abbr: Keep It Simple Stupid
These kids of ours, they really don’t need much do they?
Swings. Sticks. Stones. Chalk. A bike. Paper. Colouring pencils. Playsilks. A doll. A couple of card games or board games or puzzles. Books.
And yet, as parents, we sometimes find ourselves buying them more stuff. Why? Surely it is not because we enjoy yelling at them to clean up their rooms? What would happen if we took most of the stuff away?
I tell my kids : “Only boring people get bored.”. But if they are “bored”, I usually leave them alone. I don’t fill up their empty space with an activity. More often than not, they find some kind of made up game to keep themselves occupied. There is fighting, oh there is a lot of fighting, but I consider that entertainment in itself. I should know.. I grew up with an older sister and we fought all the time.
If we think back to our childhoods, we didn’t have so much stuff. We probably did not even know the word ‘bored‘. Most of us would say we had really happy childhoods, even without a million toys, books, puzzles and games. We played outside, had adventures with friends and our minds were happy with simple things.
So why then do today’s parents tend to buy so much stuff for their kids? Is it because it is cheaper? More accessible (one click ship anyone?)? What is going on?