12 Reason Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child More Toys
#1. Lesser toys mean that children learn to be more creative
#2. Children learn to develop longer attention span
When too many toys are introduced into a child’s life, their attention span will begin to suffer. A child will rarely learn to fully appreciate the toy in front of them when there are countless options still remaining on the shelf behind them.
#3. Children establish better social skills
Children with fewer toys learn how to develop interpersonal relationships with other children and adults. Studies have attributed childhood friendships to a greater chance of success academically and in social situations during adulthood.
#4. Children learn to take greater care of things
When they have too many toys, they will naturally take less care of them. They will not learn to value them if there is always a replacement ready at hand. If you have a child who is constantly damaging their toys, just take a bunch away. He will quickly learn.
#5. Children develop a greater love for Reading, Writing, and Art
Fewer toys allows your children to love books, music, coloring, and painting. And a love for art will help them better appreciate beauty, emotion, and communication in their world.
#6. Children become more resourceful
In education, students aren’t just given the answer to a problem; they are given the tools to find the answer. In entertainment and play, the same principle can be applied. Fewer toys causes children to become resourceful by solving problems with only the materials at hand. And resourcefulness is a gift with unlimited potential.
#7. Children argue with each other less
This may seem counter-intuitive. Many parents believe that more toys will result in less fighting because there are more options available. However, the opposite is true far too often. Siblings argue about toys. And every time we introduce a new toy into the relationship, we give them another reason to establish their “territory” among the others. On the other hand, siblings with fewer toys are forced to share, collaborate, and work together.
#8. Children learn perseverance
Children who have too many toys give up too quickly. If they have a toy that they can’t figure out, it will quickly be discarded for the sake of a different, easier one. Children with fewer toys learn perseverance, patience, and determination.
#9. Children become less selfish
Children who get everything they want believe they can have everything they want. This attitude will quickly lead to an unhealthy (and unbecoming) lifestyle.
#10. Children experience more of nature
Children who do not have a basement full of toys are more apt to play outside and develop a deep appreciation for nature. They are also more likely to be involved in physical exercise which results in healthier and happier bodies.
#11. Children learn to find satisfaction outside of the toy store
Children who have been raised to think the answer to their desires can be bought with money have believed the same lie as their parents. Instead, children need encouragement to live counter-cultural lives finding joy in things that truly last.
#12. Children live in a cleaner, tidier home
If you have children, you know that toy clutter can quickly take over an entire home. Fewer toys results in a less-cluttered, cleaner, healthier home.