I think most kid’s toys are designed by Satan himself! They are always full of tiny parts (aka choking hazards), make loud, annoying noises or are just plain crap. I can’t always stop these things from entering my house, but I can definitely make sure they don’t stay around long. Of course, I have to wait until the kid’s aren’t looking…then out they go with the weekly trash (or donation bin, I’m not a complete meanie).
These are the top five toys I’m getting rid of as soon as I physically can:
Barbie shoes – Number one on my list is Barbie shoes (LINK). My poor daughters will be so mad at me one day when they realize that all those Barbie shoes they “lost” were really all my doing. Sorry, not sorry! Those things are so tiny and my little ones still put things in their mouth that they shouldn’t. One day they’ll understand it was for their own good.
Board games and puzzles – This is just me being lazy. I admit that if I (or my kids) could consistently clean up the toy mess immediately after we use a toy, then I wouldn’t mind board games and puzzles in the least. BUT, we live in the real world here, and that just doesn’t happen! Sometimes it takes a day or two to pick up the toys. And forget organization – I’m lucky if that happens every one to two months.
Musical instruments – Annoying! They’re usually not real musical instruments, so I’m not denying my kids some kind of classical musical education. If they are interested in music lessons as they get older, I’ll find them a specific class to go to. The place to learn about playing a harmonica is somewhere other than my house, #thankyouverymuch.
Stuffed animals – Just why? Sure they are cute and soft and cuddly, but they don’t DO anything but take up space. And trying to donate them is like trying to donate a used mattress or an old school TV – no one wants it. Bye bye teddy bear and giant stuffed bunny!
McDonald’s happy meal toys – Remember when I said some of this stuff is “just plain crap”? Yeah….this. I can tell they try hard to make these toys worthwhile, but they’re just not. Not to mention all the times I’ve gotten boy toys when I clearly said I needed two girls toys. Oh well! They’re good for an hour’s worth of fun. But really, I think I would just prefer a 50 cent discount on my happy meal than a throwaway plastic toy.
What I’m not going to throw away are any of our Trolls toys and our arts & crafts. We NEED those! Ok, I need those, to keep the kids occupied.
So what do you think? Am I a complete meanie mom or do you secretly get rid of annoying toys too? Be honest!