Friday, November 18, 2011


DSCF6068 a video by aviva_hadas on Flickr.

Thanks for all of the advice & stories about culling toys & books. We now have two of these "baby computers" plus my old MAC that I let him type on.

I am ready to push back here too. I am still amazed that people (grandparents & some parents) are so ready to push this type of entertainment onto a child when they did not have it & still learned the things that children need to learn - sharing, reading, group play, manners...

Sorry if that was too somber a thought for a Friday, but I am 1/2 an hour away from donating a bag of books & several baby/toddler toys. I am not 100% comfortable with the process (I wanted to involved Jacob, but I want it done & our family time is limited already...)

Anyone have any thoughts on all of these electronic (or just plain noisy) toys?


Quiltdivajulie said...

Computers are a way of life now, and the keyboard offers one way to learn letters (find the a ... much like where's your nose)

We can't always control the gifting ideas of others, but the teaching of values and our own behavior/attitudes are (even when we're tired) within our control.

In the end, actions speak louder than words or objects.

Libby said...

It would be wonderful if we could just keep to the simplest and most basic - but that's just now how the world runs anymore. Good luck in finding a balance that is right for you. It can't be easy.

cityquilter grace said...

i kept a lot of things because we had the room and then gave them to my daughter when she was older and let her decide which were important to her. because of space limitations, i only kept a small box of school papers/report cards/artwork etc. my daughter isn't overly sentimental so she probably tossed a lot of the stuff i'd saved, but it was her choice. i still have a few clothing items, baby toys, a rattle, baby hairbrush. some things i just couldn't part, that's how i decided.

Andi said...

The culling needs to be done, but it's such a chore. Kendra chewed on books as a toddler, so we can't donate many of those. Electronics, meh. She's happy with sidewalk chalk! The bane of my existence is Barbie/Princess stuff...little shoes, brushes, etc. It's everywhere!! LOL, good luck. Choose the most loved items and toss the rest with no guilt :-)