Sunday, August 07, 2011
Simple Living: Toys
So what did we notice with this major change in the house? Well, peace. After only about one day we notice a sense of calm had entered our home. The kids would sit for hours at the art table quietly creating, or find a little basket of wooden blocks in the living room, where a mountain of toys had previously been, and quietly build something. The fighting over toys had all but disappeared. It seems that these natural toys and materials just don't have that addictive pull that so many of the mass markets children's toys have these days. The biggest discovery for me was that they didn't seem to miss anything they had given away. I never heard a mention of it again, like that stuff had never been here. They used their imagination to create things out of sticks and shells and anything that was around. Life was simpler for all of us this way. My house didn't look like a toy store and the kids were more excited and free from the clutter that was their life before. We have been living this way for almost 1.5 years now and we love it. It is such a help to have a set of guidelines when you walk into a store and are pulled in by all the bright colors and the million dollar marketing strategies. Well, we are really not even walking into those stores much any more, but that will be another post.
We are making our own toys together as a family. John just loves getting out his tools and working with the kids. I love how taking this one step toward simplicity has brought us so much space to explore, more peace, and togetherness. We do have the occasional desperate plea for an American doll because "everybody has one!", but we talk about it together and come up with a better solution than going to buy a plastic doll that "everyone" has. Our solution today... we are off to the fabric store with pattern in hand. John loves to sew and is going to help the kids make their own dolls. They are so excited about the whole process. Dreaming of what their dolls will look like. That brings joy to my heart. It is not always easy to go against what the masses are doing, but if you follow what nature intended and what feels right in your heart, you can help your children make decisions that will bring them more happiness and joy than any company that is just trying to make money off their little innocent souls can. I feel like I have been freed from some of those entrapments myself and I am going to work my hardest to keep untying my family one day at a time. It is amazing how happy kids can be when you take their toys away.
Here are some of my favorite places to get toys and art supplies:
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