Time & again we ask ourselves, “How much is too much”? Be it buying new clothes, eating pizza, letting your kids watch tv for 2 hours, grumbling to your husband, online window shopping or Facebook time. The other day, I saw my friend’s room scattered with myriad of toys from Hamleys, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels & Chota Bheem like a musical piano, laser top, building blocks, countless soft toys, puzzles, drawing books, sketch pens, fancy cartoon bags & a lavish battery operated car. Once again I asked myself this question – “How much is too much”? CAUTION: Managing Toys Overload.
MasterCard’s current marketing campaign tagline says “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else there is MasterCard”. The money spent on buying these wonderful toys brings a lot of happiness to a baby. And much more happiness to the parents. But how much happiness can it bring to a 2-year old baby? How many games or playthings does a child need to play with everyday? It maybe difficult to comprehend the answer, but, there is a bigger question. Does an avalanche of toys make your baby happy & the way you want your baby to be when he grows up?
Ask an underprivileged child the value of a burger – Priceless! Because he probably had one few months back. Your child relishes one almost every week. With so many choices & amenities, a child dispassionately dismisses the value of many things big & small like pull-over toys, sketch pens, colouring book or a barbie princess dress. When your child loses an eraser at school, you oversight the loss since it is negligible. But the child of a carpenter will keep his belongings safe since he values things much more. If you do not check this habit, will your children learn to value money? Actions become habits. Habits become nature. Nature becomes character. Do you want to teach your children the right value system? If the (obvious) answer is yes, then, no matter what your disposable income is, do not pamper them with unlimited trinket games. These are the possible reasons we envisage for why and you can manage Toys Overload:
Sharing is caring
If a child is engrossed with his toys the entire day, a robust sense of possessiveness & attachment evolves within them. They refrain from sharing it with their friends & become aggressive if anyone touches their belongings. It creates covetousness in children. On the contrary, some children don’t really care about missing toys or games. They have plentiful to play with. Hence, one or two missing from their kitty doesn’t really bother them.
Children have the habit of scattering their toys all over the place. They just love creating “mess”. Don’t they? Fewer toys means limited wreck. It comes to you as a blessing in disguise, as you will end up spending lesser time clearing the mayhem. Isnt't this a good enough reason for managing the toys overload?
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Encourage outdoor activities
If your child is a couch potato, glued to his IPad, Xbox or Monopoly, he is less likely to indulge in outdoor activities & games. If a child is bored of his playthings, he will look for newer avenues of entertainment. This will spur enthusiasm in playing outdoors. Physical activity prevents obesity in kids (a phenomenon on an all-time high), improves brain activity & creativity, helps in balancing essential vitamins like Vitamin K which inturn strengthens bones & several other health benefits. To sum it all, making your baby taller, stronger & sharper.
Spawn creativity in them
Introduce your child to drawing, painting, art like origami, pencil shading or punch craft. Instead of playing with the same toys over & over again, let the creativity juices flow. A study says that creative children are more confident as it brings them appreciation which makes them happier.
A child who is deeply attached to his toys, can easily flare-up if his toy breaks & will want one just like that one, NO MATTER WHAT. A child’s temper tantrum is very well known by every parent. Hence, even if they are your child’s best friend, toys should just be toys.
Happiness is not in quantity but quality, the quality time spent with your children. Do not invest money in the play toys. They can break in a minute. Instead, invest time in playing with your children in the beach, in a park or take them for a swim. A bi-weekly activity like dance, tennis or craft also helps in developing interest in other things that are far better than sit-at-home activities. Let them play hide’n’seek in the apartment with the neighbours, read a book & enjoy every little thing that you enjoyed as a kid. We had so little, yet, had so much fun. Today’s children have so much, yet, so dissatisfied.
A doting mom to an angel, Social Media Specialist & Professional Blogger. She loves to share her thoughts with other parents in the same turbulent boat. She absolutely loves & adores her family & is learning to strike a good work-life balance. When she is not writing, cooking or busy taking care of her toddler, she probably is dancing to some good desi music!