In my living room - not the designated playroom - I have the following large toys:
* blue Cookie Monster singing thing
* pink pony
* bouncing zebra
* supermarket scanner (what one-year does not know how to scan groceries?)
* ball popping thing, ironically, with only one ball
* pink caterpillar singing thing
* LULU, the well worn and loved singing octopus
* a green box of books
* a 31 bag of smaller toys (you know those 31 parties? the biggest, stand-alone bag they sell? that one.)
Of all these toys, I purchased none, registered for none, and most certainly love none. (Maybe LULU and some of the books).
I don't think my kids love these toys. Why do I have these toys?
Here is one situation:
Baby C.J. plays with her zebra, bouncing up and down - giggling, really showing off.
Za wants to play but knows not to take her sister off the zebra. She asks, or whines until I suggest, to get another singing/riding/huge toy. She gets the pink pony from the playroom.
Ty comes along and even though he is older, wants a noisy toy of his own. He settles for the large Cookie Monster monstrosity.
In possible answers to such a situation, do I:
a. Make the kids take turns on the one zebra, even though they are all kinda baby-ish and then feel guilty because the older two want the "oos" and "ahhs" that accompany C.J. bouncing on her zebra.
b. Settle them with a book or smaller toy which they cannot hear because of the zebra.
c. Let them figure it out.
I'm sure all choices bring pros and cons to the parenting bit, but my main concern is this:
I am tired of these toys.
Yeah, I know "someday" I'll look at a clean floor and sigh, knowing my kids are no longer kids.
That day just isn't today, and I wonder if I'm the only one.