Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Pley and received compensation to thank me for my time. All opinions are my own.
Throughout the year, my daughter would ask for things she saw on tv, in the store or whatever new toy her friends had. My initial response was, “you can put it on your birthday or Christmas wish list.” I rarely buy her toys otherwise. But to my surprise it was after her birthday and Christmas where she began wishing for the things she didn’t receive instead of being grateful for what she did get.
We had a long talk about being grateful for the things we have. There are so many children who aren’t as fortunate as she is. She has so many toys that sometimes it’s hard for her to even keep track of what she has.
When Big C starts asking for toys, we do two things. First, we go through all of her toys and start organizing. She realizes what she forgot about or we put aside toys that she no longer plays with, so that we can donate them to children who would love and care for them. In this way, it teaches her to be more responsible with her belongings, but it also reminds her of how loving and giving she is.
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The next step we take is looking up the item that she wants for herself. We see how much it costs and she starts saving for it. Big C has a weekly chore chart and earns money by doing those chores. The harder she works, the more money she gets, and the faster she can purchase the toy she wants.
Not only do I think this teaches her responsibility, but she learns to be more grateful for what she worked hard to purchase. Though she loves and appreciates the gifts she receives from others, I think she is more grateful for what she has when she takes ownership of earning it herself.
If you like the idea of your child saving up their own money for toys, a great option to try out is Pley.com. Pley.com allows you to rent the toys, return and pick new ones. That way, if your child gets “bored” of what they already have, they have the opportunity to try something new.
Pley offers a variety of educational toys, robotic toys and LEGO sets. And new toys are always being added. Pley members save an average of $800 a year, reduces clutter and allows you to get new toys delivered right to your front door. Being a Pley member also helps children learn the concept of sharing!