You recently commented on the important thing is not to give too many toys a child and proposed you some alternatives of gifts that would also make them happy and help stimulate your imagination more than a toy.
One of them was to give experience to your children, such as trips or walks. Activities that can be shared with family and that in addition to having fun, will create unforgettable memories in the life of your children. On this occasion and in keeping with this theme, I want to share with you is it better to spend on family trips that buy toys to kids.
Traveling family, strengthening linkages and creating memories
Break the routine to know a place new and different is a great way to spend time with family. And while traveling with children sometimes is difficult, the be all together in a different site helps strengthen the bond we have with our children. Traveling together we share unique moments and we will create new experiences side by side.
We know also that sometimes family travel is no more economically all costs are multiplied by the number of members who attend the trip. But travel should not be something that we leave money in their pockets, since We do not need to make a trip to the other side of the world or even to another country to enjoy this wonderful experience in family.
A short weekend trip to some nearby town or a visit to the Zoo in the city, already is something that breaks with the routine and the monotonous day to day. What matters is not doing the best or most expensive trip of their lives, but give new and different kids experience.
Is it better to spend on travel, not toys
Researching this from family trips, I came across an interview which made the Telegraph site Oliver James, one of the most recognized child psychologists in Britain and found me very interesting what has to say about this topic.
He starts asking something that surely some parents even us has gone through the mind: Do you have any idea of the extraordinary ratio of gifts that we give to children that are not requested or valued?. According to him, the answer varies between one of each five and two-thirds, according to different surveys that have read.
“All business according to provide material comforts for children – in forms increasingly expensive as older – are becoming completely, is to 100 percent, to keep the industry which benefits from this. On the other hand, family holidays are valued by children, both when they occur, and for a long time once they spent in their memories. So if you’re going to spend money on something, it is very clear what is the option that makes more sense.”
Make a journey always will be more satisfying than buy things. Both for adults and for children, traveling is an experience that enriches us. The difference is that we value things, and children others, and that is the key so that everyone can enjoy the trip.
“Children see a different world,” says James. ‘Give a two-year-old girl a gift and she will feel more entertaining with the box. It is similar with the children and travel. We must enable them to explore their own ways to find amazing thing to her around.”
In accordance with the, what kids really value vacation, is that rare possibility that they create to have long periods of play with their parents. The holiday we isolated physically from the pressures of everyday life, where everyone is rushed by attending meetings or meet deadlines. They are times where all are relaxed and can be playful together.
And while there are toys that the family can have fun, he speaks of the collaborative game, one that is funny, not educational: “an experience human crucial, kids especially, but also for adults.” Without it, life is very empty and lacks joy.”
For him, these moments are as simple as talking about nonsense with parents, sharing an ice cream and the moments that really interests are taken into account. I mean, those simple moments of joy that are shared and which help us to form a bond with our children.
I’m pretty sure, for example, my daughter enjoys more when we play to tickling or dance, watch a movie or play with some toy together. There are moments in which the two we truly connect without being distracted by a third element. The smile and the laughter are proof that she enjoys doing most of all. And that is just what give us family vacation trips: moments with our children, without distractions of work and housework.
Can we stop buying them toys?
Certainly not. There are families who have chosen to do this, but I personally think a too drastic action and far from being a solution to the problem of excess toys, could have a contrary effect to the snatch children the right to play with them. You just have to do it with measure and consciously.
We sometimes do not realize such large expenditure that we do in material things and in the end more than make happy our children, could even do not benefit them. From my point of view and viewing it in the long run, perhaps if we stopped buying so many toys (or expensive toys) reduce expenses and so we could use that money to give experiences or travel more frequently with our children.
What is your opinion? You coincide in trips to make happier children than a toy?
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