Should You Buy Electric Cars for Kids: Considerations Before Buying One 

Are you struggling with your Christmas or birthday gift shopping for your kids? Have you taken a look at those electric cars in toy stores? Well, they are an excellent gift, and it’ll be terrifically fun for kids to play with them.

Typically, these electric cars are designed for kids ten years old and below. If you’re seriously thinking about giving your child an electric car, here are things to consider and look out for.

  1. Maximum Rider Weight 

Every electric car has a maximum rider weight indicated in their specifications. You may want to purchase electric cars for kids with some leeway for the weight, not exactly the same as the current weight range of your child. Children grow quickly, and you’d want to get something that your child will enjoy using for a long time. Hence, it’s recommended that you get an electric car with a higher maximum rider weight figure for your child.

  1. Parental Remote Control

Another useful feature to look out for is the parental remote control. For newer models, electric cars feature a parental remote control that allows adults to take control of the electric cars. This feature is specially built for those youngsters who are not as well coordinated as the older ones.

The parental remote control allows the usual forward and reverse gears with steering capabilities. Once the kids are able to drive and control their own electric cars, parents can stop using the parental remote control.

  1. Charging and Running Times

Similar to cell phones or laptops, electric cars for kids also have charging and running times that you may want to check. Some less pricey models have small batteries, which means they can only be used for a short time and they need to be charged again. You may want to get an electric toy car with bigger batteries, so your child can have uninterrupted play times. As expected, longer running times may mean longer charging times and a higher price tag.

  1. Safety

Of course, it is very important that your child remains safe while he rides his electric toy car. Here are some of the things you should check in a toy car:

  • Safety belts
  • Functional breaks
  • Material and build
  • Customer reviews

Generally, once these toy electric cars are in general toy stores, they are practically safe. But, it would not hurt to do a little more research on the brand reputation and ask friends or family about their experience with the brand just to make sure.

  1. Price Points

This goes without saying. Consider the price of the electric toy car before purchasing it. Here’s what you can do:

  • Look at the specifications and compare different kinds of cars before you make that purchase, especially when you are on a budget. Some electric cars have a higher price tag but provide fewer specifications. There may also be specifications in the toy car that your child wouldn’t need, and you can save some money by buying a more affordable one with fewer specifications but nevertheless works just as fine.
  • Explore a bunch of toy stores, preferably with your spouse, to make a better decision on which ones to purchase.
  • Make sure that the electric car you are buying includes a warranty from the manufacturer.

An electric toy car is definitely an extravagant gift for your child, and as such you want to make a sound buying decision to get your money’s worth. Take note of the considerations above when gift shopping for an electric toy car so you can give the most exciting and memorable gift that your child truly deserves.

  

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Father and Son Road Trip to Target to Buy Board Games for Thanksgiving in a 2019 Chevy Traverse

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, my wife suggested we pick up the classic board game Monopoly for when we visit my side of the family in Alabama. That gave me the green light to carry out my own related agenda: to also buy the classic game Crossfire, from my own childhood.

Speaking of agendas, my son had one of his own, as well. He still had a few bucks leftover from his birthday, on a gift card to Target that he was eager to spend.

So he and I hopped in the 2019 Chevy Traverse that our family still has from our trip to Destin, FL. (More on that in the days to come…) Exactly 3.8 miles later, we had arrived.

I couldn’t have known this, but it just so happened that Target had just started a special 20% sale on family board games.

I feel really good about this. My wife’s idea was spot on.

Classic board games are a great way to unplug for the holidays while the family is together.

It’s easy to forget how great it is to break out some board games after the meal and have some mandatory fun.

My son ended going with a Squish-Dee-Lish. It’s funny how big he is into those “don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve opened it” toys.

I think it ended up being a sleep-deprived alien jet pilot?

Once we got home, I admit it took my longer than it should have to assemble Crossfire while my wife finished preparing dinner.

To my surprise, my daughter actually seemed more into the game than my son.

Good call, though. Stock up on board games for Thanksgiving, especially while they’re on sale this week at Target!

Dear Jack: A Dad’s Letter to His Son on His 8th Birthday

8 years old today!

Dear Jack,

There’s a page in the children’s book Love You Forever where it shows the son in his teenage years, as he’s dancing around knocking things over, while a slice of pizza lies there on the floor.

Yes, you’re still 5 years away from being a teenager, but here lately, I have been telling Mommy how I feel like we’re catching glimpses of you as a teenager already.

Something that clearly defines you is your confidence. You know what you’re good at and you also know what your weaknesses are.

And therefore, you base your identity off of that.

I am so proud to see that in you.

You clearly have a mind of your own. That’s something I value greatly.

And I am here to help you become more and more of who you are.

Happy 8th Birthday!

Love,

Daddy

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Dear Holly: You Now Only Sleep in Your Mermaid Tail Blanket

2 and a half years.

Dear Holly,

The new norm now is that while Mommy is finishing up the dishes downstairs after dinner, I walk you upstairs and give you your bath.

Mommy steps in to get you dressed and read you a story, but then it’s back to me to read you a 2nd story and then actually put you to bed.

For the past couple of weeks now, you have insisted on crawling into your mermaid tale blanket that Aunt Jenny got for you last Christmas.

It’s basically a sleeping bag- and not that I have any issues at this point getting you to agree to go to sleep, but the mermaid tale blanket definitely serves as extra assurance.

Needless to say, the mermaid tale blanket is now on the “must pack” list for all upcoming overnight road trips.

