Leap Frog Loot

>> Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lucas (right) with his face painted at the LeapFrog party.

It seems that lately there have been quite a few opportunities for me to get together with my bloggy-friends. The most recent was a pizza party sponsored by Leap Frog. We had a fabulous time. Lucas loved playing with all the toys at the KinderCare where we had the party and I got to (sort of) listen to a fascinating conversation about what kind of toys our kids should be playing with. How much "screen time" and how much technology is right for our kids at different ages? What kids of electronic toys do moms feel good about giving to their kids? These are the questions that the Leap Frog folks and their panel of experts posed to us mommy bloggers and they were eager to hear what we had to say. They fed us, they entertained our kids (toys, face painting, etc...), they gave us an outlet for "adult conversation" ... that would have been enough in itself. But to top it all off, they oh-so-generously gave us free toys to take home. A-Mazing!!! We got this cool phonics toy and some Tag Books for Lucas and even a couple sweet toys for Caden once he gets a little older. We scored, and we scored huge!! Thank you SO MUCH Leap Frog, for throwing a fabulous, albeit a bit chaotic, party and for so generously sharing your wonderful toys with us. I have put some aside for Christmas and gave Lucas some to play with now. And so far, he LOVES them. The more we play with them, the more I will have to say. But for now, thank you Leap Frog!! We had a blast!

How much "screen time" do you let your kids have? We are in the midst of figuring this out right now. More on that soon...

P.S.~ Want some LeapFrog action of your own... Visit leapfrog.com and get $10 off orders $50 or more for Leapster2 and Didj and other cool toys. Until 11/15/08 you can use code HY8BHPR at the checkout.


Atwood-Family of 3 October 24, 2008 at 7:41 AM  

I follow AAP's rule of 2 hours a day. We hardly ever do computer so that is all TV. She watches TV every day, but sometimes it's just half an hour show, w/ me. Other times we add an hour video so I can work out or cook dinner. I try very hard to stick to 2 hours and hardly ever go over. When she was one, even though they recommended no screen time, I still let her do half an hour to an hour. Before age one, I'm proud to say, she never watched a single show! :)

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) October 24, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

My son watches an hour or two of DVD's every day.

Earthmommy October 25, 2008 at 7:31 PM  

We're trying really hard to limit screen time to no more than two hours a day around here too. It's pretty easy as long as I don't have anything pressing I need to get done, since Aspen would rather play than watch TV anyway.

Anonymous October 26, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

We do a video or two per week. It is usually a reward for behavior. Most of the time it is not more than an hour total per week. My 20 month old usually is not very interested in it, aside from playing with the remote. :) We don't have regular TV programming at home, though--only videos & DVDs. The AAP says "Limit your children's use of TV, movies, and video and computer games to no more than 1 or 2 hours per day." This still seems like a lot to me. Well, it would be for us at least.
Love your posts, Farrah.
Jenny Waldchen

Heather @ Not a DIY Life October 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM  

We let Ladybug watch one video per day. Very little TV. If we watch TV ourselves, it's usually sports (football!), so I don't see much harm in that. Except the stupid commercials.

I think if TV/screen time is used for educational purposes and that primarily a parent is watching with the child and talking and interacting during the screen time, then I don't see harm in an hour or two a day. If TV is used as a babysitter or as background noise, i have read reports of the damage that can cause.

Hope this helps!

Baby Love Slings


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