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Toy simplifying formula from Simplicity Parenting

Monday, January 13, 2014

One of my favorite parts of the Simplicity Parenting Parent workshop is the Change process.  I am sharing the worksheet with you and invite you to use it to create some small doable changes.  I will be taking on some small doable changes in my own home, and perhaps we can share what we are doing during our snack time and support each other in making some changes.  The worksheet has two parts, the first part is for you to identify a dissatisfaction, imagine how things could be better and design a small doable change.  It also asks how you will bring this to your partner or co-parent if you have one.  The second part is more of an implementation plan—how specifically will you implement this change, and is something you can create with a spouse or co-parent if you have one.  There is also a section for reviewing how it went and deciding if you want to keep this small change.  I am giving you a copy this week and will have additional copies available if you would like to use them.  Let’s see how it goes.  For this week, my small doable change is to spend 15 minutes per day tidying cluttered areas of my home.
In the meantime, here is Kim’s toy simplifying formula:


Eleven kinds of toys you may want to consider discarding or storing:


1.  Broken—this one is easy, just toss it, unless it is truly precious
2. Developmentally inappropriate—either outgrown or will grow into
3. Conceptually fixed toys—whose imagination is being celebrated? Hollwood’s or your child’s?
4. Too complicated, break easily, batteries involved, plastic—say no more!
5. High stimulus—flashing lights, mechanical voices, speed and sound effects, anything leading to an adrenaline rush
6. Annoying or offensive—to either parent or child, for me it was the “Barbie’s scavenger hunt book” among others
7. Toys that claim to give your child a developmental edge—promises to make her more creative, socially adept or smarter—it won’t!
8. Pressured to buy, commercial—result of “pester power” includes fad toys.  In our house it was American Girl dolls
9. Corrosive play—detailed weapons, violent video games, movies, tv shows
10. Multiples (too many of each) “If one speedy race car is a delight, that does not mean that three of them will be delight cubed.”
11. Environmentally unhealthy/toxic –Not in the book, but who could argue?


One kind for keepers


• Beloved
• Whole
• Invite imagination
• Invite sense of touch
• Visible
• Healthy for humans, animals and planet
• Can be put away in 5 minutes