If your children are given too many toys to play with, they can become less happy and joyful. Recent studies suggest that giving your child all the things he wants can result in the opposite desired effect.
Clair Lerner, a childhood development researcher, explains that children start to play less when given more than enough games and toys. As children learn many things from toys and games, an abundance of them may distract them and make them overwhelmed.
Clair Lerner’s analyses were illustrated by a professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati, Michael Malone.
When it comes to learning valuable life skills, fewer but beneficial toys increase the sharing and cooperation in children. Malone’s studies suggest that showering children with toys can cause a type of unproductive overload and they push children into more solitary play.
There are many things parents can learn from this. If you as a parent or a family member stress about giving your little ones everything they wish for Christmas, don’t panic. What is far more valuable is spending quality time with them.
Oxford University made a study in which 3000 3 to 5 year-olds were included. The final result suggested that children’s home environment and parent’s involvement have a direct correlation with the academic success of children. The toys and electronics they were given weren’t tied to their success. The ones who didn’t have as many toys and electronics, but had supportive parents who spent valuable time with them, performed better in school, and areas of social and emotional development. In conclusion, parents’ attention and affection are way better than any toy or screen.
Researchers have discovered that generosity and gratitude are being expressed when material things are replaced with experience.
Thomas Gilovich, a Cornel University psychology professor, through many studies, spanned for years concluded that material possessions won’t lead anyone to true happiness.
The happiness which comes from childhood experiences is far more valuable than the brief excitement of presents under the Christmas tree. The most important present for your children is your time spent as a family while giving them new experiences and things to learn from. To all the parents out there: make memories with your children and bring them joy and happiness.