Tis the season to rack up credit card debt to buy a bunch of cheap plastic stuff for your kiddos that they will break in 10 minutes and get more joy out of playing with the box it came in than the item you bought.
OK, maybe not me. But we have hit a point in our lives where my wife’s family thinks that it is wrong that we don’t load up on cheap plastic crap for our kids. When it comes to toys we require that they be one of the following:
- Educational (We buy a lot of books and to go the library 2 to 3 times a week, but the oldest has a 2nd grade reading level at 3 years old and is doing adding & subtraction already)
- Athletic (bikes, scooters, balls, hockey gear, soccer gear like the net we are getting him this year), or similar items)
- Creative (Legos, Lincoln Logs, Crayons, Markers, Play dough, or musical instruments)
One exception to this is his hot wheel cars. But for those, he gets creative and will build garages and stuff out of his Legos and other things. Overall if an item is only for entertainment or has values that we don't approve of at this point in time, then he does not get it.
My mother out-law has stated that she is going to get him a Nintendo DS this year for Christmas. My wife explained to her that if she does, we will return it and he will get socks and underwear and tell him that they came from Grandma. There are some of those leapfrog games that we allow because they are educational.
What kind of toys do you get for your kids? Do you have crazy rules like we do or will your kids get the latest popular toys? What are you getting your kids for Christmas this year? What items of note have you gotten them in the past years?