A while ago I wrote a post about my daughter and my concerns about the volume of toys and gifts she receives constantly. Since I wrote that post - or since I became acutely aware of my own behaviour - I have stopped buying. I also held back a lot of presents from her birthday and Christmas, and once in a while ie every couple of months, I will swap out her old toys that are not used for one from the garage.
Her volume of available toys has decreased considerably and she doesn't care. I have also made a point of finding new ways to use old toys. Frankly, she prefers rummaging through the drawers, banging pot lids together and chasing the dog. Oh, and the other things is the treasure box - which is some of my old "jewellery" that she puts from one container to the other or wears. Bangles and hair ties are her favourite. Hours of fun. (if you think I'm kidding, I'm not. Hours.) And, those ELC toys that I keep raving on about, that she has had since she was a baby baby - still loves them. They play music. Simple.
She also found a little fairy in the garden. It's one of those things you stick on pots for decoration. God knows what possessed me to buy a fairy, but whatever it was, she now goes out there every morning and evening to say hello and bye bye to the fairy.
I'be taken 3 paragraphs to say - keeping it simple has made so much more sense. These simple new things she seems to be enjoying more, taking so much pleasure from and really looking forward to. The peripherals keep her interested for 10/15 minutes. But that's ok too.
I came across an article - 11 Tips for Instilling True Gratitude in Your Kids - which I thought was great and worth a read. Some of the tips stood out for me, and we have found work really well in our home, and I hope that you find it interesting too.
- Have the kids pitch in when they want something.
- Set a good example by saying "thank you" sincerely and often
- Resist the urge to shower them with too much "stuff."
- Encourage them to give back.
If you have any you'r like to share, please do...