I don’t know how things are in your household, but lately I’ve been hearing a lot of arguing between my oldest two. It seems that even though they have entirely too many toys between them, they just so happen to want the same one toy at the same exact time the majority of the day. How is that?
I keep threatening to take away all of the toys if they continue to argue. Which is immediately followed by a synchronized, “Nooooo!” Then, ten minutes later, they’re at it again. Ugh! I don’t know what to do. I’m tired of being referee. I try not to get involved, but inevitably it turns into, “Mom!! I had that first! He (or she) took my toy. Blah blah blah.” Then chaos ensues until I finally step in.
Okay, maybe my description is a little dramatic. It isn’t that crazy, but sometimes I feel like it is. They drive me nuts arguing over stuff. I’m constantly scolding them, “Do not take toys out of somebody else’s hand. If you want something, you ask for it nicely.” And reminding the kids to tell each other, “I’m playing with it right now. You can have it when I’m done.”
So, today I’ve decided that for the month of November, I will be taking away every single toy in the house. That’s right. Every single toy. Every stuffed animal, every race car, every doll, every ball, every bath toy. Everything except the books (unless they start arguing over them too, in which case they’ll be gone as well).
Here is my theory: If they don’t have any more toys, they will be so bored that they will eventually turn to each other for entertainment. They will make up games to play with each other and find other ways to amuse themselves together. I’m really hoping that they begin to appreciate each other’s company a little more, and be less annoyed with one another.
If toys are bringing about selfishness in my home, then they have no place here.
What do you think? You think it will work? Well, I could be totally wrong. They could find a piece of lint to argue over, who knows. But, I’m giving it a month to see what happens. I hope to see a change.
So, I was wondering if any of you want to take this challenge with me? Would you take your kids toys away for a whole month? Would you do it for two weeks? At the end of November I’ll do an update and let you all know how things went, and what I observed. If you want to join in, I’d love to hear your experience as well!