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: I Figured Out Your 1st Crush is Dove Cameron from Liv and Maddie

7 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

As your current Netflix binge-watching show of choice is Disney’s Liv and Maddie, now a 2nd time through, I correctly assumed that part of why you like the show so much is because of the actress who plays the main characters and twin sisters of the show, Dove Cameron.

I mentioned this to Mommy, who immediately asked you:

“Jack, do you think Liv and Maddie are pretty? Do you think they’re cute?”

Your inability to speak served as the obvious answer to the question.

Eventually, you attempted to play the whole thing down, as you unsuccessfully convinced us with an “I guess…”

I’m just proud of myself for figuring the thing out.

Love,

Daddy

Pros And Cons Of Family Get Togethers

Family get togethers can be the most treasured and exciting event of the year or the most boring and monotonous obligation. You get to catch up with your cousins and recount all the epic childhood stories, play games like Pictionary or Dumb Charades that get the whole family riled up and engaged, or just sit down and relive memories with your loved ones.

But with all the fun and entertainment comes drama and conflicts amongst members of the family. It’s not possible for everyone in the family to get along, and sometimes family gatherings are prime occasions for outbursts and hostile attitudes.

If you’re meeting your family after a long time, you might find out that you’ve grown apart and have almost nothing in common anymore. This only results in a long, awkward dinner where you make small talk and wait for the night to be over.

Family get togethers can be great, but there are certain drawbacks that might make the experience almost stifling and unbearable.

Here is a list of pros and cons of family get together. Let’s have a look…

Pros:

Reminiscing the Old Times
No one knows about the good and bad times you’ve been through as a child, prepubescent, and an adult the way your siblings, cousins or parents do. They’ve been with you, quite literally, since your birth and have seen you through your ups and downs.

If you’re lucky enough to have cousins you get along with, family gatherings will be an exciting occasion to look forward to. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet all your cousins who might have moved away or are too busy to meet up.

You can sit and talk for hours on end about all the trouble you got in together as children, the epic adventures, the make-belief games, and enjoy the nostalgic feeling of being a child again.

Your lives may be drastically different, but family gatherings bring you all together and give you the opportunity to muse over your shared experience as part of the same family.

A chance to strengthen bonds
Blood is thicker than water for a reason. No matter where you are in life or how dissociated you are from your hometown or family, you can always count on them to have your back.

Family gatherings are the perfect opportunity to reconnect will all your aunts and uncles and strengthen your familial bonds. Your relationship with your family is more than just an emotional investment; they’ll also be there for you if you’re having a financial crisis or are in need of any kind of help.

It’s best to form an intimate relationship with your family members because they’ll always be reliable in times of need.

Entertainment on a budget
Family get togethers are usually budget-friendly and low expense holidays. It’s a great opportunity to forget about your worries and stress and enjoy the moment with your relatives.

You’ll also have great food – a large variety to accommodate all the families that will be gathering after a long time – so you can enjoy good company with good food.

You will also get to chill and relax. Family get togethers often include board games, music, and general chatter so you won’t be spending excessively on trying to have a good time. In fact, you can make it more fun by indulging in entertaining games or giving dares, such as forcing your uncle to recite a romantic poem.

Cons:

Feeling disconnected
Family gatherings are the rare occasion when members from across the country, or even globe, get together to catch up. You may feel alienated and disconnected with the members of your family once you meet them because of all the years and different experiences that have shaped you and your family members into vastly different individuals.

You may not share the same worldview, same interest and likes, and this can be a wedge in your attempt to bond with your cousins or other members. You don’t know how much you can share with them about your current life for fear of being judged.

This can make you uncomfortable and you’d be looking for excuses to skip the ordeal.

The drama

It doesn’t matter how hard you try to avoid it, there will always be some form of drama at a family event. While some of us may enjoy such drama (guilty pleasure), most like to stay away from it.

Fulfilling an obligation

If you don’t get along with your family at all and are only hoping you never have to meet them again, then family get togethers can be a personified nightmare.

Your parents might emotionally blackmail or force you to attend the occasion, so you end up partaking only to fulfill an obligation. Attending for the sake of making your parents happy, or to stop them from nagging you all the time, is an added burden to your already hectic life.

You spend the entire time trying to avoid everyone and their unnecessary comments on your life, hoping that it would end quickly. You promise yourself you’ll never go through that again but the history always repeats itself.

Family get togethers are great in small doses. Even if you get along with your family, they will mostly likely get on your nerves at some point in time. But at the end of the day, they’re your window to your past. It’s important to mingle with them and build a strong foundation.

Dear Jack: You Were Literally Smashing Pumpkins

7 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

One of my favorite bands in junior high and high school was Smashing Pumpkins. In fact, their 1993 album Siamese Dream remains one of my favorites of all time.

But all that was lost on you when you asked last Saturday, “Daddy, will you go outside with me so I can go smash the pumpkins?”

The light rain definitely didn’t stop you.

You began by taking your miniature hammer that you got with one of your crafts from Home Depot and started smashing the first rotting jack o’lantern left over from Halloween.

The task proved to be more difficult than either of us thought:

Your hammer basically just bounced off the pumpkin, for the most part.

Then you had another fun idea, “Daddy, can I roll the other pumpkin down the hill and see what happens?

What surprised us both is that after a few rolls, that pumpkin split in half.

It’s official:

The hill was mightier than the hammer.

Love,

Daddy