Boys giving away some of their toys
Shadan Conradie is taking the idea of sharing her boys’ toys a step further than most.
Shadan is teaching her two young boys, Reumah, 3, and Mahley Brizzle, 5, about kindness and sharing by getting them to help choose which of their toys they will give away, and inspiring other families in the process.
Shadan said she wanted her sons to learn about the true meaning of kindness. ‘‘It’s about being kind and not getting anything out of it,’’ she said. She said both boys were at the right age to understand the project of collecting their excess toys to give away. ‘‘If they weren’t mentally aware of why we are doing it I would wait.’’ She said Mahley, 5, was super sensitive. ‘‘He is really aware. He doesn’t want to take the ball of the opposition team when he is playing soccer because he thinks it’s mean,’’ she laughs. ‘‘He is that kind of kid.’’
She also started doing this with her sons at this age so giving away to less fortunate people is normal to them.
‘‘If we start doing it with them at this age, instead of say age eight, then you won’t get them saying ‘no I don’t want to give away this’. They will think it’s just what you do.’’
She also wants to make her children, including her youngest daughter Elahni, 15 months old, appreciate what they have. ‘‘They don’t really know how fortunate they are. They live in a good country, in a nice house, get ice cream for dessert, have a room full of toys and have family that spend fortunes on them for Christmas and birthdays.’’ The giving away could coincide with Christmas and help her children realise that some parents can’t afford to give their children a great Christmas.
The items are good quality second hand toys or have not been opened.
Shadan’s husband Stuart Brizzle has also got involved. ‘‘He had the amazing suggestion of wrapping up each item and writing what age and gender the present would suit.’’
Her idea has inspired other families to do the same, she said.
Shadan has not decided who the items will go to yet. ‘‘I would like it to be a local family that is not so fortunate. It’s definitely not just a drop off without the kids. I would like them to be able to give it to a child and see the happiness on their face.’’
Reumah, 3, and Mahley Brizzle, 5, are happy to help a less fortunate family out by giving away some of their toys.