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Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys Toys

November 9, 2007 4 comments

Do kids really need to have all the latest toys? We’re thinking No…..

Can our kids can still live a happy and fulfilled life without owning all the latest toys? We’re thinking….. YES!

We sat down and talked with all 4 of them a few months ago and explained how we felt. That we didn’t want them to become “stuff centered”. How that bumper sticker should really say He who dies with the most stuff is still dead. How it seemed that toy companies were making dangerous toys. No, they didn’t collapse into a ball and rock back and forth uttering “must have toys”. They’re such good kids…
Anyway – This discussion came after the first big round of toy recalls. In this article from MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20287870/ a Mother was quoted as saying “If we did have an affected toy, I’d see it as lesson for her. … If there was something wrong with the toy, it’s up to the store to replace it with another toy.”
HUH?!? We’ve got a few questions.
First – I really think there are better ways to teach our children lessons than poisoning them. I figured we’d try talking to them before we went the route of poison.
Second – We were under the belief the original toy WAS safe. It wasn’t; now we are supposed to believe, among all the other recalls, that the replacement toy really is safe?
Third – What exactly is the lesson????

Some may think we are paranoid or overreacting – that’s OK. You are welcome to your thoughts and opinions. Really. We just have our own opinion, we have always done things in our own “weird” way (homeschooling) so why should we change now? We look at the toy recalls as a safety issue. We hold the children’s hands every time we cross a parking lot. Not because we are certain they will get hit by a car if they’re not holding our hands, but because there is a chance that they could. Holding their hands is an effective way to keep them from running out in front of a car. The holding of the hand itself is not what keeps them alive; it’s the guidance from the parent that keeps them alive. Holding their hand teaches them not to run in front of the kid driving Mom’s car for the first time who doesn’t have a clue that the kids are even there.
We look at Toys the same way now. We already have had a bunch of recalled toys. We live with a couple of Dora and Diego fans, not to mention Polly Pocket and Barbie. So we know that it can happen. Is constantly buying new toys a necessary thing? No they already have a bunch. Is it worth our kids health to play with the latest and greatest toy. Nope, God gave them an imagination that can always be used. We as parents are hoping to teach them that it is more important for them to want what they have, than have what the toy companies say they should want. We want to teach them to think for themselves, not go out and buy the latest toy, clothes, CD, game, car, or whatever else the media says they must have. Stuff isn’t what is important; people and the relationships you have with them is.

The biggest question we’re hearing – What about Christmas? This is where most think we are just cruel. In all honesty Christmas isn’t about the toys, so taking toys out of the equation actually shouldn’t affect Christmas at all. This Christmas we can focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Giving gifts from the heart just like God did on the original Christmas eve. Taya will be working overtime in her sewing room to create one of a kind toys for each child on our list. Matt has been working hard to create music for everyone to enjoy. We as a family have been working on gifts for friends and family. We don’t anticipate recalls on any of these items.
Plus we will not be swimming in a sea of debt when the New Year rolls around. Something that takes a lot of joy out of Christmas is worrying about how to afford it. I know that was not the true intention of Christmas.

The last point we want to make – We don’t trust the toy companies, or the folks that are supposed to be overseeing them. Not that they are these awful monsters, but they haven’t been truthful with us. The first recalls we were told only toys made in the past few months were involved, but now the recalls involve toys manufactured in 2005: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h_4zMV6AUZfxobm3xyQ-nf0wDeCAD8SPP0BO3
If you read this article you will see the CPSC still can’t guarantee the safety of the toys they are supposed to be testing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/12/AR2007091202396.html
Read more if you dare but would you believe toy makers help pay for The CPSC’s travel expenses:http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0754061320071107?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true but I am sure that doesn’t bias anyone. The toy makers see the children as dollars. We can’t trust them to think of the best interest of our children. It seems that we can’t trust the government agency charged with regulating the toy companies to provide unbiased information either. Not only is the acting chairman and other officials of the CPSC accepting “gifts” and travel money from the companies they are charged to oversee, but

“The CPSC’s staff, once 978, is down to 401; its budget is half of what it was three decades ago, in inflation-adjusted terms; its toy-testing department consists of one man, Bob, who drops toys on the floor in his office; and its toy-testing lab is an overloaded workbench in its outmoded headquarters. “We believe the agency’s leadership has failed,” Sally Greenberg of Consumers Union told the panel.” No kidding.

So – for all these reasons and so many more we are asking everyone not to give our children toys this year for Christmas. With the latest recall of AquaDots which has actually put children into a coma we have to really stress how important this is!!!

There is power in our money lets prove articles like this wrong: http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0822971820071108?pageNumber=1

Until next time…..

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