Hi! I’m Shalini!
Five years ago I was an attorney with a husband, two kids & a pretty routine life. Then one day, our world was turned up side down when my youngest child was diagnosed with an incredibly rare disease. We spent a lot of time at the hospital. It was depressing, frustrating, scary, draining and by far the hardest thing I've ever dealt with in my life. I realized that while my child's physical health was out of my hands, it was up to me to keep the hospital atmosphere positive for our family and no toys on the market provided the psychological support my family was looking for
This gave me the drive to create Open the Joy- toys designed not to mindlessly distract or entertain children, but rather to help them grow and develop key life skills. My little one is much better today, and I've spent the last two years working in consultation with child life specialists, art therapists and elementary educators to address the mental and emotional needs of children and their families.