Pay for ice cream of the person behind you in line
  20. Go to a water park, or run through a sprinkler
  21. Play minute to win it games
  22. Fill water balloons and play water balloon piñata
  23. Have a dance party
  24. Play board games
  25. Help take care of an elderly neighbor’s yard
  26. Hike in a state park
  27. Visit a museum you’ve never been to
  28. Reorganize your room
  29. Have a garage sale
  30. Make and mail cards to soldiers
  31. Bake cookies and take them to your local fire and/or police station
  32. Make popsicles
  33. Create a music video
  34. Try an outdoor science experiment
  35. Have a car wash
  36. Make finger paints
  37. Play ultimate Frisbee
  38. Create your own family madlibs game
  39. Attend a free concert
  40. Host an outdoor sleepover
  41. Play manhunt
  42. Visit a farmers market
  43. Go to a planetarium
  44. Try miniature golf
  45. Create a building from marshmallows and toothpicks
  46. Tie dye
  47. Make your own glitter slime
  48. Design your own pillow case with fabric markers
  49. Make your own outdoor twister game
  50. Make a puppet theatre and have a show
  51. Homemade play dough
  52. Host a joke telling contest
  53. Play Simon Says
  54. Visit a local factory
  55. Make a slip and slide
  56. Have a picnic
  57. Go fishing
  58. Go berry picking, and then make a pie
  59. Tell ghost stories
  60. Make a stand and sell lemonade
  61. Put on a magic show
  62. Play charades

Feel free to add more.

Have an amazing summer!

Tina Nocera, Founder

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Sandcastles matter more than you realize

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The good thing about taking the kids to the beach or the lake is the poor cell coverage.

Very poor cell coverage makes for great family fun like building sand castles, playing Marco Polo, counting handstands in the pool, playing cards, or finding interesting shells as you walk along the shore.

When you are with your children don’t wait for a limited number of bars on your phone to have fun with them.  People talk about their ‘bucket list’ when in reality, the kids get it.  The buckets that matter are those filled with sand because the sandcastles they build will become the memories of their childhood spent with you.

Memory is a child walking along a seashore.  You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.  ~Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal

Have a great week!

Tina Nocera, Founder

Parental Wisdom®