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Mother Throws Away Her 6 and 3 Y.O. Children’s Toys To Cure Their ‘Addiction’, And Internet Claps Back
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Mother Throws Away Her 6 and 3 Y.O. Children’s Toys To Cure Their ‘Addiction’, And Internet Claps Back

It’s an undeniable fact that children love toys. It is believed that toys and games have a positive effect on children’s development, however, there are many parents who believe otherwise.

Take for instance a blogger named Ruth, who decided to a share a story explaining why she got rid of her children’s toys. In her article, she says she got ‘fed up’ of cleaning and re-arranging all the playthings that her 6 and 3-year-old children own, so she packed them all up and took them away. Ruth says that this idea was inspired by an incident she had during a family trip. During the trip, her daughter asked her to buy a toy. “While we were waiting to be seated, my oldest daughter Maggie spotted the Build-a-Dino Workshop in the gift shop and although we immediately said “no way,” from that moment on she could think of nothing else,” the mother writes in the article. She was very disappointed, that her child “fixated on the one thing she couldn’t have rather than the cool sights we were actually experiencing”.

Ruth claims that she noticed a difference in her children’s behavior 4 weeks later, when her children stopped asking her to buy things. “Had I not experienced it with my own eyes, I would’ve never believed that an addiction to stuff could be broken that quickly, ” she says. While she insists that this approach brought many positive benefits, not everybody agrees that it’s the right approach. After reading Ruth’s blog, a couple of Tumblr users were completely horrified by the situation and explained why no one should ever do this to their children. Read the comments below and tell us in the comments which side are you on! (Facebook cover image: Pixabay)

More info: livingwellspendingless.com

After a blogger named Ruth shared an article “Why I took my kids’ toys away (& why they won’t get them back)” Tumblr users decided to explain why no one should ever do this to their children

Image credits: Donnie Ray Jones

 

 Tell us in the comments which side are you on!

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree with one of the responses - the one and only reason her kids stopped complaining is because she's trained them to know that she cannot EVER be trusted. They're bewildered right now, and scared of her, but they're going to be angry and in the end, they're going to abandon her completely. ...///... Hopefully they won't be so damaged by this abuse that they can't rebel. If anyone deserved to lose custody of her children, this person is the one.

Light
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3 years ago

I do not give in to buying EVERY toy my kids wanted but to ban them from playing with their toys because it will stunt their growth, that is too extreme. They need their toys to supplement their imagination and learn. I let my son bring his favorite hotwheel car to school. Compared to my daughter he is an introvert and his car (his equivalent to a favorite stuffy) makes him feel comforted and is an ice breaker with his classmates as he is in Kindergarten. Besides kids are also individuals with totally different interests from their parents. I guide my kids and I do not want to break them by rigid standards. Just because they stop whining and complaining does not mean they are not nursing a heartache. I agree that their silence may mean they cannot trust their mom and her reaction/ retribution if they voice out their complaints.

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John Ashley
Community Member
3 years ago

Typical 6 and 3 year olds aren't going to be all that interested in the cool sites and experiences that entrance adults on a family trip. Basically, what she admitted to was punishing her children for behaving like 6 and 3 year old children. How mature and adult of her.

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Or they would be interested, but WITH their favourite toy. Immagine how she would have enjoyed seeing her favourite dinosaur by the flowers, for example. Some kids practice empathy with their toys, and that empathy will be applied onto people too.

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Joi Behrend
Community Member
3 years ago

My mother threw away all of my toys one day while I was at school, at around age 8 or 9, because I couldn't keep my room clean to her standards. She also cut off all my hair because she didn't like dealing with the tangles. I'm still scarred by both things. IMHO, the woman in this story is selfish and bordering on some kind of mental illness. She seems like someone who should not have had children. I do not have children because I feared becoming like my mother. And yes, I've been to therapy, but I don't think there's enough therapy in the world to heal some scars, so I felt it best to remain childless. All the money she's saving on toys should be saved for therapy bills for the kids, because believe me, they're going to need it.

Feli Furbulance
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh my god, those things are exactly what my Mom did to me too. She threw away all my favourite toys because "they were laying on the floor of my room" when I was in school at about the same age and used to cut my hair really short. I tried growing my hair out as a preteen and she cut it off against my will when I was about 12.

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree with one of the responses - the one and only reason her kids stopped complaining is because she's trained them to know that she cannot EVER be trusted. They're bewildered right now, and scared of her, but they're going to be angry and in the end, they're going to abandon her completely. ...///... Hopefully they won't be so damaged by this abuse that they can't rebel. If anyone deserved to lose custody of her children, this person is the one.

Light
Community Member
3 years ago

I do not give in to buying EVERY toy my kids wanted but to ban them from playing with their toys because it will stunt their growth, that is too extreme. They need their toys to supplement their imagination and learn. I let my son bring his favorite hotwheel car to school. Compared to my daughter he is an introvert and his car (his equivalent to a favorite stuffy) makes him feel comforted and is an ice breaker with his classmates as he is in Kindergarten. Besides kids are also individuals with totally different interests from their parents. I guide my kids and I do not want to break them by rigid standards. Just because they stop whining and complaining does not mean they are not nursing a heartache. I agree that their silence may mean they cannot trust their mom and her reaction/ retribution if they voice out their complaints.

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John Ashley
Community Member
3 years ago

Typical 6 and 3 year olds aren't going to be all that interested in the cool sites and experiences that entrance adults on a family trip. Basically, what she admitted to was punishing her children for behaving like 6 and 3 year old children. How mature and adult of her.

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Or they would be interested, but WITH their favourite toy. Immagine how she would have enjoyed seeing her favourite dinosaur by the flowers, for example. Some kids practice empathy with their toys, and that empathy will be applied onto people too.

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Joi Behrend
Community Member
3 years ago

My mother threw away all of my toys one day while I was at school, at around age 8 or 9, because I couldn't keep my room clean to her standards. She also cut off all my hair because she didn't like dealing with the tangles. I'm still scarred by both things. IMHO, the woman in this story is selfish and bordering on some kind of mental illness. She seems like someone who should not have had children. I do not have children because I feared becoming like my mother. And yes, I've been to therapy, but I don't think there's enough therapy in the world to heal some scars, so I felt it best to remain childless. All the money she's saving on toys should be saved for therapy bills for the kids, because believe me, they're going to need it.

Feli Furbulance
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh my god, those things are exactly what my Mom did to me too. She threw away all my favourite toys because "they were laying on the floor of my room" when I was in school at about the same age and used to cut my hair really short. I tried growing my hair out as a preteen and she cut it off against my will when I was about 12.

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