Parenting Tips Logo
Inspired Parenting Advice Banner

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer

(New York)

My daughter (aged 7) really struggles at school, and we have had extra tuition for her so she can cope better. But we actually found that made her more resistant to school. In desperation I wondered if I'd try a learning game system for her, but before I had a chance to evaluate and see what would be best, my mother-in-law gave her a LeapFrog Leapster, and some of the explorer games.

At first I was really mad that she had not consulted me, apart from our initial conversation when I said I was thinking about it. I hate electronic games, and really was not at all sure if they are not just a gimmick to sell more toys, packaged up as education.

At first I really kept an eye on how long she was on the Leapster and was really limiting the games because I really did not think they would work for her since tuition really had little effect.

However, I was surprised that my daughters teacher took me aside a few months ago, saying the tuition was really paying off, that she seemed to be getting to grips with school at last. When I told her I wasn't using the tutor anymore, but she had be using a leapster for about 3 months, she was quite agreeable. So I thought I had better take it a bit more seriously.

I am embarrassed to say I did not initially set it up properly with the online learning path that LeapFrog have. Stupidly my resistance to electronic games, and my mother in law, who has in the past been very interfering meant I didn't really support my daughter properly with her leapster. Despite me, she actually was doing very well, and having successes never before seen. I don't understand why an electronic learning game would have a better result than a qualified tutor, but it certainly has worked for my daughter.

We have now set it up properly online, and she is loving it. I actually think that maybe me not pressuring her may have also helped. She was treating it as a game, or a treat and not study or tutor time, and I think things just seemed to click.

I have since done more research into Leapfrog and am quite impressed despite my initial reaction.

So for anyone out there who doesn't think these toys are actually teaching much, think again, don't make the mistake I did!

(I do actually get on well with my Mother-in Law!)

Click here to post comments

Do you have a question or want to send a submission to Annie? Simply click here to return to LeapFrog Games.

Problem Solving 4 Kids
Only $12.99

Problem Solving 4 Kids E-book

Learn my 7 Step Problem Solving 4 Kids Process
A step by step guide to teach your kids to be solution orientated.


  • Tips
  • Updates
  • Your Stories
  • Competitions
  • Questions Answered

My Subscribers Get Freebies!

Let me know how I can support you to be an Awesome Parent!

Featured Sponsor

Click N Kids would have to be one of my subscribers most popular programs, and from what they say, it is mostly because the kids have fun while they are learning. In fact they don't even realize they are learning! Click N kids are using the Looney Tune Characters now in their phonics program, which of course kids just love.


Home Page

Free Newsletter


Resources 4 Parents

Ask Annie
Parenting Questions

Tools 4 Parents


Parenting Tips


Child Education

Child Development

Parenting Styles

Activities For Kids

Art Activities 4 Kids

Best Educational Toys

Annie Desantis

Who is Annie D?

Parenting Coach


Terms & Conditions
Privacy & Cookies

Legal Stuff

[?] Subscribe To This Site

follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines

Free Parenting Games
One of the best Parenting Tips we can offer is:

Free Family Games

Our Parenting Games Series are designed to support you to be an Inspirational Parent.

Featured Sponsor

Best Educational Toys and Games

Hearthsong brings magic into childhood with their stunning range of amazing toys, games, and activities. I've found things here I've not seen anywhere else. They even have a gift registry, which is a great idea for Christmas or birthdays.

Hearthsong are very generously offering my readers a 10% discount off orders over $50. Use coupon code: LNK10HS

Please note the 10% discount is not available on the deal of the week items - these already have HUGE discounts.

Free Book
Allowance Secrets
I was honoured to be included as one of the experts in this helpful book. Some great advice and ideas for teaching children about money.

Super Skills 4 Kids Home Study Course

Return to top | Home | General Enquiries | Ask Annie Parenting Questions
Free Parenting Newsletter | Free Parenting Games | Contests
Super Skills 4 Kids | EFT 4 Kids Program | Affiliate Program

      Copyright © 2008 - 2014 Inspired Parenting      Template Design