Horrified expressions, screams, tears and tantrums- you’d think it was the end of the world from the way they react. So why would any parent risk asking their kids to get rid of old toys they haven’t played with in years?
I Kant believe it:
There’s been some discussion that making kids give up their toys is unethical, ie. wrong. However, helping children to get rid of unwanted toys can be the right and beneficial thing to do, so long as you do so sensitively.
That’s not trash that’s Teddy!
Grabbing a bin bag while the kids are out, and chucking away any of their toys is not ethical. All it will teach them is that they cannot trust you and will make them even more zealous and possessive over their possessions. Have patience, and teach kids that it’s a good thing to make some space for new toys by getting rid of old ones, by following this good advice:
Gift that keeps on giving:
Giving is highly ethical, since it benefits others in need. Ask kids to give away toys to other children less fortunate, emphasizing the importance of selflessness. Or give toys to a charity of your kid’s choice, to sell and raise money for the cause. Sharing is an integral part of growing up, so this will help them gain confidence and empathy.
We’re sold on this:
Selling toys online can be ethical if you involve your child in the process, and spend the extra cash on maybe a new toy for them as a reward for their sorting. Any form of toys or entertainment systems could benefit from being sold online to be reused by someone else, and you too can reap rewards if you decide to sell my stuff.
Some toys can be collectible, so have a look on eBay and see if certain old toys are gems in disguise. Or money exchange websites, such as Music Magpie, will swap old consoles, games and DVDs for a good amount of cash. Keep kids involved in this, as this will help break any attachment to the toy if they think they can get money out of it. How’s that for an incentive?
Don’t give up the good fight:
Don’t worry if you experience initial resistance and a few hiccups along the way. Remember, kids won’t learn these skills overnight. With gentle persuasion, and trying out these useful ideas, it can be an easy and fun feat to get kids to let go of their old toys, both emotionally and physically!