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Darien Couple Start Toy Company Meant To Manage 'Happy Chaos' Of Parenting

Jess and Andrew Black, co-founders of Darien-based N+B Toys with their kids. Photo Credit: Submitted
The N+B Toys MealWheel encourages eating and promotes family interactions. Photo Credit: Submitted

DARIEN, Conn. -- Parenting can be tough. Which is why Darien residents Jess and Andrew Black, parents of three ages seven, nine and 11, came up with tools to successfully manage the "happy chaos."

The company, N+B Toys , is all about offering moms and dads basic tools to help parents “keep their cool.” New to the line: three high-design tools to help foster family interactions, deepen connections and ultimately help limit some of the frustrations of parenting.

"In many ways we're all on this parenthood journey together," said Jess. "Families with young children deal with similar issues. For us it was getting everyone to sit down for a meal, while another family may struggle to get the kids dressed in the morning."

Added Andrew: "Our products are designed to help manage key moments of frustration. These are a few tools that work for us, and we hope they work for others."

New to the portfolio:

  • MealWheel: Spin the wheel to take the stress out of family mealtime. Encourages eating, promotes family interactions. Great for ages pre-school to grade school.
  • Posi-Tokens: With this positive re-enforcement tool, kids earn tokens for daily chores, school work, or even small acts of kindness. Encourages good behavior in ages three-plus.
  • Doin'-Time: An analog clock meant to help keep everyone on schedule. Magnetic tags placed around the clock serve as visual reminders of what needs to happen when. Promotes time-management and helps children learn to tell time. Great for grade school-age children.

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