Ambre Nora June 3, 2021 Kids Toys
We could tell them that taking care of their toy is like us taking care of them. But let us be worthy models for our kids. If our kids see us not organized with our own stuff how could they follow us if we do not practice what we preach?
My children have thousands of toys. Each Christmas, birthday or generic holiday in between grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends load them up with the latest toy fad. One year our son ended up with two dancing Boohbah toys. Who in the world needs two of these creatures? Each year right after Thanksgiving we sit down as a family and decide what we must keep, what we can throw out and what is still okay enough for donation. I will admit I have one child who would toss it all except her dry erase board. The other is so wrapped up in his toys he wants to keep even the tiniest of broken pieces. One thing that we can come to a final agreement on is that there is someone who wants toys that won‘t have any this year and we have an abundance. The other thing we agree on is that the holiday and coming year will bring many new toys for them to enjoy.
I bet if you dig into your childhood memories you can think of that one toy that was so special to you. A toy so personal that you were devastated when you came home to find mom had ”misplaced” it. I do that with broken toys. I misplace them into the trash can. Is there on toy from your childhood that you wish your parents would have had the foresight to keep? I feel like when my children are given a personalized kids toy that I am responsible to save it. I now wish I had the things from my childhood to share with my children. Personalized kid‘s toys are glue that can help you relate to one another.
As we grow old, our preferred toys or those that were given to us changes, sometimes they don‘t. It may vary depending on our age, gender, or our preference. Our parents provide us initially with kids‘ toys to capture our attention and obedience. As we progress, they offer us important things such as love, care, and trust. These things are much special than any material things that we would receive. The memories that kid‘s toys give us, however, will remain for such a long time when compared to any gifts that we would receive.
When I was a kid, I never really had much toys so I guess I early on, I already knew to take care of the few toys that I had. My dad, who was a bit of a handyman, made me my own wooden toy box painted bright yellow with little compartments inside, which made toy keeping as much fun for me as playing. Now that I have two kids of my own, I have taken the values that I got from preserving toys from my childhood to present. While I can afford more toys for my children now than my parents from back then, I do not splurge and still keep a practical approach when it comes to getting the kids toys. Many of the toys that my seven year old has used from before is still being enjoyed by my four year old today.
We should remember that maintaining kids‘ toys is a process, take it one step at a time. We should start by having a ”toy box” where our kids will place their toy once they finish playing with it. Another good way on promoting to our kids how to take care of their toys is taking part of their ”toy maintenance” like joining them when they are wiping their toys wit when it gathered dust. We should make them feel that they could have fun when they maintain their toys.
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