Originally written by James Zahn (The Rock Father) as a Guest Post at TTPM
Around the Blogosphere, there has been a lot of discussion regarding “gender-neutral” toys in recent months. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing at toymakers and retailers for allegedly embracing stereotypes, though more often then not, I tend to see parents making an attempt to guide their children toward or away from certain playthings – not some faceless, corporate overlords. I say, “let the kids play with what they’d like.”
The OUR PLACE NETWORK (OPN) has launched a new mobile application and podcast geared toward teens and tweens as part of their effort to create a social network for adolescents. The iOS App is currently available in the App Store, and is expected to roll out on other platforms in the near future. Full details landed here at Rock Father HQ this weekend, and can be viewed below.
Last month, I made my love of the General Mills Monster Cereals quite clear when I celebrated their return to stores for another season of frightfully-fantastic breakfast delights. Now that we're almost at the end of October, it would feel wrong to leave the boys out of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, so for Day 27 we're turning back the clock to take a look at the first appearances of Count Chocula and Franken Berry and Boo Berry. I tend to think that my daughters will never have such an emotional attachment to a line of breakfast cereals...
They say that "there's no wrong way to eat a REESE'S," and hopefully that's the case, because I've eaten them just about every way possible. In a car... in a bar... in boat... with a goat, they're like Green Eggs and Ham, and I would eat them with Sam I Am. Yes, I'm a sucker for REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups, and it looks like my oldest daughter must've gotten the gene, as she was recently caught using a chair to reach a bag tucked on a high shelf in our refrigerator. Keep in mind, she's 3. My point with this? When it comes to Halloween Candy, nothing hits the spot like REESE'S Peanut Butter Pumpkins.
When you've got a Holiday-centric product that only sells from New Years until Easter, time becomes fairly limiting. The solution to expansion? Get into other Holidays. Marshmallow Peeps did it, so why not the Cadbury Creme Egg? Well, they did it - and as far as I can tell, the Halloween edition of the popular chocolate egg first appeared in Europe and Canada last year. For 2012, they're here in the 'States as well, though without the marketing push that our neighbors to the North are witnessing.
If children could have their own form of currency, it could be argued that Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers would do the trick. In fact, I may have used said crackers as a form of toddler bribery a time or two in the past. What parent hasn't? Those giant Sam's Club boxes don't last very long here at Rock Father HQ, as the kids LOVE Goldfish. You know what else they'll love? Seeing a giant Goldfish (and friends) come marching down 34th Street in NYC this Thanksgiving.