Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How to De-Mainstream

I just responded to someone in our Yahoo Group about the process of cutting down on the plastic toys, and thought I would share Kim John Payne's wisdom on this. He has a very calm and logical way of explaining something. This is from Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

He has a ten point checklist on "toys without staying power." Here it is:


  • 1. broken toys
  • 2. developmentally inappropriate toys
  • 3. conceptually "fixed" toys - detailed molded plastic characters from movies, comic books, or television shows
  • 4. toys that do too much or break too easily
  • 5. very high-stimulation toys - flashing lights, mechanical voices, sound effects
  • 6. annoying or offensive toys
  • 7. toys that claim to give your child a developmental edge
  • 8. toys you are pressured to buy
  • 9. toys that inspire corrosive play - play that isn't joyous or pleasant
  • 10. toy multiples - reduce many versions or copies of the same toy to a more manageable and lovable little group

Hope this helps. It's a great book and I highly recommend it!

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