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Friday, June 5, 2009

Toys Dumb Parents Should Avoid Revisited

So Scary Mommy has this lovely little idea that I thought would be fun to participate in.

It's called Flashback Fridays and you re post some old post from the days when no one really read you blog except for your Mom and your BFF (still my main supporters).

I know it wasn't that long ago for me (only been blogging for like 6 months), but there was a time in the recent past when I had only 3 followers (mom, BFF, and BFF's mom), and NONE of my posts got comments.

It's much better now that people not related to me are actually reading what I write.

So here's what you all missed before I got famous, or should I say infamous:)

Originally posted 2/9/09

Let me first start this post by stating that the majority of these toys were given to our children as a gift. I know my strengths; technical savvy I am not. And, in my defense, the most hi-tech toy I had as a youth was the Barbie hot tub that you filled up with water and then manually pumped to create that sexy hot bubbly mood for Ken to get his mack on. Only so much can be expected of me. So, here's the list.

1. The Vtech Tote 'N Go Laptop Plus. The best thing about this toy is that when Daddy is on his Mac downloading music and looking at Funny or Die the boys like to pull up a chair alongside him and haphazardly press buttons that cause the thing to make various obnoxious sounds. The worst part is that, I am not well known for my organizational skills (so I can not locate the directions for the life of me) and my kids only give me about 30 seconds to "figure it out", I have not been able to successfully show them how to get past the menu screen. I'm sure plenty of you are thinking that I really am a dummy, and those of you that are are more than welcome to come over here and explain to a moody three year old who insists that he keep his hand on the mouse at all times how he selects the "racing game" (don't think there is one) while you are making breakfast, holding diarrhea baby, and paying your credit card bill online. Seriously, be my guest.

2. The EyeClops BioniCam. I mean really. This is the most advanced toy we have in our arsenal of "toys that make mommy sweat". A friend gave this to us b/c she thought that it would be "fun". Well, since she is like a molecular biologist or something of the like (obviously NOT dumb), of course it looked fun! I however, a former 4th grade teacher, do not find reading a novella to determine how a toy works any kind of fun. Time consuming, yes. Fun, not so much. In all fairness, the boys love this thing. Not for it's intended function which is as a microscope/magnifying glass/ photo thingy; but instead they use it as a spy tool/metal detector/ taser (Mimi loves cops!) type deal. They carry it around in their spy bag and use it on countless missions. So, basically this is a fun gift for boys if they, like my little dudes, have an active imagination that leaves you free to finish up the last ten minutes of the rose ceremony on last night's episode of the Bachelor.

To be continued, because frankly this list is embarrassingly long.

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Shari@aPsychMommy said...

I can't wait for part two! I felt dumb with this one toy that my mom got for my son. Good thing I have a 7 year old nephew to teach me how to use it!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That's too funny! Did you ever post a part 2? :)

Happy Flashback Friday! :)

TubOfLard said...
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TubOfLard said...

Don't forget about us when you're invited to be on Oprah. And you tell her WE want an in-studio appearance too. None of that skype business.

Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought said...

Good idea! I hate that people (other than my husband, mother in law, mother, and sister in law) will never see the clever posts from the beginning of blogging!

I don't like to read instructions either, but my husband NEVER reads them, so somebody has to do it!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

parentingBYdummies said...

Of course there is a part 2, and part 3 is currently under construction, and I envision that a part 4 will be in order by Christmas 2009!

Keonte' said...

Not in response to this post, sorry!

I'm so blushing. You said a mouthful. It was all great. I must make the disclaimer that I did not pay you to say any of this!

1. I'm trying to find new blogs and meet great people. Happy I found you!

2. The little boy playing on most of the video is my cousin. He is only 5 and a true gamer. It's amazing to watch him. Hardly misses a beat.

3. Thanks! You can think my frien M.A.C. for helping me look great. Don't be fooled...I wear sweats and sneakers throughout the week. I only glam-up when I go out.

4. I LOVE MUSIC. Not a genre, just MUSIC. It doesn't matter who sings it, if it moves me, I like it. We share a lot of the same interest.

So glad I found ya!

Scary Mommy said...

Oh, what a fantastic idea for a post! I pretty much avoid any toy that needs any assembly at all. It's pretty pathetic, actually.

Jennifer said...

Toys smarter than parents.... now there's a great idea. LOL

Lisa said... kids really wanted the bionic eye too. My oldest got it for Christmas last year and they loved it...for about an hour. Then it got put up...until I pulled it out to investigate a spider hoping to all goodness that it would help them to not be afraid of spiders anymore if they knew what it looked like, how it moved, up close.....

Wrong again.

Giving away two copies of the movie Extract starring Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck. Contest ends 4/2/10.
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