Toys. They can be absolutely overwhelming. Let alone the amount of mess they can produce, there are actual, scholarly studies that show their ability to slow the child's creative development more than aid in it.
With the trend of minimalism on the rise, not only will this lifestyle help bring a little more cash into the parent's pocket, but it will help the child's brain develop in a much clearer and free space. There are many attractive reasons as to why a parent may want to hinder the amount of toys they bring into their home. So, we have collected the best ten reasons why you should slow down on that toy-spending. Read ahead to validate your choice to do so.
10 LESS ACCIDENTS
Have you ever stepped on lego? Has your child ever slipped on a book? Have you ever spent about 2938429 hours putting away those tiny, little figurines before a child sits on one by accident? Better yet- have you ever had a visitor find a toy hidden behind a couch cushion only to scratch their backs from their tiny, little edges? Well, you're absolutely not alone. And, with less toy mess means less chance of accidents; usually just waiting to happen.
9 SAVES MONEY
Of course it saves you money! But, most parents and/or guardians truly do not see the difference until they take the leap of actively trying not to purchase or accept as many toys. Are you a care-taker that often bribes with a small, tangible treat from the store, begging your toddler to behave? Do you often find yourself escaping to the grocery store solo for some alone time, only to find yourself wandering down the toy isle to see if there's anything new and cool to bring home to your kid solely to see their face light up with excitement? Put down your wallet, Sally. Save your hard-earned cash for something more important than another toy that may be played with for a day or two. Save for retirement, why don't you?
8 LESS CLUTTER
Oh, the beautiful memory of a spotless home. Where not toys were found on dining room chairs, where the books stayed in their place on the bookshelves and dolls were likely for decoration alone. Things have changed, when you invite a toy collection to build. And, don't be surprised if their habit nearly lasts a lifetime.
With less toys, less clutter will follow. Not only will it be easier for your child and/or children to put their select toys back in their appropriate home, it will be a clearer space for the entire family to roam.
7 ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY
There have been many studies that show when children are given less, they are essentially forced to use their imagination. Of course there are some toys that excite and provide creativity for children; however, less can absolutely be more when it comes to toys. With less distraction, having select toys around their rooms, play spaces and home(s) can allow for their brains to expand and creativity to flow. We highly suggest giving your child a bucket, a few sticks and some leaves to see how much fun they have rather than an iPad to kill a few hours. They'll likely be bored faster from the technology.
6 LESS BOREDOM
As this idea may seem to contradict the notion that toys and activity are to provide stimuli, less is absolutely more. Considering how much creativity is used when given less objects, you will likely lesson the child's boredom when you allow them to roam free with less distraction. When a parent and/or guardian provide stimuli every second of every day, when the child is left alone to their own devices they often do not know what to do. Just as we adults are programmed to check our phones for messages/DMs/e-mails almost constantly, it's a bizarre feeling to leave the phone at home and not have something to check every few minutes...or seconds. Allowing the child to have fewer things is a great habit to instil at an early age.
5 SAVES TIME
Not only will purchasing less toys save time when it comes to the moments wasted literally buying the item, it will also save time that can be used for valuable bonding time. The time between ages 0-3 is absolutely monumental.
You will likely want to spend every possible moment with your child to assist in their developments both emotionally and physically.
4 LESS ARGUMENTS
Have you ever had to tear apart your two children because they're fighting over a toy they're not quite sure who's it belongs to? Well, you're surely not alone. Having the ability to limit their toy collection will allow the children to know exactly who's toy is who's. It will also encourage a more respectful play area, as the toy's home will be easier to identify.
3 LESS WASTE
The amount of waste that toys produce is monumental. It's apparent that we see how our society can change the way things are going in this world, for our children's sake. They are our future, and we want to ensure they have a happy and clean world to live on. With that said, toys are often donated, thrown out or simply never used. They are rarely recycled. If you are purchasing less toys, are you lessening your carbon foot print. And that is something to be proud of.
2 MORE GRATITUDE
With less toys around the home, your child will likely appreciate what they have far more than if they had an array of choices to play with. The more toys, the more desensitized they'll become to tangible objects and their value. Whether the item is sentimental or not for you and/or the child, with less option the more gratitude they'll have for the things that they do indeed own.
1 MAKES PURCHASES SPECIAL
The importance of having less toys to play with goes beyond saving a buck or two. It enforces gratitude for the moments that they do have to choose a toy and purchase one that they truly admire and want. Whether it's a toy they've been saving for or something special they've been eyeing all year, when it comes time to purchase an item they deeply want and/or need, they will appreciate the purchase far more than if they had a new toy enter their environment frequently.