Monday, October 27, 2008

Toys They'll Never Get

I remember as a kid being told by my parents that we would NEVER get a Nintendo game system. Honestly, that wasn't such a big deal to Chrissa or me, but to Kevin, that was heartbreaking. I understand why though, my brother used to have a bit of a problem with TV and computer games in that he could veg all day if left to his own devices. So, when we visited people that had a Nintento, the poor kid would not move the entire time we were there to soak up every second of gaming. We had an Apple 2C (cool!) so it wasn't like we didn't have some electronic games to play. And of course, now that Kev is an adult he's got his PS3 and lots of other electronic toys, so he's clearly not deprived.

Anyway, I bring this up because I am already developing a list of toys my kids will NEVER have. The Toys R Us toy book came out this past weekend in the Sunday paper and Caroline and Bryce have already thumbed through it asking for the biggest and flashiest toys, of course!

First up, Caroline tells me she wants the Hannah Montana beach house. Survey says?? NOPE! I'm fine with her getting some of the character dolls, but NOT the house. Why? Well, first of all, it's big and we have enough toys. Second, she's not even 5 and I'm not convinced that she can take good enough care of something like that yet. And third, having played with Barbies my entire girlhood, I can tell you that you do NOT need a house to make playtime more fun. Chrissa and I played Barbies for years without a house. We made them out of blocks and such when we needed to but mostly, we just pretended. Besides, half the fun of playing with those types of dolls is dressing them and doing their hair, not posing them in some dollhouse. Caroline got so excited when she saw it and could tell I was not as excited. I told her she already had a dollhouse (Fisher Price Loving Family) and she said that Bryce likes it and she will give it to him. Ha! I told her she could make her WISH list (heavy on the wish) and that Santa and her family would get her somethings but not everything. I reminded her that you don't always get what you wish for.

Another thing my kids will NEVER get. A motorized kiddie car! Ugh. I hate those things. I remember wanting one as a kid too and being told by my mom that we'd get fat if we had one because bikes used up our energy. HA! Plus, I remember as we got older some of the neighbor kids having them and mowing other kids down with them. Not to mention how much space they take up. So my kids will be relying on kid powered toys to get where they want to go prior to being able to drive a real car. (Scary thought.)

I know there are other things, so I'll have to add them when I think of them, but these were the first things that occurred to me. Oh and you can add a toy drum set to this list too. But I don't think I need to explain why I they won't be getting one of those.


BJ said...

We have talked about getting the Wii to play as a family because you actually move around when you play. I did have a nintendo when I was growing up but I also did gymnastics 30 hours a week so it balanced out:>

Brother Kev said...

I would just like to point out that if you were a young male in the mid to late 80's, not having a nintendo meant there was something wrong with you. I could count the number of people I knew who didn't have a nintendo on one hand. I had to defend our Apple to so many people because they all thought I was weird or poor for not having a nintendo. It wasn't just a toy, it was a social barometer. Of course it seems stupid now, but back then, I was the odd man out.

Viv said...

We did have a nintendo but I didn't mind. We have a gaming system now and I could care less! I won't mind a Wii though...............

And I thought of you when I saw an ad for an Hannah Montana styling head! I bet you can't wait to see what Caroline's wish list contains!

Erika said...

I KNEW you'd respond to that, Kev! You're better off not having had one. You have good stories to tell now.

Viv, that Hannah Montana head is actually something she wants! (And I'm okay with.) Yeah, a LOT of HM stuff this year, i think.

Mama said...

I wholeheartedly agree--no video games. They really impact on kids' abilities to imagine. Pretend play is SO important; it is directly connected to reading & writing! If you can't imagine you have a very hard time creating stories and responding to prompts. Kids today cannot imagine for themselves, they simply recreate the storylines of their video games. Sad. Really sad.

Every kid needs a BIG cardboard box in my opinion...its way better than any fancy doll house!