Who else has too many toys in their house? I need to go through ours again.
If you're looking for inspiration to purge your kids' stuff and just have a more peaceful family this year, I reccomend "Simplicity Parenting."
In case you're too busy, here are a few of the main points:
•Pay attention for signs of sensory overload and respond by simplifying
•Reduce toys, clutter, lights, and noise at home
•Use routines to create a family rhythm
•Clear schedules to create plenty of unstructured time
•Limit screentime (my favorite!)
•Keep adult stress, like the news,away from kids
The book also talks a little about decreasing the number of books in the house, but I think keeping them stored in a nice library with a few accessible is wonderful.
Teachers, know we make routines at school? I think it totally helps me, and the rest of my family, to have some simple ones at home, even during breaks and maternity leave.
So, back to this toy purging business. Send help! I have a mountain to tackle...again.
Book: Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
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