6 Things Your Kids will Gain with Fewer Toys
Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids?
Minimalist Parenting Toys form the building blocks for our child’s future. They teach our children about the world and about themselves. They send messages and communicate values. And thus, wise parents think about what foundation is being laid by the toys that are given to their kids.
Wise parents also think about the number of playthings that children receive. While most toy rooms and bedrooms today are filled to the ceiling with toys, intentional parents learn to limit the number of toys that kids have to play with.
They understand that fewer toys will actually benefit their children in the long-term:
1. Creativity + Innovation
Too many toys prevent kids from fully developing their gift of imagination. Two German public health workers (Trick and Schubert) conducted an experiment in which they convinced a kindergarten classroom to remove all of their toys for three months. Although boredom set in during the initial stages of the experiment, the children soon began to use their basic surroundings to invent games and use imagination in their playing.
2. Practice Sharing
Do you think humans have evolved to share? No. Do you think that cavemen and cavewomen were sharing. Heck no. Sharing is a social behavior that has developed as a means to keep the peace. It does not come naturally; therefore, it must be practiced. When you live with fewer toys children are forced to develop boundaries and limits that exercise this important social skill more frequently.
3. Independent Play
When kids have fewer toys they play more independently. When you have fewer toys that are carefully selected, children can easily find the ones they need. This means they can get the toys out on their own and put them away. There’s no more “I’m bored” or “what is there to play”. The options are out and available which sets the stage for children to dive in, engage in play, and think outside the box with new ways to use the toys they have.
4. Lower Stress
Clutter creates stress. If I can’t manage to keep carefully the playthings cleaned up and organized, how in the globe can I expect small children to achieve the same task? This means “go clean up your toys” is a request that many parents toss around lightly-but in most homes, this is no easy feat. Because where the heck does all this stuff go? There is something calm and reassuring about everything having it’s place .
5. Conscious Consumption
When I buy a sweater, I give it a lot of thought. How much use is it going to get? How long will it fit? Is it good quality? In the world of online shopping, you can buy anything with the click of a button; therefore, I want my children to start asking themselves these questions. Toys should not be impulse purchases. Toys should be items that are highly valued and have an essential place in the home and in the lives of your children.
6. Happy Mama
When I am lingering at the train table now, I can see all of these ideals developing in my children. Fewer toys will lead to less nagging, more sharing, independent play, creativity, along with setting the foundation for becoming conscious consumers. If this sounds like a recipe for a happier Mama-you’re right. It is. As parents, our personal happiness influences our kids and the overall wellness of our family. It starts with us.
So about those toyboxes…what’s hiding down in there anyways? By slimming down on the amount of toys in your house, you will be helping your kids to grow and develop life long skills. Who can pass up on that?