It’s holiday time again. What am I gonna do with all of the toys? I feel bad, but there is no more room.
Oh yes, gifts are great, but then you end up with millions and millions and MILLIONS of them. OK, maybe not millions and millions, but a lot – and they take up space – and many are tossed aside or left underfoot. There is just no room or need for it ALLLLL. So how can you allow folks to enjoy the feeling of gift giving and not drown in a sea of toys? Here ya go:
Make a gift registry. Yes, for your child. That may sound a bit “out there,” but then you will end up with the toys, activities and clothes that you and your child want and need. You can give it a literary, scientific, or artsy bend to it.
Talk with your child. Discuss how this holiday season there are some children who won’t have as many toys as they do – that they may only have one or two. Or that they can’t have as many toys because their homes are not large enough to house them (if you want to avoid the “Why do some kids get more gifts?” question). Tell your child that they need to pick out 2 toys to give away. Have them choose so you are not just taking their stuff and giving it away. If they want to give more, or you want to give more, go for it.
Put some toys away in a closet, basement or attic, and rotate. Have a certain number of toys out, then in a few months put those away and take out other activities. Doing this keeps it a little more fresh for the kids. The “new” toys will get them excited and keep ‘em busy.
Getting gifts is part of the holiday fun, but so is giving. Help your child discover the good feeling of giving this holiday season.
Brandi Davis, ACC, is a professional Parenting Coach, Parent Educator, and Author of O.K. I’m A Parent Now What? She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and be sure to catch her parenting podcasts on iTunes. The goal of Brandi’s practice is to bring respect, calm communication, teamwork, and FUN into the home or classroom. To discover all that Child and Family Coaching can bring to your family stop by www.childandfamilycoaching.com.
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