Today’s Parenting Tip:
Decide: To prepare your child for new toys as holiday gifts.
Practice: Make today an “Organize the Toys” day. Put toys into these three categories:
Toys I play with often: Put these toys in the storage spaces where toys are usually kept.
Toys I can give up to make room for new ones: Put these toys away. Let your child know that later on you will be donating these to families where children don’t receive new toys like he does. Now they can have fun with these toys because he is done with them and will be receiving new ones.
Toys that need a rest: Put these toys into a storage box and put them away for a while. On your next clean up day bring them out. They will be like new toys and can be put back into play. Other toys can then go into the “tired” box.
NOTE: How much you need to be involved in deciding which category toys should be put into will depend on your child’s ability to let go of things and to understand what the categories mean.
Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by the importance of traditions in children’s lives.
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The Holiday Season is upon us. Thinking about what traditions are important in your family? See Holiday Traditions Revisited.