Meaning of life means also to bring our kids every day happiness. But science says not to use too many toys in order to achieve that. Studies have revealed that bringing kids too many toys might make them less happy.
Apparently, according to licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist Claire Lerner, toys in abundance, are more distracting and overwhelm the children, making them to lose concentration.
We all know that kids learn from playing, but if you try to give kids to many options, they will lose focus and interest, so they play less.
Michael Malone, a professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati, shared the same opinion. The professor conducted a research in which observed that less toys increase sharing and cooperation, while too many toys lead to solitary play.
At Oxford University, a study has been conducted on 3000 kids, between 3 and 5 years old. The study showed that the kids academic success is correlated more with their home environment and parent’s involvement than the toys or electronic devices they are given. The ones who did better in schools were the ones with fewer toys and had parents who spent more time with them. These kids develop better socially and emotionally, suggesting that parents’ attention is better than any toy or screen.
So how to spend awesome and quality time with your kids? Here’s some tips (sourced here) :
- Have a daily “connect” time with your child. Do this face-to-face, if possible; but if this isn’t an option, create a routine for doing so in other ways, such as leaving a note in your child’s lunch bag, posting a note by his toothbrush, or writing an encouraging saying on a shared whiteboard in the house.
- Create a special ritual for you and your child—something that can be done every day. For example, let your child choose and read one book with you at bedtime.
- Tell your child you love her every day. And tell her how important she is to you and how she makes you feel.
- Reinforce positive behavior. For example, if your child completes his chores without your asking, acknowledge it with words of appreciation—even if you don’t have the chance do so until the next day.
- Make and eat meals with your children whenever possible. If time is limited, look for simple meals that require very little preparation, or grab a healthy snack such as an apple and sit for a few minutes and chat with your child.
- Schedule time for doing an activity of your child’s choosing. Be sure to follow through and complete the activity without any distractions.
- Play with your child, even if it’s during bath time or outside before you drop her off at preschool. Every little bit of time makes a positive impact!
- Laugh and be silly with your child.
- Turn off technology when you spend time with your child. Try not to text, answer calls, scroll through social media, or watch television.