Problem: Too many toys sounds like a child’s dream, but for parents it may not be the best thing. To start, your kids don’t have time to play with all of them; most children have a few favorites that they keep by their side and the rest tend to be forgotten. If you have more than one child, too many toys can also cause conflict between siblings, because we always want what we can’t have, when one child picks up a toy, generally the rest of the children want to play with it. Scarcity helps foster cooperation among children and encourages them to play together. It’s important to help children value simplicity.
Solution: If your children seem attached to everything they own, it may be time for a parental intervention. We recommend rotating toys, this means weekly, or monthly (or whatever is in the best interest of your child) swapping out some of the lesser played with toys. Kids are prone to playing with what is in front of them; this may be the best way to give each toy some extra playtime.
Problem: Every parent wants their child to have the world and more, but how much is too much? The amount of money spent on toys is astronomical and sometimes not worth it. It’s important to provide your children with what you can, with what you have, but if you’re over spending to provide more of something they don’t need, its best to consider slowing down the purchasing process.
Solution: If you find when you do swap out toys that your child is losing interest, the best thing to do is get rid of them. It may sound harsh, but odds are your child won’t notice. This is also a great way to give back to those in need, if you decide to remove some toys from the rotation, consider donating them.
Problem: Lastly, too many toys lead to clutter around the house. Again, when things aren’t being used, they’ve become dust collectors around your home. The mess that comes with unwanted toys adds up for more work when it comes to organizing.
Solution: It’s important to teach children about the value of appreciating the things they have. If you do this from the start, you can avoid over buying during holidays, or trips to the toy store. When a child is happy with the things they do have, they may be less prone to asking for more. This may mean buying them a toy they really love (that may be on the expensive side), to avoid purchasing a variety of toys they see, and in turn want. As a parent we can help our kids in the long run by teaching them to value the little things, as well as enjoy simplicity.