There is this crazy thing that happens in my house.
When Elijah has all the toys around a child could dream of, he won’t play with a darn one.
Do your kids do this??
We want to give our kids everything they desire. As young children, this is usually toys. If you are like Eric and I, you don’t intend to give your child(ren) toys that overflow out of the toy box. You are given toys from well-meaning (or otherwise purging) people, gifts are given, and they multiply in the dark corners of your home. Or at least we tell ourselves that!
When we moved, 3/4 of the toys Elijah owned were stuffed in one room of the home we were staying in. We spent lots of time in that room, but he never played with the toys. He played video games. He would only play with the toys if Daddy or Mama played too.
Now that we have moved, most of his toys are in the den. I suppose it goes without saying…he rarely plays with the toys in the den. We keep a few toys in the living room. His Little People sets, his train tracks, and a few little Disney characters. Guess where he spends most of his time? You got it, the living room.
What irony! A few toys, or lots of toys? Which do you think a kid would choose?
Despite the irony, I love it. It makes things simple for me, and for him. Childhood isn’t supposed to be complicated. Kids are bombarded by toys that sing and whirr and do 10 different things for one button. Computers, iPods, TV shows and advertisements…they’re everywhere! Kids need time to just be simple. To even be bored sometimes.
So this development could actually be very good for his, erm…development! I plan to encourage it by putting half his toys in a big box and throwing it into the storage closet. A few months later, we can switch with the toys he has grown tired of in the meantime, and continue the cycle. I much prefer him to have fewer toys that he actually plays with, than an overflowing toy box.
I have also noticed he seems happier, and more content with life in general. He doesn’t need me to entertain him as much, either.
Have you noticed this “too many toys” phenomenon with your kids? Do you have a method of keeping toys to a minimum?