Journal

A Few New Offerings!

DELIVERIES: While out doing deliveries recently, I thought - I could do this even when the shop IS open. Consider it done - happy to do local deliveries anytime! Use code FREEDELIVERY for local orders over $50. There is a $5 charge for orders $49 and under.

PERSONAL SHOPPING + CUSTOM CARE PACKAGES: Customers have been getting in touch lots lately asking for suggestions for the kiddos in their lives. I would love for everyone to reach out like this all the time! It's so fun to read your questions, take time to put together ideas, and send them your way! Click here for details on Personal Shopping and Custom Care Packages.

PLAY SPACE DESIGN: Ok, this one is really new and extra exciting! The quarantine has made it clearer than ever how important it is to have a solid play set-up at home. And! It has made it clear that we needed to pivot, get creative, and think about what Made You Look can offer. We're excited to announce we're now offering play space design services!

Please get in touch if you need help designing a play space. We're part architect and part toy pro, and are the perfect duo to help you get your space in shape.

Click here to read all the details and get in touch if you're interested!

MORAL OF THE STORY: LET THEM BE!

Does your kiddo play independently? It seems like one of the greatest skills for a little one to have. There are ideas all over the internet for how to make it happen. In case it's helpful, here are a few that stood out to me: ⁣⁣
  • When you’re playing together, let your kid run the show - just follow their lead. You want to put that sparkly unicorn in your Easter basket over and over and over and over? Ok, great, go for it. I’ll just be here quietly watching.⁣⁣.. not interrupting you.
  • Provide open-ended toys in a 100% safe space. Kids get creative with simple toys! If they need some help getting started, when they aren’t looking, set up some toys in a new way for them to find later. Line up their dinosaurs in a circle with some colorful cups in the middle. Set up a train track that leads to some animal figurines in a little zoo made of KAPLA blocks. Just fill a small basket with an unexpected collection of things for them to explore. They will be surprised and intrigued!⁣⁣
  • Set limits and be firm about it! Franklin, I’m going to sit at the computer and get some work done while you play on your own. This timer will go off in 20 minutes, then we can go for a walk! ⁣⁣

⁣⁣Moral of the story seems to be, provide some simple toys and just let them be!⁣ Godspeed and major props to all the parents who are working from home with kids these days.⁣

⁣⁣Ideas via this NYTimes article, parenting guru Janet Lansbury, here, and here. Image via my favorite movie (a great way to kill 1 hr and 28 min).