Today kids have many many many toys which they barely play with. If they played all the toys sequentially once a day it can easily last 4 months before they have to repeat their toys.
There are many opinions about how much is “ENOUGH” for the kids. Parents are always making decisions about which one to buy. There are so many options for the same thing.
Just few months ago I wanted to buy a walker for my 11 month old daughter. In the store there were 6 options for a walker. I wanted a walker whose purpose was to make her walk on her own. But the sales person told me how all the bright colorful shapes and color along with the music and sound makes the most expensive walker so desirable by the kid. I bought some thing in the middle, not high not low. But guess what she never ever walked on that walker. She just loved walking holding my hands. On her first birthday she had one more walker as a gift. She never walked with that either.
The bottom line is , no matter how cheap or expensive a product is, how variety of feature it may have, it truly can’t allure any kid to use it if they don’t want it. Just because we are buying too many toys doesn’t mean they like it all.
With my two kids I have realized the kids have no interest in playing with most of the toys. When the toy lands home probably they play with it once or twice and then they are done. But they still want to keep the toy. Why? Because they can show their friends how many varieties of toys they have.
My five year old is now all about power ranger mega force etc. Now his mission is to collect all possible power ranger character and accessories that ever exists anywhere in this earth. As a parent I haven’t restricted him to collect any of these characters as of yet.
For me if I can see a smile on his face even one time, i am willing to buy that toy.
Is that the right way of parenting according to some standard set somewhere by someone. I don’t know. What I know is it comes from my heart and it gives happiness to my kids. For me that’s ENOUGH of a reason.