Monday, June 4th, 2018
Like any new mother, when it came to showering my baby with toys, I fell for it all. The gimmicky ads, the articles on "educational toys," and yes, the re-marketing that turned lukewarm curiosity into Amazon Prime purchases. I wanted to give my son the very best, but of course I wasn't spoiling him – was I?
I didn't think so, until recently when I was forced to clean out his room to prepare for our upcoming home downsizing. I started to look around at all the toys that he hardly plays with. For instance, does he play with his hi-tech coding toy that we got him? No. But he does walk around collecting pet rocks and spoons, putting his imagination into overdrive.
It became clear that I wasn't doing my son or our family any favours by splurging. Young kids don't know the difference between a $100 toy and a dollar store one. It comes back to the old adage: give them a present, and they'll play with the wrapping paper.
Pretty soon after this realization, I started to become more familiar with the concept of minimalism with children. My husband and I experienced the benefits of de-cluttering our lives last year, so why not pass those lessons on to our son? There were numerous benefits.
Minimalism with children may not be right for everyone, but so far it has been very beneficial for us!
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