Let’s face it, it is accurate to assume that every home we go to has more toys than we do. Every playdate use to leave my children asking questions about why their friends had so many toys, or, how come we don’t have that many toys? Because of this, I thought I would take time to share how we respond to these questions in hopes it will help you respond to your children as you embark on this journey.
It has been a wonderful learning opportunity for my children to dive deeper into how families are all different. I make an effort at this point in the conversation to acknowledge that it’s cool that X (Insert kids name) has so many fun toys, but I follow it up by talking to them about how some parents choose to spend money differently than we do.
This is when the conversation turns:
I remind them that we enjoy spending our extra time and money going on fun adventures together. I then take that opportunity to talk about our favorite adventures that we have taken recently. ( It could be something simple like skipping rocks at the pond or going to the cool park by the river and eating a picnic while there.)
Sometimes I use this as an opportunity to talk about trips or adventures we want to take soon. I may ask them for ideas of what they would like to see or do in the future on an adventure. It is always so much fun for me to hear what they find to be fun in the world of adventures, and their answer is different every time.