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Study: Are Electronic Toys Making Parents Dumb?

My toys growing up were mostly of the low-tech variety: Lincoln Logs and Legos, Hot Wheels Cars and Big Wheels. Few things in the house required...


My toys growing up were mostly of the low-tech variety: Lincoln Logs and Legos, Hot Wheels Cars and Big Wheels. Few things in the house required batteries, and with four siblings all pretty close in age, our toys were built to take a beating. The latest flashing, squealing, spinning gizmo? Not even on birthdays—we were deprived children.

Or maybe not, says a new study out of UBC in Vancouver: Maybe my traditional, low-tech toys led to more creative, interactive, and educational play. "When I was your age, we played with tin cans and rocks!" You've probably heard someone say something along those lines, or maybe you've even said it yourself.

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Leaving Your Kids to Play in a Vacant Lot Is Good Parenting?

The benefits of a feral, rough edge on urban childhood, particularly with the growing chatter around the rise of "Chinese parenting" and "tiger moms."

When is a vacant lot a vast wilderness? When you're not quite tall enough to ride the roller coasters, your imagination is bigger than the latest Xbox offering, and your parents aren't the smothering types.

Our friends at Shareable have a nice little essay by Corbyn Hightower extolling the virtues of letting her little ones romp in a run-down parcel of land just down the street—gasp—without supervision.

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Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, we asked our friends: Which toy or product from your childhood would you resurrect? We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

Check out what our Twitter followers had in mind:

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