We’ve found that sometimes it’s just easier to put things away where our five-year-old can’t see them than to tempt him with them when they’re out and about. It’s not that he necessarily forgets about these temptations when they’re out of sight, but sometimes it’s just easier for us all to move on to something else more quickly and easily with them put away.
While this tactic doesn’t always work perfectly, we’re often amazed at how quickly our son can adapt to not having certain things. Therefore, in some instances, we’ve adopted the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude to handle certain cravings from our youngster.
Candy and Treats
Candy and goodies can be a temptation not only for our son but for mommy and daddy as well. I’ve found that having a bowl of candy out on the counter or dining room table serves as a constant reminder that treats are readily available. While I don’t mind having such things around the house, having them stare us in the face only seems to have us eating more of them. Therefore, I tend to put these items somewhere like in a cabinet or on top of the refrigerator where they’re still accessible to us as parents but not to our son and where they aren’t a consistent presence reminding us to eat them.
Our son loves video games. As a matter of fact, I haven’t met many boys his age who don’t enjoy video games if given the opportunity. And while I don’t mind a good video game myself occasionally and feel that they can be a good way to increase hand/eye coordination and can even be educational at times, they can also be an overwhelming presence for a small child.
Unfortunately, at the ripe old age of five, our son still isn’t old enough to really be able to limit himself on the amount of video games he plays or wants to play. Therefore, it’s up to us as parents to do so, which then become a constant battle. And I find that even if we say “no” but the video game system remains hooked up, it is a continuous temptation and has our son constantly asking if he can play, which in turn aggravates us as parent.
Therefore, at this point in time, the video game systems have been packed up and put away, keeping them out of sight, and while not always out of mind, at least from being immediately accessible as a entertainment option about which our son can inquire incessantly.
I think most parents have at least one or two toys that just drive them nuts. And while I don’t go taking my son’s favorite toys away just because they tend to annoy me, there are a few that may have gotten “misplaced” for a time during a cleanup session or a relocation and maybe even a few that made it into the garage sale bin when he wasn’t looking.
Sometimes, I’ll test my son, taking a toy that I don’t really like and putting it in a drawer or in a closet for a few days to see if he mentions it. If he does, then I can pull it back out, but if there’s no mention of it and he seems content without it, I might be content without it as well. With exception to that darn singing fish of his that Nana brought him one Christmas, I’ve haven’t heard much from him about any of the those other annoying toys that seem to have mysteriously disappeared.
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