Scrap toys and help kids be ac­tive in great out­doors

The Weekend Post - - Nation - CLARISSA BYE

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.

Pic­ture: NATHAN ED­WARDS

OLD SCHOOL: Ten-year-old Har­ri­son Gregory en­joys play­ing out­side.

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