When a baby cries, what is the first thing 90% of us do? (made up statistic :) ) Shove something bright, noisy and colorful in their face and say, "Look! Here you go! Oohhhh, look at this! yaaaayy!" Can you see yourself doing that? I can. I have.
|Merry Christmas!--Have some plastic!|
Ok, I'll admit I DID have this grand idea of creating all of his toys out of wood and fabric and all homemade products. I made a few cute little block houses, then well--do I REALLY have time to make toys for my baby when I'm trying to give him all the intimate and personal interactions I can? I don't want him to grow up being that 'weird' kid that had to play with all of mommy's homemade creations growing up, but I also don't want him to get the idea that #1: If I fuss a bit, mommy will get me what I want, but don't really need and #2: the idea that things.....plastic....junk....will fulfill him in times of distress, trouble, boredom, etc. I think we all are accustomed to that, right? "I'm having a bad day....time for retail therapy!"
Does it just keep spiraling from here? Is he going to have an ipod at age three, cell phone at age five and a laptop by the time he's a tween? What happened to the other forms of entertainment? Sidewalk chalk, rolling down hills, playing house, riding bikes, baseball/kickball, sledding, puzzles, bath time,etc? ( BTW, Everett LOVES his bath time :)
|Bath time is all this boy needs!|
Let me know what you think and how you have raised your child/children in ways that reflects more importance on people and communication vs. plastic.