far, you have learned about the True Cost of toys measured as
the cost per hour of play. Remember
most affordable toy is the one your child plays with the longest.
know how to evaluate toys using the criteria of Interactive,
Open-Ended, and Creative to find toys that have long lasting
play value and low True Costs.
Part 2 showed
how the Expandability of a toy - the ability to buy add-ons
and associated products that make the child play with the original
toy longer - can also be a big money saver.
area to save is that most expensive commodity in parent's lives
As a parent,
you are constantly aware of time. You have schedules to follow
to get your kids to school, to sports, to music lessons, to
doctor's appointments, to bed. You have to allow time for eating,
homework, practice, playtime, and naps. You have your own agendas
to follow including work, laundry, housekeeping, grocery shopping,
gift shopping, and meal preparation. And none of that includes
your own white space, your own playtime.
is the most valuable, and thus most expensive, commodity in
can toys save time?
the answers are obvious. Toys keep kids occupied so that you
have time to do what you need to do around the house. Of course,
that is only true if you have the right toys that hold your
kids' interests. If you have given your kids toys that are Interactive,
Open-Ended and Creative (Great Toys), they will play longer
with those toys and give you more time for your projects.
the opposite is true. If you buy cheap toys that break easily,
or buy toys that don't hold your child's interest, not only
will your child be bugging you more (taking up more of your
time), but you'll also have to spend more time shopping
for new toys to replace the toys that didn't last.
more diligent in your research and selection of toys will save
you time spent entertaining your children and time spent shopping
again for more toys.
In a more
subtle way, buying the right toys also saves your children time.
Great Toys do something wonderful to children. These toys make
kids think. That's right; Great Toys get kids to use their brains.
Toys are the great teachers of youth.
think and use their imagination, they become smarter. You know
the old adage how "practice makes perfect." When kids
think, they are "practicing" using their brains. Studies
show that children who are read to at early ages and children
who are encouraged to read a lot on their own perform better
in school. They accomplish more in less time.
holds true for toys that require children to think and use their
brain. Kids who play with Great Toys use their brains, become
smarter, and are able to accomplish more in less time. In other
words, they save time.
right toys can and do save time. And Time definitely
does equal money.
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