Welcome to the first edition of Toy Talk! This will be the start of a series of interviews, done with real moms/parents who made the transition to wooden toys/open ended/less plastic.
We are excited to interview Maggie, who has 5 children ages 7, 4, 3, 16month twins!
Let's get started...
What made you transition to wooden toys/open ended toys?
We were tired of the constant fighting over characters, the battery operated toys, and the toys that “did the playing” for them. And by that I mean there was already a developed story (ie paw patrol, Disney jr shows, etc). My kids would reenact those stories instead of creating their own.
How did your children handle the switch, after years of plastic?
They were upset for a few days, but it actually wasn’t bad. We transitioned over a few months. We’d do a toy purge, replace plastic with wood, and our kids were excited about it. I think it took about a full week before they stopped saying they were bored and began actually using their imaginations again.
Do you feel your older children enjoy wood toys and are more imaginative now?
I do. My oldest has always been very good with transitions, and I feel her imagination has only improved. Our 3 and 4 year olds have definitely become better with imagination. We still get the occasional main stream characters while they’re pretending, but they’ve developed their own stories for them.
How did your extended family handle the change? (Birthdays Christmas Presents)
My in laws were amazing with it. They completely understood and instead gift our kids with experiences, or they’ll give us cash to get them exactly what we feel will benefit them. My sister and dad were on board as well, but my mom refused. She was a gift giver, and she always had to give them whatever they wanted. We would take the gifts, say our thanks and pass them on to other families.
What advice would you give to a family thinking of making the switch?
Just do it. It’s never too late. Kids are much more resilient than we think. They’re behavior and imaginations will improve, and they’ll become better, more rounded adults. It’s scary at first, but the rewards are worth it.
Thank you Maggie for sharing your experience with M+L
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