Please don’t shower your kids with toys, because it can result in the opposite of the desired effect. Recent studies revealed they might be less happy.
Claire Lerner, a childhood development researcher, suggests that when the parents buy too many toys and games for their children, they start playing less. This act can distract and overwhelm the kids, and in this way, they lose concentration, which is needed to learn from the toys.
These discoveries were confirmed by the professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati, Michael Malone. According to Malone, too many toys cause a type of unproductive overload, while fewer toys lead to increased sharing and cooperation when it comes to life skills. The studies give us valuable lessons showing that there is no point in buying too many toys for our children. What’s essential we should try to spend more time with them, because this is far more valuable.
Experts conducted a study at Oxford University among 3000 children; 3 to 5 years olds. The findings showed that the kid’s academic success depends on their home environment and parent’s involvement instead of the toys. Parent’s attention is incomparably much better than any toy. Those children who had few toys and no electron devices but their parents dedicated quality time to them, performed better results in school.
Another fact is pointing out that when the parents give experiences to their children instead of material objects, that’s the moment when generosity and gratitude are rising.
Other studies that have been spanned for decades, led by a psychology professor at Cornell University Thomas Gilovich, showed that happiness derives from experiences not from some material objects.
To sum up: joy and happiness are derived when we give experiences to our children that involve time spent together with your children rather than buying toys. So spend more time with your children, give them the necessary attention because it is far more valuable and precious than the toys that are under the Christmas tree.