Having a child throw temper tantrums for a new toy, in a store is not anything a parent wants to see happen. I will tell you how I have stopped this from happening. One- my children are in church regularly and they have studied about children in other countries who have no toys at all and even children in our missions across the seas who are lucky to get a box of toys because the shipping is so costly. We have watched videos at our church and talked about how lucky we are here in America to have toys in most all stores and how easy it is to purchase them. Second-I have had my kids give something of their own to others on holidays so they can understand the reason for giving and why it is important to share with those less fortunate.
Another way to keep your child from wanting toys is to check out Pley. Pley lets your child choose from over 500 toys. Just let your child pick out a toy and for a very small monthly payment, you can order the toy to come in the mail and they can play with it as long as they want and when they are through they just simply send it back and choose another toy.
Pley allows your child to understand that one toy is enough and by playing with only one toy your child gets plenty of play out of it. When they tire of it just order another one and play with it for awhile. By renting these toys your child will also get a chance to play with toys you, as a parent might not be able to afford to buy.
A great way to teach your children how to give to others is by telling everyone about Pley and if they sign up Pley will give one toy to a less fortunate child. You can also buy a gift card to send so a child can choose their own special toy.
I think my family will be buying a month of free Pley gift card for one of our missionary children in the Solomon Islands. This way they can receive and choose toys they personally like and if they like the program, which I know they will, their mom and dad can continue the service. Getting anything fun in the mail to these children is like Christmas because of the high cost of shipping and no one really takes the time. I would like my children to be very grateful for what they have and for them to understand that just because we want it, we don't always get it. I read to them stories about giving and sharing and I try to set a good example by giving when others are in need.
With my little one, I let him carry a small toy of his own into a store and this keeps him occupied about getting a new toy and lastly - I stay as far away from the toy aisle as possible. This child is only 2 so he hasn't fully grasped the idea of being grateful yet, but we are on our way to learning it as he watches and listens to his older siblings.
My children understand that it is better to give than to receive and hopefully they will always remember this valuable life lesson.
Check out Pley for your children, or as a gift for others. There are over 500 top toys to choose from, they are completely sanitized before they are sent to you. No big worry if something small is missing, Pley wont hold you responsible. Help spread the word about Pley and how it works!
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