The writer, Melissa Walker, went through what we all go through, “Mommy Guilt.” After visiting a friend’s house, she noticed that they had very few toys and the child was focused. So Melissa automatically questioned “am I a good parent?” for having a ton of toys at home.
Toys have been the bane of my existence for the past 9 1/2 years. They are EVERYWHERE! They light up, make noise, and get under your feet in the middle of the night. There was a point in my kids’ lives when my mother-in-law would buy them each a new toy every week. That’s A LOT of toys! It was pretty overwhelming.
So this forces me to ask, how many toys are too many toys? Your child’s personality can help answer that. Some kids can handle having that much confusion around them, others can’t. You need to know your kids in order to answer that question.
Do you ever wonder why you can give a toddler the best toy around and they end up playing more with the box? Kids are born with curiosity and that curiosity drives imagination. Even if you have the toys with all the bells and whistles, it’s how you interact with the child and the toy that really matters.
The article shed some light on the fact that toys (no matter how annoying to the parents) aren’t all that bad. No, not even the really obnoxious ones that seem to only turn on when no one is in the room. It’s up to the parent to provide the language to accompany the toy and to encourage the playing.
When my kids were really small, they were the only ones I had to talk to during the day. So everything we did, I talked it through. If we were playing with a puzzle, I would ask “Where does the green triangle piece go? Does it go with the orange circle? No, it doesn’t go there.” The more detailed the sentence, the better. Not only did it keep me from getting bored, my kids wanted to play longer because they were listening to the language and at times repeating it.
With the holidays approaching, don’t deprive your kids of new toys. Just change the way you play with them and everyone will be happy!
Read the article for yourself: Does Your Child Have Too Many Toys? by Melissa Walker
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.