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Sally Burgess, Forefront Families LLC
WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE TOYS!
by Sally and Brian Burgess, Forefront Families LLC
We went to the home of some friends who were grandparents some years ago and it was just a few days before Christmas. When we walked into the living room, there stood a huge and beautifully decorated tree. Under the tree and literally covering about 4ft in circumference on the floor, were piles upon piles of gifts. We couldn't believe it. We were totally speechless. We wondered what kids could do with just so much stuff in a whole year, let alone one magical day.
OK, so we can't stop grandparents and significant others' compulsive urge to go crazy with gift-giving at birthday and Christmas time, but how can we cope and manage the huge influx of toys?
Here are some preparatory suggestions:
months they can swap them out. Decide on, and keep to, a given number
of toys out at a time.
gifts before opening the presents. If they are too young to read you could
do this until they are able to do it for themselves, thus establishing a
tradition of respect and gratitude.
General toy management suggestions:
don't lose sight of the beds in your children's rooms.
care for fragile toys and how to maintain mechanical or technological toys.
If you see your child mistreating a gift, put it away for some time and only
reintroduce it when the child agrees to care for it appropriately. For
example, if they leave a bicycle out in the front yard where it could be
stolen or they leave a skateboard in a place where someone could trip
over it and injure themselves, remove it for a period of time and tell your child why they must show more care and consideration. This will teach them to be responsible for their possessions.
an orderly fashion and teach your kids from a very early age how to pick
up and store them. Once you have order established it needs to be your
kids' role, not yours, to keep their rooms and play areas tidy and to put all
their toys away.
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