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.