Today, in our everyday routine, we observe very young kids playing with tablets, mobile phones, and laptops. Majority of them have screen time as their favorite time of the day, whether it is mobile, tablet, laptop or television! It really pisses me off to see some parents bragging about how intelligently their kid can operate a mobile phone!
If we look back a decade or two, childhood used to be completely different for kids. Kids during that time had lesser toys but were happier than today. Today, kids have ample of toys but they are not able to be happy with them. Their happiness with a toy is only until they get it. It is just momentary or lasts for a very short time. Once they get the toy, it no more remains valuable for them. This is because the kids of present generation take their toys as “things they should possess” and not “things they should play with.”
Not sure if it is because the kids get everything as soon as they ask for, or because the parents try to compensate their presence with presents. Whatever the reason is, the outcome is what we all know! And believe me, that’s not going to give us a better world!
Toys form the building blocks for the future of a child. They teach our children about the world and about themselves. They send messages and communicate values. Thus, it is wise for the parents to first think about what foundation the toy is going to lay for their child before actually giving it to their child.
Let us have a look at some of the ways in which Toys Affect Kids
Today, the kids have an array of toys. When lots of toys are given to a child, he feels like having the gifts of imagination and doesn’t feel the need to imagine anymore. By seeing a lot of toys together, he feels boredom and is not able to create anything of his own or experiment with his toys. Availability of a lot of toys, to an extent, kills creativity in a child. Give your child the wings of creativity!
Longer Attention Spans:
With too many toys introduced into a child’s life, his attention span suffers. A child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of him when there are countless options remaining on the shelf behind, thereby losing his ability to develop longer attention span.
When children had fewer toys back then, they were more involved with their family and friends. Along with playing, they also used to have proper time for studies. Agreed that today’s kids have busier schedules but this is also a fact that today, mostly the gadgets have taken place of toys. You can easily see children using a mobile phone, tablet, laptop etc. more instead of playing with their toys.
Caring for their Belongings:
When kids have too many toys, they will naturally take less care of them. They will stop valuing them as they know that the toys will be replaced by another toy in no time or they can soon get another toy by throwing a tantrum.
Kids, who get everything they want, believe that they will get it even if they wouldn’t ask for it. So, at times they become selfish and start having an unhealthy attitude towards their family or family. All the personalization and customization that we offer them, actually makes them more self-centered.
Ever thought what the world will become if it doesn’t have generous people? Remember, you are not only raising a child but bowing the seeds of the next generation. Be careful!
Children who have too many toys give up very quickly. Kids who have fewer toys, know the value, perseverance, patience, and determination. They try to find satisfaction outside of the toy store.
So, rather than spending a fortune on the toys, try to teach your child to look around the world and learn from his surroundings. It’s not about your affordability, but about imparting values to your child.
You can, I can but the world cannot afford a whole generation like this!