Never Enough Toys

I’m not a fan of having a house full of toys, mostly because kids prefer non-toys whenever they can get away with it. However, after a few play dates with other families, I started to feel bad about the fact that my poor children had way less toys than all of the other children. Apparently my children are living in ‘toy’ poverty.

In order to address this neglect of my children’s play needs, I assessed our toy selection to determine exactly what type of toys we might need to purchase. I realized, to my horror, that my daughter only had 1 doll. What if my son wants to play with a doll? What if we have another child in our home that also wants to play with a doll? What if the doll needs another doll to play with?

To make matters worse, my daughter’s doll wasn’t even really her doll. It was mine. She was using my childhood cabbage patch kid. Sure, I don’t really need it any more, but doesn’t my little princess deserve a doll of her own? Dare I mention that the doll didn’t even have any extra clothes?

So I went on a thrift store shopping spree and came home with 3 more dolls, a doll bassinet and a handful doll clothes. Now both my children can play with dolls and they can have friends over to play with dolls too. Enough dolls for everybody, right?

Not so. They still only want to play with the doll that the other one has. The moral of this story, it doesn’t matter how many toys you have, your children will all want to play with the same toy at the same time! What a waste of 10 bucks and an hour of my precious time.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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8 Responses to Never Enough Toys

  1. Kathy V. says:

    My kid mostly just wants plain wooden blocks, a couple of glossy magazines to tear apart, and a colander. And yet I keep on buying him toys anyway.

  2. Dani says:

    My house is full of thousands of toys, partly due to having five kids, partly due to the fact that we go overboard with birthdays and Christmas. It is true that no matter how many toys the kids have, they play with pretty much the same few.

  3. I was apologizing to my sister (visiting from out-of-town with her kids) that I don’t have many toys–but then we went through my garage and found two totes of toys that I’d put away because they really weren’t getting used. I hold regular “toy gulags” (as my husband calls them) because I don’t like them to overflow our toy shelf and look cluttery, and like your kids, my kids spend more time playing with things like my saucepans and couch cushions anyhow. Oddly enough, even though I now realize that we DO have a lot of toys, compared to everyone whose house I’ve been to, we hardly have any. We have a very stuff-heavy society.

    • I hear ya. I feel like we have a ton of toys until we compare with other people’s collections. Still, there’s no feeling that I have to keep up with the Joneses, because I’d rather collect extra empty space than stuff to fill it.

      • You and me both–but somehow I feel like inevitably the Stuff vs. Empty Space war is being won by Stuff. Any empty space we create seems to suck in new stuff somehow (or just allow our other stuff to spread out for more elbow room).

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