Daily Archives: November 28, 2011

90% advantage

T’is the season for shopping – for sure.  As parents, we often feel pressured to deliver up many of the toys that line the toy aisles ( with their electronic beeps, bells and whistles), flash across our television sets, beckon to our children and overwhelm us with which to buy.

But there’s really good news.

As parents, we don’t have to do that.  In fact, when choosing a toy that will empower your child, less is more. 

The best toy is 10% toy and 90% child.  The simpler the toy, the more that will come from inside the child. 

 Toys have low value when they can only be used in one way.  They look appealing to children but quickly can become boring because they often only require a child to push a button and watch what happens.

So many of these toys perform for children instead of fostering exploration, problem solving, mastery, creativity and engagement, which are the foundation for future academic learning and success.

With a child-powered toy,  the script is a child’s own and unlimited; play is active, fresh every day, and evolves over time.

 So use this as a guide – when you are struggling with your toy-buying decisions or share it with relatives – make the majority of your toy choices be 90% child, 10% toy.

Then watch the benefits – the enjoyment of more elaborate, self-directed, extended play periods, while building new skills. 

Just call it the 90% advantage!

If you would like any help deciding what kinds of toys would benefit your child, feel free to give me a call at The Parenting Place – 784-8125 or e-mail me at franswift@theparentingplace.net.

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