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Do Our Children Really Need So Many Toys?

Updated on April 8, 2014

Do You Give Your Kids TOO much?

I am sure we all have had our moments, especially at Christmas when we just go overboard spoiling our kids with presents. It feels amazing to see those cute happy faces! However, Do kids really need so many gifts? There is a problem with children receiving too many presents and toys, and that is overstimulation. Then they also learn to not appreciate every single gift they get.

There is Such Thing As Too Much

Too much for kids doesn't take a lot. You can be a good parent and not give your children everything they want in the store. Being a good parent means knowing how to teach your kids appreciation and how to prevent over-stimulation from occuring.

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Are You Over-stimulating Your Children?

I am sure every parent has noticed when you give your children a lot of gifts at Christmas time, they seem overwhelmed and can’t even play with every one. Sometimes, they hardly notice some of the toys. That is because they are overstimulated, they don’t need that many! Having a few good toys would make children happier than having so many that they become overstimulated. Children also need to learn to appreciate what they get and what they have. That means everytime you walk in a store, they shouldn’t learn that they get a toy just because they go to a store. We have to teach our children less is better! Not because its cheaper, but because it truly is. Stop the tantrums and get your kids to behave because they are not overstimulated with toys and have learned to not expect them. Positive reinforcement should be used in moderation as well as gifts.

Make Your Children Happy the Right Way!

Children do not need expensive toys to enjoy life. They will love you more for engaging them in better activities, then just buying them toys any time they ask. Not only will they be more well behaved, but they will appreciate what they have. They will be able to play outside, spend more time doing educational activities, and learn that tantruming will not get them what they want.

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    • Claudia Mathews profile image

      Claudia Mathews 

      4 years ago

      Absolutely true and you make some very valid points. My day job has me going into family homes regularly. Over two months past Christmas and I am still seeing toys that some of these kids got for Christmas, piled right where they left them when they opened them, in the corner where the tree was. They received so much, they haven't even touched many of them.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      A few good store bought toys are okay. However, getting children to enjoy the outdoors through inventive play produces children with creative minds. It doesn't take expensive toys to have fun play times. A cardboard box can provide hours of creative fun. Good post!

    • JessicaSmetz profile imageAUTHOR

      Just Ask Jess 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I completely agree! I think especially around christmas they can be overstimulated..especially when theyre other toys from years before havent been donated, then there is just too much! We spend too much time worrying about giving our kids all they want, but we are actually doing them a favor by giving them less.

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      5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I agree, too many toys are overwhelming for children! We also teach our kids to donate toys every few months before buying new ones, especially around Christmas time because so many people want to buy them toys as presents. It's over-stimulating and I'd still rather have my kids enjoying outdoor activities. We've had to suggest other non-toy gifts to other family members, like taking the kids out instead or getting them things like books or even their favorite food/snacks. My kids actually love getting their favorite snacks, so it works out well!

    • JessicaSmetz profile imageAUTHOR

      Just Ask Jess 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for the comment. I agree completely!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The answer to your question is no! Get them outside and teach them to create their own games the way we did a long time ago. They just might enjoy the experience. :)


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