The Evolution of the Doll

Dolls have been in existence since prehistoric times. Back then, dolls were made of easily obtainable materials like clay and wood. Dolls were found to be treasured in the high cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Some dolls were also made to resemble gods and goddesses of ancient religions.

Since then, dolls have come a long way. Primitive components such as clay and wood gave way to other more conventional materials like wax, plastic and various types of fabric. Dolls became known worldwide as a popular choice for young girls. This kind of toy is also among the most sought-after items by dedicated collectors. Continue reading

Dolls Are For Boys, Too

Since time immemorial, we have been conditioned as kids that dolls are “girl toys”, and thus boys shouldn’t play with them. Maybe you have also been dissuading your son from playing with Barbie dolls, which, in turn, can condition them into thinking that dolls are only meant to be played by girls.

The time for this kind of conditioning has passed, however, and parents should instead encourage their kids, regardless of gender, to play with toys they want to play with. A study conducted by the University of Western Sydney actually discovered that baby boys prefer playing with dolls rather than toy cars, saying that the babies held a longer gaze at dolls than at a toy car. Continue reading

For Boys and Girls: Benefits of Playing with Dolls

Dolls are often considered as toys that are only meant for girls, however, children of both genders can actually benefit from having some fun playtime with dolls. This is because dolls can teach a lot to children, values and lessons that would greatly help them as they grow up. Here are some of them: Continue reading

Raising a Child with Autism

Raising a child with autism can be daunting for parents. It can be just as hard or even worse, however, for the child’s siblings. Most of the time, the “typical” siblings deal with gaining their parents’ attention, which they sometimes perceive as unfair. Some feel embarrassed about discussing having a brother or sister with autism with their peers. Continue reading