I recently read this article, thanks to a recommendation from Amie, and thought it was great! I know that for many of us, our kids may end up having fewer toys than the average American family anyway, whether it be due to frequent moves, the often higher cost of quality toys overseas, a desire to live closer to the culture, financial limitations, smaller homes, etc, and this article discusses how this is actually likely a very beneficial thing. Actually though, even as this has been the case for us to an extent, we still have way more toys than we “need!”
The problem for me though is that the majority of my kids’ toys were gifts from people that I care a lot about, many whom are far away, so I have a really hard time trying to pare things down, even when the kids have totally outgrown a toy. I’m not usually a “saver” when it comes to things that I don’t use, but when it comes to gifts for my kids, I just can’t part with them! Thankfully so far there has always been someone younger in the family to save such toys for, thus saving mom the heartache! Another great alternative to getting rid of things that you already have is to just rotate toys in and out so your kids can keep all of those treasures and still reap many of the benefits of having less.
But, then again, we could also write a separate post on the flip side about the benefits of having all of the fun stuff at your house so all of the neighborhood kids want to come! Having your place be THE place gives you the benefit of knowing what your kids are up to all of the time! I read an article about that idea recently and was inspired to hope our home would be the place that our kids and their friends want to hang out as they grow up. I don’t think it necessitates having lots of expensive stuff, but what I read did give some compelling arguments for having some fun things that naturally attract kids!
What are your thoughts on this whole less-is-more issue as related to kids and toys? Have you felt that your decisions about how many toys your kids have has been at all affected by where you live, either by having more or less? If so, how has this affected you and them?
(Post by: Ashley)