Dear Diary,

This year, my daughter took a big leap forward. She started preschool. No longer can we call her the baby. Instead, she insists we address her as big kid. She wants to pick out her school clothes, decide what we’re having for dinner and determine what activities we’ll take part in. Although she’s growing up, she’s still too little to do some things, like play video games–something her cousins are addicted to. XBox isn’t exactly geared to the three-year-old crowd, so our baby of the family often feels left out at get togethers. Caitlynn doesn’t understand why she can’t play, and usually interrupts their game by jumping in front of the TV. If they don’t press pause, she typically tears up. So, when I found out that there was a video gaming system developed just for her, we had to try it out. To make it extra special, we decided to throw a surprise party. While my nephews played a basketball game, we sent Caitlynn upstairs with my sister, decorated the family room and set up the LeapTV. Watch the video to see how even a middle schooler leaped into action!

Now, instead of Caitlynn asking to play with her cousins, they are calling her to see when they can play LeapTV again. And the best part–they don’t even realize they are learning while playing! LeapTV games feature reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands, so Caitlynn doesn’t need help holding the handset. And audio instruction makes it simple to use. Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with the most basic skills and then automatically adjusting the learning for the perfect challenge.

Hey DFTM Fam–Have you checked out the LeapTV gaming system? Is this on your Christmas wish list?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. BrandiJeter

    A surprise party is so fun! I’ve heard wonderful things about this system! Thanks for an insider view!


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