Finding the right play accessories for kiddos can get old real fast. You have to factor in fun, safety, longevity, and any number of other all-important details. Thankfully, there’s HearthSong, a company committed to helping parents provide their children with age-appropriate, wholesome, quality playthings. Kids can curl up inside this cozy Indoor/Outdoor HugglePod™ Canvas Hanging Chair that’s as warm as a hug and soft as a snuggle! They can tuck themselves inside to have a quiet place all their own to read, take a nap, play with toys, or just enjoy a little personal time for imaginative thinking. This year, HearthSong’s Hugglepod was your Totally Awesome pick for best backyard toy. HearthSong’s own Lakisha Chamber recently took the time to chat with us about what makes HearthSong awesome, the history of HearthSong, and more. Read on:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being voted “Most Awesome” by your community! What do you think your customers value most about your business?

Lakisha Chambers: Our customers value HearthSong’s commitment to helping parents follow their instincts to provide their children with age-appropriate, wholesome, quality playthings. HearthSong, believes childhood is a vital chapter in life-a special time when children can be occupied with the joy of being children.

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

LC: Barbara Kane started HearthSong in 1983, partly to see if other parents were experiencing the difficulty she was in finding good, wholesome toys for her children. Mostly she was motivated by her strong conviction that childhood is a special time in each human lifetime, and she wanted to make the best of it for her children. In Kane’s view, “Earlier is not necessarily better. It’s important that children learn basic skills, but at the right developmental age. Most of all, children need time for creative, imaginative play. In fact, it is through play that children learn most readily.” The best way to express this reverence for the human experience, she felt, was through quality products.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

LC: In choosing items, ask multiple questions: Does this item have beauty, durability and usefulness? Does it represent a cultural heritage? Is it made of non-toxic materials? Is it developmentally appropriate for the age group for which it is intended? Does it encourage a sense of family or community? Does it have a timeless or classic quality?

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

LC: While teaching your children valuable lessons, stop and learn a few things from them as well. It’s surprising what a child will do with a toy or game once given the chance to explore it.

RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?

LC: Through the years HearthSong has established a reputation for quality products, with more than 25% being developed exclusively by us. HearthSong has been awarded numerous Parents’ Choice Awards for these outstanding original products.

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