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The Imperative Childhood Companion – TOYS

27th Jun 2016   By Priya Sundaram  [131 views]

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Do you remember your own childhood days? What comes to your mind? For me – along with the many first things, I could clearly remember the toys I played with. Ever thought how lackluster our childhood would have been without “Toys”. Just like sunshine is essential for the plants to grow, toys are essential for the child’s early developmental stage and to a lot of extent, they are capable of moulding the child’s perception of his immediate environment and world around him.

Almost all toys are educational in a way. Playing with toys encourage the child to go beyond what he knows and learn something new every time. It helps the child to give wings to imagination, develop hobbies and interests, encourage making friends by sharing and learning. Toys also play a huge role in parent child bonding. The more you spend time with them, playing, encouraging, and answering their curious questions, the more they open up to you, look up to you. It also gives parents a sneak peek into the child’s interest and personality by observing the way he plays with some of the toys, his preference for certain toys.

Because toys are such an integral part of your child’s life – it calls for a lot of thoughtfulness while introducing them to your child. Some of the common mistakes parents do –

  • Buying toys of our choice and ending up getting frustrated when the child doesn’t show desired interest
  • Buying similar toys just because you see your kid obsessed with one
  • Buying too many toys or very big toys which cause space constraints
  • Buying toys at the drop of the hat, resulting in the child not being appreciative of it, or getting easily bored or start demanding more and more
  • Not teaching the concept of earning your toy and the joy of owning one after a good deed
  • Buying non-age appropriate toys
  • Buying expensive toys – they may not always be a hit with your child

Apart from the mistakes, as a parent you would have also noticed and experienced the dilemma of the child outgrowing the toys he had. He reaches a phase or an age, when he is no longer interested in his old toys. What do you do with them? I have figured two solutions for this

  1. Encouraging the child to share the outgrown toys with the less privileged children at children’s home.
  2.  Encourage myself to rent toys from toy libraries (like www.friendlytoyz.com) or from other mommy friends whose kids have passed the stage of playing with specific toys, rather than putting in so much money when sooner or later the kid eventually outgrows.

Remember, toys are instrumental in bringing simple, unadulterated happiness in your child’s life. Let you child have a toy filled memorable childhood!!

 

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