Via a letter or lap session with Santa, your little one probably provided you with a long list of toys she wanted for Christmas. And although Saint Nick got the credit, I’m sure you did all you could to accommodate her wishes. However, I’m equally sure you now are experiencing a bit of frustration seeing that some of the items that were so ardently desired in December are just collecting dust in January.
The fact is that young children find all sorts of things appealing but the appeal is often rather superficial and short-lived. It is a relatively rare toy that connects deeply and durably with their special interests and abilities and becomes a beloved favorite that is enthusiastically played with for more than a few minutes.
So this is a good time to assess the real hits and misses from this holiday season in order to prepare for next year. It is not always possible to buy her everything she wants, and taking a moment to determine which items were truly wise investments and which were not will help you make future decisions that maintain a high level of genuine enjoyment for your child while keeping your financial expenditures reasonable.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.