too many toys

Canada
February 21, 2007 11:20am CST
my daughter has so many toys, we put some away in the basement for 6 months then take them back out and put the other away for 6 months. this way she thinks they are new toys and she is more interested in them when they come back out. does anyone do this? and do you have any other great parenting tips?
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think that's a wonderful idea! We used to do that when our girls were little too. Once she gets older, I would suggest having her sort through her toys before holidays and birthdays and giving some of them away to kids that are less fortunate than she is. My girls always made a big deal about giving other kids toys... They enjoyed knowing that someone else would play with their toys once they were too old for them.
• Canada
21 Feb 07
we do give a lot away, actually my daughter just came out of her room a little while ago carrying a toy and said i'm too big for this now i think we can give it away. so i told her ok we'll go through everything else and see what you are ready to givie up. i'm so proud of her.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
26 Feb 07
My DS is only 14 months, but he has some toys that he's just not quite old enough to play with. We bring them out periodically to let him try and see what he's able to do with them. And when he gets new things, we try to take out some of the things that he doesn't use often, so that they won't overtake the house. He also has toy areas in the living room, family room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. If he's not playing in those areas all the time, they become a little more special.
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@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
22 Feb 07
We have run into this ourselves. Our son has too many toys. Many of them just sat around never played with. By cutting back he could concetrate on what he had and he played with them more. When he found an old toy, he would play with that toy a lot more than what he was playing with before.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Because we have a really small house I have put into effect the "get one, give one" toy plan. Anytime my daughter gets a new toy wether it is a holiday or just Grandma. She has to go through her toy box and pick a toy to donate to the little children that don't have any toys. Some people get mad at me and say it is mean to make her give away her things, but honestly it helps her to not ask for a bunch of toys and I feel it teaches her to not be greedy.
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@bgerig (1259)
• United States
21 Feb 07
that's a really good idea. I'll be anxious to know how it works long term.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
21 Feb 07
When my daughter was younger we did the same thing. My daughter is an only child and every time I turned around someone was giving her something new. You could not move in my house so I would box things and every few months change out a box. It was like Christmas all over again. This is such a good idea and would not be surprised if a lot of mothers do this.
@aretha (2538)
• United States
21 Feb 07
yes we have done this but they get so many some times i have enough to do this for 2 years so i talked to my oldest and told him some kids don't have any and he can go through his toys to give to kids that don't have any. he gets upset a little at first when we do this but after we get going he likes the idea.
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@vityota (878)
• India
21 Feb 07
thats the probs with children they always want more games and they get bored with them soon and start looking for new games and even my friends face the same problem
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• United States
21 Feb 07
my son by far has too many toys as well, though ive never thought about putting some away for a while and then switching them out (ill have to try that!).. he has specific toys in his room, then some others in my room, and then some downstairs.. this way we dont have to carry toys from room to room (which suprisingly he doesnt do for the most part).. of course this method makes cleaning up a real pain as well though.
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