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

Not Only For Girls: Dolls also Benefit boys

Long regarded as toys for girls, dolls made for male children can be hard to find. This can be exasperating for parents who want to expose their children to various toys for entertainment and education purposes, and may also impart negative connotations to boys about what they can’t and can play with.

Playing with dolls can be hugely beneficial when it comes to child development. Parents and guardians can use them to talk to kids about difficult issues such as sibling rivalry, illness, and other matters that children may not be able to deal with directly. Dolls can also be used as teaching tools when it comes to subjects such as caring for other people, sharing, and being gentle and careful when it comes to one’s possessions. Continue reading

Keeping Dolls for Posterity

While dolls are normally associated for childhood play, some people collect dolls even as adults as a hobby. Some though go overboard with their doll collection. One reality TV show even devoted an episode to a woman’s clear obsession with dolls which she personally takes to stores for shoe fittings.

You yourself may have been fond of collecting dolls as a kid. However, growing up, you outgrew them and probably put them in storage. As you have invested so much in these dolls, you need to learn various strategies on protecting them for long-term storage.

Not quite Au Naturelle

Natural conditions are not quite forgiving on dolls, especially natural light. In that respect, never store them in shelves with direct exposure to windows, as the sunlight will make the dolls’ colors fade. The same applies for fluorescent light; some dolls have the tendency to turn green from excessive exposure but fare well in incandescent lights.

Out of Sight, Out of Light

It’s a mark of prudence to store your dolls in a closed cabinet. Be sure to first clean the entire hold and make sure there’s enough ventilation. If you are storing one doll in one plastic bag, the bag must have small holes to prevent moisture buildup. Strip the dolls of all clothes and accessories and store them in separate containers. Prepare rolls of acid-free tissue to wrap the dolls with in case the cabinet is made of wood.