Recently, the eldest daughter got into conversation with her classmate from a large family. I have known her since the time of my daughter’s garden and I have always been impressed by this girl with my childlike seriousness. So it was sad to hear that for 2 years now she has not been celebrating her birthday and is not receiving gifts, because the younger sister appeared in the family.
I immediately thought that it was probably unpleasant for this girl to share this with my daughter. After all, it turns out that other children have new beautiful toys, they celebrate birthdays, but she doesn’t have it – parents can’t afford it. In such thoughts, I spread to my children and thought about whether my children have enough toys and entertainment?
Expensive toys in our house
I can not say that our budget is quite modest, but expensive things in our house can be counted on fingers. The same goes for toys. There are a couple of interactive little animals, several Moxie dolls and, perhaps, that’s all. Even the youngest has a terribly expensive doll, but her aunt presented it and for some reason the child does not play at all.
I will try to talk about my point of view on this issue.
We all know the phrase that we are not so rich as to buy cheap things. But does it work with toys? I agree, there are products that must be of high quality and because of this their price often grows. For example, shoes. I prefer not to save on it, because my kids still live with those legs.
Some of the cheap toys really have a dubious quality. Especially if we talk about Chinese things that smell of chemistry, and their dyes are certainly harmful to health. These, I bypass side. But at the same time, I do not think that good things for a child can be purchased only at a very high cost.
I recently had a conversation with a friend. She strongly advised me to purchase a set of children’s books for 2000r. In this case, I don’t know what can be so good in these books to spend 2000 on them! This is true beyond my comprehension and although books are my weakness, I would never acquire such. I just do not see the point.
No worse than others
The older a child becomes, the more he looks at what other children have. I especially felt it when my daughter went to school. All the time she tells me that someone has a tablet, and someone has an iPhone. I do not want my children to feel deprived or to look at others with envy. But this does not mean that we do not eat or drink just to buy something for our daughters. We buy as much as possible.
It is very important that the child appreciates expensive things. For example, iPhone, we promised our daughter for a good study. Younger give expensive gifts for birthday or New Year. It seems to me that there must be an expectation of a gift, an anticipation, then it will be a joy, and it will be appreciated by the child himself.
Do you think children need expensive toys?