Scrap toys and help kids be active in great outdoors
FAMILIES are being urged to cull their kids’ toys, simplify their lives and send them outdoors by parenting experts concerned children are being overly stressed by too much stimulation.
The average western child owns more than 150 toys and is given an extra 70 every year, but Sydney child psychologist Dr Anna Cohen from Kids & Co advises parents to cull their toys regularly and throw out broken playthings.
“Play is such an important part of childhood — it’s like it’s the job of the child,” she said.
“So if children have so much, and the toys aren’t organised, it’s very hard for them to play properly.”
Port Macquarie mum Leisa Gregory keeps the TV and electronic devices switched off during the week and sends her children Harrison, 10, and Amarlie, 7, outdoors to play.
OLD SCHOOL: Ten-year-old Harrison Gregory enjoys playing outside.