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my folks’ attic, my brother and I unearthed a huge box filled with our favorite
toys. As I took each special piece out
of the box, a surge of happy thoughts came flooding in.
childhood when December meant an exciting trip to a toy store where Mom and Dad
would have exciting kids gift ideas and happily help us figure out which piece
to add to our growing collection. My Barbie
roller skates reminded me of how my dad patiently held on to my hands until I
finally learned to balance on my own.
Then there was our stash of Fisher Price’s Little People that helped
teach my brother and I to get along, cooperate and share because fights over
these communal toys usually meant an end to playtime. Monopoly taught me about playing fair,
following rules and taking turns-and made me remember the hilarious times my
family would gather around a table to determine who really was the champ. And of course, there was my lovely cooking
set – and all the out-of-this-world dishes my playmate neighbors and I invented
and served to our seemingly hungry dolls.
realize something really important about the way toys play a role in our
children’s lives: That integral to the
toys we give our kids are the memories we create with them; and that the way
our kids experience their toys really does have an impact on the little ones. And the best way to experience them? With Mommy and Daddy, of course!
of its hefty price tag or its size or
uniqueness. A child learns to treasure a
toy because of the countless times you spent tinkering with it, assembling it,
or exploring it – together.
to cherish the moment – more than just the toy itself. Something
I will definitely keep in mind when I hand down these old favorites of
mine for my own kids to enjoy.
play and attention on your kids, you will discover the fun side of parenthood.