Boys giv­ing away some of their toys

Matamata Chronicle - - News - ABBY BROWN

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.’’

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Reumah, 3, and Mahley Briz­zle, 5, are happy to help a less for­tu­nate fam­ily out by giv­ing away some of their toys.

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