Families generally have much greater disposable income these days and toys are, relatively, much cheaper than they were when we were Smalls. I have to believe this, otherwise I cannot possibly account for a house that was bursting at the seams with toys. They were everywhere, in every room.
We even had a 5 foot by 7 foot shed in the garden dedicated to outdoor toys. It was full of tractors and bikes and seesaws and balls and paddling pools and lawn games and …
The loft is still stuffed with toys that have been outgrown. The main fetish of Smalls 1 & 2 was Thomas and Friends and there are plastic tubs full of wooden and plastic track and buckets full of wooden, plastic and metal trains [builders buckets are cheap and great for storing and moving bulk loads of small items such as trains]. Small 3 was not interested in trains so we have been trying to lighten the weight from the rafters but every time we bring some down to get rid of them they suddenly become Smalls’ favourite things, so they stick around in the house before they can be put back in the loft in the hope that they will be forgotten again. Then we sneak them down again, they are discovered and the cycle continues.
We converted our garage into a utility room and an office. Whilst, out of necessity, we can beat a path to the washing machine, the computer and filing cabinet were soon buried under an overflow of toys.
Every time I consider the cost of the toys it makes my eyes water, so I try not to. Then again, it is only money. What else would we do with it? Well, …
So, how did it happen? Why are there so many toys? It was a combination of Small Negotiation (see separate listing) and the sheer pleasure it gave us to see them happy. And whilst Small was distracted with toys I could get on with stuff.
And the ultimately true cliché? They have more fun with the box (there were always lots of ‘free’ nappy boxes).
Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.
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