For a few months now, as I have looked very critically at what my children have and pondering what they truly treasure and are drawn too, we have A LOT of clutter. Plastic clutter to be precise. Noisy, tacky, garish clutter. The news of problems with toys this week has made me think even more about what to do about it all.
I would rather have few beautiful, quality toys that my children truly treasure. I would rather toys that can stand the test of time and be ready for my grandchildren. I would rather the children learn to appreciate true beauty, found in great works of art and music rather than be drowned in cheap plastic and noise.
These will be my guiding principles. This will be hard work. I know part of this process will mean guiding my children's hearts and minds to appreciate true beauty and detach themselves from the rest. But even as I type, and I can hear them all playing together, without a single "toy", moving their bodies, whooping and laughing, I know they're up for the challenge. Last year at Christmas I had a retailers list in my sidebar. I will put that back in with the results of my "treasure hunt". I can't wait to hunt down these lovely "real" toys for them.